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VOLUME XXIX. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 1914.NUBR4
JOHN M. CAMNON HI[
Following a Quarrel Which
Magistrates Court. Five
of Col. Cannon, Killing I
Sullivan Brought to Lauri
John m. Cannon, a prominent law
yer and member of the staff of Gov
ernor Blease, was shot. to death yes
terday afternoon at Gray Court by
Joseph G. Sullivan, a resident of the
Tumbling Shoals section of La'urens
county and a former candidatO for the
legislature from this county. The
tragedy occurred about three o'clock
in the afternoon within a few feet of
the waiting-room door of the C. &. W.
V. pasenger station at Gray Court.
Five shots were fired. all of which
took effect in the body of Mr. Cannon,
four in the chest and one in the arm.
The tragedy grew out of a case in
Magistrate iellam's court in which
Mr. Cannon had prosecuted a young
brother of Mr. Sullivan. This case
was the result of difficulties which
took place at the Mt. Bethel school
several weeks ago, this younger broth
er, Humbert Sulivan by name, having
been accused of striking the teacher,
Miss Maude Sharpe, and using pro
fane language in public. The entire
community had been greatly stirred
up over the affair and excitement ran
high. The case was transferred from
Magistrate Abercrombie's court in
Sullivan township to that of Magis
trate Ilellams in Dials because some
of the interested parties were related
to the former magistrate. The trial
was set for yesterday morning and
was held in the freight depot, this be
ing the most convenient place. Mr.
cannon represented the teacher in the
prosecution and W. R. Richey the de
fendant. The trial was marked by
several heated passages and severe
cross examination on the part of Mr.
Cannon. At times the younger Sulli
van. was restrained with considerable
difficulty from rasing to protest
against the severe arraignment. Feel
ing in the improvised court room
mounted higher and higher. but no un
toward incidents occurred until af
ter the trial when the tense situation
crystalized in the tragedy which fol
There were several eye-witness
es to the tragedy but owing to
the general excitomnt many conflict
ing tales have been given. As near as
possible the facts are as follows:-Mr.
Cannon was standing within a few
feet of the doorway of the Gray Court
passenger station, when Mr. Sullivan
ap'iroached and .began a discussion of
the ease at point, accusing Mr. Can
non of having made several false
ptatements in his speech at the trial.
Mr. Cannon replied that he had said
nothing there that he intended to take
back and that all he had said was
true. Whereupon Mir. Sullivan called
him a d-- l1iar, Plowvs followed
and Mr. Cannon struck Mr. Sullvan
across the head with the stick which
he has carried sivaco his leg wvas brok
th some hionths ago. At this point
)it. Suilivan pulled his gun and began
ii rapid-fire shooting. The first three
shots were fired point-blank into Mr.
Cannon's chest and the wounded man
turned to get out of the way by dart
ing into the waiting room only & cou
1)1e of stepts away. fter he had turn
ed hie was shot twa inoir, both bd'1L
*lets entering his bach. Mr. Uannon
fell into the Whitlhi r'b-Wt bhhA his as
sailant WAlked- away.
- As 'sooh aA the tiiit ceased several
rushed to Mr. th1inon's help, among
them Drn. I). L. Bryson, who gave the
\vounded mnan every possible attention.
Mf'. 'Cnnon only spoke a few -words
* before hie diedl, though he was eon
.tcious to the end. HeT was sensible
of his condition and remarked &o these
standing around him that he was go
ing to die and that he died in the de
fense of the women of his state. A
few minutes before the last he called
for his little son, sbying that he would
like to see hinm hefore the end.
The following statement was madle
before the coroner's jury b~y i'r. D. L.
Bryson of Gray Court, who was the
first to give medical aid: "Mr'. Clan
non wvas shiot five times; two shots
enlteredl from the hack nvid emerged
In front. Twvo others tored the
chest from the front. ae was also
shot through the loft arm below the
L[D IN GRAY
XY BY J. C. SUtLIVAN
Arose Over a Case in the
Bullets Entered the Body
irm Almost Instantly. Mr.
elbow. lie died withi fifteen minutes
after he was shot. Cannot say which
wound or wounds proved fatal as no
dissection was made."
A Bystander Wounded.
One of the shots, supposedly the
lust before the pistol could be raised,
took effect in the right leg of A1r.
Archie Willis, a blacksmith of Gray
Court, who was standing within a few
feet of the tw o men as they were
quarreling. Air. Timmerman, who is
well known in Laurens, and is now in
the freight depot at Gray Court was
one of the closest bystanders. In fact
he was so close that the powder from
the gun stained his shirt.
Mr. Sullivan made no attempt to
escape, merely walking quietly to the
back of one of the stores where he
remained until he heard that his moth
er. an eye-witness to the tragedy, had
fainted. Shortly after the shooting he
was brought to Laurens in an automo
bile and was placed in the county jail.
When approached in his cell at the
county jail, he replied that he had
nothing to say of the killing though
he might make a statement today or
Mr. Cannon's Career.
John M. Cannon was the son of Mr.
and Mrs. L. M. Cannon, of Lanford
Station, this county. He attended
school at Lanford and later entered
Wofford college where lie graduated.
After teaching school for several
years, he began the study of law in
the ofice of F. P. McGowan, Esq. He
was admitted to the bar about nine
years ago and has practiced in Lau
rens since that time. lie has always
been promkiently identified with the
public affairs of the county and serv
ed one term as a representative in the
legislature. He had a strong place in
the hearts of a large number of his
fellow citizens and was looked to by
them for guidance and advice. lie was
greatly admired by many who differed
with him on public questions.
Three years ago Mr. Canon mar
ried Miss Jessie Huey, of Rock Hill,
and she with a seven months old baby
boy survive him. He is also survived
by his parents and several sisters.
The body was brought to Laurens
yesterday evening and prepared for
burial. The funeral arrangements
have not yet been announced.
CHURCH STREETEUS DOWNEJ).
Taken Into Camp by the Olikerson
House Stars Friday Afternoon.
In a garrison finish the Gilkerson
House ball tossers turned the tables
on the Churdh street youngsters Fri
day afternoon when the second or the
qummer series went to the boarders
by a score of 11 to 6. The Church
street boys took the lead in the first
few innings and held it until the last
round when, wvith the score 6 to 3,. thd
Gilkerson gang rallied and banged the
pill1 to all corners of the lot. TPhe
Church streetern $erO not able to
"1tome back" in their half of the last
Vree had~ t1'e game ended wIth the
scoreo he per above. "Crip" Crisp
bildhed a steady game until the last
inning, when hits and runs began
to get rather common. Gilkerson, J.
started the game off for the boarders,
but "Pat" Kinard took his pilace in the
second, holding his opp~onents score
less throughout the game, (except in
the second inning when they made
Following their great victory Friday
afternoon the (Gilkerson aggregation
was flooded with challenges from dif
ferent aspiring nines. Such teams as
the Quoin Counters, composed of
hank presidents, etc., a joint stock
company known as the Pill Rollers
and Hide Openers, besides thme old riv
als, the Church Streeters and others
clamored for a chance at the board
ing house boys, whjo have agreed to
take 'em all on one at a time, Friday
afternoon, weather permitting, the
Quoin Counters will be entertained.
Ladies and children will be admit
ted to these games free of charge, hi t
men Phould come pureparod to "divvy"
up with about ton cents. The proceeds
will go .to The B~oy Scouts.,
Uraves Decorated Sunday Afternoon
aid Honor ]toll of eYterans eand
by Rev. C. F. Rankin. lon J. 31.
Memorial Day was fittingly observ
ed in Laurens Sunday with appropri
ate exercises at the cemetery. The
graded school children bearing
wreaths and flowers gathered first at
the school building and marched to
the cemetery, where the elders had
already assembled. The exercises here
were pIr'esided over by lion. Joluhn M.
Cannon and were opened with prayer
by Rev. .1. 11. T. Major. pastor of the
Methodist church. Rev. C. F. Rankin
read the IHonor Iall or Confederate
dead, naming those who had died
since the celebration of the last memo
ial day. The children of the graded
school sang several patriotic airs dur
ing the exercises and Rev. M. L. Law
son closed with the benediction. Al
ter this was concluded the women and
children went from plot to plot lay
ing flowers on the graves of the de
As is customary in connection with
Memorial Day the ladies of the J. B.
Kershaw chapter, U. D. C., assisted by
other ladies of the community, served
a basket dinner to the surviving sol
diers of the county. Memorial Day
falling on Sunday, however, the din
ner was given Saturday preceding. Al
though a number of the veterans were
absent attending the reunion in .Tack
sonville there was quite a large rep
resentation to accept the hospitality
of the ladies. The (lay was made un
usually delightful for the old veterasn
through the thoughtfulness of Supt.
Jones and several of the teachers of
the city graded school. The veterans
were invited to be present at the
school grounds at 11 o'clock as honor
guests to witness folk and May pole
dances by the children of the primary
grades. The veterans sat In a circle
surrounding the out-door stage and!
watched the children as they went
through their beautiful and graceful
dances, showing by glowing counten
ances and repeated applause that they
were enjoying a real treat. After the
dances were concluded 'Col. .1. ii.
Wharton in a happy vein thanked the
teachers and children in behalf of the
veterans and Commander O. G.
Thompson called for the "rebel yell"
as an expression of appreciation and
this was given with 'a vim. The vet
erans marched to and from the school
grounds escortedby by the boy scouts.
At the ar'mo-y the veterans sat
down to the usual sumptuous dinner
which they have learr.ed to expect on
these yearly occasions. The ladies had
sparcd no pa1ins or expense in getting
up the best to be had for the old he
roes and when the call to mess was
sounded such a feast was spread as
left nothing to be desired. Manassas,
Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Appo
matox were for the time forgotten
while a heavy charge was made on
the viands placed bofore them.
After the dinner was concluded Col.
WVharton 'was called on to make a few
remarks and he did so in his custom
ary manner, thanking the ladles for
providing~ the dhmler. He also paid a
fdrther tribute to the soldIers and wo
men of the Confederacy, drawing con
sidecrable ap~plause from the asqsem
bledl veterans. The veterans then din
persed in groups and enjoyed the re
mander of the day in quiet conversa
tion among themselves and other
WILL SPE AK AT TRINITY-RIDGE.
Sec. IReed of theo State Farmers Union
WilI Dscus Impiortant Topics
There on ,May i6th.-Next Saturday.
Secretary J. W. Reed of the State
Farmers Union will address the Trin
ity-Ridge Union of Laurens county
next Saturday night, May 16th, at
Trinity-Ridge. Mr. Reed will discuss
'the topic of farmers union and many
other matters of the deepest interest
to farmers and to business men. The
publice is cordIally invited to come
out andl hear Mr. Reed and it is hoped
that every farmer and every business
man that possibly can will be present.
Increasedl ('apital Stock.
Te Han na Manu fac turing Comp iany,
of (Goldville,. this county, has been
granted permission by the secretary
of state to increase Its capital stock
from $225,000 -'to $325,000. It is un
dlerstoodl that the stock will be issued
at a very nerly ate.
TOMATO CLUBS TO
HAVE RALLY DAY
LoIal Quartette W1ill Give Eltertamill.
Laurens on the sixth of Jutne. Sev
eral Prominent Spenkers.
According to an an noun lcelent made
yesterday, the Tonato Clubs of Iau
1:e5 county will have A big rally day
here on the Gth of June. Miss .Jayne
(larlington, who is county organizer
for the clubs, is making every pre
paration to have a most successful
and entertaining meeting. The exact
progral has not yet b)een arranged
but it. is understood that there will
be exhibits of various kinds and
spoceehes by prominenit men.
A feature of the rally day will be
the presence of a North Carolina can
ning expert. who will demonstrate the
proper methods of canning. lie will
)ring with him all of the necessary
tools for the work and his exhibition
is certain to he both entertaining and
instruetive. Among the speakers who
have already accepted the Invitation
to make talks are the following: Mr.
.1. 1). W. Watts, Miss Edith Parrott,
head of the Tomato Clubs of South
Carolina, and Mr. Nivin of Clemson.
Mr. Nivin will be remembered as hav
ing given a most excellent exhibition
here during the county school fair.
Several other speakers of state-wide
prominence have been invited and are
expected to be here for the big rally.
Miss Garlington is highly enthus
lastic over the prospects of a success
ful year among the tomato clubs.
There are already fifty members of
the Laurens county clubs and every
member Is working hard for a ban
ner year. Attention is also being giv
en to the canning of other fruits. Al
ready some of the girls have canned
Prizes for this Year.
So far ten prizes have been donated
for the Tomato Clubs. These prizes
will be given next fall when the toma
to club girls show their exhibits. 119.
sides these prizes there are addition
al rewards ;,r" good work in the way
of trips to Winthrop College. Tic
president of Winthrop has offered
four trips this year to the prize win
ners in Laurens county. These trips
to die college last about tell days with
all expenses paid and privilege of at
tending the summer school. Two of
these trips will be given shortly, the
winners to be those who have tae best
kept plat and the best kept record. The
otihet two trips n il be awarded In tloe
SHIItNEIlS TO ATLANTA.
Special Pullman Car Carried Laurens
Shriners to 40th Annual Meeting of
the Imperial Council.
A special Pullman car left Laurens
over the C. & W. C. Monday afternoon
for Greenwood where it was attached
to the special Shriner train going to
the meeting of the imperial council
in Atlanta. Besides those going in the
9pecial ear, severtal other parties had
alreadly left by other routes, making a
total of over thlirty Shrniners from Lau
renis atteniding theo big meeting, llh
sidecs the SIarinersq themselves, several
other people went alon~g at the same
time to enjoy the gaiety o fthe ocea
sion. The travelers will begin to ie
tulrn tonlight and by the end( of the
week all of them wvill be at hlomei
Amonig those that are attendling the
council from here and~ adjoining towns
are Mr. and Mrs. T. D). Darlington,
Mrs. J. N. Hiudgenis, Mr. and Mrs. .1.
W. Copeland, Jr.. of Clinton, Mr. anid
Mrs. Brooks Swygert, Mr. and Mr's. P.
B. Blakeley, Messrs. 0. B. Simmons,
.1. Warren Bolt, H. S. Blackwell, 11111
Fisher, Hen ry Madden, J. S. Machen,'R.
'C. Gray, C. M. Miller, A. W. Teague, C.
B. Shell, J. W. Fowler, II. Terry, RI. A.
B. Sloan, 0. A. Gr'owning, Jr., of Gold
Fleming, of Lanford, E. H. Moore, of
Lanford, and others.
Broughlt Conviet Back.
tineputy Sheriff Reid retur'ned sev
eral (lays ago from Greenwood wvth
John Wallace, coloredi, who escaped
from the county gang about a year
ago. Wallace got into further troul
ble after leaving his "job" here and
hlad to servo time on the Greenwood
Wadswvor'thl antd Youn igs schools will
have a joint iclnic ait Wadlsworthl
sciholhue on Saturday, May 16. Tile
nlllic is cord(ially invitedl to attend.
N B. DIAL FOR 1IMll
TIlE STAT I
Has Definitely Entered Rac
tender Against All-Comer
so as to Guarantee One a
The friends here of N. It. Dial, ex
ecentive com:nit teematn fr om this coune
ty, have been urgiing him sinc the
countny conventiott to ptt himself for
ward as a candidate for chairn.it of
the state exccutive coitiltee, and he
has decided to "put his hat in the
ring." IIe has gotten in touch with a
nunber .of Infl iential friends over the
state and has received considerable
encouragement from those sou rces.
Mr. Dial has been executive conit -
teeman from thin county on several
other oecasions and is well acquaint
ed with the duties and responsibilities
of the committee.
Ills views on primary reform are
well known, as he stated thema in em
phatic terms at the county conven
tion. While he does not look with
favor on the movement to apply the
qualilcations of the general election
laws to the primary, he is in favor
of such changes in the present rules
as will guarantee an honest and fair
election. In his speech before the
county convention he stated that he
would be willing to waive the prop
erty and educational qualifications in
the primary election laws, which have
hitherto not been enforced, but that
he was convinced that some changes
were necessary in the rules of the
party which would ensure a fair elec
The correspondent for the Charles
ATTENDEI) WI NTIIROP MEETING.
Laurens Couity had One 'ird of ill
Delegates Present at Meeting on
Fifteen ladies from this county at
tended the conference at Rock 11111
last week to discuss home economics.
Laurens county was more largely rep
recentedl than any other county in the
state, having over one third of all the
delegatds in attendance. The meet
ing was a very pleasant and profitable
one and was greatly enjoyed by those
Those attending from this county
Hickory Tavern-Mrs. J. F. Thom
Trinity-Ridge-Mrs. J. D. W. Watts.
Mt. Gallagher-Mrs. Jerry Martin.
Gray Court---Mrs. Dr. Rodgers, Mrs.
Efile Owings, Mrs. R. L. Gray.
Watts Mills-Mrs. E. J. Jesse.
Rock Bridge-Miss Young.
Youngs-Mrs. Austin Abercrombie,
Miss Lee Glenn.
Lisbon-Miss Carrie Young, Miss
Shlloh-.\iss Maurie simpsont.
Barksdale-Mrs. Willis Yeargin.
Ctoss 11111, Mrs. Conway Dial.
WILL SING AT (110SS lIlLL.
Local Quartette WIIIllive Entertain
T[he local (iuartette composed of
MessrA. 0. Hi. Iicks, RI. G. Franks, ..
lC. Ilicks and .Jack McCravy htave sign
edl up for an entertainment in Cross
11ill for Friday night, May 22nd. These
popiular singer's have visited several
of the towns near Lautrens within the
last few months and at each per
formance have made a great lit. They
have selected an excellent program
for these centertainments andl it is
needless to say that thte entire pro
gram Is well rendered. They are in
communicatIon with sever'ai other
schools and expect to make nmany
more trips in thte near future.
Miss Louise (artledge.
Miss Louise Cartledge, sister of Mr.
HI. 1F. Cartledge, cashier at the freight
dlepot, diedl rather untex pecte1lly ini
an Atlanta sanitarium last Wednes
(lay morning. HeIr remains were ear
iled to her old home in August a
Thu rsdany afternoon and1( interred
there. MIr. Cartledge, accompanied by
Mrs. Cartledge, left for Augusta WVed
non'd:ty aftertioont to lie present at the
last rib's. Miss ('ariledge vIsite-d her
brother here on several occasIOni an)d
made 'many frIends who sytinaitize
e and Will be a Strong Con
s. Favors Primary Reform
nd Only One Vote for Every
ton News and Conlier had the follow
ing to say of hit after a visit by Mr.
1 OI to (Col rmhia several days ago:
Columbia, May l.-Mr. N. 13. Dial
of Laurena. . hi e in Columb ia to-day
annizou nced his candidacy for the
(' airm ant liip of the Fate Democratic
i( ecutive comiiatoe, regardless of
who else m1.ay be in the race. Mr. Dial
had nothing to say as to Nbo reported
candidacy of for mver (Governor John
Gary Evans for re-election, but stated
that he was in the race. Mr. Diat u-m
phasized the fact that h ;-as not a
catldidat: for any o:iice tlli year.
The State chairman is elected by
t)h executive committee, which Is
made up of one member from each of
the forty-four counties, and the na
tional comnmitteeman, who is United
States Senator B. R1. Tillman. The
State convention does not elect the
chairman, as is said to be the impres
slion in some quarters. The custom Is
for the coinmittec to meet immediate
ly following the adjournment of the
State convention and select a chair
In announcing his candidacy Mr.
Dial camue out squarely for reform of
the primary. Ile favors reasonable
restrictions and says that he is tired
and disgusted with the talk of the so
called rich man and the so-called
poor man. He said this is our coun
try and every man has a right to
TE AOI[ItUS BE-iLECTED.
Trustees of City School Re-elect Alf
of this Year's Teachers who Aippliett
The trustees of the city graded
school met in the oflice of Chairman C.
11. Roper Saturday morning and pro
ceeded to the election of teachers for
next year. Several of the teacherisdid
not apply for their old places, .but all
of this year's teachers who applied
for positions next year were re-elect
e( by the board. They are as follows:
Misses Emily Meng, Floride Harper.
Ella Roland, Mary Bele Babb, Kittie
Rich-ards, Dorcas Calmes. May Delle
Barre, Fannie Creighton and Laura
Barksdale, in the city school, and
Misses Mary Simpson, Lila Hart and
Irene Ray, in the Laurens mill school.
It was announced some time ago
that Supt. Jones would not accept re
election and that Mr. 11. L. Parkinson
had been elected in his stead. Others
of the teaching force who did not ap
ply for re-election wpre W. A. Barton,
principal of the high school, and Miss
es Annette Stover, Bessie Bar-nette
and Bessie Williams. Their places
hlave not been huled 'as yet.
LAUJRENS NUIlSEM GRADUATE.
Three L~aurenls ('ounty Young Womien
Olet D~lils fromi Columbia Hlos
At the graduating exercises of the
school1 for nuarses at the Columbia hos
pital Fr-iday afterno1 on three Lauren s
county young women received diplo
mas, Miss Agatha Reid, of Laur-ens,
lDallys Watts, of Cross 11111, and Mar
garet C. (Gray, of Pr-inceton. All of
theOso young ladie~s passedl their- ex
aminations wvithl very creditable marks
aind will doubtless do hoor to thiei r
profession. IEight other nur-ses re
coived dilormnas at tihe same timec.
Thie gradluatinlg ex ercises Friday a f
ternoon wvas a very hlapply occasion,
the class5 room being plrofusely decor
ated anld friends and relatives were~
pr-esent to extend congr-atulations. in
or of thle gralduates to which a lar-ge
nulmbor of people was invited.
To Conduct Summer School.
Misses May D~eile Barro and Emily
Meng annbounce that they will conduct
a suimmer school foi- two months, be'
ginning June11 8th to teach childrenl
who desire' addlitilonal training.
Thley pr~opose to coachl puils oin anyi
subljects ini whichi special work is
IThey will furinlih any dlesired I,
inetnll nn C enerin-la thhn s'clmot Arbi