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VOLUME XXVIH, _LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 1913. NUMBER 34
AFTER SHORT SESSION
Few Cases Are Now Left
P! IN AN PRESENTMENT
OF GRAND JURY
Grand Jury Recommends that to?
Bridge over Reedy Hirer at Tum
bling Shoals ho Remedied; Will In
vestigate Unfavorable Reports as to
After a short session lasting from
Wednesday morning until Friday night
the court of general sessions adjourn
ed Friday night, leaving very few cas
es to bo carried over to tho next
term Tho oniy caso of general in
terest, that against Luther Boozer for
"shooting ui>" tho town of Goldvllle
in January, was postponed until tbe
next term of court because of the ill
ness of Boozer. His bond, however,
was Increased from $1,000 to $2.000.
Another case of serious aspect was
that of tho Stuto V8 John Wright, col
ored, charged with rape, the victim
being the negro's stop-daughter. This
was the last case tried Friday and
the jury did not return from their
room until about 10 o'clock at ngiht.
Judge Prince and tho attorneys were
immediately called, whereupon the
verdict of the jury was read, lie was
found guilty and recommended to the
mercy of the court. Judge Prince
sentenced him to 20 years in the state
penitentiary or on the public works of
tho county. His attorneys, Messrs. II.
S. Blackwell and J. H. Sullivan, have
filed a motion of an appeal to the su
premo court for a now trial, ono of
the grounds going that the sentence
was more than that allowed by law
in such cases.
Dave Johnson, a negro from the vi
cinity of Clinton, was convicted of in
voluntary manslaughter and Riven a
two year sentence. This killing took
placo at a turkey shooting during
Christmas of 1911, Dave Johnson was
flourishing n loaded gun with the ham
mer cocked when it. accidentally
exploded killing another negro nearby,
according to his story and evidently
according to the belief of tho jury.
This caso was also appealed to the
The political campaign of last sum
mer was echoed in tho case of the
State vs Wess Hunter, Ted Garrett
and Foster Barksdalo. Foster Barks
dale and tho prosecuting witness,
Wade Finley, according to tho testi
mony, got Into an argument after the
county election as to who was the
victor in tho clerk of court race. As
tho argument proceeded tho atmos
phere got thicker, resulting in a mix
up '.n which Wado Finley was scvero
ly cut In tho abdomen. In .tho mean
tlmo tho other two negroes interfered
to stop tho fight, so they claimed.
Wado Finley thought otherwise, how
ever, charging that instead of taking
Foster Barksdalo off of hlmi they
wero getting into tho scrap thom
so1vc8 and helping to wage war
against him. Wado was so certain of
tho combination of forces against him
that ho was not sure, at first, who it
was that cut him. Tho solicitor and
tho jury straightened the whole mat
ter out satisfactorily, tho caso against
Tod Garrett and Wess Hunter being
nol prossed and Foster llarksdalo be
ing found guilty of assault and bat
tery of a high and aggravated nature.
Ho was given six months or fine $100.
Othor cases tried were:
Will Williams, buying seed cotton
in night time, not guilty.
Elwood Smith, assault and battery
with intent to kill and carrying con
cealed weapons, guilty of carrying
Concealed1! weapons, thirty days or
T. A. Curry, disposing of property
under lien, not guilty.
Will Sweet and Emery Peden, as
sault and battery wrth Intent to kill
and carrying concealed weapons. Will
Sweet guilty of both counts, fifteen
months sontonco Emory Peden found
LH1 Lantern, assault and battery
with intent to kill and carying con
cealed weapons, not guilty
Jim Fuller, forgory, not guilty.
Tho presentment of tho grand Jurj?
waa handed in Thursday morntng,
containing a recommendation as to the
bridge over Reedy river and as to
dereliction in duty and improper con
duct on the part of threo of the rural
policomen. The presentment is as
Final Presentment of Grand Jury ut
March, 1013 Term.
To the Presiding Judge:
The Grand Jury for Laurens County,
S. C, makes this, their final present
ment at this term:
1st. We have passed on all bills
handed us by the court.
2nd. The Grand Jury in its llnal
presentment at the last term of court
called attention to the condition of
the public bridge across Reedy River
at Tumbling Shoals. Wo find that
nothing has been done towards reme
dying the condition of same and it Is
stili in a perilous position and the
same is liable to be destroyed by high
waters. Some of the timbers of the
bridge are now under water, caused
by the erection of a dam by the Sul
livan Power company, which has rais
ed the waters under tho bridge. In
our opinion, if this bridge Is not rais
ed soon, the county will sustain seri
ous financial loss and the public trav
el in that section of the county will
bo materially interfered with. We
recommend that immediate steps be
Uikcn to remedy the conditions ex
isting at this place.
3rd. Messrs C. L. Owings. H. M.
Wright and J. H. Madden, Rural Po
licemen of this county have been re
ported to us for non-attendance to
the duties of their office, and miscon
duct in oillce as to Messrs. C. L. Ow
ings and J. H. Madden. We will make
a thorough investigation of these
charges and will make a report at
the next term of this court.
4lh. Complaints have been made to
us concerning the local condition of
the public rotds in some sections of
the county. We feel sure that these
conditions will bo remedied by the
county commissioners as soon as the
weather will permit.
5th. The County Supervisor has
submitted to us his annual report as
required by law. This report will be
thoroughly examined by a committee
to be appointed by the foreman before
settlements are made with tho Coun
In conclusion the thanks of every
member of this body is extended to
your honor and the court officials for
courtesies extended us.
John A. Franks,
IX ( UIMIXAL SOCIETY.
Ifutler Smith finest of Honor in Coun
ty Jail. Frank Long Entertained.
The monotony of society life behind
the bars was broken this week when
Rural Policeman A. R. Sullivan In
vited one Butler Smith to the county
jail whero ho will bo entertained for
j several years. Butler has boon exist
ing in the Renno section and obtain
ed social distinction by forgetting that
there was a law against grand larc
ency. Ho entered tho home of Mr. J.
H. Bonds, anchored onto fifty dollars
in cash and floated around until Mr.
Sullivan rowed him into port Ho
Will ho at home to his many friends
for Bomo time.
Rural Pol iceman Henry Wright de
ducted a twig from the tree of fame
when 'ho hauled ashore one Frank
Long. Frank loaped Into limelight
when he leaped on a nolghbor up near
Judgo Kellet's home, with such forco
tha he won tho blue ribbon for assault
and battery. He Is now taking his
I meals at the county cafe.
Box Supper at Fleming School.
There will be a box supper at the
Fleming school on Friday night,
March 28th. The proceeds of tho sup
ver will go towards tho improvements
in tho school. A short and interesting
program is being arranged to bogln
at 7:30 o'clock. There will be an ad
dress during the evening by some
prominent Laurens county man. Sev
eral musical selections will be played
by the Chlldress String Hand. After
this program will come the sale of the
boxes. The public is cordially invited
On Sunday, March 30th, there will
be. all-day singing at the Lucas Avenue
Baptist church. Tho public is invited
to come, bring books and enjoy the
day. A basket dlnnor will bo served
on the grounds and all are expected
to bring a basket with them.
WILL BE IN RACE FOR
R. R. COIV1IV1ISSIONER
John F. Bolt, Formerly Clerk of Court,
Makes Announcement while In Co
liimhln Several Days Ago.
Mr. John F. Bolt, clerk of court In
this county for sixteen years, author
ized a statement while In Columbia
several dayc ago to the effect that he
would be In the race for railroad com.
missioner next summer. Mr. Bolt as
pires to tho place now held by Banks
L. Caughman, whose term expires in
1915. After his return from Colum
bia he was asked about tho report of
his candidacy. He stated that al
though he had been considering the
matter fo~ some time and had about
made up 1 mind to run, still he had
not intei d making his purpose
known so soon. However, some of the
newspaper men got around him in Co
lumbia and asked him to confirm a
rumor to that effect which they had
heard, so Mr. Bolt said he gave in and
let the cat out of the bag.
It is also authoritatively reported
that Mr. Bolt forthwith and at once
began his campaign by going to the
mooting of teachers which was in ses
sion in Columbia and commencing to
"lectioneor" among them, ladies espec
ially. Whether or not lie made much
progress among them Is not said, but ]
it is very probable that Mr. Bolt shook
hands with "much heap" teachers be
; fore they got away.
A TTK A ( Ii V K A TT It A CTI OX.
Crowning Event of the Theatre Season
Will Blow Up in the Opera House
Friday, March 28th.
A play that promises to cause a re
vision of all stage-success records
will he hauled Into the limelight on
Friday March tho twenty-eighth. It
lias heon pronounced by the leading
critics of this school district to be a
"Breezy comedy" in the A-No-1 order.
It contains fifty seven varieties of in
teresting, enticing, invigorating, in
structive, indefinite and indispcnsiblc
scenes: in fact It Is an all-wool, four
act comedy that Is guaranteed under
the pure food and drugs act. F.very
single artist in the line-up is from
hereabouts, and thereroro worthy of
your close observance and fifty cents.
The name of this celebrated work
of art happens to be "Down by the
Sea" and is the masterpiece of one of
America's greatest play writers. The
play is being given for the benefit of
the library and all the receipts up to
One Thousand Dollars will he given
to that institution. Tho balance will
bo given to the Society for tho Ameli
oration of tho Hottentots.
For further information see the
Opposed <o Itace-Suichle.
Col W. C. P. Robertson is guilty of
tho following story concerning the
sllght-of-hand performance of Bunty,
the star performer In his barnyard
troupe. Some moons ago Bunty was
"sot" on exactly one flozen eggs. From
this ono dozen Bunty Incubated ex
actly 21 chickens in four weeks. The
colonel states that the remainder of
the unhatched eggs would be used in
building a dam across the Pacific
ocean. He also intends using some
of them to furnish this county with
Mr. Ed. Hicks Leaves.
Mr. Ed. Hicks left last Saturday
with his brother, Mr. John Hicks for
Kansas, whoro ho will be engaged in
the samo business as his brother. Mr.
Hicks' decision to leavo has caused
general expressions of regret. By his
pleasing personality and fino disposi
tion ho has made hundreds of friends
in and around tho city.
Dr. Cliambllss to Preach.
Dr. J. A. Cham bliss, of the Ander
son Female College, will preach the
morning and evening sermon at the
Baptist church Sunday. Dr. Chambliss
1? an eloquent minister and a brilliant
educator. A treat Is in store for those
who go out to hear him.
Special Song Service.
Tho Baptist Young People's Union,
of tho First Baptist enurch, will have
a special song service in the church
Sunday afternoon beginning at 4
o'clock. Tho program will consist of
solos, duets, quartets and instrumen
tal numbers. Tho public Is cordially
invited to attend.
IN EXT FRIDAY NIGHT
Preliminary Display of Oratory for Se
lection of Speakers to Represent City
School In Annual Debates.
Tho annual preliminary oratorical
contest will be held in tho graded
school auditorium Friday night, March
21st. beginning at 8 o'clock. This
contest Is for the selection of a speak
er to represent tho Laurens school
in the annual county contest and also
a speaker to represent the school in
tho Piedmont Oratorical Association
contest held annually in Greenville.
This last will bo some time in April,
.ludging from the orations last year
the contest next Friday bids well to
? an unusually lino display of ora
tory. All tho speakers in the line
up havo been well trained and have
selected interesting subjects. There
will be no admission charge and it is
hoped that a large crowd will bo pres
ent to encourage the young orators.
The names of the contestants are giv
en as follows:
"Sergeant Prentiss' F?rst Plea"?
"Mobility of Labor" James Holmes
"The New South"?Randolph Little.
"The Secret of Murder"- Farris
"Not Guilty"?.Tames McCravy.
"Citizenship" Laurens Philpot.
"Heroes of Dixie"?Hayno Taylor.
UKCITAL BY MHS. TURNER.
Assisted by Mrs. Cora Lucas, Mr.
James McCravy, Mrs. Turner's Vocal
Class and the Laurens Male Quartet.
A delightful entertainment is an
ticipated for next Tuesday evening,
when Mrs. Devercux Turner will give
a recital assisted by her vocal class,
the Laurens Male Quartet, Mr. James
McCravy and Mrs. Cora Lucas. This
will be the last appearance of Mrs.
Turner in Laurens, for she goes very
soon to New York, where she has en
gaged to sing in the cnoir of one of
the large Churches. The admission
will he 50 cents for adults and LT>
cents for children. The concert will
begin promptly at s::',(i o'clock.
An announcement of a recital by
Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Lucas with such
assistance as is on the program for
Tuesday evening is always hailed with
pleasure and delight by the music
loving people of I.aurens for they can
always feel that in being present at
such times they are sure of a splen
did and faultlessly executed program.
Since Mrs. Turner has been teaching
in Laurens, she has created a place in
its musical life which will be hard to
fill and her departure Is greatly re
gretted. Doubtless a large number
will be present at this concert to bid
LACHENS TEACHERS HONORED.
Took Prominent Part In Proceedings
at Meeting of State Teachers Asso
A large number of Laurens county
teachers attended the meeting of the
state teachers association In Colum
bia last week. Not only did they at
tend, but they took great Interest in
the proceedings and a prominent part
in the program, besides taking away
a few of the honors. Mr. B. Ii. Jones
was elected secretary and treasurer
of Hie Association of City Superin
tendents and Mr. Geo. L. Pitts was
elected secretary and treasurer of the
Association of County Superintend
ents. Miss Wll I-iou Gray was made
chairman of a committee appointed
to publish a bulletin on school Im
provement in this state.
Call Meeting of Palmetto Lodge.
There will be a call meeting of Pal
metto Lodge No. 10, A. F. M., for Tues
day night, March 2.r,th. This will bo
an especially Important meeting. Col.
Georg?; Bryan is expected to be pres
ent and candidates will be taken
through tho second degree.
Small Fire Yesterday.
The fire department was called out
early yesterday morning to OXtlngulsh
a blaze In the kitchen of Mr. B. L.
Clardy. Tho fire resulted from ashes
which had fallen from the stove and
smouldered during the night. The de
partment responded promptly and
succeeded in confining tho blaze, to
tho kitchen, which, however, was
FOIND DEAD NE AU WATERLOO.
Old Negro Found on Knllrond Track.
Coroner's Jury Verdict Declares
Death Due to Natural Causes.
Theodore Hadeo, a negro man, was
found dead on tho C. & W. C. railroad
track hot ween Cold Point and Water
loo Sunday afternoon. Tho Unding
of an empty bottle in his pocket ?rst
gave rise to a suspicion of foul play,
so Dr. Fennel! was authorised to make
an examination looking to a division
whether or not iie negro wan pois
oned. A Jury was empaneled and Dr.
Fen noil testified that thero wore no
evidences of foul play, so far as he
could see, so a verdict was returned
in accordance with those facts.
The theory of poisoning was ad
vanced because the finding of the pint
bottle in the negro's pocket. This was
rather unexpected because it was
known that he never drank whiskey
Evidence was deduced, however, sug
gesting tho conclusion that the old
negro had picked up the bottle with
tho intention of carrying it home to
be used as a container for coffee. Oth
er evldenco was introduced clearing
away doubts as to probable poisoning
so no further examination was made.
HELD ANNUAL MEETING
Old Officers Re-elected and Delegates
Named for state and General lie
A meeting of Camp Gnrllngton v.
C. V., was held in tho office of JudgO
of Probate Thompson Saturday and
business transacted as It came bofoi'0
the meeting. A very pleasant meet
ing was id. tin- old soldiers being
glad to meet togethor again and to
greet each other, besides attending to
business. The following an- tho min.
utes of the meeting:
Pursuant to notice the camp met at
the office of the Probate .lodge on Sat
' Ul'day, tho 15th. In tho absence of
Comrade. W. P. Cokor, Commander,
Vice Commander, .1. i>. Mock, presided
After reading minutes of tho last
regular meeting the camp went into
an election of ofllcoi's for (lie ensuing
year with tho result that all the In
cumbents, were re-elected wllhott! op
posllion, namely: Commander, \V. P.
Cokor; Vice Commander, J, l>. Mock;
Adjutant. J. A. P. Moore; Chaplain,
ROV. .1. K. McCain; Quartermaster
Jno. T. L?ngsten; Treasurer Chas. P.
The following named were oloctcd
! delegates to the state and general re
unions with instruction that In case
any one could not attend to name his
To the state reunion which moots
at Aiken, S. ('., on the 23rd and 24th
j of April: W. P. Coker, J. I). Mock, L.
To tho general reunion which meets
at Chattanooga, Tonn., May 27, 28 and
29th: Y. 0. Hollams, J. A. P. Moore,
L. H. Roper.
Sponsor to represent the camp at
Aiken and Chattanooga' to bo named
by the commander.
Tlie.ro was a very fair attendance
and some headway was made in col
lection of dues but tbe membership
is urged to send In the small remit
tance that the camp may bo able to
meet thoir obligations to the State
and General Headquarters promptly
J. I). Mock,
J. A. P. Moore, Vice-Coin.
Two Little Hoys Burned.
Robert and Lee Simpson, tho young
sons of Mr. R. L. Simpson, were pain
fully, though not seriously, burnt yes
terday, when a pot of boiling water
was turned over upon them. The
youngsters have suffered a great deal
of pain from tho scalds but tho many
friends of the family will bo glad to
know that thero will be no real dan
ger from the burns.
West Ii reu er Not Guilty.
West Drewer, tho negro that was
Charged With the killing of a police
man in Ashovlllo some time ago has
been tried in tho North Carolina courts
and found not guilty. Tho story of
West's arrest and of tho crime was
much talked of In Laurons last summer
owing to the fact that West claimed to
have been working hero with Mr. J. F.
Hicks at the time the murder was com
mitted. There was much strong evi
dence against him but many who have
followed the case were satlsfiod that
he was not guilty.
Rendition off County Fair by
ON POPULAR PEOPLE
Wedding of Two Popular Young Peo
ple to be Center of Interest. David
Livingstone's Memory to bo Honored]
In Presbyterian Church Today. In
Clinton March 18. -An announce
ment of unusual Interest in Clinton
and Laurone is that of tho approach
ing marriage of Miss Qloanor Duckctt
and Mr. Duncan Johnson of Newberry.
Tho wodding will take placo at 4
o'clock Wodu08day afternoon, MaroH
29th, at tho residence of tho brldo'a
sister, Mrs. J. F. Jacobs, Tho Rov. J.
F, Jacobs win perform tho coreinony]
Which will he witnessed by a small
gathering of relatives and intimate
friends, Thorc will be no attendants.
The newly married pair will leave on
the ovonlng train.
A Wedding Sunday Night,
Oil Sunday nij;ht immediately after
Church service, the ItoV. P. 0. JOUOS
was called on to perform the inarrlago
ceremony for Miss Orrlo Shirley ami
Mr. Henry McKlnnoy of Qroenwood,
Tin; two young people arc WOll known
in Greenwood where the news of their
Wedding was doubtless leeched with
The Count) Fair a Success,
in spite of pouring rain Thursday]
and unsettled woathor Friday there
were good audiences at the two per
formances of the County Pair and at
clear profit of $112.00 wa.s realized by]
the daughters of tho Confederacy, tho
door rccolpts being about $200.00.
The play was undoubtedly a success
from the standpoint of giving pleasure.
Praise has been heaped on the actors
and the members of the ten beautiful
ly executed chorusos. There word
about thirty speaking parts, all ofi
them well-sustained. Kspoc.lal prniso
Is due V*. I'. Adair, whose WorJt art
clown was perfect. MIbH Julia OweitH
as "Giggling Sal" aidy sobondod him.
Mr. Kit Young was one of the popular
characters, Mrs, J. w. Copoland Jr.,
diii star work. Others taking parti
: were Mesdaines J. I. Copoland, W. II.
| Shands, Julia Grtmn, .1 Q Phillips. A.
; n. Galloway, 11. II. Ooyd, Misses Oor
j trude lli|>|? . Dorothy Owens, Kato
\ Shands. Bllso and Marjorlo Spencer,
1 Zee Wright, Margaret Sharpens, Ks
' slo Young) Prondo Kennedy, Nan
Copoland, and Messrs A. B. Galloway,
D. W. Neville, T. P. P. Carson, John
Kock, Pierre BurdottO, Kenneth Bur
dotto, Daniel Brlmm, Joe llic.kson Lit
tle, John W. Littlo, Mill Smith, K H.
Hall, W. H. Simpson and Jim Cope
land, Willie Brown and Alllo Brown.
More than one hundred took part
in the choruses which were led by
Misses Bee Oope.lnnd, Mercer Bailey,
Sam Kern. Miss Paul, Mlsp, Lonora
Purcoll, Miss Kmmlc Hobortson, and
Mr, Dan Brlmm.
Ihn Id Livingstone's Memory Honored*
The centennial of the great mission
ary to Africa, David Livingstone, id
to bo celebrated elaborately at 01?
Pirsl Presbyterian church tomorrow
(Wednesday) evening. For week thd
different choirs and missionary soclo
ties have been at work undor tho dl
rectlon of tho Rev. Mr. Jones, propart
Ing an Interesting program, One off
i the features of it will be roprosento?
tlons In co tumo of natives of the va
rloua mission fields, Tho church wilt
doubtless bo crowdod with an Inter
ested congregation, and thoy will do*
rlvo pleasure and profit from the oc
Last Lyceum Program.
Tin I ? <?< um course for this 1 on
Is to end next Thursday ovonlng ?'?ititB
a mu deal al 1 rncl Ion, I
it has bei n well patronUod this yea?
and will doubtless ho arranged f<>jfl
1 for another season. I
Oratorical Contest. B
The doclalmors of tho Clinton higM
school hold a contest Friday night tcfl
select a representative or their school
In the county contest to be held Irl
Laurenfl In April. They havo somtM
good material and aro ?uro to semfl
(Continued on Pago Four.)