IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Coming Up Early
Although It Seems ns if Everything
li Going Along Smoothly, Probably
that the Fires nre only Getting Hot
ter Underneath Ready to Burst
Columbia, January 19.? The first
week of the session of the General
Assembly is practically over. The
sum total of the work the first week
Is the completion of the organization,
and that Is considerable. As a matter
of fact, more substantial progress has
been made in getting a good start than
is usual, and this Is largely accounted
for by the custom of continuing ef
fective men In Important places, such
as Speaker Smith, Clerk Hoyt and
Clerk Mann, and the various heads of
the Important committees.
When the House meets again on
Tuesday morning it will And that, al
though It marks the week-end of the
session, there will be two third reading
bills ready for action, one of the
two being of the utmost importance to
Charleston in the matter of providing
additional funds for the graded schools.
It Is very plain that there Is a dis
tinct effort being made to suppress any
outbreak of feeling or partisan politics.
It is emphatically an armed truce, be
cause the feeling is there, at least on
the part of some. The consensus of
opinon, however, is that, unless It be
comes absolutely necessary to stir the
smouldering fires, the best Interests of
the State will be served by tabooing
politlets and attending to the work that
is In hand. Whether this will be possi
ble Is about as uncertain as whether
it will rain on the last day of the scs
SOln, because some folks dote on ex
citement and strife, or at least think
it the finest soil in which to cultivate
Regulation of the primary, compul
sory education and the 2-ccnt milage
proposition promise to he uppermost.
Members are talking and thinking con
siderably about these topics and some
thing Is likely to bo done in view o
As to the tightening of the primary
system, something Is likely to be done,
so general Is the recognition of the Im
portance of action. Tho real point to
be watched Is whether or not the effort
Will bo to avoid real action by passing
a statute that will bo beautiful in lan
guage, but meaningless in time of
necessity. It will be easy enough to
pass an Act of well sounding Intention,
but publicity of the club rolls to be
used in tho elections, would, perhaps,
make a good start without restricting
the vote. Of course, the effort will be
made to restrict the primary to the
registered voters, but it will not be
adopted. This will come In time, but
On the matter of compulsory educa
tion there are two propositions being
tp * 1 of, the one by Senator Hall and
the otner by Representative McCravy.
The Hall plan has been published and
provides for a general system. Mr. Mc
Cravy will propose a compulsory sys
tem that will be patterned after the
dispensary local option system, leaving
it to each Individual county, by a vote
if it wants compulsory education with-'
In Its borders and If It so elects, then
to provido the machinery for Its en
In the matter of the 2-cent milage
bill, strange as It may seem, the or
ganized fight against it will come from
the labor organizations, on tho ground
that it is easy enough for tho other
fellow to vote for cheaper passenger
rates without providing the means to
increase or hold up their wages and to
them it is simply a matter of mathe
matics. Mr. Miller, of Richland, who
was elected distinctly as a representa
tive of organized labor, (ho Is a high
class linotype operator) is open In his
opposition to the 3-cent proposition.
There wl|l hardly be any dispensary
legislation. Of course, under this head
is not included tho report of the inves
tigating committee. It is alreadwy un
derstood that there wilt be a fight ov
er this, particularly on the Senate
(Continued on Pace Four.)
Meeting of Hie City Democratic Club
Starts flic Hall Arolllng. Two Can
The meeting of the city democratic
club Thursday afternoon officially
started the campaign for the election
of city ofllcers, a mayor and six alder
men. The meeting was called to or
der by Mr. S. It. Tod?', vice president,
after which the following olllcers were
elected for two years: R. E. Babb,
president; S. R. Todd, vice president;
Arthur Lee, secretary, E. W. Cope
Executive Committee?Ward 1?W.
G. Ross; Ward 2, B. W. Martin; Ward
:i, R. S. Templeton; Ward 4, E. B.
Machen; Ward B,J. T. Crews; Ward
6, J. M. Clerdy.
Enrolling Committee?Ward 1, R B.
Chlldress; Ward 2, Lester Simpson;
Ward 3, John Putnam; Ward 4, D. C.
McLaurin; Ward 5, John E. Switzer,
Ward 6, L. B. Blackwell.
The Hrst primary is little less than
a month distant, coming on Tuesday
the 18th of February. So far two can
didates for mayor have announced
themselves, C. M. Babb, ?he incum
bent, and John M. Cannon, the well
known attorney of the city.
Made by Truynhnin Guards in Report
of Adjutant General for li)12.
Adjutant General W. W. Moore has
just issued his annual report to the
governor, the report comprising statis
tics and general information regard
ing the state militia. Following his
report on the Laurens company, the
Traynham Guards, Gen. Moore made
the following comment: "Company
provided with all records and equip
ment needed in regular army; the
same kept In excellent condition. Dis
cipline and appearance excellent. All
property kept in excellent condition.
Condition of company reflects credit
upon the hearty interest and care of
Its captain and other company of
The report of Capt. F. H. MeMaster,
incorporated in the general report, al
so pays Capt. Richey and his men a
very high compliment. In speaking of
Obedience to orders In general, Capt.
MeMaster says: "It was suggested in
the order that companies provide
themselves with a large chart of the
gun issued by ono of the cartridge
companies. But one captain, com
manding the Laurens company, fol
lowed the suggestion."
The compliments on the local com
pany speak for themselves. The
captain, W. R. Richey, Jr., is an un
tiring worker in the Interest of the
militia, and lias received numberless
compliments on the general excel
lence of his company.
Will Remain Here.
Rev. W. E. Thayer, pastor of the
First Baptist church, who was called
to the South Main Street church of
Greenwood, announced to his congre
gation Sunday that he had declined the
call and that ho would remain in Lau
rens. The decision of Mr. Thayer was
received with joy and satisfaction by
his congregation and, when the news
was spread on the streets Monday, the
citizens generally expressed their
pleasure at the announcement. Mr.
Thayer has Vpp. the pastor of- the
church here for six years and his con
gregation has had to pass through a
period of uneasiness nearly every year
since he has been here while he made
a decision whether or not to accept, a
call from some Influential church.
Rents Martin Stable,
Mr. Linwood Martin will move to
the city at an early date, hav1 rent
ed the large stables of Mr. E. W. Mar
n. where be will conduct a feed and
sale business. Just aa soon as pre
parations are made, Mr. Martin will
build a new home on Farley avenue,
opposite the home of Mr. John Hicks.
He is a welcomed addition to the city's
Messrs. W. P. Thomoaon and D. A.
Davis spent Sunday In Union, where
they went to Inspect tho new pipe
organ In one of the churches thr.rs In
order to get an idea as to the kind
of instrument to purchase for the
First Baptist church here. They re
turned Monday. Tho congregation
will make a selection of an Instru
ment at an early date. They hopo
to have It Installed before summer.
IS CEl EBRATED
and Around (ho Tonn of Clinton.
Other Items of Interest Gathered In
Clinton, Jan. 21.?The biggest piece
of news of the week from the stand
point of excitement is the appearance
of a case of small pox at the Presby
terian College last Sunday morning.
Several students left that day but the
danger of a panic has subsided and
the scare seems to have subsided.
The case was contracted by the
student, it is supposed on a recent
trii). One of his friends who has had
the disease is serving as nurse. Every
precaution Is beinc taken to prevent
tho spread of the disease. The stu
dents as well as the people of the
town generally are being vaccinated.
Lec*s Birthday Celebrated.
Monday morning at 11 o'clock in
the graded school auditorium under
the auspices of Stephen D. Lee chap
ter, U. D. C. Lee's birthday was cel
ebrated. A very Interesting program
was carried out under the supervision
of Mr. E. H. Hall. The college glee
club quartette sang "The Cross of
Honor", the graded school sang "Tent
ing to-night". Mr. Spencer read a
most interesting paper prepared by
Dr. W. A. Shand8 on Lee. and Jackson.
Miss Mamelle Langston, a student of
the Thomwell Orphanage, read an
extract from Dr. J. O. Wlllson's able
address on Lee. The Rev. Dr. Ja
cobs offered a feeling and appropriate
prayer. Miss Sallie Reil McMillan
Death of Mrs. Adams.
Mrs. Lulo Adams, mother of Mrs. B.
L. King, and Miss Emma Adams, died
at 2 o'clock last Tuesday and was
buried at Shady Grove on Wednesday.
The sympathies of the community
have gone out to the bereaved daugh
ters and the family connection.
( hange at (he National Hank.
Mr. J. Fl. Cralg has resigned the
presidency of the First .National Dank
to return to Iiis home at 'i'ylersville.
Ho will be succeeded by Mr. Butler
H. Boyd, who will he succeeded as
cashier by Mr. George W. Copcland.
"Aunt" Ridder Martin.
Considerable Interest was attached
to the visit of "Aunt" Riddor Martin
to the City last week, about as much
Interest being taken in the visitor as
was taken by the visitor in the city
itself. "Aunt" Ridder Is nearly one
hundred years old and has not been
to the city since the year after the
war. She expressed a desire to make
another visit here several weeks ago.
so last week she made a trip to the
city, taking in all the sights. "Aunt"
Ridder is one of tho "old time" slavery
darkies and is thought a great deal of
by many of her white neighbors whom
she nursed and looked after in their
childhood. Her home Is kept always
spotlessly clean and Is often visited
by the young fellows in search of
something to appease the appetite.
She visited several of her "boys"
While making the round of the city.
"Aunt" Ridder lives up near Gray
Little Hoy Injured.
Bruce Thompson, the little four year
old son of Mr. and Mrs. If. E. Thomp
son, suffered by a very painful acci
dent several days ago, when a book
caso around which he was playing fell
upon him making a deep gash in his
forehead. Medical assistance v.'.>.?.', se-j
cured at once and the little fellow's
wound was glvon the best attention,
but ho has suffered considerable pain.
Ho Is now getting along nicely and
will soon be out again.
Home of Mr. J. P. Harney Was Com
pletely Destroyed Last Week.
Last Wednesday nt about 8:30
o'clock in the evening, the home of
Mr. J. D. Harney, on Chestnut street
waa burned to the ground. The fire
was discovered by a passerby but, un
fortunately, after it had gained good
headway. Tho lire department re
sponded promptly, and as is always
tho case, rendered the best service
possible. Though the Harney home
was burned almost to the ground. It
was only the prompt and efficient
work of the firemen that saved tbe
homo of Mr. John Wright next door.
Through tho quick work of those who
reached the scene early, much of the
household goods of Mr. Harney was
saved. Both tho house and the furn
ishings were partly covered by In
WITH HOME FOLKS
County Delegation Spend the Week
end with Relatives in the County
The different members of the county
delegation spent tho week-end at !
their honies in the city, Messrs. Irby
and Blackweil being in LaurenB for
several days. They state that every
thing is going along quietly In the
legislative hulls and that In all prob
ability the session will not be as live
as the one last year. The Laurens
members have been honored with a
number of Important committee as
signments. Mr. Irby has several hills
that he Intends bringing up very soon,
among tliein being a Torrens land sys
tem bill. Mr. Blackwell intends to
introduce a bill amending the insur
ance laws of the state. Senator
tJoodwyn and Mr. Browning also have
several bills under preparation.
Mr. Irby Intends introducing a bill
that will probably attract considera
ble attention. His bill will call for
the cutting up of the asylum land
now used in Columbia as a farm and
the building of bouses thereon for
the use of poor people who nre unable
to pay high rents. He states that it
is his idea to have those people favor
ed who wish to educate their children
This land now is very valuable as a
residence district, but is being used
for fanning purposes. The state has
been trying to devise some way of
disposing of it for several years, but
no proper solution of the problem has
suggested Itself. Mr. Irby offers as
a precedent for such a bill, the action
of the city of Ixmdnn In providing
homes for over 176,000 people in that
city when they were too poor to se
cure shelter. This bill will be Intro-'
duced in a day or so.
MIIS. ANM: WOI I\ > I'OOI-F,.
Wife of (he Late Dr. .1. T. I'oole Died
Here Monday Morning.
Mrs. Anne Wofford I'oole, wife of the
late Dr. .1. T. I'oole, was found dead in
bed at the home of her son, Dr. Clar
ence I'oole. early Monday morning.
The funeral services were held yester
day afternoon in the Laurens ceme
tery. Rev. L. P, McOheo, her pastor,
conducting the services. During the
services several hymns were softly
sung. The following gent leinen acted
as pall bearers: s. c. McDanlol, C. D.
Moseley, O. B. Simmons, W. II. Cilker
son. John P. Holt, H. ('. Crisp, .1. I^oc
Langston, Albert Burns.
Mrs. Poole's maiden name was An
ne Wofford Allen. Her husband, the
late Dr. .1. T. I'oole, died several years
ago in this city, the couple being held
in the highest estimation In this city.
She was a consistent Christian woman
and was possessed of many admirable
traits of character. During the late
years of her life she had been almost
an invalid, being confined to her home
for many years.
She is survived by the following
children: Mrs. Mattlo Bray, Newborn,
X. C, Mrs. John CrolglltOIl, DeLand,
Pia., Mrs. John Mills. Hut herfordton.
N. C, John I'oole. of Oklahoma, and
Dr. Clarence I'oole, of this city, be
sides numerous grandchildren.
To Open Offlcc Here.
Dr. Jesse A. Clifton, of Spnrtanburg.
was in the city several days ago and
announced that ho would open an of
fice here at an early date for the treat
ment of the eye, ear, nose and throat.
He will make his home in Spartanburg
and make periodical visits to Lau
rens. He states that ho will he here
every other Saturday.
Mr. John Holt's Offlce,
Mr. John P. Bolt is now located in
the Traynham building, occupying the
same office as Mr. Pord Franks, the
cotton man. All papers that have not
been settled and arc Bill I in his hands
have been carried to the new office.
These will be delivered cither by Mr.
Holt or his son, Mr. Tom Bolt. Per
son!, owning papers are requested to
call at once and settle for them.
"Young" Couple to Wed.
A marriage In which much Interest
has been aroused will take [dace this
afternoon at the home of the bride,
when Miss Nancy Ellison will become
the wife of Mr. Alken Todd, a well
known citizen of the county. After
the wedding the happy young brldo
and groom, ages 6f> and 08 rospectivo
ly, will go to the home of tho groom
where they will make their home In
MAKES ANNUAL REPORT
Interesting Suninirnv of tin* Work oi
the Count)' Courts for tho Tust Your.
The report of Hon. It. A. Cooper,
solicitor of the eighth circuit com
posed of the counties of Ahbeville,
Groenwood, Nowborry and Laurens, '.s
an Interesting document, showing the
criminal statistics for the past year.
The record shows an increase in crime
over the year 1911.
During the past year 202 eases were
brought to trial in the circuit and I II
collections were secured. Of the
total number of indictments, thirty
live were for murder, of which eight
were found guilty of murder and elev
en of manslaughter. There were four
teen cases for violation of the dis
pen[sp|ry law, in which conflct?ons
were secured for nine. The usual
number of indictmonts and convictions
were secured for other crimes, Lnu
rens county lead the other counties in
the number of indletniScnts. 1 Cow
ever, Laureiis has the largest popula
tion and her officers might be the best,
so the number of Indictments does not
necessarily indicate that Ix'iurens had
a proportionately larger number of
crimes than her sister counties.
The report of Mr. Cooper is a com
prehensive statement of the criminal
records of the county and showed the
progress he has made in his work.
CONTIMIT CHORAL SOCIETY.
Xen Organization at I.aureus High
School to Give Entertainment on
on the evening of February lllh,
the people of LnUI'OnO will base a
musical treat presented to them. At
this-time the choral society of the high
school will give its initial concert.
A word as to the origin and pur
pose of this society is lilting at this
point. It was organized last October
and is composed of thirty-eight pu
pits of the high school, who are most
ably assisted by Mrs. II. K. A Ikon and
Miss Mary Todd. The purpose <,t or
ganizing this society was to Introduce
its members to. and to create in them
a love for, music that is really good.
It is the belief of tho. <? in charge lb at
the purpose of the organization lias
been realized to a very satisfactory
The program to be rendered is 0110
that will appeal to all classes of Un
people. The flrsl part will consist of
popular songs, not trash, but songs
that have lived for many years and
i proved their musical worth. The sec
ond part will consist of selections
composed by such masters as Handel.
Schubert. Mendelssohn, and Schumann,
Every one of the selections in this
part of the program Is sure to please.
The third part is the climax of the
entire program. It will consist of se
lections from the following operas:
"Cavalier in Rusticann," "II Tovndore'*,
and "Faust." The program will close
with the delightful "Soldiers' Chorus"
from "Faust." Taken altogether the
program is varied sufficiently to please
both the Cultured musician and the
average lover of mimic. The program
will be published in this paper at an
It is the earnest hope and sincere
belief of those in charge of the Choral
society' that both the patrons of the
school and the general public- will give
hearty financial support to the en
terprise. If sufficient support is giv
en, the society, at BOmo later date, will
give nn even more artistic, program
than the present one. The admission
will be fifty cents for adults and twen
ty-five cents for students and chil
dren. Surely a packed auditorium will
greet the singers on the evening of
the concert, nememher the date, Feb
ruary Hth, and be sure to be there
Mr. P. H. Hailey brought a hog into
Laurens last week that weighed C70
pounds when dressed. The meat was
sold and netted the owner $64.60, Mr.
Hailey iB one of Laurens county's most
progressive farmers and believes In i
making money otherwise than through i
All members of the King's Daugh
ters are requested to send their state
and International dues to the treasur
er, Mrs. H. K. Alken, so they can he
forwarded at the end of the month.
Will Continue for Six
AT GKAY COURT
Dr. F. Iff. Itouth Much Housed nllli
i in Firs! Day of (lie Campaign.
Plij slciitns Co-operating with Ulm
In the Work, Making it Much Fun lor
Tin* hookworm campaign, bogun
yesterday in this county by Dr. r\ M.
Routli, is to bo continued for s'.xi
weeks. The first day's work at Cray
Court was vory oncournglng to Dr.
Routh as tho physicians thoro showed
I an Intelligent Interosl in tlx* work
and co-operated with him in having
tho people examined. Hoth Dr. Hry
BOn and Dr. Rogers entered Into tho
campaign with enthusiasm and rOll
dorod all the assistance that they
could. Visits were made to BOVOrnI
of the BChools and the children given
short lectures, a largo number of
applications were tiled tor treatment.
Dr. Iloutli wishes it announced that
the dispensaries will be held ;it tho
different places advortlaed except in
the case of lloyd's mill. Dr. Donnan
has stated that it will not bo OOUV6
1)toil 1 to have niie at his iiomo. so up
on tho invitation of Mr. .1. K. Ilariiey,
superintendent of the Iteody III vor
and Sullivan power companies, u room
has been socurod at Tumbling Shoals,
so a dispensary has boon established
The following is the program to bo
Kvcry Tue day. Dr. HrysonV. of
lice, Cray Court.
Kvery WeduoBday, Mayor's olllco,
Rvory Thursday, Magistrate's olllco,
lOvery Friday, Tumbling Shoals,
livery Saturday, Court House, Lau
Supervisor Humbert b very anxious
that tin- citizens of the county join
heartily in Hie campaign, as the coun
ty commissioners and the k tit to board
of health are acting jointly in tho un
dertaking, the county bearing a part,
of the expense.
LIVE STOCK MEETING.
Program ?f Meeting of s ('. Mve
Stach Issoclallon Itccchcd hj Fros
ty. I). Hjrd, of ihis County.
Pros, W. D. Byrd, of tho South Car
olina I.Ivo Stock Association, received
a few days ago the program nf tho
meeting of the association and tho
butter scoring contest which Is to bo
held in the rooms of tho chamber ol!
Commerce, Columbia, January 29-fVI.
The program of the I've stock mooting
shows that a long list of prominent
brooders and experts will bo on hand
to make addresses. Mr. Hyrd InUe.l
pate- a very enthusiastic mooting ??
it will be held during the corn expo
The butter scoring contest is of un
usual interest. In this contest, Mr.
Hyrd is very anxious that. Laurent!
county take a prominent part. BO ho
urges every man iti the county, who
has good milch cows, to Bend in but
ter to be shown for tho prizes.
The butter must reach Columbia by
ti i?. m., Tuesday, January 28th and
must be addressed to Mr J. M. Bur
gess. It should lie shipped by pre
paid express or parcel post. A num
ber ol very valuable prizes have been
offered, prlzoa being offerod for dairy
and farm butter separately, so that
all will be placed on an equal foot
Mr. Hyrd states that he is confident
that be will have a number of ex
hibitors from this county.
Death of fJeorge Nash.
Mr. George Nash, son of Mr. J. ff.
Nash, died at the home of his father
in this city early Sunday morning
and was burled In the Laurens cem
etery Sunday afternoon, Rev. Ti. I*.
MoGoo conducting the ?ervices. Mr.
Nash was 32 years of ago and had
noon afflicted all of his life. His oaso
was a peculiarly sad one and his fath
er and other members of the family
have the deepest sympathy of their
large circle of friends.
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