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VOLUME XXIX. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MARCh 18, 1914. NUMBER 34
Business Was Dispatched
THE GRAND JURY
Recommends Change in Undergrade
Crossings at Two Points on C. & W.
C. Railroad and Again Recommends
Improvements to Court House Piaza.
The court of general sessions ad
journed Saturday afternoon after a
week of unusually hard work. A num
her of lengthy and hard-fought cases
were tried and the court established
a very fine record in disposing of bus
iness. Judge I. W. Bowman, the pre
ekling judge, was very particular to
make every moment of the court's
time count for something and much
business was dispatched. He was sec
onded in all of his efforts by the other
officers of the court. The record of
eases tried will be found in other col
umns of this paper.
Grand Jury Presentment.
The grand jury made its present
ment Thursday afternoon in which sev
eral recommendations were made as
to railroad crossings. The condition
of the court house plaza was again
called to the attention of the court
with a recommendation that grass be
planted and suitable walks laid off.
The presentment is as follows:
'Po His Honor, the Presiding Judge:
We have passed on all bills banded
us by the solicitor except that of the
State vs Sallie Robertson. We de
eire the presence of L. 1C. Moore and
J. M. Miller as witnesses, and recomu
mend that the bill be carried over till
the next term of this court and that
these persons be bound over as wit
nesses to appear at, the next term in
We recommend that the Charleton
and Western Carolina Railway ' i
yany be required to alter the i -r
ground passage for the highway lead
ing from Laurens C. H. to Cold Point
near Dadgett Creek so that such pas
eage shall permit full view of the
highway for persons travelling same
from either side, the passage to run
in the same direction as the highway
instead of being at an angle to same.
That the said Railway Company be
required to change the benches un
der trestle across Warrior Creek
where said trestle crosses public high
way so that such benches shall be
parallel with general direction of
highway or make such alteration in
said crossing as will make same less
dangerous than it now is.
We recommend that the county jail
be wired for electric lights at once,
and that the County Board of Con
mnissioners make the necessary con
'tracts to carry this recommendation
We recommend as heretofore that
the court house grounds be planted
in grass and that walks be laid off as
approaches to the Court House. We
also recommend that the City Council
of the City of Laurens be requested to
provide by proper ordinance for fining
or' punishing trespassers on the court
house grounds outside of the walks
and aplproaches to the court house.
We recommend that this present
ment and the final presentment of the
Grand Jury at the September, 1913,
tert of this court be served on all
persons who were recommended to
take any action in either present
We have appointed proper commit
es tn look into the different mt
ters proper for our consideration, they
to report at somne subseeuent term of
We thank all, the' officers of this
court for courtesies shown us.
J. 'E. Philpot,
Report of Commissioners.
The annual report of the board of
county comnmissioners was put into
the hands of the court, being dated
March 10th. A general review of the
eomimission's work is made, closing
with a report on the magistrates of
the county. In this it will be noted
that Magistrate W. T. Crews, of Lau
rens township, was reported for not
making reports as required .by -law and
for not making settlement with the
county treasurer. The report of the
board of e-.anmissioners is as follows:
To His Honor, the Presiding Judge,
and the Grand Jury:
The County Board of Commission
ers of ILaurens Counity beg to report
As to Poor House, we would report
that contract has been renewed with
Afr. W. B1. Motte as Superintendent for
*o peer house for the ensuing fiscal
rear, on same terms as .for last year,
1. e., the superintendenft is to turnish~
ettabo diet, do the 1washing and
(Continlued on Page Four.)
BABCOCK GOES OUT
STRAIT GOES IN
Dr. Babcock Sends in his Resignation
and Governor Accepts It. Dr. Strait
Columbia. 'March 13.-Gov. Blease
today -accepted the resignation of Dr.
James W. T'abcock, superintendent of
the State Hospital for the Insane, and
appointed in his stead Dr. T. J. Strait,
of Lancaster. This turn in the events
of the Asylum came as a climax to
the two days' session of the board
of regents. Dr. Babcock became sup
erintendent of the -aylun by appoint
ment of Governor Tillman August 13,
1891. Dr. Strait is the senator from
Lancaster county and was a member
of the legislative committee that con
ducted. the recent investigation into
affairs at the State Hospital.
Governor Bl ease was asked wheth
or he had any statement to make with
regard to the asylum situation. He
said he had none but would be glad
to furnish copies of the official cor
respondence between himself and
those at the asylum, since the letters
are a public record which anyone is
entitled to see. At this time the
governor said he had no statement
to make. His secretary furnished the
copies of the oicial correspondence
and the 'oficial notice to the secretary
of state indicating the appointment
of Dr. Strait as he new superintend
ent. Dr. J. L. Thompson, the first
assistant physician at the asylum,
will have temporary charge of the
superintendency until Dr. Strait
qualifies as superintendent.
TO REMODEL HOTEL SOON.
Architects In Town Monday To Look
Over King Hotel Property.
Messrs. Stilwell and Myer, archi
tects of Hendersonville, were in the
city Monday conferring wvith Dr. H-.
K. Aiken and Mr. J. D. Watts prepara
tory to drawing plans for the remodel
ing of the King Hotel property. They
left the same evening to begin work
on the plans which will require sev
eral weeks and immediately, said I)r.
Aiken Monday, the contract would be
let for the construction.
Though no final decision has as yet
been made as to the plans, Dr. Aiken
was able to give a general idea as to
the work which will be done on the
building. The metallic exterior on
the front of the building will be r
moved and a decorative pressed brick
front will be put in, both on the hotel
property and the two store rooms. The
gabled roof will be removed so as to
allow for a straight sky-line, this line
to be slightly higher than the build
ing occupied by H. Terry next door.
The present lobby will be re-arrang
ed in several particulars, a tiled floor
being among the improvements. The
two store rooms will also be lowered
Instead of adding other stories to
the building, an addition will be made
in the rear. In this will be six spa
cious sample rooms and sixteen bed
rooms. The extension will be abou$
'76 feet long. The rooms in the pres
ent building will 1)e overhlauled and
changed around considerably, so as to
allow for additional bath roonms. Whlen
the building is completed, about one
half of tile rooms will be provided
with private baths. Though no deci
sion has yet been made as to steam
heat, it la thought that a comp~lete
"heating plant will be installed. The
owners expeoct to make the luilding
comfortable, convenient and modern.
The Christian IEndeavor of the Pres
byterian church will iold a business
meeting at seven o'clock Wednesday
evening in tile Sunday school room.
There will also 'be a regular mbeeting
Sunday evening at the same, hour. A
full attendance is requested.
New Rural Policemen.
The four new rural policemen and
A. D). Sullivan, who was reappointed,
will be sworn Into office Friday and
will immediately begin their duties.
The appointment of these men has
been widely commended by citizens
who know them and they are expect
ed to (10 good work.
Measuring Party at (Gray Court.
There will be a measuring party at
the home of Mr. andl Mrs. Julius Cur
ry on Wednesday e, -'ning, March 25th.
Tce Cream and cske will be for sale.
Th's is In thn interest of thle Gray
Coun -Owi ngsm PSchool Impr)ovemenODt as
Isocdation. The public is cordially in
CLEARED BY JURY
Plea of Self Dlefense Accepted by Jury
in Cuse of Killing of Sharpe lroth.
Cornelius Edwards, who shot and
killed the two Sharpe boys, Ernest
and.Hunt, near Barksdale Station Oc
tober 27th of last year, was declared
innocent of murder by the jury which
sat on his case Friday and Saturday.
The trial consumed all of Friday and
a part of Enturday, the jury rendering
its verdict before the noon recess Sat
urday. They remained in the jury
room hardly over five minutes before
returning to announce the verdict.
The State was assisted in the con
duct of the case by the law firms of
Richey & Richey and John M. Cannon,
Esq. Solicitor Cooper took part in the
examination of the witnesses, but was
prevented from making a speech by a
severe cold. Ferguson, Featherstone
& Knight conducted the case for the
As recited in The Advertiser follow
ing the tragedy, the killing grew out
ol hard feeling existing in the families
of the Sharpes and Edwards after
Cornelius !Edwards had compelled
Ernest Sharpe to marry Edward's sis
ter in Greenville. Ernest Sharpe was
22 years of age, Duncan Sharpe 18 and
Cornelius Edwards 21.
Both the state and the defense Intro
duced testimony to show that both
sides had indulged in threats prior to
the killing, though the state was un
able to develop convincing evidence of
continued hard-feeling on the part
of Cornelius Edwards subsequent to
the marriage In Greenville. Several
witnesses were put up by the defdsse
to .tell of threats made on several oc
casions by Ernest Sharpe, it being tes
tified that he ordered a pistol specially
to put his threats into action.
Cornelius Edwards went on the stand
in his own defense and made a cool
and collected witness, telling the story
of the tragedy and the incidents lead
ing up to and ,immediately following.
In answer to questions of counsel, his
testimony was substantially as fol
Cornelius Edward's Testimony.
I am 21 years of age and live at
Barksdale Station. Mother is living
but father is dead. I live in the house
with my mother, my brother (Claude
Lamhert) and sister. I work for Mr.
Arthur Putnam. On the morning of
the 27th I was ordered to take a four
mule team and go to the Armstrong
place to get a load of wood. I met
Ernest and Hunt S'harpe after leaving
the main road at Knights Station. I
was riding left hind mule. The place
where I was gding to get the wood
was about a mile from the home of
the Sharpe boys. About 1 3-4 miles
from Knights I looked up the road and
saw Ernest and Hunt Sharpe coming
in a buggy driving a mule. I com
menced to pull the front mules out
of the road and they became fright
ened at a gully. I succeeded in pull
ing the mules out of the road, but not
the wagon. The Sharpe boys passed
me and ran out on the bank of the
road. I bad double set of lines of
front mules in left hand and guided
the rear mules with single rein in
right hand. Didn't notice Sharpe boys
as, they passed. There was barely
enough space to pass. They passed on
right side of the road, being my left
side. When they got to rear end of
the wagon, Ernest says "Hold on". I
was not looking back. I had my right
foot over the horn of the saddle. I
wheeled around and saw a dlouble bar
rel gun pointing at me. I saidl, "Oh,
Lord, pardner, I haven't a thing
against you". Er'nest Sharpe relied
"I have you." I had my left shoul
der to them. lie shot me. I fell on
the ground on outside, near the mule's
front leg. I -fell on my right knee. I
was shot In the shoulder and( nec'k.
They jumped out of tihe buggy and
came running at me. I said "Don't
shoot anymore". Ernest had shot gun
in right 'hand end pistol in left hand.
Hunt had a pistol. Erndst pressed the
gun to my side and asked "How bad
are you hurt? Ho0w does It feel Dad
Jim you, I'll shoot you again." I then
shoved his gun off with my left hand
and shot him with my right. I shot
Ernest first, Hie ran Into the bushes
on the side of the road. Hunt ran up
and shot at me. I was still on my
knees. - The flash from Hunt's gun
burnt my jaw. I wheeled and shot at
him. He jumped to the side of the
road. I jumped up and started to run.
(Continnnd on Pagrn Eig-ht.)
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL
Many Things of Interest About the
People of the Neighboring Town.
Clinton, March 17.-On last Wed
nesday about 1 o'clock D. E. Tribble
& ICompany's building was completely
destroyed by fire. When the fire was
discovered the flames had burst
through the back end and the wind
was very high and strong and made it
impossible to get the flames under
control though the fire company work
ed faithfully and (lid save several
buildings near. It is not known how
the fire started unless in a negro cabin
next to the Tribblo building, which was
also destroyed. The second floor of the
Tribble -building was stocked with cof
fins, caskets and undertaker's sup
plies. Some of these were gotten out
but were ruined by water. The in
surance on the building will cover
about one 'half the loss.
About 9:30 o'clock the fire whistle
blew for the second fire which was a
warehouse and was put out in a lit
tle while without damage. And at 5
o'clock in the morning the whistle
blew for a third fire In the "Home of
Peace" at the 'Ihornwell Orphanage
caused from a defective wire. The
young ladles who discovered the fire
put it out before the company got
Mrs. Frances Stone, wife of Mi. W.
A. Stone, who lives near here, died at
her home Wednesday at one o'clock.
after an illness of several (lays. Mrs.
Stone was a woman of lovable char
acter and admired by all who knew
her. The funeral services were held
at Hurricane on Thursday afternoon
at 3 o'clock.
Mrs. Stone in survived by her hus
-nd, Mr. W. A. Stone and the follow
ing children, Messrs. C. W. and J. It.
Stone, I). E. Tribble of Clinton and
Mr. E. W. Stone of Union and Mrs.
Mamie Finney and Mrs. Sallie Horton
Mrs. Ellie Copeland Webster, daugh
ter of Capt. J. W. Copeland, Sir., of this
city, died Saturday morning at 5
o'clock, after an illness of one week,
(leath being due to pneumonia. 11er
unmtimiely death caused a great surprise
and a feeling of profound sorrow
among her many friends. For the past
few ve:rs Mrs. Webster had been liv
ing here with her father, her huts
band having died at Chicago their
former home, four years ago.
She was a ('h ristian woman of many
noble traits of character.
The body- was carried to Statesville
Saturday afternoon, where the fun
eral was held Sunday morning, inter
ment being by the side of her husband
who preceded her to the grave just
four years ago. The body was ac
companied to its last resting place
by the parents and relatives of the de
ceased, as well as a number of friends.
Mrs. Webster is survived by one
child, little Frank Wallace Webster,
aged 4 years; by her parents, Capt.
and Mrs. J. W. Copeland, and by
three sister, Mrs. Dave Craig of
S'tatesvillo, Mrs. Bunting of Baltimore
Miss Corrie Copeland of Statesvillo,
and one brother, J. W. Copoland, Jr.,
of this place.
GOING TO SP'ARTANDURO.
For Meeting of State Teachers Asso
clation. Laurens a Strong Contend
er for Trophy Cup.
A large number of the teachers of
the city and county are making pre
parations to attend the state teachers
association in Spartanburg Thursday,
Friday and Saturday of this week. Spe
cial effort is being made to have a
large attendance from this county, as
this county is contending for the
trophy cupi being offered to the coun
ty with the largest percentage of its
Besides the promhutent South Caro
linians to be present, two national
figures will attend the meeting and
make speeches. They are lHon. P. P.
Claxton, U. S. Commissioner of Edu
cation, and Mrs. Cora Wilson S'towart,
who will speak on "Moonlight
The Traynham Guards, the local
military company, will 'be inspected by
Adj. Glen. Moore and an officer of the
regular army on the night of the 23yd.
The company has been drilling regu
larly for the past few months and ex
pects to make its usual fine record. W.
Rt. Richey, Jr., Is captain, 0. Roy
Simpson, first lieutenant, and Joe
Smith, secnd lieutenant.
COMES TO CLOSE
Revival Services Came to an End
Sunday Evening, After Forceful
Sermon by Dr. Jenkins.
The revival services which have
been in progress at the First. Baptist
church for the past two weeks came
to a close at the Sunday night service.
Monday morning )r. Millard A. .Jon
kins, who has conducted the services,
and Prof. Bell, who has led in the
singing, left for their respective
homes, followed by the best wishes of
those who learned to know them
Sunday afternoon )r. Jenkins con
ducted a special service for men
which was very largely attended. lie
preachedi a strong and forceful ser
mon which was given the closest at
tention by his large audience. Again
Sunday evening the church auditorium
was filled to overflowing with men,
women and children, marking a fitting
close to two weeks of church revival.
Much interest was aroused in the
entire meeting, the congregations
i growing larger each night as the ser
vices progressed. Dr. Jenkins put a
great deal of thought into his mes
sages and delivered them with tell
ing effect. Very encouraging results
were attained, numerous applications
being made to joint with the church.
Besides those connecting themselves
with the church in which the services
were conducted, others signified their
intention of connecting themselves
with the congregations of other de
nominations. Taken withal, the ser
vices were productive of much good to
the entire community.
AS TO TOWNSHIP CONTESTS.
In the County School Fair. Laurens
and Hunter in One Class, Other
Townships In Another.
The committee on prizes for the
county school fair to be held April 17,
has announced that the county will be
div'ided into two classes in the compe
tition for township prizes. Laurens
and lhunter townships will be in one
class, known as Class A, while the
remaining townships of the county
will be grouped in another class.
known as Class B. This division is
made in order to place all the schools
on an eqlual footing.
To the school in each township
scoring the greatest number of points
will be given a prize. Out of a total
of 100 points, the literary contest will
count 42 points, the athletic contest
21 points, the exhibit of school room
work 21 points and domestic arts and
manual training 16 points.
Judging from the enthusiasm al
ready aroused over these contests,
nearly every school in the.county will
NEW CI[AIR CAR SERVICE.
Provision Made for Summer Travel by
the Charleston & Western Carolina
Pullman chair cars were attached
to trains No. 1 and 4 of the C. & WV. C.
railroad Sunday, running between An
gusta and Ashville. These cars con
nect with the Carolina Special at
Spartanburg allowing for travel from
Auigusta, Lau rens and intermediate
stations to -Ashville without change.
The addition of these cars gives the
travelling public splendid service on
the C. & W. C. Very recently this road
equip~ped its principal passenger
trains with new and modern passen
ger coaches with steel underframes
vestibuled from endl to end, giving
now, with the additional chair cars,
well equipped, comfortable and even
It is understood that further im
provements in the service is contein
platedl at no distant (late, improve
ments wvhich were planned before the
absorbtion of the C. & W. C. by the At
lantic Coast Line. The nature of this
service has not yet been made public.
lting Found After 22 Years.
The engagement ring of Mrs. F. M.
Donnan, of Laurens, that was lost 22
years ago on the Donnan farm in the
Tylersville section, was found by one
of Mr. F. L.. Donnan's little daughters
a few dlays ago. The ring is as bright
The cotton market has ben. rather
.strong for the past few (lays and a
steady rise has been experietteed.
Apots were bringing around 13 1-I on
the local market yesterday. A number
of holders are unloading.
TRIED FOR MRD[R
Junk Caldwell Goes to
Chain Gang for Life.
TO TRY GREENWOOD
ROGERS FOR ARSON
M!aniy ('uses :Ilisposed of by Court, of
('eneral Sessions. Btob (loner Re
celres Senutence of Ion Years for
his ('onnection with larn Iurning.
Junk Caldwell, implicated along
with the two other negroes, Green
Wood Rogers and Tom Young, in the
killing of Mr. Geo. F. Young near
Renno on January 9th, wiis placed on
trial -Wednesday morniism following
the conviction the night before ot'
Greenwood Rogers. lie was also
found guilty anl rcoilmhenided to tho
mercy of the court. Caldwell being
without counsel, the court appointed
W. lR. Richey, .1 r., of the local bar, to
defend him. Mr. cooper was assisted,
as in the trial of Greenwood Rogers,
by Senator 'Macbeth Young;. of Un
ion, and ('ol. .1. H. Ferguson. Follow..
ing the announcement of the verdict,
Judge Bowman paid a high tribute to
the intelligence and manhood of 1bau
rens county juries, also taking occa.
tion to commend the young attorney
for the defense 'because of his ablo
conduct of the case. The court also
spoke In very praiseworthy terms of
the attorneys for the state.
The testimony in this case was in
large lart a repetition of that in the
Greenwood Rogers case. Torn Young,
the third negro implicated in the
case, went on the stand again and re
iterated his confesson as to the
crime, stating that he, Junk Caldwell
and Greenwood Rogers laid the plan
to kill Mr. Young several nights be
fore the tragedy, that they went to
the -house about one o'clock in the
morning and that G .menwood Rogers
tired the shot that disabled Mr. You ng
as lie sat in front of the tire-place
reading. He went further into tle
incidents inmmediately following, by
relating that Rogers took the burn
ing coals out of the fire and scattered
them over the house in the attempt to
set it on tire, after hitting Mr. Young
in the head with the axo and robbin;
him. lie also related how lie and
Junk Caldwell went to the woods
nearby to secure broom straw and
pine needles and placed these under
the corner of the 'house to make it
burn faster. lie related again the in
cidents as to the distribution of the
money by Greenwood Rogers and the
carrying of the stolen meat to the
house of Greenwood Rogers.
Junk Rogers went on the stand in
his own defense and attempted to
make out an 'aibi. lie claimed to hava
been at home the entire nigh., but he
failed to account satisfaetorh'y for his
whereabouts between eleven o'clock
anid early dawn. lie repudiated a con
fession p)reviouisly testified to by Mr.
Stobo Young, son of the deceased, and.
Deputy Sheriff Reid, saying that it
was made undler duress andl that 'ho
did not realize its import. Junk
Caldwvell wvas sentenced to life i
pirisonment by the court and was sent
to the county chain gang Saturday.
Thursday afternoon counsel for
Greenwood TRogers mnade a motion for
a new trial, but, It was dleniedl by the
court. Solicitor Cooper has given no
tice, however, that Rogers will 1)e in
dicted beftore the grand jury for ar..
son, so this negro will have to remain
inl the county jail until next term to
stand trial on tis charge. lie ep
peared to be the ring-leader in the
entire affair. Like an Indictment for
mulrder, a verdict of guilty of arson.
without recommendation to the mercy
of the court woluld mean a death puen
Tonm Young, the third negro impli
cated in the case and the one on whosn
testimony the other two have been
convicted, will hardly be -brought to
trial until the cases of the other two
negroes have been finally disposed of.
'de is now in the olmty Jail.
11o1 (lover, who was indicted alone,
with his mother, 10lmma (lover, for
arson in connection with the burninag
of Mr. M. 11. McCuen's barn near
Princeton, was found guilty of ar~n
in the crimine l couirt Thursday and
rec- -mended to the mercy of t'h'e
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