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Entertaining Address by
Dr. S. A. Steele.
BY SCHOOL CHILDREN
Impressive-Ceremonies at the Ceme
tery when Honor Kol Iis Called,
Graves Decorated hy Women and
School Children and Salute Fired
by Traynham Guards.
Memorial Day was fittingly observ
ed here Friday, when the principal
address of the day was made by Dr.
S. A. Steele.of Columbia. The exer
cises were held in the opera house,
Dj\ H. k. Alken presiding. Rev. M.
Li. Lawson, pastor of the First Bap
tist church, opened the ? exercises
?with prayer after which the graded
school chorus sang a patriotic air.
Dr. Steele then responded to the In
troduction by Dr. Alken. #
The address of Dr. Steele was dif
ferent from the usual order of ad
dresses delivered on such occasions,
both in the title and subject matter.
Ho said that the soldiers of the Con
federacy had been eulogized and
praised, that the women of the Con
federacy had been lauded In no lessor
degree, but that the boys of the war
had not received the attention due
them, so be had selected as his sub
ject "A Boy's Glimpse of the War." It
was xtnnecessary, be said, to state
what war war intended as everybody
In this country and at this time under
stands what is meant when Is men
tioned "the war". As for him, he
would never call it the Civil War
nor the War of Secession. He would
call It the "War of Misunderstand
ing", because a misunderstanding of
the fighting qualities of the opposite
sections was the one tiling that did
most in bringing on the trouble.
By reciting many of his own experi
ences at the outhreak of hostilities,
Dr. Steele showed that the South had
small opinion of (lie mettle of north
ern soldiers, believing that a south
ern army could sweep the whole
north in a few months. Many of the
soldiers, be said, went nortl?, with
their "party clothes" expecting the
"war to end in a few weeks with a
glorious victory for the south, this
to be followed by fetes and frolics
in Richmond. Every soldier expected
to come back home with glory won
in a few short conflicts. That the
nortb had no better opinion of the
fighting qualities of the south, Dr.
Steele showed by reciting an instance
where a young Vermonter came
south in 1861 and finding that the
people were at a fever heat over the
approaching conflict and that the
young men were flocking to the flag,
returned through the In es to his
native state. Here he found the same
activity and the same war-like atmos
phere that prevailed in the south ami
a like distrust of the fighting quali
ties of the enemy. Arriving at his
home town, he got off the train in
time to be present at an enthusiastic
rally. Here he tried to correct the
impression that the southerners were
nothing but blusters and blowers.
The result was that the crowd wanted
to lynch him and he had to make a
hasty escape for saying that the
south would fight. So, Dr. Steele said,
the north had the idea that the south
would not tight and the so th had the
Ideu that the north would not fight
and both of them rushed precipitate
ly into the conflict without respect
for the Btrengtb of the opposing side,
feeling that it would bo of short du
ration but full of glory. If either
nation nad really understood the
strength or appreciated the fighting
qualities of the other, doubtless
some other mothod than war would
have been resorted to to bring about
Dr. Steele recited numbers of amus
ing Instances showing how anxious
the boys of the south were to get into
tho conflict, how he himself made
more than one attempt lo get away to
tho war and was only subdued when
<icn. Forrest settled the matter by
telling his mother to keep "him at
home as the army was no place for
The address of Dr. Steele was
closely listened to and greatly on
Joyed by those who camo out tp hear
AFTER TWO WEEKS
Two Weeks of Court Marked by
Clear-cut Verdicts, Non-Suits and
Directions of Verdicts.
The court of common pleas adjourn
ed Friday evening after a two weeks
session. The two weeks of court were
marked by the clear-cut verdict of
the juries and the settlement of cases
by the court itself. Several cases
were non-suited and several verdicts
directed. Not a single mistrial' was
ordered and in nearly every case the
verdict was a clear cut decision as to
the merits In the complaints.
Wednesday morning the jury came
out of their room on the case which
was on trial when The Advertiser last
went to press, that of Ida Teague vs
the Laurens Cotton Mill, In which the
plaintiff charged that the mill had
been harsh and brutal In the treat
ment of her daughter. The jury ren
dered a verdict for the defendant
Wednesday morning the case of
Clackstock vs Owings & Owings was
taken up. This was a suit for pos
session of a cow and damages for il
legal seizure of the same. The plain
tiff claimed that he bad paid up a
mortgage under which the defendant
forclosed and seized the cow. The
defendant entered denial of both al
legations. The court ruled out alle
gation as to damage and the jury
awarded the cow to the defendants.
In the case of Counts and Cowan
vs W. P. Hunter for the possession
of two horses over which tho defend
ants held papers, the defendants were
awarded the verdict. The matter of
a guarantee on one of the horses sold
was the principal point at issue.
In the case of Mrs. Emma Sullivan
vs the Western Union Telegraph com
pany, in which the plaintiff claimed
damages because of mental anguish
resulting from a delayed telegram,
the plaintiff was allowed damage in
the sum of $253.00.
In the case of Owings & Owings vs
Martin & Barksdalo In which the
plaintiffs wore asking judgment on
a note given in payment for goods
sold to tlie defendants, the jury
awarded the plaintiffs a verdict in
full for the amount asked, $384.85,
which represents the principal with
interest. This was the last case tried.
Judge Hnyne P. Rice, of Alken,
presided over the court for the icc
ond week, this being the first time
that he has held court in the up
COUntry. He made a very favorable
impression as a judge and as *a gen
tleman. He made numerous friends
during his stay here.
In Street Car Accident.
Mr. Copey Henderson, who is now
living in Greenville, was "among
those present" at a street car colli
sion the other day when several pas
sengers were seriously injured. Mr.
Henderson, however, escaped with a
slight gash over his eye and Is now
getting along very well with the ex
ception of a little swelling over the
"lamper" in question. His friends are
glad to know that ho escaped injury.
THE PLAY EXCELLENT.
Greenwood Actors Please Audience
in the Comedy ''The Elopement of
The play "The Elopement of Ellen"
presented last Friday evening In the
opera house by the young ladles and
gentlemen from Greenwood was a
most excellent amateur performance.
Every member of the company show
ed unusual talent and the attractive
little comedy made a hit with the en
tire audience. It would be impossi
ble to select the "stars" from such
a well-balanced company for each
played their part in professional
style. During the intermissions Miss
Blanche Simmons sang several solos
and her delightful voice won round
after round of applause.
him. He Is a delightful speaker with
a humourous vein which cannot do
else than plcase\ He was presented
with a bouquet of roses upon the com
pletion of his address.
The ceremonies of the day were
continued at the cemetery, where the
Honor Roll of the Confederate dead
was read and tho soldiers graves
were decorated with flowers by the
women and school children. The
Traynhnm Guards as their usual cus
tom fired a salute. The Choral so
ciety also sang here. The exercises
were concluded with prayer.
THE HOTEL WIINONA
GOES UP IN FLAMES
Spectacular Fire ic the Early Hours of
This Morning. Total Loss.
The Hotel Winona, situated on the
blufT just a few hundred feet from the
railroad stations, was completely de
stroyed by fire early this morning with
one out building adjoining and another
out-building belonging to Mr. A. R.
Sullivan living next door. Very little
furniture was saved from the building.
Tho guests made narrow escapes with
their lives and baggage, though somo
few grips were left in the building.
There were several guests at the hotel
for the night.
The fire was discovered about three
o'clock this morning by Chief of Police
Bagwell who lived a short distance in
the rear of the hotel. When first seen
the blaze was shooting up in great
flames from the roof. The fire depart
ment made quick response to tho alarm,
but the blaze had gotten such a head
way and the building was of such com
bustible material that little progress
could be made in subdueing it. The
firemen centered their attention toward
keeping the blaze from getting too hot
to spread to adjoining buildings and in
protecting those buildings, though sev
oufhouscs were eventually burned.
The building and contents were prob
ably valued at between five and eight
thousand dollars. The property was
owned by Mrs. ?. M. Reese and was
being used by her as a hotel when burn
ed this morning. It was a comparative
ly new structure, having been built sev
eral years ago.
E. B. CASH WATTS
BURIED HERE FRIDAY
Son of Justice Watts, of the Supreme
Court, Passed Away at Henderson*
E. B. Cash Watts, son of Associate
Justice R. C. Watts, was buried in
the cemetery here Thursday after
noon jn the presence of a large, num
ber of former friends and associates
who had gathered to render him a
last tribute. Mr. Watts tiled Wed
nesday m/orning at Hondercfonvlllo
where he had been carried from ('lie
raw several weeks before when it
was thought that a more bracing at
mosphere would aid in warding off the
disease that had gradually weakened
him for the past few months.
The funeral services were largely
attended and numerous beautiful
wreaths of flowers were placed on
the grave after the service. These
came not only from bis friends here,
but from Columbia, Cheraw and oth
er places where he was so well
known. The services were conduct
ed by Rev. ('. F. Rank in, pastor of
the First Presbyterian church.
The active pall bearers were: B. O.
Anderson, R. V. Irby, Dr. W. D. Fer
guson, J. W Todd, Jr., Albert Dial,
R. P. Jones, S. M. Wilkes and M. L,
Copeland. The honorary pall bear
ers were: D. H. Counts, Dr. W. H.
Dial. Dr. W. C. Jrby, Col. H. Y. Simp
son, Col. John W. Ferguson. W. L.
Cray, J. W. Todd. Sr., C. W. Tune,
W. W. Jones and Dr. H. K. Alken.
Mr. Watts was approaching thirty
years of age. He spent bis boyhood
days here .where bis parents lived at
that time. He attended several ses
sions of Clemson college and later
read law and was admitted to the
bar He settled in Cheraw, where his
father had married a second time and
was making his home. Each sum
mer, however, bo came to Laurens
with the other members of the family
and continued the friendships begun
in his youth. At the time of his dcatli
he was magistrate at Cheraw. He Is
survived by his father and step-moth
er, three sisters, Mrs. Dr. Royall, of
Charleston and Misses flussle and
Courtenay Watts, of Cheraw, and Mr.
John Watts, a Bcnior at the University
of South Carolina.
Mr. Watts was of a pleasant and
friendly disposition, and made num
erous friends and few enemies. His
death brought great sorrow to those
who knew him well or were acquaint
ed With birn.
New Minister Arrives.
Rev. O. C. Hedgpath, who was re
cently called to the pastorate of the
Lucas Avenue Baptist church, lias ar
rived and has already taken up his
work. He is occupying the same house
recently vacated by Rev. J. M. Trog
don. Mr. Hedgpath is entering upon
his ministry with a determination to
accomplish things and his work will
be watched with interest by the other
churches of the city.
School Children Soon to Throw Aside
their Books 1" Take the Annual Yfl>
The faculty and pupils of the city
schools are beginning to look for
ward to the annual summer vacation.
The final closing exercises will take
place on the evening of Monday, .Tune
2nd and the next day the children will
consider themselves free for several
months. Resides the awarding of di
plomas, other Interesting exercises
have been orranged, including' 'the
annual address and the annual ser
mon. The address will bo delivered
this year by Rev. J. F. Vines, of An
derson. This address will be deliv
ered Monday evening, June 2nd, fol
lowe dtmmediately by the awarding of
the diplomns to the graduating class.
The annual sermon will bo preached
Sunday morning, June 1st. In the
.First Baptist church by Rev. B, Pcn
dlcton Jones, of Nowberry,
Friday evening, May 30th, the grad
uating class will hold their exorcises.
At this time the orations will bo de
livered and the essays read.
The following pupils arc In the
Hoys?Heni*y Franks, Erastus Mad
den, Hayne Taylor; girls?Mamie
Austin, Mildred Babb, l.uey ClllldrOSS,
Julia Henderson, Vivian Huff, Gusslo
Miller, Brucio Owings, Pauline Pren
tiss, Caroline Rbpor, Clatle Roper,
Harrlotte Simpson, Nannie Mae Wil
liams, Ruth WInn.
In order that the exercises on the
different occasions might not Ivo made
too long, Supt. Jones has decided to
hold other exercises Monday morn,
ing, dune 2nd. when the promotion
cards will be delivered and the per
fect attendance buttons and other
DOCTORS YS LAWYKhS.
(.'real Hall Came Scheduled for Ne\t
Friday. Proceeds to lie (liven t<>
New records in the meat national
game will he made next Friday af
tornoon when the doctors and the
lawyers of l.aurens will present a
nine-act comic tragody entitled "Base
hall B3 She I'sotor Be". TIlO lawyers
will take one side and the doctors
will take the other and a gate-keeper
will he on hand to take your 15 cents
admission fee. This Is going to be
a regulation baseball game, with
many side features. These side fea
tures will be kept secret until the
game begins. Dr. W. 1). Ferguson has
been elevated to the rank of mana
gerial expert for the Pill Pilots and
Calhoun McOowan, Beosqular, will be
the official umplro-cusser for the
Jury Jugglers. The game will begin
nt f> o'clock and end week after next.
The proceeds will be given to the
Deposit from Fountain Ion.
The petitioners for an election to
cut off a part of Laurons county to
form a new county with Fountain
Inn as the county-seat have made the
deposit with the clerk of court as re
quired by the statutes In such eases.
The petitioners deposited $500. The
Woodruff petitioners deposited $300
with the clerk of court several week,
ago. The commissioners for the Foun
tain Inn proposition have not been
announced by the governor.
WA ITS YS TRINITY-RIDGE.
Seme Rig Rail Came at Walts Mill
Saturday Afternoon when the Sec
ond Nine Meets Trinlly?Ridge.
One of those heap big ball games
is lo be pulled off at the Watts Mills
grounds Saturday afternoon. when
the second team of the Watts Mills
Will go up against the wiry ball
tossers from Trinity-Ridge. The
Trinity-Ridge boys had a corking
good team last year, so It is expected
that tbls game Saturday afternoon
will be no tame affair. An admission
fee of 10 and 16 cents will be charg
ed. The game promises to be a
Sunday Sermon Subject*.
Rev. M. L. LaWSOn, pastor of 'lie
First Baptist church, has announced
thai the subject of his Sunday morn
ing sermon will be "Dreams and their
Value". At the Sunday evening ser
vice, which begins at S::i0 o'clock, he
will take a8 his subject "What We
Know about our Next-door Neighbor."
Mr. Lawson invites all who will come
to be present at these services.
Truck Meet at Clinton .Monday Ito*
suits in Victor)' for ('Union Lads.
Clinton. .May 13. The track teams
of the Presbyterian Collogo of South
Carolina and South Carolina Universi
ty met bore yesterday afternoon and
hold a most creditable nnd exciting
contest. There were In all ten
events, six of which were won by the
Hoy ward. Harth and Anderson of
Carolina showed good form. Uey
yard is a hurdler of exceptional abil
ity and won the high approval of the
crowd when, after being 111 following
the low hurdles, he recovered and
went Into the high hurdles, again run
ning with remarkable skin. Plaxlco of
Presbyterian, as has been the case all
season, did splendid work and was a
great factor in his team's victory,
Anderson and Nichols also did good
work for the Clinton lads.
The results follow.
100 yard dash- Plaxlco (Presbyte
rian), bist, 102-5; Hill (Carolina),
second; Monckon (Carolina), third.
Pole vault?Anderson (Preshyte
rian). first, 10 foeti Anderson (Caro
lina), second; P.riinm (Presbyterian),
Half mile Nichols (Presbyterian),
llrst, 2:17; Harth (Carolina), second;
Guy (Presbyterian), third.
13road jump -Plaxlco (Presbyte
rian), first, 20.2 1-2; Hey ward (Caro
lina), second; Richburg (Prosbyto
!f0 yard dash?P.rimm (Presbyte
rian), first, 50; Tcmplcton (Carolina))
second; Hill, (Carolina), third.
Low hurdles ll< yward (Carolina),
first, 12 1-5; Anderson (Prosbylorlan),
second; Green (Presbyterian), third.
200 yard dash Plaxlco ( Pre byle
rinn), first; Rlchhourg (Presbyterian),j
second; Monckon (Carolina), third.
High jump Anderson (Carolina),
llrst. 5.4; Groon (Presbyterian), sec
ond; Plaxlco (Prosbyterian), third,
i High hurdles lloyward (Carolina),
first, 13; Dudley (Carolina), second.
No third place awarded,
Mile Harth (Carolina), first, 5.4;
Guy (Prosbyterian)i second; Hellion
i Prosbyterian >, third.
Tho records, considering the had
condition of the track, were good.
This was Carolina's first track meet of
the year. It was Clinton's fourth
meet nnd fourth victory.
Close of I lie Graded Sc hool.
The ( losing exercises of the grad
ed school will be held on Tuesday
morning, June 3rd, when certificates
of graduation will be presented to a
class of nine girls and oik? boy. The
address on (he occasion will be de
livered by Prof. Cllnkscalo of Wofford
college, one of the announced candi
dates for governor, an extremely pop
ular public speaker.
Last Wednesday afternoon the trus
tees re-elected Mr. E. II. Hall super
intendent and the follow teachers:
Misses Laurie Aull, Dessie Stewart .of
Lancaster, Nannie Crelghton of
Groon Wood, Ussle Voung, Mora Hailey
and Edith' McCutchcon of Rlshopvlllo.
MISSCS Mabel Sumorcl, Irene Prince
and Wren Hafhcr sent in their resig
nations. The vacancies thus created
will be filled within the next week or
Sundnj School Vnnlvorsnry,
On Sunday the forty-eighth anniver
sary of the founding of tho Presby
terian Sunday school horo was ob
served with excellently prepared find
most appropriate exorcises. The ad
dress of the occasion was made by
the Rev. Mr. Pattcrsln of Biackshcarj
Ga. A number of classes presented
specially prepared songs and recita
tions. Three children received Mi
ldes for having recited perfectly the
?Shorter Catechism" and one receiv
ed a testament for reciting the
An Engagement Announced.
This afternoon Mrs. George Wright j
and Mrs. Venable Martin gave one of
the largest and most beautiful recep
tions ever given here In honor of Miss
TallUlah Neville, whose marriage to
Mr. John Spiatt will be solemnized
in June. More than two hundred la
dles availed themselves of the OP'
portunity to wish the gUOSl Of honor
happiness and prosperity.
\ Kail Storm.
A hailstorm passed over tho Yar
, borough's mill section Saturday morn
ing. As the crops WOre barely out of
the ground) Very little damage was
I done. '
CAPT. J. R. WINTER
PASSES TO BEYOND
Long and Useful Life Ended
After an Illness of Several Days Fol
low liiic a General Decline In Health,
Capt. MInter Passes Away AvhI n
Few MontliH Less than Eighty
Years of Age.
Cnpt. John Russell MInter, planter,
merchant and public spirited citizen,
died at his home here yesterday at
one o'clock after an Illness which
had lasted but several days, but fol
lowing months of failing health. Fri
day afternoon ho became sick and
from then on to the end his strength
gradually failed him, though his fam
ily were not uneasy as to his rocovory
until JUPt bOVOral days bolero his
death. He ,vas suffering from ni>
tangible disease, though thero tvero
Bllglll Complications Of internal or
gans, the end coming as a result, of
a general breakdown consequent upon
Old age and failing strength, ("apt.
Minier would have been olghty yens
or ago the' iih of July.
Copt, Minier was bom in York
county in 1833. During his childhood
he went to the common schools of the.
neighborhood, but set out onrly In lifo
to make his own way. When tpilto a
young mall ho moved to Ml, Tabor, in
U11011 county, and from there he ivonl
to Sednlln in the same county, in
Sodalla ho spent the best and lltOSl
active year.-, of his life, becoming an
extensive pluutor and merchant,
cause of the SUCCOSSful conduct of his
own affairs and the Interest he show
id in the progress and welfare of
his follows, Cnpt. Mlntor became a
prominent figure in Union county, his
Influence being foil boyond the coun
ty lines even ovor the entire Btal ?
lie was olectcd to Ilm legislature
against bis will and sorved Ills peo
ple faithfully and woll, In I89J ho
moved to Laurons where he wat nl
ready interested In a lenities way
and where his children could have
heiler educational facilities. Iloro ho
became ac tively interested in the linn
of Mintcr <k Jnmleson which grew
and prospered until a lire swept tho
entire business away entailing great
loss. This business was conducted
in a large three Story structure on
the ground now occupied by the stores
of Minier Company und s. m. ti 10. H.
WDkes & Co. Rccauso of advancing
age. ('apt. Minter did not re-enter the
business Held again at that time, but
when a few years later bis >.,n. J. K.
Mintcr, graduated from college the
linn or J. R. Minier & Son was form
ed, with Mr. J. 10. Mintc r a partner.
Later Mr. .1. 10. Mlntor "?'lined to
Sednlla to manage tho large Inter
ests I here and tho linn was changed
to .1. 10. Mintc r & Rro., with 10. I*. Min
lor in active Charge Last year this
linn was dissolved and the new firm
of Mlntor Company, as now composed
was organized, Capt. Mlntor retaining
stock in all these enterprises,
('apt. Mintcr was twice married.
Ills first wife was Mis.-; Fannie Dod?
son Ramsour, daughter of Gem ral
Stephen Dodson Rnmsour, ('. S? A.
This marriage was Sept. 0, I8G8. Of
this union six children were born ami
of these four survive. Minnie Rain
BOUT Minier, the eldest child, was the
victim of a sad accident when but
twelve years of age resulting in her
own death and that of her mother.
This was in 1881. The child's clothes
caught afire and, In attempting ui 1
sisted, to rescue her, the? mother also
got within range of the blaze and
both wore ko painfully burned an to
cause their death. .lohn Ft, Mllfter,
the second son. died several years al
ter his marriage. Ills wife with three
sons, Clark, Russell and Hugh, arr
living In North Carolina where the
boys are attending Davidson college
the first two 'graduating this y.-n
Tho other children of Capt. Mlntei
are Rev. \V. R. Mintcr, of Lincolton
N. ('.. .lame-. 10. Mintcr, Sed.illa. S. C.
Mrs. N. B, Dia! ahd 10. I*. Minter. o
Laurens. Sent. 30, l$83, Capt MhVei
married Miss Catherino C. Smith, o
Glenn Springs. She died June !i
Hinr, with out! Issue.
Capt. Mintcr was not a college lire.
(Continued on lOditorial RagoA