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VOLUME XXIX. LAURENS, SOUTh CAROLINA, WEDNESDAy, 14, 1914.
JANUARY NUMBER 25
CHARR[O R[MAINS Of
1AK[N FROM RU!
Terrible Tragedy in Lower
Part of the County.
EOUL PLAY SUSPECTED
No Definite Clue has eon Found to
Point Directly to the Theory of Mur
der, but There is Strong Susplion
of Foul Play. Skull Fractured.
What appears to have been one of
the most 'mysterious and at the same
time most deplorable events in the re
cent history of the county occurred
in the early morning hours near Ren
no yesterday when Mr. Geo. F. Young
met his death either by burning or by
foul play. About three o'clock yes
terday morning the home of Mr.
Young was found completely envelop
ed in flames and through it all could
be seen his dead body lying across 'the
hearth. How the fire started or
whether Mr. Young was murdered and
the house set afire to hide the crime
has not yet been determined. It was
midday yesterday before the ruins of
the house were suffliciently-cooled for
friends to reach the (lead body and
extinguish the flames.
Mr. Young was an extensive farmer
on a large two thousand acre estate
several miles from Renno. Ile spent
most of his time there, his wife and
four children living in Laurens for
the social and educational advantages.
Conflicting theories have been ad
vanced as to how and why the tragedy
ocecrred. The only real and tangible
evidence of any kind yet available is
ihe bare fact as to the situation which
existed shortly after and at the time
the fire was discovered. One Tom
Young, colored, who is being held as
a suspect, first discovered the flire
supposedly on his way to work. Ile
gave the alarm and soon other negroes
were on the scene. Nothing effective
could be done to extinguish the flames.
White people having heard of the
tragedy being enacted, hurried to the
scene but they could do little to put
out the fire. About noon the flames
had died down sufficiently for the
men to make their way to the dead
body. Tholimbs were found almost
entirely consumed and the trunk was
so badly 'burned that the heart and
other organs were exposed to view.
On each side of the forehead were two
indentions of thd skull and these are
the only clues so far found to justify
the theory of murder. An axe with
the handle burned out was found in
the room, but no other evidence was
discovered. Whether the fractures in
the skull were caused by fallingtim
bers or by some instrument In the
hands of another is the question not
Tom Young, the first negro on the
scone, has -boon arrested on suspicion,
it being stated that lhe and Mr. Young
had previously had a disagreement. A
large crowd of men gathered very
rapidly yesterday morning and excite..
mont ran high for a time. However,
no trouble is anticipated and in ease
the sheriff sees fit to hold this negro
01' aarrest othe~rs they will most prob
ably be given a trial in the courts.
Mr. Young is survived by his wife
and four children, as follows: 0. Dud
ley Young, of Gaffney, Stobo 0.
Young, Detroit, Misses flamelie and
10lizabethi Young. The funeral services
will :be hold from the house on North
Hiarper street Thursday morning at
)tov Mitchell at Lucas Avenue.
Rev. 0. C. Hedgepoth, pastor of
daicas5 Avenue Batptisft churcih, this
city, states that 'Rev. BI. P. MItchell,
Secretary of the Laurenis Association,
is conducting an I'nlistment M4eeting
in his chum'ch this week. Services be
gin prompltly at 7:30 o'clock each ev
ening. The public is cordially invited
Lamurens Delegation Off.
Senator 0. P. Gloodwin and Repre
aentatives WV. C. Irby, Jr., ir. S. Black..
well and Gleo. A. Browning, Jr., left
Monday for Columbia to attend the
sessions of the legislature. Before
leaving they made no announcement
of any special legislation affecting
[O. F. YOIMG
S OF BURM[D BOM[
Address by Superintendent of Edu
cation J. E. Swearingen. Routine
Matters Attended To.
The regular monthly meeting of
the .county teachers and trustee asso
clations was held in the graded school
auditorium Saturday. A very inter
esting and profitable program was
carried out, among the items on the
program being an address by Super
intendent of Education J. E. Swearin
gen. Mr. James H. Sullivan, the new
ly appointed 'county duperintendent
of education, made a short address to
the -teachers and Mr. Geo. L. Pitts
spoke ,briefly' in making his farewell
appearance as a 'member of the asso
The joint session of thq two associa
tions was held, individual sessions
were held 'by each association. Mr.
Swearingen presided over the meet
ing of the trustees and made a very
forceful talk outlining some of the
duties of the trustees and some of
the imperative needs of the schools.
Mr. W. Carl Wharton, president of the
trustee association, made a stirring
address stressing the importance, of
According to reports made public
at the meeting, over $1,200 was real
ized from entertainments of the im
provement associations during the
months of November and December.
BIG LANI) SALE.
Lots to be Sold at "Hillcrest", Benu
tifin Site on Farley Avenue.
The Traxler Real Estate company
of Greenville are advertising a very
attractive land sale to take place in
this city Monday morning beginning
at 10:30 o'clock. The tract of land to
be cut up into building lots and sold
is that beautiful piece of property on
Farley Avenue which has been owned
for some years by Mr. W. L. Gray and
which is looked uponi as one of the
most attractive undeveloped pieces of
real estate in the city. There are
fourteen lots 50x150 facing Farley ave
nue and 100 lots of the same dimen
sion on Chestnut street. There are
a number of other attractive lots,
making about 200 in all. Penny Broth
ers, the twin auctioneers, will cry the
The public is especially requested
to bear in 'mind that to get the bene
fit of the prizes offered in the circular
advertisements, it will he necessary
to be on hand both when the sale op
ens and when it closes.
Nearly Eight Thousand Ahead.
According to figures furnished The
Advertiser by Mr. Charles McCravy,
the cotton ginnings for this county
tip to January 1 were 42,881 bales. Up
to the same period last year the gin
nings wer'e 35,046 bales. This shows
an increase of 7,S35 bales over last
year. The total ginnings foi' the en
tii'e season of 1911 were around 55,
000 bales, so it is hardly probable
that this season's crop will reach the
highwvater level set that year by 'many
thouisands of bales.
New With 'f'ho Adiertiser.
Mr. Geo. B. Grist, until recently of
Yorkvillo, has accepted a position in
the job and adl-settinig deopartmenits of
Trho Advertiser and has already begun
hisi duties. Mr. Grist has worked in
several modern printing oflices, in
ciuuding modern hplants at Char
lotte and Yorkville. Hie is a mar
ried man and will bring his fam
ily here in a .fcfw weeks. Mr. Crist
takes the place of Mr. WValter Moore,
who so acceptably filled the position
up until a few weeks ago when lie
went on the farm.
Will Build Hlonm.
'Mrs. A. RI. Irby has recently pur
chased a' lot on South Harper street
from Mr. E. P. Minter and at an early
date will begin the erection of a hand
some two-story home. The lot is di
rectly in front of the hospital on the
Meetinig of D. A. R.
'rhe IHenry Laurens chapter, D. A.
R., meets Friday afternoon at 3:30
o'clock. With Nirs. WV H. Dial.
ALBERT F. SIMPSON
Only Son' of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Sinp.
son. has Recently Been Living in
Friday morning at' four o'clock, Al
bert F. Simpson, only son of Mr. and
Mrs. P. A. Simpson, died at-the family
residence in this city. Mr. Simpson
returned home .from Cheraw some
weeks before the Christmas holidays
suffering from a malarial affection, but
this had occasioned no great egncern
until a weakening of the heart func
tions caused him to suffer a complete
collapse. lie was confined to his bed
but a few days, the announcement of
his death coming as a great shock to
his relatives and friends.
Saturday afternoon interment took
place in the Laurens cometery, Rev.
C. F. Rankin. conducting the services.
After the grave had been filled, the
mound was covered with beautiful
flowers, tributes from -his numerous
friends who had admired him for his
sterling worth and exemplary charac
ter. The following were the pall
bearers: Honorary, Dr. W. D. Fer
guson, Dr. J. H1. Tongue, J. W. Todd,
Col. 11. Y. Simpson, .1. Aug. Barksdale,
A. Ross Bilakeley, D. A. i)avis, W. E.
Clardy, M. I.. Copelan:1, W. It. Mcf~uen;
Active, .J. W. Todd, Jr., Boyce Clardy
Charles Siumpson, Calhoun McGowan,
L. 13. Blackwell. M. 11. I hinter, .S. M.
Vilkes, .1. 1). Watts, Frank Spratt,
Mr. Simpson had been engaged in
the plumbing business for several
years, having been up to about a year
ago associated with .1. ii. Boyd & Co.
A few months ago he went to Cheraw,
where he went into business on his
own account and was meeting with
Mr. Simpson was about twenty-five
years of age. 'lie is survived by his
parents and two sisters, Misses Mar
guerite and Ilattle Simpson, students
at '(hicora college. lie was a young
man of upright and honest character
and firm convictions. Ile was a Ma
r:en, a mrenher of the Presbyterian
church and for some time was secre
tary of the Sunday school.
iiEL ,PED LIBERATi'E PRISON ER .
-Jesse Williams Arrested on the Charge
of Aiding in the Liberation of Six
Prisoners fromt the County Jail.
Jesse Williams, colored, was arrest
ed in Greenville last week and brought
here charged with aiding pri nuers to
escap~e from the county jail. it Is al
leged that Williams assisted Sam Price
and flve other negroes in making their
escape a few weeks ago by secretly
passing tools to the confined prison
ers. The arrest was made by Deputy
Sheriff Reid, who had been on the trail
of the negro for some time. Williams
has made sme very incriminating
statements about the escape of the
It will be remembered that Sam
Price, convicted of murder and sen
tenced to life imprisonment, madhe his
escaipe with five other negroes charged
wvith lesser offenses several weeks ago.
Sam Price has never been caught, but
two of the escaped prisoners, John
French and Loomis Ellison have since
Two Negroes Start linnting and. in
Struggle over a Onin One is Ellied.
What is said to have been an acci
dental killing occuirred a few miles
wvest of the city Fridlay when two
young negro boys, Futrman Bullock
and Will Iriby, started out lhunting. Ac
cording to the testimony given at the
inquest, the two negroes wvere play
fully handling a gun when it was (dis
charged, the load entering the body
of WVillie Irby. The negro d11ed a few
hours Inter. The jury rendered a ver
dict of accidental homicide.
Engineering Offiees Now sOpen.
Mr. Edward McCrady, of the firm of
McCrady Bros. & Choves, arrived in
the city a few clays ago to take up his
residence here and to carry out con
tracts of his firm. Mr. MeCrady will
be found in the Bank of Laurens
building, where lie will be glad to con
fer with those desiring any kind of
engineering wvork done.
Moves to Another Farm.
Mm'. Marvin C'oy, who has been
living on Laurens Route 6, has moved
to another farm a few miles from
Simipsonville, whlere lie wvill be locat
ed t his vyear.
TO BE ORGANIZED
Meeting of Prominent Citizens, Wed
nesday Resulted in Definite Decslon
to Orgaiinlze $50,000 Institution.
At a -meeting of prominent citizens
held WVedne9day in the new offices of
the Laurens Trust Company it was
definitely decided ' to launch a new
bank in this city. It will probably be
a national bank with a capital stock of
$50,000. Officers and directors of The
Laurens Trust Company are the prime
promoters of the new institution. The
bank will be located on the first floor
of the remodeltd building recently
bought by the trust company from the
Bank of Laurens. A committee of
two, Messrs R. A. Cooper and R1. Flem
ing Jones,, was appointed at the meet
ing to canvas the city and county for
the purpose of soliciting subscriptions
to the capital stock. Sufficient assur
ances of subscriptions were given at
the meeting, however, to make certain
the organization of the bank.
Since the question has arisen on the
streets several tiimes as to what rela
tion the new institution would bear to
The Laurens Trust Company, one of
the oflcers of the trust company stat
ed yesterday that the two institutions
will be entirely separate from each
other and that no part of the stock
of the trust company is to be merged
into that of the hank. In other words,
the only relat on existing will be that
of occupying the same building.
The oflicers of the new hank have of
course not yet been named and will
not be named until after complete or
ganization has been effected.
This will make the fifth regularly
chartered hank in the city. The other
banks are The Peoples Loan and Ex
change Bank, with a capital of $100,
000, The Enterprise Bank, with a cap
ital of $100,000, the Bank of Laurens,
with a capital of $50,000 and the Pal
metto Bank, withi a capital of $50,000.
In addition to these, there are two
trust companies, The Laurens Trust
Company and The 1Ilome Trust Com
pany, each with an authorized capital
ization of $50,000. The Lucas Bank,
situated at the Watts Mills, just. out
side the incorporate limits, has a cap
ital of $5,000. Owings & Bobo also
do a private banking business though
it is not a chartered institution.
MR~. 31eGOWAN ENDORSED.
Local Attorneys Are Anxious to See
H1im Associate Justlce.
At a special meeting of the Laurens
Bar Association held last week, Mr.
F. P. McGowan the well-known at
torney, was endorsed for associate
justice of the supreme court. Mr.
McGowan is among the most promi
nent of the lawyers of this state and
was at one time senator from this
county. ills name will'be presented
a' the joint sessions of the general
assembly when they meetsoon to fill
tho vacancies on the supreme court
Neygro Cuts Another.
Two Laurens negroes, Frank Rich
ardlson and Walter Barksdale, got in
to a difficulty while returning on the
train from Augusta Sunday and~ before
time couldl be called Frank RIchard
son hlad cut Wvalter Darksdale with a
puocket knife, doing considerable in
jury. Besides ,making seveiral deep1
gashes in other parts of tihe body,
Richardson made a deep incision into
thle throat of his o-pponent, punctulrinlg
one of thb smaller veins of the nec0k.
On their arrival at Laurens Frank
Rlichardlson was placed in jail andl
Walter Barksdale wvas giveni medical
attentIon. Trhe fight took place just
At a sp~eciai convocatIon Adaniro
Council No. 2, Thursday evening, the
followilng officers were elected: R. A.
Cooper, TP. 1. M.; Brooks Swygert, ID.
I. 'M.; 0. iU. Siimmons, P. C. V.; T. C.
Switzer, Trreas.; WV. II. Was'hington,
Recorder; C. M. Miller, C. G.;' R . A.
Babb, C. C.; J. F. Tolbert, Stewart; H.,
More Lamnd Sales.
In the list of sales made on thme reg
uilar JIanuary saleRsday, The Advertiser
faIled 1o mention the sale of the Kay
propeirty, in Sullivan townlship). Two
of the tracts were bought by J1. 5. 1K11
gore and three by J1. 0. Sullivan. The
total amount realized wvas $3,125. The
Lee liendiersoni place, necar Mt. Pleas
atnt, was also sold1, JIona Smith buyingl
it for 4800.
N.B. DIAL WITHDRAWS
FROI 8tENAT[ RAC[
Dislikes Being Drawn Into
In Interview Given out 'Several Days
Ago Mr. I)iil Withdraws from Sena.
tonal Iace. has been Urged to
ltun for Governor but. has Refused.
Several days ago Mr. N. B. Dial gave
out an interview relative to his candi
lacy for United States Senate. It will
le remembered that several ionths
o Mr. Dial authorized a statement
the c'd:ily pa;ers to the effect that
wm'!d i in the race again this
summer to succeed Senator E. D.
Smith. Yesterday he stated that af
ter mature consideration he had come
to the conclusion, for business and
other reasons, not to run this year.
itMr. Dial intimated that a compelling
reason for his withdrawal from the
field at this time was because of' a dis
like of being drawn into a fac
tional fight as would likely char
acterize the cainmpaign, a fight which
would becloud the issues which lie de
sired to discuss and on which he would
base his claims for the oflice. With
the people at present in a state of
mind where they prefer listening to
other than conservative discussions
of constructive imeasures, Mr. Dial
feels that he is unwilling to sacrifice
h!mself in a campaign where those
issues in which lie has no interest
would be uppermost.
Speaking of the campaign two years
ago when Senator Tillman was re
elected after releasing for publication
the famous Ferguson letter, Mr. Dial
stated that he felt that his defeat at
that time was brought about by a
combination of circumstances over
which he had no control and which
lie did not seek to control because
of the questionable tactics it would
Mr. Dial having had requests from
several sonrees that lie "throw his
hat into the ring for governor", lie
was asked about this also. In reply,
he stated that lie had considered the'
matter very seriously, but that the
srme reasons which had prompted him
in staying out of the senatorial race
also influenced him in his present in
tention of remaining out of this race
also. However, he has a number of
things concerning the public welfare
which lie would like to see enacted in
to law and it is probable that lie will
offer for governor or senate at some
In a lengthy interview, too long to
give in this correspondence, Mr. Bial
reviewed the circumstances of his own
life leading up to his candidacy for
the United States Senate two sum
mers ago, a life which all of
his acquaintences recognize as one
of considerable achievement, a life
which lie says it is his am
bitIon to crown by services for hIs
state, both to aid and assist its pea
ple in the further dlevelopmenit of the
dorment desources and to attain the
honoy w hiich maturo age covets. Mr.
Dial deprecated the strife atnd unrest
In the state at present, charging that
the state is suffering great material
losses because of the feeling of dis
trust andl uncertainty felt towvards it
In the financlal centers. HeI said the
tirme has long been past (lute anud is
now becoming imperative for the citi
zens to wake up to the real needs of
the hour and to (quit .bIckering over
matters of minor tiportanice and to
unite. With the recent passage of
tho currency bill by congress,
guaranteeing a more elastic cur
rency, lie says the time was nev
er more propitious for the south
eirn states and~ especially this state to
leave strife behind andl to put shoul
(letrs together to dlet alop) the stat an'md
build up Its credit abroad. Although
not o::uosing the state wvarehouse bill
as fathered by State Senator Mcau
in, Mr. Dial thinks thpt one of the
greatest things to be sought after at,
present is a national ware house bill,
patterned somewhat after the bonded
whiskey warehouses, where the ccir
tificates of the national government,
gtuar'anteeing thie storage and grade of
r')tion, cnn lbe usedl as collateral In
t' c money muarket s of the wvorld. Oth
er things, lie saidl, like rural credits,
Many Important Matters to
OF CHIEF CONCERN
Mauny PI'rogressive leasures to be Pro
sented though it is Expected that a
Dl ision A long Factional Lines ii ill
11 inder 'rogressii e Legislation.
Columbia, January 11.--The General
Assembly meets Tuesday. Many mem
bers are already in the city. The ap..
proach of the session finds the Stato
in exceptional condition and there is
no especial occasion to anticipate any
thing unusual, as a result of the gath
ering of the lawmakers.
In previous years the linor ques
tion largely overshadowed other mat
ters, 'but for some reason this issuo
is in abeyance and will hardly be one
of the absorbing questions. That peo
ple are not satisfied with existing con
ditions is patent, but what to (10 in
the circuistances is the problem. Pro
liibition w::S tried l out in certain sec
tions and proved unsatisfactory on tho
groundl that public sent101inet would
not enforce prohibition laws; then
many counties went, back to the coun
ty option system and th s is not al
together satisfactory, but is apparent
ly more satisfactory than would be
State-wide prohibition or the State
dispensary system. The chances are
that nothing will be done with regard
to' the liquor question. The most like
ly measure is the Rittenberg bill,
which has special reference to the con
ditions iln Charleston.
Education and Rloads
The educntional situation in tho
State prominen to he the overwhelm
ing qlestionl that, will be to ken upl by
ihel General Assembly. It Is becoming
more d11(1 more appreciated every day
that the best. money the State spen(s
is in edceationl-education of any kind.
The quoition now is how to host
spedi it. The common schools need
more money and the General Ass:n
bly Is likely to pass ai Ac! that will
raise the revienue d11(1 provide for its
Good roads will he an vehsorling is
Sile. 'Tlie people want better roads
and are going to have them. .Just now
it appears that the question will he
whether or not it would not be a good
idea to use a portion of the state eol
viets in the building of main arteries
from end to end of the Fitate. The
suggestion is that at first, with con
vict labor the State build a main ar
tery from the upper part to the lower
part of the State and then one east
and west. These would be used as
types and in time other lines would
be run to and from these main ar
teries. The suggestion is to tax the
people who use such road1s. An Act
w~ould~ have -been plassed taxinlg auto
mobiles10 so much per hor1se plower and
using the money 011 such roads, but
the hlitch came over tihe use0 of the
fund. Somie wVantedl the revenue raisedl
fromn a nutomobileo tax ulsed in the
countles where the tax was derived
01nd otheors wished it used iln the con
strulct Ion of thle proposedl 'main ar
terios and1( the result was that no0th
ing has been done upi to thle plresent
time11, but somelting is likely to he
done at this session if thlese two points
en1 lhe agreed upon1--how the revenue1 (
Is to lie distributed and( how the work
is to lie handled, that is, whether by
nn1 ind(epenldenit comissionl, by tie
00om-mlissionerl of agricultur 1and1( oml
merc~e 01r by thle State edu~entionlal Inl
stituitions with engineering dleparut
Left-Over from 1913.
When the Assembly meets on Tuues
day it will find( a considerable caleon
(dar of work that was left over from
the last session. Of course, it is rec'og
nized thlat, ulnder the rules that this
1ma0s of previ'ously plrop~osedl legIsla
t ion is u~p for consideration. Conidi
tions5 have (lhan~ged and( a nlew sched(
ule of work may be arranged.
It is gernlly' fldm;ittd t-hat one of
((Continuod on1 Pnato Ten.)
OneO (1nt posta~ge, na0t101a0 conlserVa
tn' 010., are0 iOmportanlt things to
3iln time, but11 thle n-a tiod ware
hase idea lie feels is of piressing Im