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OF CITY SCHOOLS
TwoAble Ministers Address
the Graduating Class.
MEDALS ARE AWARDED
Very Attractive Exercises held Friday
Evening, Sunday Morning, Monday
Momlng and Monday Evening. A
Splendid Class of Young Folks.
The commencement exercises of the
city graded schools came to a close
Monday evening with the annual lit
erary oddress by Dr. John F. Vines,
of Anderson, and the delivery of di
plomas and medals.
The first of the commencement ex
ercises were held Friday evening at
the school auditorium, when the
graduating class held its class exer
cises, when all of the members of the
class either read essays or entered
into debate. The following program
was carried out by the members of
the class, all of them acquitting them
selves with a great deal of credit:
Salutatory: "The Effect of Literature
Upon the High School"?Gussie Mil
"1/ifc in the Old South"?Lucy Chil
"Possibilities of Civic League Im
provement in Our Town"?Henry
"The Need of Athletics in the School"
Piano Solo?Frances Davis (Eighth
Debate: "Resolved, Women Should be
Allowed to Vote"?Aflirmative, Har
riett Simpson; Negative: Clatie
"The Battle of Gettysburg"?Hayno
Song by the Class. 1
"Why the School Should Have an
Eleventh Grade"?Mildred Babb.
"The Need of Domestic Science in our
School"?Nannie Mae Williams.
"The Justification of the South in
Reading: "Curfew Must Not Bing To
Violin Solo?James McCravy (Eighth
"The Educational Possibilities of Mov
ing Pictures"?Ruth Wlnn.
"The Contrast of the Old and the
New School Building"?Pauline
"Liongstreet at Gettysburg"?Erastus
Valedictory: "Influence of Music"?
Mr. W. A. Barton, principal of the
high school, presided over these ex
ercises and directed the excellent
chorus work for tho evening.
Sunday morning Dr. E. Pendleton
Jones, of Newberry, delivered the an
nual sermon at the First Baptist
church. Rev. M. L. Ijawson intro
duced the speaker with a few words
appropriate to the occasion. A very
large congregation heard Dr. Jones
deliver a forceful sermon, stressing
the need for cultural, Christian educa
tion and an equal opportunity for rich
and poor alike to secure an educa
tion. Dr. Jones urged the raising of
the standard of all the schools and
giving the opportunity to rich and
poor alike to secure educational ad
Monday morning the minor exercis
es of the commencement were held at
the graded school auditorium, when
promotion cards were given and the
winners of attendance and penman
ship buttons were announced.
Monday evening, as stated above,
the last of the exercises were held,
when Dr. Vines delivered a masterful
address on "Tho Task of the Hour,
the Demands of the Time". Dr.
Vines, like Dr. Jones the day before,
stressed the Importance of Christian,
cultural education as the foundation
stone on which to build for the fu
ture. To attain unto this cultured
life, he said, the stamp of value must
be placed upon the physical life, the
intellectual life, the practical life, tho
patriotic life and the Christian lifo.
All of these things should be given
their due consideration, If this coun
try, now tho most lawless on tho
globe, is to attain to that pinnacle of
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Pleasant and Profitable Session De
voted Largely to Maliters of ll?u
The Greenville District Conference
came to a close Thursday afternoon
after having been In session since
Tuesday afternoon. Pickens was se
lected for the place of meeting In
The meeting was devoted largely to
routine matters. Reports of different
committees showed that the affairs of
the church, both as to material and
spiritual things, were In good condi
tion, the property of the church
gradually growing In extent and value
and the spiritual life of the church
showing steady Improvement. The to
tal valuation of the church property
in the district was shown to be about
$300,000> Tthe average salary paid
the pastors in the district was shown
to be around 1850.
Several of the representatives of
the different causes of the church a*,
large were present and made reports
and advanced different suggestions as
to their respective charges. Rev. S.
A. Nettles', editor of the Southern
Christian Advocate was present and
gave a good report on the church pa
|.)f>r. Dr. .lohn O. Wilson gave an en
couraging report on the work at Lan
der col lego as did Rev. w. B. Whcrton
on the Epworth orphanage. Mr. Geo.
C. Hodges, leader of the Laymen's
Missionary Movement in this state,
was present Wednesday morning but
did not make an address. Mr. W. L.
Gray made an encouraging report on
the Laymen's movement in this dis
The meeting of the district confer
ence In Laurens was made the occa
sion of a family reunion of a noted
Methodist family of ministers, the Kil
gos Bishop Kilgo himself was born
In Laurens county and made the
uoint >o express his pfeasure at be
ing In its bounds again. He spoke of
his early life here and declared that
he had always' held in his heart a
warm spot for Laurens. Presiding
EH der Kilgo was present at the con
ference and with Dr. J. W. Kilgo, of
Greenwood, made up the trio of Kil
go family who are now In the
Methodist ministry. An interesting
sidelight of the conference was the
granting of a license to preach of
still another Kilgo, Pierce R. Kilgo,
son of Presiding Elder P. F. Kilgo
In granting the license, Bishop Kilgo
expressed his ?reat pleasure at the
entrance Into the ministry, of this
member of the fourth generation of
Tuesday evening Bishop Kilgo made
a stirring address on the subject, of
the Laymen's Missionary Movement.
Wednesday evening he preached a
magnificent sermon to a large con
gregation deprecating the tendency of
the present generation to treat light
ly with matters of religion. Rev
Mark Ii. Carlisle, of Greenville,
preached a very forceful sermon be
fore a large congregation Wednes
Just before adjournment, one of the
old time spiritual meetings was held
around the altar, Bishop Kilgo lead
ing in a fervent prayer.
NO JUNE COURT.
Owing to Small Number of Cases on
Deckel no Session will he Held.
After a consultation witli the mem
bers of the Laurens bar, Solicitor
Cooper has decided that the regular
siuing term of the court of general
sessions will not be held. There are
only one or two cases to be tried,
making it practically useless to hold
this session. Mr. Cooper also took In
to consideration the fact that it would
be a needless expense of the county's
money as well as taking the time of
the farmers Who are particularly
busy this season of the year. A no
tice appeors elsewhere in this paper
calling the attention of the jurors and
witnesses to the'calling off of court,
Fine Pictures Today.
Manager La vender of the picture
show continues to please the people
of Laurens by placing them in touch
with the very best pictures on the
road. He has scheduled for today two
unusually attractive reels. "The Last
Block House" Is a fine two-reel west
ern drama and one excellent comedy
entitled "Aunt Hlsa's Visit."
NEW COTTON CROP
More Acreage this Year than Last.
Condition of Crop About Same as
Average for Ten Years.
Washington, Jane 2.?The newly
planted cotton c\rop of the United
States showed a condition on May 2."?
of 79.1 per cent, of a normal, the
United States department of agricul
ture's crop reporting hoard announced
at noon today in the first condition
report of the season which always is
looked forword to with great interest
by cotton growers, textile manufac
turers and cotton dealers. This con
dition, compiled from the report of
the correspondents and agents of the
department's bureau of statistics,
compares with a condition of 78.9 per
cent, on May 25 last year, 87.8 per
cent, on the corresponding date in
1911, 82.0 per cent, in 1910, and 79 0
per cent, the average condition for the
past ten years on May 25. The gen
erally favorable growing conditions
throughout the cotton belt since the
planting of the crop had eaused much
speculation as to the condition of the
The area planted to cotton this
year, also has been th-? subject of
much speculation in cotton circles but
the department of agriculture's olfl
cial estimate will not be issued until
July 3 owing to the passage of the
law last year which deferred this an
nual report from June to a month
later. Unofficially the area planted
this year is estimated by the most
conservative at an increase over the
34,283,000 acres picked last year.
Those unofliciol estimates range from
a :? per cent Increase upward. A 3
per cent, increase in the acreage |
planted would indicate an area of
about 35,511 ?000 acres.
Comparisons of conditions on May
25 of this year, last year and the
ten-year acerage condition, by States,
with the revised figures of the de
partment of agriculture showing the |
area picked and the yield per acre in
pounds last year, follow:
Stat e. 1913 1912 a v.
Virginia.83 89 85
North Carolina .. ..76 87 82
Soutb Carolina .. . .6S 8:5 80
Georgia.69 74 81
Florida.83 75 81
Alabama.75 74 80
Mississippi.81 72 78
Louisiana.81 9 78
Texas.84 86 79
Arkansas.85 73 79
Tennessee.87 74 81
Missouri.90 74 83
Oklahoma.87 78 82
United States. 78.9 79.9
North Carolina . . . . 1
South Carolina .... 2
United States .. ..31
Critically 111 Here.
Dr. (!. B. Strickler, Professor of
Theology in Union Theological Semi
nory, Richmond, Va., Is critically ill
at the home of his daughter. Mrs. C.
F. Rankln, In this city. Dr. Strlcklor
came to the city several days ago on
his way from Atlanta and was to
preach at the Presbyterian church
Sunday. He became sick soon after
his arrival and steadily grew worse.
At a late hour last night his physi
cians entertained little hope of his
recovery. Dr. C. W. Strickler, his
only son, a physician of Atlanta, is at
his bedside as is his daughters. Miss
Mary Strickler and Mrs. R. K. Tim
tnons, of Lawton, Okla. His other
daughter. Mrs. Ceo. H. Denny, wife of
the president of the University of Ala
bama, and his sister, Miss V. M.
Strlcklor, Professor of Latin in Mary
Baldwin Seminary, are expected on
Mr. W. S. Simpson, the accommo
dating cleik at the post office, return
ed last week after spending his sum
mer vacation at different points in
HON: J. T. JOHNSON
ON CURRENCY REFORM
Sends Letter to Sen. Till man which
the liutter Encloses in Another to
Washington, May 31.?Senator
TiUman today made public a letter
irom President Wilson in which the
President declared for currency legis
lation at the present session of con
In that portion of the letter re
ferring to currency, the President
"This Is the time to pass currency
legislation and I think we are In a
sense bound to loyalty to the coun
try to pass It, so that any attempt to
crejate artiflc!<al disturbances after
the tariff schedules have become law
may be offset by a free system of
credit which will make It possible
for men, big and little, to take care
of themselves in business,"
Senator TiUman, in a letter to
?the President had inclosed one from
Representative Johnson of South
Carolina, urging immediate curren
cy reform. Representative Johnson
took the position that "certain in
dustries and men were desirous of
seeing the tariff revision followed
by stagnation and hard times.
"We ought to have a hanking
system that will'enable the govern-J
i'lent to prevent, or at any rate
check a monetary panic," Represen
tative Johnson wrote.
When Senator TiUman cave out
the correspondence today he accom
panied It with a prepared statement
in which he began by declaring that
the republicans were fighting to re
tard tariff legislation and to retard
or prevent entirely currency reform.
"In my judgment, it is of vital im
portance to the future success of the
democratic party that we should have
currency legislation as soon as porsi
ble," said he.
"We ought to force the fighting on
the tariff and drive it through the
?enate nnder whip and spur, just like
it was driven through the house.
"Wo ought to begin promptly to
inaugurate changes in the currency
and banking laws, 'which will make
It possible for men, big and little, to
take care of themselves.' We have
too many multi-millionaires and too
many paupers. The division Is not
just equal, and the people know it.
And they have commissioned the
democratic party to right the wrong."
Senator Tillman's statement added
that the "game" of the republicans
was to retard or prevent tariff or cur
rency legislation at this congress In
the hope of turning the democrats out
of power at the next elections and
jribntrolllng ftho legislative situation
during the remainder of President
Representative Johnson also is
sued a statement urging immediate
currency reform, declaring that if it
were now delayed, it would not be
accomplished until the regular ses
sion of congress In 1911.
SEVERAL SALES MONDAY.
Not a very Large Croud Attracted by
the Sales for this Month.
Monday, being the first Monday of
the month, was salesday. Not a Very
large crowd was present. Several
sales were made by the clerk of
court but none by the other officers.
The following were the sales by
In the case of Enterprise Bank vs
Mary C. Sullivan and Thos. M. Shaw:
One lot in the city of Laurens, bought
by Thos. M. Shaw for $:i,r.OO.
J. S. Cra'g vs C. E. Bailey and J.
E. Bailey: Two lots in the town of
Clinton, bought by J. S. Cralg for
J. S. Cralg vs J. J. Bailey: Two
lots in town of Clinton, sold to T. C.
Scott for $."?0.
Home Building and Loan associa
tion vs Will Hunter: One lot in the
city of Laurens, on Washington street,
bought by Homo P. and L. assoc iation
Home B. and L. association vs Call?
ley Oarllngton et, al: One lot In city
of Laurens on east side of Sullivan
Street, bought by Home It. and I,,
association for $300..
Rough! New Car.
Mr. E. II. Wilkcs has recently pur
chased through MeLaurin and Toaguo
a seven-passenger Studebaker tour
a few passing events
in town of clin i on
Dcntli of Beloved Woman Shock (o the
Community. Commencement Season
Is in Full Swing.
Clinton. May 2. Tho death of Mrs.
Jnno Burgess Constine Sunday after
noon was a groat shock to this com
munity, although it has been known
for some time that she would not
probably recover. She has been 111
for a long time at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. J. W. Leake. The bu
rial was made in the Presbyterian
cemetery Monday afternoon, the Rev.
F. D. Jones and the Bev. Dr. Jacobs
Mrs. Constine is survived by her
daughter, Mrs. I^eake, a son. a sister,
Miss Maria Burgess who has been
with her for some time, and several
brothers, two of whom attended tho
Graded School Closes.
The Tim rod Literary society of tho
graded school held a very creditable
open session Friday evening.
This morning at half past ten tho
regular graduating everclses were
held. The stage was beautifully dec
orated with the class flower, tho
daisy, and masses of ferns and green
plants. Seated on It were the ton
graduates, Mr. Hall, Dr. D. D. Wal
lace, the Rev. F. I). Jones, the Rev.
s. O. Cantcy, and the trustees.
Included on the program were sev
eral pieces of music by the Presby
terian college orchestra, a hymn,
Stand up for Jesus, a paper on the
character of Hamlet by Hart well
Hatton of the graduating (lass, and
the annual address. Dr. D. D. Wal
lace of Wofford college made this ad
dress on the subject. Education for
Citizenship, and as a thoughtful pre
sentation of a live subject it com
manded an attentive hearing from tho
large gathering of friends and pa
trons of the school.
Diplomas were presented to Misses
Louise Austin, Mary King, Allele
Hip]), Nancy Owens, Louise Taylor,
Blanche 'Riddle, Carrie Young and
Essie Davidson and to Hart well Hat
ton, the lone boy of the class, and to
Miss Myrtle Norman the valedictorian,
Thirty-one members of the rising sev
enth grade received certificate , of ad
mission to the high school.
Last Tuesday afternoon Mr?. A. M.
Copcland entertained the Friendly
Dozen book club and a number of oth
On Wednesday afternoon Mrs .1. I.
Copcland entertained the Halcyon
On Friday afternoon tho Musgroves
Mill chapter I). A. R. met with Mrs.
w. j. n.t'Vv.
On Thursday afternoon Mrs. W. J.
Bailey gave, a very lovely reception
in honor of Mrs. Hunt of Nowborry.
Music and claborto gowns lent, an
air of distinction to the occasion.
Among those receiving and assisting
were Mrs. J. F. Jacobs, Mrs. J. W.
Copcland, Sr., Mrs1. Frank Webstor,
Mrs. II. L Soaife, Mrs. C. M. Balioy,
Mrs. J. W. Smith, Mrs. W. II. Owens,
and Misses Mollio Manson, Mercer
Vance, Corlnno Bailey, Dorothy Ow
ens, Bora Bailey, Jessie and Irene
Miss Julia Hodges of Greenwood is
tin; guest of Mrs. W. FJ. Owens.
A number of visiting girls and re
turning alumni arc in town.
Mr. and Mrs. B. 11. King of Charles
ton a'-e hen for commencement.
Rev. and Mrs. F. K. Tenglie.
After an absence of twenty years
from their native county. Rev. and
Mrs. F. E. Teague arrived in Lau -
1 ens last week to spend a month here
as the guests of friends and relatives.
Mrs. Teague will he most pleasantly
remembered throughout the county as
Miss Ina Hudgens. Mr. Teague who
is now a minister, also has lots of
friends In and around Laurens who
are delighted to welcome him to his
Will Run Two Shop?.
Wh 1 toner .and Torronco, tho bar
bers, who for years have run a bar
bershop in the old Martin building,
1 have leased one of the rooms in the
rear of the new Bank of Laurens
building and will install a chair
there. The new room has been hand
somely fitted Up with marble fixtures
and plate glass and will be run by X.
S. Torrence. The old shop will be
continued 1;. Its present place where
"Will" and "Clarence" will continue
to handle the rasor and the shears.
C. & W. C. MAKES
New Schedules to Take Ef
fect Next Sunday.
There will he u Through I'm In to and
from Augusta Carrying Chair-Car.
Three Passengers Daily to and from
Greenville and three tu and from
Beginning next Sunday, Juno 8th,
there will be several important chang
es in the schedules on the G. & W. C.
railway, both on the Laurcns-Ureen
ville branch and the Spartanhurg"
Augusta branch. The most import
ant of the changes Is the putting on
of an entirely new train that will run
from Greenville to Spartanhurg and
return. All c. the trains that, aro
mentioned will run both week days
The new train out of Qroenv'UO wiil
leave that city at 7 o'clock in the
morning, leave LullrCUB for Spartan
hurg at 8.20 A. M. and arrive at Spar
tanhurg at io o'clock. Iloturnlng thin
train will leave Spartanhurg at <;.'-'?>
P. M? leave LaurciiH for Oreouvlllu
at 8.10 I'. M. and arrive in Ureoiivlllo
at 9.35 at night. This train will make
all local stops, running daily and Sun
The train that lias boon leaving
Laurens at !).2:> in the morning for
Greenville will hereafter leave hero
at 8.30 A. M? arriving In Greenville
at 9.55, Returning Ibis train will
leave G)reenvillo for l*iuiens at. t?
o'clock in the afternoon and arrive
in Laurens at 7.'Jr, P. M. This train
lakes tho place <>t' the OIlQ heretofore
leaving here at 9.2". A. M, ami arriv
ing back at (> in the evening. It will
bo Ktrletly a passenger train making
all stops and running daily and Sun
'I he two midday trains io and from
Greenville and Charleston will remain
just as they have been. ,
Then? will be several changes on
the line from Spartanhurg to Augusta.
There will ho no c hange in the train
that passes here at 8.20 in the morn
ing for Augusta and returning ar
rives here at X.IO at night. I' will
continue, to make- all stops as hereto
The afternoon train for Augusta
that has been leaving here at C.30 will
after Sunday leave Spartanhurg at
2.25 I*. M., leave Laurens for Augusta
at :'..?!<) I'. M. and arrive in Augusta a!
7.05 I'. M. The train that has been
arriving hero at 11.10 from Augusta
will run as follows: Leave Augusta
in the morning at II o'clock, leave
Laurens for Spartanhurg at 2.25 I', M.
and arrive in Spartanhurg at : I't.
These? two trains will be. ((trough
trains from Augusta to MoCormick
both ways ami from Laurens to Spar
tanhurg both ways, except that they
will slop for passengers at iCnorco ami
Woodruff. They Will make all local
stops between Laurens and McCor
This can be summed up as follow- :
Three trains from Laurens to Green
ville dally at 8.30 \ NL, 3.10 P. M., and
8.10 I'. M. Three Mains arriving in
Laurens rrom Greenville dolly .v ? 20
A. M . 1,15 I'. M and 8.10 l*. M. Threo
and 8.10 P. M. Three trains from Lin
ien.' o Spartanhurg daily at 8,20 A.
M., 3.4.0 I'. M. and 8.10 I'. M. In till
probability a ehalrcar will be
put. on midday trains botwooti
AllgUSta and Spartanhurg, making
connections with the- Carolina Spe
cial. AH reasonable connections
between 'he trains mentioned will
Parole During Good llehavi"!*,
Charlie Mason, a negro of this coun
ty serving a life sentence in the -date
penitentiary, has been granted a pa
role by Gov. Dleaso during gO?d 1)0
havlor. Mason was convicted at tho
August term of court, 1880, Of tiinr
, der and sent, need 10 hang. HU 8011
ti nee was commuted to life imptis >.
rhoni by Gov. MoSwoonoy, The parole
Was granted by Gov. Please upon the
recommondntion of the board of par
dons, which states that a petition foe
the pardon was signed by the twelve
jurors who originally rendered tho
i verdict of guilty.