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VOLUME XXIX. _LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, AUOUST 20, 1913. NUMBER 4
ANGRY MOB STORMS
Officers Wound Three Men
in Defending Negro.
IN THE ATTACK
Sheriff and Deputies Cause Croud
Bent on Lynching Negro Charged
With Criminal Assault to Disperse
by Threatening to Kill the First
Man Entering the Prison Gates.
?> The Spartanburg Journal yes- \\
, ! terday evening, stated that the *
J J negro, Will Fair, was carried to '< I
*; Columbia yesterday by Sheriff !!
? . White nnil landed safely in the ''
', I .State Penitentiary. Spartan- ?
; ; burg Is quiet after the night of !!
' * exciting events. J'
Spartanburg, Aug. is.?"Gentlemen,I
I beg you not to proceed through this
gate. I am in deadly earnest. I will
kill the first man who advances a stop,
though he shouH he my best friend."
W. J. White. f of Spartanburg
county, thus addressed a mob bent on
lynching Will Fair, a negro prisoner,
accusBcd of assaulting a white woman,
when a crowd of five hundred men,
after being repeatedly repulsed with
pistol shots, blew down the gate In
the outer wall of t?ie county jail late
tonight with dynamite. The mob
were impressed with what the sheriff
said and dispersed.
It was reported that the mob pro
posed to break Into the armory of the
Hampton Guards, the local military
company, or Into a hardware store and
procure arms and armmunition with I
which to renew the attack.
It was also reported that a detach
ment of the mob had gone to the con
struction camp of the Greenville,
Spartanburg and Anderson Railway to
Earlier in the evening three men
were shot when efforts were made to
batter down, the jail gate with logs
and steel rails. Sheriff White and a
deputy held the crowd at hay at first!
hy firing black cartridges. Members
of the mob returned the fire with bul
- lets, however, and in the confusion
and darkness Frank Epply, J. C. Ow
ensby and .lohn Turner were wounded
though it is believed not seriously.
They were taken to a hospital. Hun
dreds of pistol and rifle shots wore
fired whetv the mob began to use dyna
mite, but so far as can he learned
only one man was wounded. A bullet
passed through his hand. His name
was not learned.
Governor Bleaso tonight refused a
request that ho call out the militia to
protect Fair, hut announced that he
would order a special term of Court to
try the negro.
Story of Alleured Crime.
, Will Fair, a negro, was arrested this
afternoon charged with assaulting a
20-year-old white woman, near White
stone, this morning. Jt was about
half-past 10 o'clock when the assault
is alleged to have been committed. The
young woman, Ii bride of last Christ
mas, hud been to a neighbor's house.
On her way home through a patch of
woods she saw a strange negro, who
leored at her. Trembling, she hurried
on followed hy the black. She entered
her home sa/e and locked the ftbni
door. Under her own roof shu gained
assurance, and as the negro had seem
ingly c?hllhu?d im hie Way. she gave
the nieller R8 further serious thought,
but vrehl U> her bed room and was
b'rUBhlilg her hair when the next chap
ter; of the tragedy was written.
Suddenly she heard footsteps at her
hack and almost Immediately a hand,
thrust from behind her, was pressed
closely against her mouth, another
hand Seized her by the neck, and the
rough voice of a iVogi'O said: "If yon
yell I'll kill you." The girl then threw
every ounce of her energy Into an ef
fort to escape from the negroV
clutches, but In vain. Picking Up
heavy stick, which lay on the window
Hill, the black brought it down upon
her heard with crashing force, and Cue
girl, bleeding from an Ugly SCaVp
WOlind, dropped like a dead person.
When she regained consciousness, a
half hour later, she had been dragged
to another part of the room.
The unfortunate raised herself un
steadily to her feet, thinking to fire
a shot gun, which was suspended from
the wall and thus summon her hus
band. She swooned again as she was
reaching for t!ie gun. and was lying
on the floor unconscious when her
husband happened to enter the house
a few minutes later.
The husband took his wire to his
father's home, a half-mile away,
called a doctor and then went to Glen
dale and gave the alarm. About .">U0
people, including a number of Glendale
Mill operatives, started In search of |
the negro, of whom a good description
was given by his victim. Sheriff \V. .1.
White headed one posse and Chief
Moss P, Hayes, of the Spartanburg
police, another. A posse of which
Samuel .1. Nichols, a well known Spar
tanburg attorney, was a member,
found an old negro who said he had
seen within fifty yards of the scene
of the assault a negro corresponding
in description to the assailant, and
told of the direction in which the man
was walking. He said the negro they
were seeking was named Will Fair.
Will Fair was traced to Glendale.
where he was seen to board a car for
Spartanburg, Other clues were ob
tained which led to the arrest of Fair
several hours later at the Southern
Hallway station in Spartanburg by
Rural Policeman .1. M. Williams. Of
ficer Williams concealed the negro In
the bottom of tin automobile, which
he pressed Into service and carried
him Into the county jail by the rear
entrance before any but one or two
people knew of the arrest. Fair de
nied that he was the negro wanted,
but otlicers said tonight they felt con
fident that the chase was over and
were only waiting for the Identifica
tion of Fair, as her assailan*. by the
itjegro's alleged victim to make sure.
When he learned of the assault Mayor
O. L. Johnson ordered all the social
clubs to be closed for the day.
Failed to (Jet Arms.
Members of the mob broke Into the
armory of a military company after
midnight and took seventeen rifles A
militiaman with loaded rifle surprise'
the marauders, and by threatening to
kill them, made them return the tire
arms. News and Courier.
ANOTHER VETERAN PASSES.
II. A. Phillips, of This County, Died
at Old Soldiers Home. Ried Krida}
Another one of the old soldiers has
passed away. Friday morning, at the
Old Soldiers Home in Columbia, vet
eran H. A. Phillips, who was carried
to Columbia from this county last fall,
breathed his last after an illness of
several weeks. After his own wishes,
he was buried in the Confederate sec
tion of Klin wood cemetery. Columbia,
Saturday morning. Rev. Klrkmun O.
Finley, rector of Trinity lOplscopal
church, conducted the last sad rites
and Mrs. Janus Bellinger sann several
rwoot songs. Residents of the home
senft many beautiful dowers t*> place
upon his grave.
"Mr. Phillips was a member of Com
pany C 14th Si C. Infantry, McGow
an'S brigade, and \. P. Hills Light
division. Stonewall Jackson- corps,
Army of Northern Virginia, lie par
ticipated In many of the stirring bat
tles in the hills of Virginia ami Iiis
mind was rich in memories of inci
dents and events that occurred dur
ing the critical Stages of the great
S. J. NIt'HOLLS ANNOUNCES.
Will be In the Race For Congress
Against Jos. T. Johnson. Spoke at
The annual picnic uf Willow drove
circle, W. 0. W\, was held at Rkoni
Friday, when a large crowd gathered
'< to enjoy the day. The features of the
day were the splendid picnic dinner
spread and the speeches of several
prominent men. Col. Sam J. N'lcholls,
of Spart a'niburg, was among the
speakers ahd took the occasion to
announce definitely that he would be
in the race for congress next summer,
idol, John M. Cannon, of Lauren-, pre
sided and made an address. Mr. <". A
' Power, clerk of court, and Hon. W. C.
(rby, Jr., were the oilier speakers
of the day.
Tin? day was an ideal one for tin
picnic and quite a large crowd Wat
present to enjoy the festivities.
THE JURY DRAWN
FOR SESSIONS COURT
.indue G. w. Shipp to Preside Over
Term of Court which Com cues Sep.
The jury commissioners met in the
office of Clerk of Court Power yes
terday morning and drew the jurors
for the court of general sessions which
is to convene Monday, September 8th.
The term of court will be one week
In duration. As there are a number
of prisoners in jail and out on boud,
It Is very likely that the court will
be occupied for the entire week. .Judge
G. W. Shipp will preside. The follow
ing are the jurors:
J. S. George, Laurens,
11. I.. Jones, Hunter,
A. J. Hollingsworth, Jacks,
W. S\ RtChison, Cross Hill,
(!. C. Watts. Cross Hill,
T. E. Babb, Laurens.
John H. Culbertson, Waterloo,
S. W. Bryson, Hunter.
T. B. Owens, VoUUgS,
E. 1.. Donnnn, Scuflletown,
Tully F. Babb, Sullivan.
T. P. Davis. Hunter.
W. L. Garrett, Youngs,
W. T. Stephens, Votings,
J. G. Halle, Hunter,
T. J. Leak.'. Jacks.
C. C. Hill. Waterloo.
J. P. Owings. Dials,
C. S. Thompson, Laurens,
J. E. Elledge. Waterloo.
R. J. Woods. Dials,
It. L. Stoddard, Dials,
W. R. Brown, Cross Hill.
J. It. Pitts. Sullivan
H. L. Madden, Laurente,
C. H, Sim6, Laurens,
J. C. Nelson, Hunter,
P. K. Abercromble, Youngs,
W. L. Mock, Youngs,
J. C. Thomas, Laurens,
W. P. Morris, Hunter,
J. L. Chattey, Seullletown,
R. W. Brown, Cross Hill,
M. E. MeDanlel, Jr.. Waterloo,
J. D. Stewart, Youngs,
J. T. Peden, Dials.
John Miller Craton, Who has Visited
Relatives Here on Numerous Occa
According to an Associated Press
dispatch sent out from Ashcvillc Sat
urday. John Miller Craton. committed
suicide there the same day. The de
ceased was well known here where
he has visited on numerous occasions.
He was a niece of Mrs. C. L. Pooh-.
Following is the dispatch sent out
"Despondent because of ill health,
John Miller Craton, of Loland, Fla., I
"- years old. ended his life today by
drinking carbolic acid. The deceased,
who was unmarried, and who is sur
vived by his mother, a brother and
two sisters, came to Ashcvillc front
Doiand three months ago in search of
health. His family formerly lived :it
Rutherfordton, N. C, moving to Flori
da live years ago.
Picnic at Stroitds Spring.
Strouds Spring, near Ora, was the
scene of a very enjoyable community
picnic last Wednesday w several
families closely relhted I ties of
blood and friendship gathered for a
picnic and fish fry. The day was very
pleasantly spent/by those who attend
ed and will he kept in pleasant mem
ory for many years. Among those
making up the picnic party were Mr.
William Bryson and family, Mr. Clyde
Martin and sister, Mr. John Pryson
and family. Mr. Oscar Hunter and
family, Mrs. L. K. Hunter and family,
all of Ora: Mr. Hump Hunter an 1 fam
ily and Mr. L. B. Hlackwell and fam
ily, of Laurens, Mr. W. B. Harmon,
of Lanford Station, and others.
To Move To Town.
Mr. J. IL Cunningham, who lives
near Lanford station, was in the city
several days ago on business. Mr.
?Cunningham states that early In Die
fall of the year he Intends moving to
the city, occupying the residence he
owns on Laurel street new occupied
by Dev. W. 13. Harre Hi* farm on
which he now lives will he rented < lit
next year to Mr. J. T. Ihtrgess, who
now lives on Mr. C, P. Mosoley'a
place. Mr. Cunningham will he ^
welcome acquisition to the city.
Reunion of Garrotte's,
There will he a reunion of the Oar
rotte family at s. M. Garrotte's, Lau
rens county, on the 27Hi of August.
Ml Die kindred and friends are in
\itccl to allen I, and bring dinner.
OBJECT TO NEGROES
IM COTTON MILL
White Employees Object to limine
Negroes 111 the Mill Where Til?)
Hail Been Employed for Menial La
Following some dissatisfaction which
has been brewing at the Laurens Cot
ton Mills for sollte time over the em
ployment of negro helpers In clean
ing looms and doing scavenger work,
about thirty five men walked out yes
terday after two men had been tired
by the oompany.
Mr. Lamar Smith was asked about
the trouble last night. He stated that
the company had employed negro
helpers to clean the looms and to do
other menial labor about the mills
about a year ago. after exhausting ev
ery other means of getting proper la
bor to do this work. The mill had
tried to secure white help on this kind 1
of work and had always found It a
hard task. The mill was perfectly Will
ing, he said, and desired to employ
white help for this work if they want ,
ed it. but that it had been hard to
secure enough white people to do the
work satisfactorily. Soon after the,
negroes were hired some of the white
employees began to give them trouble
an dhad tried to run them off. The
conditions remained unchanged, how
ever, until last week when the negroes
became so frightened by letters and
personal threats that all of them glad
unlly left, by Saturday not one re
mainring, Saturday morning Mr. Mont
gomery made a speech to the opera
tives, stating the conditions under
which the mill management labored,
telling the men that the mill had no
desire to hire the negroes if white
men would take their places and ?hat
just so soon as white men applied for
the places that they would get them.
Thereupon Mr. Montgomery asked all
who felt that the mill was offering a
fair proposition to hold up their hands.
A great mau'y hands went up and then
all who did not agree to the proposi- (
tion were asked to hold up their hands
As none held up their hands at this,
it was felt that the employees were
satisfied with the explanation of the
By Tuesday morning no white help
had applied for the work in question,
so a negro man was placed on the Job
again. lie did not stay long before
he was given to understand that be
must get out. Following this Incident,
two white employees Who Were sus
pected of causing tile negr<? '<> leave,
were paid off and advised that their
services were no longer need. d. When
this became known, about thirty-live
other white employees walked out of
tiie mil' and a! Closing time 1 im night
had not returned.
Mr. Montgomery made a talk to the.
remaining employees yesterday after
noon thanking them for their loyalty
and .assuring them that the manage
ment felt ready to do everything in
its power to do away with the negro
labor. But, he told them, the mill i
could not possibly run without the ma
chinery being cleaned and Without the
scavenger work being done and that if
white men would not do this kind of
work that it was necessary to em
ploy negroes. Those who heard him !
seemed to be WOll Satisfied with what
he told them.
Mr. Smith stated last night that he
was very sorry indeed that the un
happy occurrence had come about but
that he felt that as soon as the men
cooled off and came to understand the
true situation that no furtlo r trouble
would be had.
It is stated that one of the negro
employees made some criticising re
marks about the lyhtehlng that took
place here last Monday night and that
this precipitated an outbreak which
created considerable excitement Sat
urday morning. The negroes became
Very much alarmed and a general ,
exodus took place from the mill prem
ises, Last night all was (pilot in the
Reunion of (topers.
Taking advantage of the vh it of
Mr. Andrew A. Roper, of Palestine,
Tex., members of the Roper fatally
have arranged for a family reunion <?>
be lwdd Friday at the old home of Mr.
T. Mac Hope;, near Hickory Tavern.
Mr. Roper was accompanied east by
his son-in-law. Mr. .left Rawlcy and
both of tl 'n will be present fit the
; reunion, it i- expected thai all of
the Roper connection in and near,
l by counties will be pi< sent.
PICMC IT FRIENDSHIP.
Enjoyable Da) Spout b> Woodmen
and Their FVIends. Politics I's
The annual picnic of Myrtle camp,
w. i). W.. held at Friendship church
Saturday was largely attended and
greatly enjoyed by all who were pros*
mt. The day was marked hy the
bountiful picnic dinner and the splen
did order which prevailed, Addresses
were made hy several men now prom
inent in the public eye. Mr. C. A.
Power, of Laurens. presided over the
ceremonies upon the limitation of Con
sul Commander I.. IV Elledge and In
the beginning he announced that poli
tics were not to be discussed.
The members of the order assembled
at the camp hall and from there
inarched to the cemetery where the
annual memorial exercises were held
and the graves of the deceased sover
eigns Nichols. Pitts and Polt decorat
After the ceremonies ai the ceme
tery, the crowd returned to the speak
iivjg stand where the orators of the
day were Introduced by Mr. Power.
The speakers were Hon. .lohn M. Dan
lei, of Greenville, a leading member
of the W. 0. W.. and Col. S. .1 Nichols.
of Spartanburg, who spoke on "The
Independence of the American People
Music was furnished throughout the
day hy the Princeton hand. Those
who attended the picnic pronounced
it one of the most enjoyable of the
season. The Woodman camp at this
place is in a nourishing condition and
is steadily gaining in membership.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION.
Laurens Count) Association WIH Hold
Annual Meeting at ilraniblctta
The annual session of the Inter
denominational Sunday School Asso
ciation for IjaureilS county will he
held at Hramletts church, near Gray
Court on September 3rd and Ith This
session promises to he one of the
most interesting and instructive meet
ings ever held. An excellent program
has been arranged and a full attend
ance is expected at all of the meet
ings. Miss Vandlver, who 'is well
known all over the tsate :<s a Sundav
school worker will he present at all
sessions of the contention.
( I I VI o\ SOI IA I, v I \\ S.
Crowd <>i? \ oiiiig Folks on Genuine
Camping Trip to the Momiluins of
Clinton. Aug l!?. (in Thursday night I
Mrs. Cantey delightfully entertained
about thirty guest: in honor of (lie
Misse- Cantey of Sllinmei'ton.
Miss Irene Little was ho |< .?! .nil
elaborate dinner parly on Wednesday.
The guests were Misses Maid.' and'
Mabel Sumerel, Hern Hal Icy', i; ii
Young, .lane Kennedy. .1? si< May Ma
haffey, Ola Voting, Oi rah Hen Liitic,
Miss Mary Bean entertained a few
friends on Tuesday night in liono 0?
Miss. Susie Dich of Suinter.
On Monday Miss Dot Owen; nml Mi
Will Bean left for Grecnyilb to join |
a crowd of young people who are out
for a ' .imping trip near Cea.-.u - Head, i
Misses Nancy Owens, Julia and VI - \
glnia Owens and Avcry Cope.land and
Messrs. George Little, .Icnncth Hur
dotto, William Byrd, Ferdinand Ja
cobs loft Monday night for a genuine
Camping trip through the country In
wagons and they expect to be gone
about tWO weeks and < (peel to visit
all places of interest between here
anld Black Mountain and Montreal, N.
C. Mrs. W. H. Owens and Mrs. C.
Griflin chaperoned this party.
Miss Bmmac Robertson on a
camping trip this we. k with friends
near Ilonen Path,
Miss /.ee Wright i on > camping
i triI? near Ti yon t!ii^ ? ? . k.
Mis.- Jessie Ma >' M iliftffoy is tLf
1 guest of Miss Jane Kennedy this week.
Mr. and Mrs \ekerman Of Macon,
G|i . are visiting Mrs. J. Q. Phillip* this
M, : ?vit
Leo of ii.au ? n liavo n Im m;d to tie it
home afti r spending tl ? wi ? k v. tji
Mi-si l"o:ie Hur !' ttC, A W
Franc? Onrylri, Alice Watt and .M -
(f;:.: \ ? ? id Mr. Hi ii- Watt w< I l<
Golan Tuesdi y for t!.<? V ? tin
piiPi wedding t<> lie Wi Inoj tl.
FROM THE COUNTY
Nous Letters From Many
GIVE LOCAL NEWS
Happenings of Interest to Many Peo
ple all over the Count) and to Those
Who lliive l eft the Filially Hearth
stone mid gone to Oilier States.
Shiloh. Ann IS Messrs. It. C. Wal
lace, m. Hoyd, Clyde Simpson, j, n.
Power?, It. t; Wilson, Mike Parks, It.
Holt. Plnknc) llellnins, Willie Irvlu,
.1 I?. Ilellanis, Unlph Wilson. Wood
ford Wallace, j. F. Cray. J. It. Ilel
lanis. Milton Wilson. W S Holt. Mas
ter Haul Heliums and your corre
spondent took In the farmors insti
tute and live stock meeting at Mad
Dr. j. W. Heason's health has so far
Improved that he is again able to tako
U|) his pi aci it e.
Mr. W, m Aboreroinblo returned
last Friday from llullruioro, whore
he went to purchase his fall stock of
Mr la- Irvln, who spent a few days
with homefoiks and other relatives
around here, has returned to hi*
home in Atlanta.
Mountvllle, Aug is. Miss llosslu
Mitchell, of llatosburg is visiting tho
family of Mr, W. c. Mitchell
Miss Sura Clinkscales, of Ahhovlllo
Is on a visit to her sisier, Mrs. .lno.
T. Stokes, a! Tongue's Hotel.
Miss Francis Jeter returnod Sun
day to her home in Hickory Orove,
after spending several days with Miss
Watts Hudgeiis spent last week with
a friend at Fountain inn
Miss Louise Ulchardsoti was host
ess to unit*' a iiumher of young foil
last Friday evening in' honor of Ml
Misses Kittie Wharton ol Cro
Hill and Margaret Dunlap of Lauren
ate guests of Mb- Jayn hoyd llud
gCIIS this Week.
The frleiuh ol Miss lOli/.a Mae Sul
livan will be g.iad to learn ol her im
proved condition, alter an illness of
\ series ol services is being hold
at Co- Methodist church, conducted
by the pastor. Itcv. .1. 'I-. Miller.
Mr. 11 M Hi vi on (tame up from
MnllhiH Saturday, returning Sunday.
or.i. Au" IK. A convention of the
\ It. P. Sabbath school! ol the Spa: -
t an burg, Wood ruf I and Orn churched
will be held hen 'l'hur.sday. \ pi<'
nie dinner will be served at (he
church, an attractive program has
been prepared a 'I all those Interest
ed are invited to < ome
Mrs. W M. I try son and little kgii,
Mack, have returned from a t> w thij
ofay in Il.enderstuivllle and Tovaway.
Mrs W. I. llryson and children a re
\ tailing relatives in Hi adley an 1 l lue
Messrs. I) M. NlcClintock and S. H.
Fleming aid! family are enjoying; ' "
mountain breezes in Henderson
Misses Miirgarol ami Jaule Blakoli
went with a pai ly from the supine ??
school in Knoxyllle, to Niagara Falh.
They very inticll enjoyed this womb:
Miss IJessic Hyrd has returned from
a ill to Iva.
Miss helle Craig is spending
weeks at Montreal.
Rev. W, A. Rlaknly, Mrs I). K Ti I
bio anid children ami Mrs. 11 F I' ike
ly came over from Clinton Mr.
Trlhlile's car and spent He- nigh ?'? i"
relatives lu re.
Mr. .1. Crftlg of Lauten- and hi '?
Torn Ciaic of ItOCK Hill have be.:,
visiting their mother, Mrs, Jnrt? C ?
Lanford, Auk IK. Mr and Mr M.