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The Laurens advertiser. (Laurens, S.C.) 1885-1973, April 10, 1913, SECTION 3, PAGES 17 TO 20, Image 17

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TWO BOYS KILLED
ON ENTERING STORE
Greenville Policeman Foil
Attempted Burglary.
A YOUNG SON OF
PROMINENT PARENTS
Two Greenville Hoys Shot by Police
men when They Enter theu Store
of Dig Dry Goods Firm In the Late
Hours of the Night. Fired First Shot
Greenville, April 6.?Upon entering
tho basement of a fashionable dry
Roods store shortly arter 3 o'clock
Sunday morning, Leonard Sniitli, 17
years old, son of a prominent and
wealthy family, and his 20-year-old
companion, Rowley Martin, engaged
in a pistol battle with three police
men who had concealed themselves
in the store in anticipation of a bur
glary with the result that the young
men wore shot to death and one of
the policemen wounded.
With five bullets In his body and a
wound thro igh his heart young Smith
ran up a flight of stairs to the second
floor, where two employes of the firm
i,had stationed themselves in waiting.
tfle was met at the top step by one
of the clerks who shouted to him
not to fire again, and passing on by,
teaching a mask from his face with
one hand and gripping his pistol with
the other, sank to the floor and ex
pired Martin ran to the rear of the
basement with a bullet hole through
his head nnd another in Is hand and
concealed lmself in a closet. A police
man followed closely upon him and
pulled him out, at the same time tear
ing a mask from .the lad's face. Mar
tin was placed In the police ambu
lance and rushed to the city hospital
where he expired two hours later. Po
liceman Mayfleld was shot In tho
hand.
Dual Inquest Held.
News of the terrible tragedy spread
quickly even at that, hour of the night,
and has created a profound sensation
throughout the city. At noon in tho
county court house in tho presence
.?. a thousand or more citizens, of all
rank, the coroner conducted a dual
inquest into the killing.
The two purlos returned verdicts
thai Leonard Smith and Rowley Mar
tin came to their death from pistol
shot wounds at tho hands of Police
men H. C. Alexander, A. M. Blair and
.7. A. Mayfleld. The chief of police,
.T. E. HolCOmibO, was then deputized to ,
take the officers into custody until
Monday, when their commitments will
be Issued by the coroner. At the
same time application for bail for the
three policemen will be made before
Judge S. W. Q. Shlpp, who convenes
the spring term of the court of com
mon pleas for Greenville county Mon
day . morning.
The inquest was the most dramatic
ever held in this county. The father
of young Smith overwhelmed with
grief and dumbfounded at the tragic
0CCUranee, appeared at the Inquest
and conducted the examination of the
various witnesses.
Testimony of Policemen.
The city solicitor. B. V. Martin,
questioned the witnesses on the part
of tho city. The testimony did not
develop any mysteries but was plain
and to the point. The policemen tei
titled that members of the firm of
IIobbB & Henderson notified them a
weok ago that their store was being
robbed. Young Smith was employed
by the firm until a short while ago,
and tho witnesses stated, suspicion
pointed to him. For nve nights one
of the policomen concealed himself
in the basement of the store, he said,
and each night observed a party or
parties conio to the roar windows of
tho basement nnd flash a pocket lan
term. Saturday night, ho testified,
threo policemen were stationed In the
basement shortly before midnight.
It had been planned to havo two
members of the firm stationed on tho
second floor of the store, In charge of
the switch governing the electric light
ing system. The three policemen con
cealed themselves behind a counter In
the basement and waited.
At f> minutes after 3 o'clock, the
testimony rah, the policemen observed
the pocket lantern being flashed on
the outside of the rear basement win
dows. They waited and presently an
arm was slipped through a broken
glass, set in front of the barred win
dow sash and the padlock holding
down the sash unlocked. There was
a slight commotion as the boys slip
ped through the window, and Into the
basement. As soon as they had en
tered, the witnesses testified, the boys
placed masks over their faces, "took
out their pistols and held them in
shooting position, and flashed their
pocket lanterns," advanced toward the
staircase, leading to the second floor.
As they drow opposite the counter
behind which the policemen were
concealed. Policeman Mayfleld arose
and called to the hoys. "Hold up your
hands, boys." Without answering the
Challenge, it was testified, the hoys
opened fire first.
They fired two shots, it was testi
fied, and then the three policemen,
realizing their danger, opened fire. A
total of 15 shots were fired. An ex
amination of the revolvers showed
that young Smith had fired once. ?rar
tin twice and the policemen 12 times,
together. At that moment the clerks
upstairs hearing the terrible commo
tion, throw the electric switch and the
dark basement was flooded with linht.
Father Very Hitter.
Mr. Smith is not without consid
erable feeling against the police und
others who were with them on the
fatal night. "While 1 do not uphold
ray son In what he did," said Mr.
Smith, "I do feel that the police and
the employees of Hat\bSiTIcnderson
company, who suspected my hoy of
entering the store, at least a week
ago, as they testified at the Inquest,
Should have given me some warning
of the matter, or have let my boy
know that they suspected him. Had
they notified me. 1 know that I
could have avoided this terrible trag
edy; or had they notified the hoy T
am certain it would have frightened
him out of doing anything like ths."
The father is very firm in his be
lief that tlia boys did not fire the
first shots in the basement of tho
store, for e does not believe any man
would bo. brave enough to face the
revolvers of three policemen, with
their flash lights playing In. Ills face,
and flghl it out to the end. He call
ed attention to the fact that for sev
eral nights (urn policeman watched
the store alone, and the on the last
night nine men took up the watch.
He feels very firmly that the trouble
could have been corrected without
bringing about the (loath of the hoys.
Mr. Smith called attention to the
testimony of Dr. R. D, Smith, who
stated that Leonard Smith was shot
once in the hack. He feels that the
boy was shot while running and was
not killed In a fight with the police.
He stated that of all the people who
called at the home there was not
one but that felt the terrible tragedy
could have been avoided had the po
lice notified the hoy's father that his
son was suspected or notified the hoy
himself.
In conclusion last night, Mr. Smith
asked to he quoted as believing that
his son was led Into this conduct by
an older companion.
FINE PICTURES FRIDAY.
Cyclone In Georgia, Woodmen of
World Parade and olhcrs.
For tomorrow, Friday, Manager
Lavender of the opera house picture
show, has secured one of the most in
teresting of all the pictures shown
here. This fine reel will contain views
of the great cyclone that devastated
large sections of Georgia some time
ngo. It shows many freakish stunts
of the terrific winds.
It also contains views of the Wood
men of the World meeting held in
Greenville not long ago. This picture
will be of special Interest in Laurons,
since many from here were in the
plot rue of the great parade.
Pictures showing the activities at
Cedar Springs( the state institution
for the deaf, dumb, and blind will
be shown also. Their pastimes and
amusements, naturally different from
others, will bo among the Interest
ing views shown.
Old Board Re-Appointed.
Messrs. H. B. Ba'bb and B. Y. Cul.
berison have been re-appointed mem
bers of the county board of educa
tion, after having served a number of
years. Mr. GoO. L. Pitts is an ex.Of
ficio member of the board. Those gen
tlemen take a great deal of interest In
the educational life of the county and
are largely responsible for the awak
ening that is going on at this time.
WITH THE CORRESPONDENTS
What the People of Laurens County are Doing Worthy
of Note?Interesting Items About Those Things
Which Affect the Every Day Life of a
Sociable People.
Cross Hill, April 14.?This corres
pondent said last week that J. C. Mc
Gowan was to represent the school
here, at Lau r ens. It should have been
at Clinton.
Interesting exercises were held at
the school building last Friday even
ing to decide who should go to Lau
rens. Simmons Pinson, .Tames Quth.
rii, Joseph Thompson, Qeorge Martin
James Koon and Dewey Nelson were
the speakers. The judges decided that
Dcwey Nelson must represent the
school at Laurens. All the boys ac
quitted themselves very well indeed.
Dewey Nelson was given a medal for
Iiis effort.
There were recitations by a num
ber of girls also. Willie .loo Austin.
Ozelia Harmon, Emma Lowe, Asile
Austin, Floride Rudd, Joste QrifTtn and
Gladys Griffin recited. All of them
did well. Willie Joe Austin was giv-1
en a medal and Ozelia Harmon honor
able mention. A good crowd was
present and all the exercises were
very interesting. There will be other
exercises at the school building next
Friday evening. Some of the teachers
and other young people will give a
play which will include a number of
characters, all home talent. All are
cordially invited to come out and have
a good time.
Miss Pearl West and Miss Wall of
Nowborry were Cross Hill visitors
Saturday and Sunday. Miss West is
remembered as popular teacher here
a few years ago.
Misses Miles and Hook of Green
wood spent the week-end in town. Miss
Miles visited her sister who is a
teacher here.
Rev. Mr. Ratchford lias returned
from a several days' visit to Iiis peo
ple.
Mrs. S. I.. Turner is .-till qiute ill
and her people are apprehensive about
her condition.
Various kind of bundles are sent by
our parcel post. Mr. Jim Cotcman, our
accommodating rider, says he has been
hauling guano horns.
Mountville, April 5.?It has been
some time since Mountville has been
heard from through your columns, but
despite the ravages of wind and water,
we still hold our place on the map.
On Tuesday evening, March 2!>lh,
five young men of the Mountville
High Schol made a very creditable
display of oratory In the proleminary
contest for representation, both in
the State High School contest at
Clinton and the county contest to be
held at Laurens on April 1Sth. The
following were the speakers and their
subjects: Alsey Fuller, The Soldier
of The Common Good; Hugh Willis
Crisp, The United States and World
Peace; Ryan Matthews, Washington's
Monument Begun; Eugene Mitchell,
The Confederate Girl-Wife: .Tim
Wade Miller. The Path of History.
The judges awarded the distinction
to Eugene Mitchell, with Hugh Willis
Crisp a close second. The evercises
were held In the Baptist church and
quite a large audience enjoyed the
occasion.
The matter of the new schol build
ing is being much talked of by some
of the patrons of the school and we
feel sure that sinco Mountville has
already taken on new life in a build
iny way, a new school-room is almost
a certainty.
Mr. and Mrs. Mllam Bryson have
moved Into their new home on West
Main street.
The double store-room of Messer?
Hipp Pros., Is in course of construc
tion, which they expect to occupy n
the next two weeks.
Mr. J. S. Winobrenner has the ma
terial on the ground for his home on
West HobSOn street, and just, adjoin
ing Mr. Winebrenner's lot, Mr. C. M.
Fuller is laying down brick and lum
ber for bis two story modern home.
He has already had a deep well driven
on his lot. This makes the eighth
deep well for Mountville, which ought
to give her plenty of "watered stock."
Mr. J. H. Motes is having a new
roof put on his house and quite an
extensive porch added to the front
and rear and when this is completed,
he expects to apply a new coat of
paint, which will add materially to
the appearance of his home.
Mrs. Fannie stokes nas boautlfled
her home very much by a now coat
of paint. Mr. W. A. Teaguo has lot
the contract for considerable re
pairs and additions to Iiis home. Thus
Mountvllle is moving on to take her
stand in the rank with her adjoining
sister-towns.
Prof. B. S. Worts of Memphis, 10.
contly paid a visit to his father, Mr.
W. M. Worts, who has boon quite
feeble for the past fow weeks.
Alsey Bryeon, who is attending a
business school in Columbia, spent
Master will) Iiis home folks.
Messers. T. L. Monroe and II. I..
Clardy were business visitors to our
town last week.
A number of our young people wont
over to see the P. C. Furman name
last Friday, at Clinton.
Our farmers enjoyed a full week
last week of preparation for another
crop.
Shlloh, April 7.?Providence has
smiled. The rains have abated for
one week and the preliminary farm
work is bolng done. Corn is being
put into tlie ground extensively. That
moans more hog and hominy. In
ease the weather continues warm the
peach crop will meet home consump
tion.
Mrs. W. I,. ChOStoin lias boon sick
for some time.
For the past two weeks, Miss An
nie Lee Aborcromblo, has been nurs
ing a rising in her head, Wo are
glad to relate its Improvement.
The latest fad is the Inclosing of
a new wire fence around the yard of
one of our neighbors, ft improves the
appearance very much.
Miss Mario Aborcromblo had boon
on the sick list for the past few days
but is convalescing.
The oat crop looks promising.
itnbun, April 7. ?A largo number of
people attended sorvh o at Ilabun Sun
day morning.
The farmers are right busy plowing
these days and some of thein are grum
bling because the ground is getting
hard ?wanting it to rain.
Misses Carol Hope:- and Mamie Kl to
liudgens of Laurons visited Mr. and
Mrs. .lohn Wolff Sunday.
Mr. Hooth Gray of Eden section
spent Sunday witli Mr. Nosbitt Mahon.
Mr. Laurens Mahon was in Green
ville Saturday and Sunday on business
Mr. Hoardie Owens and family and
Mr. Solomon Mahaffey of Fdon sec
tion visited Mrs. H. A. Owens Sunday
Little MargUorlttO Koper of ^au
reus spent from Friday until Sunday
With her mother, Mrs. Finma Koper.
Mr. and Mrs. Ludie Haid win and
little daughter Lucllo of Hondorson
Vlllo section spent Sunday with Mrs.
Molvina Abercrombie.
Miss Cora Armstrong spent Sunday
with Miss Mae Koper of Hondcroon*
villo secetion.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Mahon visited
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Kabb of Eden
community Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Koper and Mrs.
Mudge Koper of Laurons wert at Ka.
bun Sunday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Clardy of Lau
rens visited Mr. and Mrs. L. K.
Brooks Sunday.
Miss Allie Habb, after completing a
course in millinery in Atlanta return
ed to her home Sunday for a few
weeks.
Kev. Mr. Haggott spent Saturday
night with Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Ma
hon.
Mrs. Rebecca Owens spent Friday
witli Mrs. Bmlly Woods of Eden com
munity.
Mi and Mrs Fate Crisp of Enoroo,'
wore visiting Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Hipp
Saturday night and Sunday.
Mrs. Pleas Bolt and son, of OwlngS,
visited Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Saxon S?.n.
day.
Mrs. T. H. Babb visited her mother
Mrs. Helton Owens of Eden section
Wednesday.
MEETING AT SECOND BAPTIST.
The Rev. W. M. Whltcsldes to Begin
Special Series Next Sunday.
Beginning next Sunday morning nt
the regular hour. Itev. W. M. Whito
sides. superintendent of Mill churchcb
In South Carolina, will hegln a se
ries of special services in the Sec
ond Baptist church at the Laurens
mills. Mr. Whltesides has preached
here before and those who heard him
remember his powerful sermons and
interesting discussions. There will be
services each evening beginning at S
o'clock and In the afternoons at 1
o'clock during the week.
BIG LAND SALI'.
Choice Lots will lie Sold at Clinton
Wednesday April 28rd,
The Southern Realty and Auction
company announce that on April 23rd
they will sell at auction the property
of J. I. and T. I). Copeland, located In
the eastern part of the town of Clin
ton. The property will be cut Into
choice lots and will be sold at aue.
tlon to the highest bidder. It is well
located, being very near the college
and In that section of Clinton that
Is growing most rapidly. The sale
will commence at 10:30.
U. D. C Meeting.
The local chapter, United Daughters
of the Confederacy, will hold their
next regular meeting, Tuesday April
15th, at the holme of Mrs. Kan Little.
The meeting will bo at t o'clock.
Bhiloh Day will be observed and a
full attendance of members is urged.
Formed Partnership.
Mr. ,t. A. Roland and Mr. C. R
Moseley have entered into a partner,
ship to do a general real estate, bond
and insurance business. Mr. Moseley
has been in the insurance business for
some time, represent inj,' the Southeast
ern Life Insurance company and sev
eral tire Insurance companies. Mr.
Roland was until recently clerk and
treasurer of the elty and is closely
identified with the life of (lie city.
This company of young men promises
to do a large business in the city and
throughout the county.
TlCKET?SKLLING CONTEST.
Graded School Realized $(51.30 in (be
Sale of .NmhiL' Picture Tickets.
For the past few weeks the pupils
of the Laarens Graded school have;
been busy selling motion picture tick
ets, a good portion < the proceeds
going to the school. Several prizes
were offered to the "best sellers". The
following statistics will be of inter
est:
1st?Sixth Grade.$ 25.65
2nd?Fifth Grade. 20.90
3rd?Tenth Grade. 16.65
4th?-Fourth (irnde. 10.95
6th-?Eighth Grade. 13.K0
Gib- Seventh Grade. 11.90
ith Fourth and Fifth Grade .. 11.45
8th?third Grade. 9.10
9th?Second Grade. 8.35
10th First Grade. 8.30
11th?Ninth Grade.*;r,
Total.$112.70
Prizes.
The first and second prizes were
won by the Sixth and Fifth Grades
respectively. These are five and three
dollar Victor records.
The prize of 60 cents for selling the
greatest amount was won by Robert
Lucas, amount $10.If.. The second
prize of 25 cents was won by Ruth
Wlnn who reported $s.S0.
There were 190 tickets given as
prizes to pupils who received a free
ticket for every f?0 cents collected.
From the sale the Rchool realized
$61.30, The school is very grateful to
Mr. lavender for this opportunity of
adding to the "music fund."
INSTALL LIGHTS AT COST.
Siillhun Cower Company Makes a
Sixty Day Offer.
The Sullivan Power Co.. of Laurens
announces that for the next sixty days
they will install a Complete electric
lighting system in any city home for
the actual cost of the labor and ma
terial. This offer applies only to those
houses that are located within the
city limits. Mr. .1. 13. Harney. the
company's superintendent and an ex
perienced electrician, will have charge
of the work.
Rev. E. M. Ltghfoot Accepts
Call to Baptist Church.
PERSONAL PARAGRAPHS
ON POPULAR PEOPLE
Voting Son of llev. L. A. Cooper, u
former Itesiilent, Killed in Tneeon,
(Jiu while Playing witli Live Elec
tric Wire liaracaa Ofve llnuqiiot.
Clinton. April 8, Alter being with
out n pastor for a long time the Bap.
tlst congregation of this place is de
lighted to linve secured the promise
oT one. Tho lUv. 15. M. Llghtfool of
Paris. Kentucky has accepted Ilm
charge of the Clinton Baptist church
and will arrive here about .Inno 1st.
Mr. Llghtfoot is not a Btrnngor in
South Carolina, having 1)0011 formerly
pastor of the Orangohurg church. Ilo
Is highly praised by those who Know
im and the Baptists feel gratified at.
having induced him to come here. Ho
was called several months ago and
refused hut a renewal of the invita
tion met with a favorable response.
Rumens (Jive n Banquet.
Tho Raracn class of the Clinton
Baptist church won the pennant this
year for securing mosl new nu mbers
and tonighl they celebrated their vic
tory by spreading n banquet at which
Nowborry Baraea class, which last
yoar entertained the Clinton class,
were guests. The I'hilatheas were
?I guests and the occasion was a
delightful social affair. Copolund'S
Hall was very attractively arranged
for Hie hnnmiol and ."bout olghly
guests gathered about the long labloa
i enloy a delightful menu.
?wreilCC Cooper, dr.. Killed.
The friends of tbt Rov. and .Mrs. I..
V. Cooper wer. shocked Saturday to
trot the hows that their son, Lawrence,
was dead. He was playing in the
back yard of (heir lionu in Toceohi da.
and was on Hie roof of a woodshed
When one n( hi- playmates dared him
I to touch an electric wire in reach. Of
course both expected him to be shock'
od bill nhithnr dreamed of dnnge.r, Me
look t,he dare au I wh> killed.instant!.
by the electric shock.
The body was carried to .lohnston
S. C, for Interment.
The little hoy was of unusual proa
Ise, bright and inlcnti l. I lo tin do
fair to be a musical art hi.
Rev, ItIchard Carroll Speaks.
At (he Invitation of tho itev. Mar
eellus Billard, pastor of one of ihn
colored churches bore, tin great ne
gro lender, Itev. Richard Carroll of
Columbia, visited Clinton this week
T.nst nitrht he spoke in the I'topla
Hall to an interested audience of white
people on some phases of the race
problem. Ilho produced a mosl fa
vorable Impression and gave bis hoar,
ers food for thought.
Concert at T'lornwell Orphanage.
This evening at the Thornwell Or
pl nnngo Mi^s Leriorn PurcoH's pupils
in music gave a very much enjoyed
concert.. The sight singing and choral
work Interspersed with solo ami duet
pieces made an attractive program.
Miss I'u:cell's friends and admirers
in Clinton regrol thai she will not he
with them another session. She lias
accepted a position on the musical
faculty of Chlcora college.
College Affairs.
The executive committee of the
College board met here Monday after
noon and attended to routine busi
ness preliminary to the board meeting
next month.
A good crowd turned out Friday af
ternoon to see the first game played
on the local diamond this season, be
tween Furman and the Presbyterian
college, and it was very gratifying to
the local fans that the home boys won
in a good game; the RCOre being I to
2
On Thursday evening President
Douglas entertained the faculty and
the senior class al an elognnt bnil
qUOt, Tiie class flower, the daisy, waa
used in the decorations most effective
ly.
Local D?ing?.
The members 01 Stephen D. Leo
chapter cleared about, $90.00 on their
spring white sale last Thursday. This
and tho profits realized on tho Coun
(Continued on Page F.lghteen.)

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