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VOUM~XX LURN, OTH AOIA WI NSAMY 6,11.NUMBER 41
IN S[SSION MONDAY
Show in Majority.
Convention Officers Elected Without a
D)i ision, but on issue of Represen.
tation in State Convention Lines are
Drawn 'ight Showing Administra
tion Forces in Minority.
* The Laurens County IDemocratic
convention met in the court house
Monday morning at eleven o'clock, full
representation from every club in the
county being present. Although there
were several duly elected dele r tes
absent, alternates in all but sei
cases had been sent and when the con
vention got down to work only three
or four votes- were lacking to make a
full convention. The several ballots
called for in the convention demon
strated that the anti-administration
forces had a majority.
The accomplishments of the conven
tion were the organization on non
factional lines, the election of an ex
ecutive committeeman and six out of
eight anti-administration delegates to
the state convention, the ,refusal of
the convention to endorse..the admin
istration of (ov. Cole L. Blease, in
sti'tction to delegates to the state
convention to oppose any change in
the primary rules of the party, and
a recommendation that the delegates
to the state convention bring before
that body a resolution favoring bien
nial sessions of the legislature.
Though it was evident from-the very
beginning of the convention that fac
tional lines would be drawn rather
tightly on the real issues of the con
vention, the meeting was largely de
void of unpleasant incidents.
The convention was called to order
by John M. Cannon, who called for
nominations for temporary chairman
of the convention. W. L. Gray nom
inated Mr. Cannon and the nomination
was seconded. Mr. Cannon declined
to serve and further nominations
were in order. O. P. Goodwin was
nominated from the floor and the nom
ination seconded. No further nom
inations being made, Mr. Goodwin was
unanimously elected. For temporary
secretary of the convention W. L.
Gray placed it nomination Alison Lee
and IT. S. Blackwell the name of C.
A. Power. The vote being taken by
acclamation and the result being in
decisive, -It was moved, seconded and
passed that. they serve jointly. The
delegates to the convention were
With a .temporary organization and
the delegates enrolled, permanent or
ganization was gone into. John M.
Cannon was re-elected county chair
man withlout opposition. Upon a me
tion from the floor the temporary or
ganization was then made permanent
and the convention was ready for the
election of state executive committee
man. On tis election the relative
strength of the two forces of the con
vention was tested. N. B. Dial was
nominated by the anti-administration
forces and W. TP. Crews by the admin
istrationl forces. N. B. Dial was elect
ed by a vote of 112 to 84, demonstrat
ing a majority for the anti-adminis
Refuses to Endorse DBease.
By a vote of 111 to 79 the conven
tion refused to endorse the adminis
tration of 0ov. Cole L. DBease. TIs
came about indirectly through ' tihe
substitution of, one resolution for an
other. 'Gee. A. Browning, Jr., of
Goldville, offered a resolution endors
ing the administration of Gov. Biease,
opposing any restrictions in the pri
mary and .deplloring "the efforts now
making towards the curtailing of
speech on the hulstings". R. A. Cooper
introduced a resolution omitting any
reference to theO administration but
containing substantially tile satlne stip
ulations as to tihe primary and cou~n
ty-to-county campaign as did the
BrownityJt resolution. The anti-ad
*ministration forces werse thrown into
a dilemma, there being considerable
sentisment for such reasonable chang
-es inl the4 primary rules as wold not
restrict in the literal sense of the
word but would guarantee every white
democrat "one and only one vote in
the primary elections". The sunjti..
tute resolution placed them in the po
sition where they would either have
to risk the dangerous move of a mo
tion to table it or endorse the admin
istration. Rather than do either they
supported the substitute resolution an,[
went on record as being opposed to
any changes in the primary, but re
fusing to endorse the administration
of Gov. Blease.
The resolutions endorsing Gov.
i3lcase were as follows:
Resolved, I. That this convention
go on record as endorsing the admin
istration of Gov. Cole L. iliease, and
that we express our confidence in his
wisdom, integrity of character and
his determined fight for the political
liberties and independence of the
Resolved, If. That we hold respon
sible the forces against the admiun
tration for whatever changes are made
in our primary law tending to dis
franchise the most illiterate or hum
ble white democrat in South Carolina,
and that the delegates elected to the
state convention be so instructed to
oppose any change in our present pri
Resolved 111. That we deplore the
efforts now making towards the ':ur
tailing of full speech on the hustings,
or any interference in our present
primary election law providing for
county to county campaign meetings;
and that the delegates elected to the
state convention be so , tructed.
The substitute resol ei was as fol
Resolved that the deleggtteQ to the
state convention be instructed to op>
pose any further restrictions of the
right to vote in the primary and that
we approve the county to county cam
Election of Delegates.
Following the disposition of these
two resolutions election of delegates
to the county convention was gone
into. Mr. Fate Crawford, who was
understqod to be a supporter of the
governor, nominated a ticket of eight
as follows: W. C. Irby, Jr., R. A. Coop
er, Geo. A. Drowning. Jr., John M.
Cannon, J. M. Moore, John W. Kellett,
Austin Abercrombie and J.. Y. Bryson.
Mr. R. P. Adair nominated an op
posing ticket, as follows: Dr. J. H.
Miller, E. R. Aycock, P. M. Pitts, W.
L. Gray, J. E. Johnson, R. A. Cooper,
W.. H. Drummond, J. 11. Wharton. No
further nominations were made and
the election by ballot was gone into.
19esrs. Cooper, Miller, Wharton,
Drummond, Gray, Irby and Johnson
were elected on the first ballot, a tie
being declared between Messrs. Can
non and Aycock. To decide the tie, an
open ballot was called for resulting in
the election of Mr. Cannon.
While the tellers were counting the
votes for delegats a resolution was
introduced and passed allowing all
precincts with fifty or more members
to form clubs of their own. In all
probability now clubs will be formed
at Ora and Waterloo.
Favors Biennial Sessions.
A resolution was introduced by Mr.
Dial and passed without discussion
instructing the delegates to th~e state
convention to bring the matter of bi
ennial sessions of the legislature be
fore the convention, asking it to take
wvhatever steps arc necessary to bring
about this reform.
LNo other business being before the
convention it adjourned, it then be
ing about 3:30 o'clock.
Prospect Picnic Called Off.
On account of the dheath of one of
the ipatrons and also on account of
several eases of sickness in the'New
Prospect section, the sehool picnic,
which was announced to be held at
that place this week, has been called
off. Three other schools, Oakville,
Mount Pleasant and Lisbon had ac
cepted invitations to attend and make
this a joint picnic but these schools
will be notified today of the unavaid
able circumstances whic~h caused this
'D. C. McLaurin, the Stukebaker
agent of this city, has been "shelling
out" cars with clock-like precision
during the past week, closing con
tracts foi' one six cylinider and thi'ee
four cylinder cars. D~r. J. II. Teague
was the purchaser of a Studebaker
"Six" and Messrs. Rlph Terry, J. Jl.
Pluss and L. E. Burns were purchas
cirs of "Fours". Mr. McTaurin states
that lie still has several good pros
pets on his string, TPhe Studebaker
is making a strong place for itself in
the heoarts of Laurens autoitsta
Annual Meeting of the Graduate Nurs.
es Association to be Held in Knights
of Pythias 1a11.
The seventh annual session of the
Graluate Nurses' asociation will con
vene this morning at 10 o'clock, in the
Knights of Pythias hall. The meet
ing will be open and the public is in
vited to attend. The following is the
program of this morning:
invocation-Rev. ('has. F. Rankin.
Address of Welcome on Behalf of the
City-Dr. It. K. Aiken.
Address of Welcome on Behalf of the
'hysic ians-l)r. IR. 1. 1 Hughes.
R iesponse-Miss McKenna, R. N.
President.'s Address-.\liss .\l. A. ''ren
holm, R. N.
Aldress: "The Doctor and the Nurse"
-Dr. J. 11. Teague.
Address: "1 lospital Disinfectants and
'Deodorants"-)r. ICdyth ' Welhorn.
Other sessions will be of a business
and professional nature and of little
interest to the public. However, sev
eral social affairs have been arrang
ed for the nurses which will be wide
ly attended. Among these are a re
ception tonight at the Julia Irby San
itorium, a 'lunch at the same place
tomorrow and an automobile ride to
Deat hi of 11. Lee Madden.
'Mr. H. Leo Madden, a well known
citizen of the Madden section, died at
his home Monday-morning after a lin
v:J JhllnegIof several months. He
was . buried at ' o tim-ert-elrcm , yes
terday morning at 11 o'clock, il large
number of sorrowing friends and rel
atives following the body to its last
resting place. Mr. Madden was a com
paratively young man and was great
ly liked by all who knew him. He is
survived by his wife, who was a Miss
Cunningham, and six children. He was
a good citizen and his death was
greatly lamented in his neighborhood
and wherever lie was known.
Sailes Made Monday.
The only piece- of property put on
sale Monday morning, legal sales day,
was that of S. R. Todd, located on
West Main street. The sale was made
by Clerk of "Court Power and was
bought by M. J. Owings for $3,600. The
property consisted of a large house
and several acres of land.
Barbecue at Mountklle.
The ladies of the Mountville Metho
dist church are arranging to have a
large barbecue on the Fourth of July
for the purpos;e of raising a sum of
money with which to finish their
church. An attractive program will
be arranged. Among other things, a
number of candidates are expected
to be present to make addresses.
Coluimbia, May 4-Practically
complete returns indicate tut
the anti-administration forces
will have fumil control of time
state demnocratle convention. In
.many of the counties resolutions
were adopted endorsing primary
reform, while In Rhluand, by a
vote of 199 to 97, thme conven
tion, after a stilt fight, passed a
resolution Instructing the dele
-gation of 12 to vote in the state
convention to have the rules of
thme general election placed about
the primary system.
Two delegations were elected
In Charleston and thmere will be
The Barnwell convention elect
.ed an anti-administration dele
gation and endorsed E. D. Smith
for re-election to the United
Jasper is tihe only county re
ported having gone solidly for
Four of six delegates from
Chesterfield are for the gover
nor. -However, W. F. Steven
son. was re-elected as a miembor
of the state execumtive commit.
Leee county, the hmome county
of Senator Smith, went against
Other counties reported as hay
gone against time governmor ares
York, Saluda, Pickens, Flor
ence, Colleton, Edgefld anmd
Ira II. Jones heads the delega
tion from Lancaster, hmis honme
MEMORIAL DAY TO
i'rogrttm a Arranged for Suniday After
noon wh1en OIrnies of Confederate
Dead ii ill be Decorated.
As i>, customary Memorial Day,
serve lin this city. As Memorial Day
lalls on Ilunday this year, the annual
dinner which is given the old veterans
by the ladies of the city will be given
the day before.
The exercises or Memorial inay
will be held Sunday afternoon at the
cemetery whene a prayer and song ser
vice will be carried out followed by
decoration of the gai yen by the wo
men and children.
The exercises will begin at 5:30
o'clock, when1 the citizens will gather
it the cemetery. The children of the
graded school will gather at the
school building a short time before
this and march to the cemetery in
time to reach there at the beginning
of the services. 1Rev. J. 11. T. Major
will open the exercises with prayer
after which the Honor 1oll of vet
erans will be called by Rev. C. F.
lankin and a tribute paid to those of
the veterans who have departed life
during the past year. Rev. M. L.
Lawson will pronounce the benedic
tion, after which the graves of the
heroes will be decorated by the lov
ing hands of the women and children.
Interspersed in the program will be
several songs by the school children.
The Annual Dinner.
The annual dinner given by the J.
B. Kershaw chapter, U. D. C., will be
spread in t:! armory at noon Satur
day, preceding the ib --- .ut before
the dinner. the veteran are exedI
to accept the .ilvibtto)- of the gradled'
school sulterintendent. and teachers
to be their guests for a short while.
The veterans will gather at the school
building to listen to patriotic songs
and witness a folk dance by the chil
dren of the primary grades. They
will be the guests of the school from
11 to 12 o'clock after which they will
march to the armory for dinner.
It is not expected that the U. D. C.
chapter alone will furnish the dinner
on this occasion but that the chapter
will be assisted by other ladies of the
city. Contributions of picnic baskets
from ladies who have not joined the
chapter will be expected.
The ladies of Laurens look forward
with a great deal of pleasure to this
occasion when .they can show in a
substantial way their loyalty to the
cause for wlich the old heroes fought
and the presence of all veterans who
can possibly reach the city is expect
The following are the committees
for the dinner: Mrs. C. M. Clark,
chairman, Mesdames H. K. Aiken, R.
E. Babb, J. F. Bolt, J. S. Bennett, B.
W. Ball, L. M. Boyd, W. D. Byrd, M.
L. Copeland, T. D. Darlington, W. II.
Dial, W. D. Ferguson, Y. C. Ilellams,
J. R. Little, W. R. Richey, W. R.
Richey, Jr., Arrah Sullivan, J. HI. Sul
livan, Jonas P. Gray, Casper' Smithl,
W. E,. Barre, G. C. Albright; Misses
Beulah Balie, Mayme Fergulson, Ella
Roland, Blessie Roland, Laurla Barks
dale, Minnie Babb.
Coffee committee: Mr's. Jesse H.
Teague, chairmanl, Mesdamles Brooks
Swygert anld (G. Warren Bolt.
Makes Todd a Flag Station.
Acor'ding to informationl receivedl by
Mr'. B. 1R. Todd, whio has1 interestedl
himself conlsiderably in the matter',
tho railroad commlnisslonl has ordlered
that Trodd, S. C., 011 time C. & WV. C.
r'ailroad betwveenl Laurtens and~ Barlks
dale Station, lhe made a flag stop for'
passenger trains. It is undierstood
thlat thle railroad will compily withl tile
order ot tile comrmission Imlmediately.
Todd is .11-2 miles fr'om Laurens, just
above tile Woodr'ow Wilson schlool.
Tile stretchl of track fronl Laur'ens to
Barksdale, hlither'to without passen
gel' stops, was tile longest stretchl be
tweenl Laurenls and Greenlville withl
out a passenger station. Tis ne0w sta
tion will be a great conlvenience tom'
People0 lIving iln thlat localIty.
JBarksdale Schlool Picnie.
The closing of theO Barlksdale schIool
will be celebr'ated Frim'day whlen a
basket pienic will ;bo hold on1 tile
sechool gr'ounds. Tn addition to tile
attr'actions to be fuI'\liShedI by the
hlousewvives iln tile shaph of fr'ied chlick
en, iles, cakes. etc., a liter'ary prlO
gram has1 been arrlangedl. Suplt. JT. 11.
Sullivan is explected to b~\ presenlt to
(louver ann ntdl'0n .
1EVIV1'11'.1L Sl:ltvlvlES (?PEN.
Large Aiidlences AttIendin the 5cr
vices beliig (ondu'eted by R1ev. Ray
mond Broinigt. at the lFirst Metho
lRevivaI services, conducted by Rev.
lRaymond Browning of Coliimbia, be
gan in the First Methodist church
Sunday night. A large congregation,
made tup of members of all denom1ina
tions of the city, gathered to hear hiiin
the first night when he preached a
very impressive and floreeful sermon)
Monday night, because of the rain, the
congregation was not so large, but
last night a lirge congregation listen
ed attentively to a strong sermon.
The singing Conducted by Rev. Iollo
Kim1sey is .proving a very attractive
feature of the services. Mr. Kimsey
himself has a trained and well modu
lated voice besides producing effectual
results as a director.
Two services are held daily, one at
ten o'clock in the morning and the
other at 7:45.
TO 31IEET IiERE NEXT.
Kings Daughters of the Staie to Meet
In Laurens Next Year.
The 1915 convention of the South
Carolina Daughters of the Confeder
acy will be held in Laurent;. This
year's convention was held in Sumter
last week and was attended by Mrs. Ii.
K. Aiken, of this city, who extended
an Invitation to hold next year's meet
ing here.. The invitation was unani
A Warner Feature.
'A Wrecker of Lives" is the title
of a ieig W-rner feature film, which
will be shown at the city opera house
Monday night, the 11th. This will be
an intensely dramatic story of'ircum
stantial evidence and Is said to be
featured by thrills from beginning to
end. The picture is in three parts. It
is the tragic story of an innocent
man's punishment for the crime of
another. The usual prices will pre
Col. T. C. Duncan in Town.
Col. T. C. Duncan, of Union, candi
date for congress from this district,
spent several days In the city last
week renewing old acquaintances and
making new ones. 'Col. Duncan stat
ed that he will be In the race until the
finish and that lie feels very much en
couraged over his prospects.
Parcel Post Increasing.
Postmaster C. H. Hicks states that
the parcel post business of the Lau
rens otlice is steadily on the increase.
During the first fifteen days of April a
count of incoming and outgoing pack
ages was made. The count developed
that there were nearly three times as
many incoming as outgoing packages,
there being 1,461 of the former and
562 of the latter. Parcel post receipts
for that space of time amounted to
$46.06. Mr. Hickcs thinks that the
efflicency of the parcel post service
will be greatly increased as experi
ence is gained from operation.
(Churchi Street Won.
In a game of high class horse-hide
flingIng in Garlington's Meadow Moni
dlay evening, featured by long Jilts and
rank errors, the Church street aggre
gation of "young 'uns" put a ring in
the nose of the Gilkerson Hlouse board
ers andl snap~ped victory whIle in
the very jaws of defeat. The game
started off with a batting carnival by
the Gilkerson boys, but ended0( up with
a scorIng match by the Church street
spheIroid artists. -The game'wvas pllay
ed in a dIrizzling ralin and this in
large measure is blanied by the Gil
kersons for their defeat. "Crip" Crisp
pitched a steady game for the Church
streeters, recovering himself after
what appJearedl would be0 a landslide
for the oppJoslig nie. The game was
pllayed until almost dark when the
umpire refused to work longer. The
score wvas In the neihborhood of
eleven to four. Another game by the
same teams will lbe played Friday af
ternoon when the (illkerson gang will
wvallop the Church streeters.
Rletuirns to FIrst Love.
Mr. Carl Lee Roper, who wvas em
ployed for a number of years at the
store of J. C. flurns & Company, re
turned several (days ago from Mullias
to I eke up his (1uties here with his
former emiloyers. lie has al ready
l'eoin workc 11nd will be glad to greet
V' n1d1 frest again.
Gen. Carranza Will Not
Agree to Truce.
Develom aieInts In Coniection with Med
iation Plans lug~gest that Rlesults
witIll haive no llearing on Contest he
ing Waged betineen lluerta and Car
\Vashington, May 3.-'rhe itdiation
plans of the South American envoys
who aro trying to straighten out tho
troubled . ffairs of Mexico went stead
ily forward today, and while thero
were no formal seesions the mediators
conferred during the afternoon and
evening on what hi:I been done and
the next step in their procedure.
The United States, tho I luerta gov
ernment. and Con. C'aranza lre ex
peted to nrle their delegates as re
quested by the mediators last night
within'the next day or Iwo. The dele
gate for the United ftates has not
yet been selected but it became
known today that it would not be one
of the oflieials closely Identified with
the government. As tho three South
ern envoys are accredited to the
United States this government does
not, wish to name a government otli
cial to deal with them but to have an
outsider who would deal with them
without reference to their relations to
Lansing is Out,
This has eliminated Robert Lansing,
counselor of the state department,
and in general all other government
officials: The names of John Bas
sett Moore, John Lind and Henry
White, already mentioned. are now
added to those of Richard (lney, for
mer secretary of state; Dr. David
Jayne 11111, former ambassador to Ger
many, and lHannis 'liylor, former min
ister to Spain. The Iluorta delegate
is expected to be Francisco de la
Harra, now Mexican minister at Paris,
but nothing definito has been heard
from Mexico City. Rafael Zubaran,
personal representative of Gen. Car
ranza, arrived here yesterday and is
available as the Carranza delegate, al
though his particular mission in com
ing from Crrmnza is still to be an
nounced and it is not yet definite that
Carranza will go to the extent of nam
ing a delegate to deal with the media
When the delegates of the three
parties arrive it is expected the medi
ators will be ready to tako up the
crucial Issues bet ween the United
States and Iluerta at least, and if pos
sible between Hluerta and Carranza,
Whether a plan of adjustment can be
worked out le still an open question,
even in thto minds of the mediators.
They expect the dlelegates from the
three parties to assist them to get to
gether on some middlo ground. The
mtediators will continue to be the main
body formulating a plan of settle
ment, as the delegates from the three
parties willI have no plenipotentiary
power andl will net merely as advis
Carrainza WIill Fight.
it became detintitely established to-.
(day that Gen. Ca rranv4~ would not
agree to the request of the neiclators
that. Ito suspendt military operations
against IHuerta pending the mediatiotn
proceedings, and the envoys have beetn
adlvisedl of tis decision, It has beeni
apptarent for several days that Car-.
ranza intended to push his 'army
southward, butt it was not until the
last 24 hours that this was communi
cated as finality. It is saidI that will
havo no effect on checking the geni
oral plans -of mediation, which will go
steadlily forward. Close associates of
Carranza who have nowv arrived here
say that no mediation between the
and Huerta is possiblo andl that any
move otn the part of the throe medlia
totrs to include in their Drogrammte a
schemo for tho general adjustnment oft
Mexicatn affairs' will be regarded a-s
being outside the scope of their laborn:
Meanwvhile the campaign againt
the Huierta forces in the north is pro
ceeding ith full force, tho mediat ion
wvork riot bling considered by the ('ir
ranzistas as having any bean g on
lhe relations bet wcen1 uer ta antl
(C'ontinuedI on Pa ge Ten.) /