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VOLUME XXIX. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MAYL20, 1914. NUMBER 43
G[ORG[ W. TIDWELL
ON TRIAL FOR LIff
Insanity Indicated as Plea
WOULD HAVE LIFTED
THE FALLEN WOMEN
Lawyer for State "iliads OY" Plea of
Unwrittcn Law in the Ex nm inat ion
of TalesniI('. Self Defense Also
Linblo to be elled Upon.
Greenville, May 19.-Accused of the
miurder of R. Emmett Walker on the
twelfth day of March, 1914, George W.
Tidwell, 'F., was yesterday placed on
Irial for his life in he (eneral Sex
sions court !in this city. .Iudge T. J.
Mauldin is presiding over the case.
The defense Is represented by the filri
of Townes, Earle and Price, while the
State is represented by Solicitor Bon
ham, assisted by the tirni of Cothrap
Dean & Cothran.
The trial moved rapidly yesterday.
The.jury who will decide the fate of
the accused nan was selected by half
past twelve o'clock, and then the tak
ing of testimony began. In selecting
the jury one venirc of men * ex
hausted, and a second drawn. The
defense objected to the manner in
which the jurors were summoned to
court, the sheriff having called several
of the venire by mail. Mr. Price con
tended that the veniremen should have
been summoned by the sheriff in per
son, or by aii official working under
the sheriff. Nine talesnien of the first
venire were absent when the case was
called. Considerable discussion was
had as to the legality of the summons
made to the talesmen. The judge
ruled that the inen were properly
summoned, and ordered. the .picking
of the jury to proceed. The exam
ination of the partial venire, twenty
seven men was, accordingly, begun.
Col. Alvin II. Dean, for the State
scored a victory when he "headed if"
the unwritten law by a quenion which
the judge allowed him to put to tales
men. The question is as follows: "If
you are chosen as a juror in this case
will you try the defendant by the tes
timony N% itch you hear on the witness
stand ar . Dy the law which the court
charges to you, uninfluenced by any
The Filan of the Defense.
James H1. Price, for the defense, said
yesterday afternoon that the defense
would rely partly on the pea of tem
porary insanity; the state of mind of
the defendant being abnormal in view
of the disclosures which had been
made to him. This may be the chief
weapon of the defense, though in view
of the testimony of J. P. Cain, wit
ness for the State, to the effect that
a scuffle took place prior to the shoot
Ing, the defense may base a part of its
plea on the grounds of self-defense.
A Legal Battle.'
Time and again yesterday the at
torneys for the opposing sides fought
out certain qunestions, and time after
time there were shrewd quiestions. put
to witnesses. There, was no lack (of
aler'tnessq on the part of the attorneys.
Once or twice it looked had for the
State when certain testimony was in
troduced, but Solicitor Blonhamn in a
masterful manner coped with the sit
uation. A tense moment it was when
0. W. Tidweli was on the stand. lie
talked impressively of his efforts to
lift. thd Wani who had proved false
to him, lie said that rescue homes
and other Institutions were in exis
tence for no other purpose than to ele
vate or reclaim fallen wvomen. ie
said that no man of honor could faill
to try to lift women of his owvn faily.
It- was during the cross examination
when this statement was made by the
defendant. Solicitor hlonhami, who was
condlucting a severe cross-examina
-tion, looked the defendant in the face
a moment, andl then asked him why it
was that he, the defendant, had( tried
to make one of the offending imeni mar'
uy the wife, an'd another the (laughter,
If he sought primarily to elevate them'?
Why did(1 le first try to hamndl the wo
men over to other men, men whom lie
accusedl of ruining them, if his desire
was to rec'laim them?
Another mnom~cnt of tenseness, and
this one preceded the former, was
when Tidwell wvas telling of the note
which brought him to Greenville. The
saate was written by a Mrs. Norris,
who lives on Mulberry street. The so
lilcitor asked if this woman had been
shadowing the two Tidwell women.
Tle witness replied (tht site had not.
Ilad there been iany suspiclon of guilt
on the part of the women? The an
swer was "no." The defendant. said
it %vas ils belief that his wifc and
daughter came to (G'reenville Friday
afternoon. Tie note reached him at
Cheraw early S'atuday mornlng. .'i-ow
'did it reach its destinatam, so soon,
and how (dd Mrs. Norris know that
Tidwell was it nII Cheraw. asked tie so
licitor, if Ihere had beeln no designa
tion of her as a spy uiloit pol theo womnent?
ite (question caused an ciert expres
slon to pass over the faces of those
in the rooll. Tie defelidant replied
hat ie did not know how Mrs. Not
ris knew where he was, and that Ie
liad not instructed her to be on the
lookout for the women. The solicitor
said that tihe note could not Iave
reacheid Chteraw at the lile Tidwell
said it renehed him, if It ltad been
tilled lriday tigh t. 'i'Te envelope
In which the note was sent was de
stroyed, so no postmark could be in
troducQd. The signature to thte note
was "N". The defendantt sail that he
iad never before had tiny correspond
ence' witil .irs. Norris, wiomi he de
scribed as a "friend of the family."
'I'lTe defendant was onl io stand at
the tIme court was adJourned, and this
morning lie will take the stand again,
and the State will proceed with the
Ollie Tidwell on Stand.
Tite dauglter of the defendant took
the stand prior to her father, but her
testimony was short, as the State ob
jected to certain testimony, and Judge
Mauldin sustained the objection. It
was during the argument as to the
relaveney of her testimony that At
torney Price stated a part of the do
fense would be based on temporary in
sanity. Tite girl will take the stand
Jury to Visit Scene.
Solclitor Bonlithi asked that the
Jury visit the scene of the killing, and
possibly the twelve men. will be tak
en to Carolina Mills today In order to
see where tie fatal shooting occurred.
A Good Witness.
A. A. Roddey, the second witness
sworn gave his testimony in a straight
forward manner. When asked if his
sympathites were with \Valker, Ito re
plied that his syipathies were "with
any man shot down like that." Ile
said ie bore no malice toward Tid
well, but that it was the action' that
caused him to sympathize with Wlilk
er, and the manner of it.
Dr. J. B. Earle on Stand.
Dr. J. It. Earle was thle third wit
ness. lie testified that the bullet
which entered the left breast of Walk
or was, lit his judgment, sufficient to
have caused death. Dr. Earle said that
iniett Walker was below the aver
age man In strength.
Totn Adkins, public service driver,
told of taking Tidwell to 'Carolina mill.
Mrs. Walker on Stand.
Mrs. Tandy A. Walker, mother of
the dead boy was asked by Col. Dean
if site felt able to take thte stand. Site
soblbed aloud on the shoulder of hter
htsuband fat' a fewv momienits, but was
soon qUieted. Several of the jutrymteit
had tear's ini their el'es, when Mra,
wValker' camne to the stantd. S'he was
iompiiosedi as a wittness, but s'obbed
atgahii at the conclusion of htei' testi
mttaiy. Thle witness testiIed that two
year's ago hot' dead son had appeindi
citis. &-he said Ite was tweonty years
oldl, and weighted 127 pundt~s.
'The dlefentse at this juncture' intro
andl also witntesses to shiow that Emt
miett Walker' had visited the~ TIldwel
gir'l at Clinton.
R. L. Mcinney, pulblisheor and own
er' of the Macon News testifled thtat
thte defenudatnt hand wvorked for hmt sov
ernl years, andt~ that his reputation for
Peace and~ aodt' was g'ood. A questiont
as to Tid well's reput atin for' tr'utht
and voracity was asked. but the ques
tIon wits ruled~ out, its Ito attack had
been imiido the~ i chiaracter' of thte
5. J1. (ar'l itgton, an attorney (If Atu
gusta, testitled thazt hle had known id
well, andl that htis reputation for' peace
andi or'der was goodh.
HI. S. Buttler' aitd JT. M. Keck, of the
J'acoibs Advertising ageincy, whicht firm
Tidw uel Ivn rked it , each test ihed thtat
thue dlefendant's chtarancter' was ga d
so far i as they knowv. 'llie former
testified thtat idwell had beent in the
o'llee at day or' t wo preced'ig the k' 11
inte., anid tha htetitC i 1 nnnearn geatly
LATE J. M. CANNON
LAID TO REST
Senrest at (he House and Grave lery I
Largely AMended and i Profusion
of Pilowers Laid on tle Grie.
The finir-al services over the body t
of the late John M. Can non, who net V
a tragic dath at Cray Court last 'Iues:
(lay, were -held in the ceietery lire 1
Wednesday afternoon at flive o'clock. 1.
Preceding tile services at the grave, ||
1ervices were Conducted alt tle hou so
by Itev. L. 11. .\cMe. formerly iastor s
of the .lethodist clhurch her!, asSisted 11
by Itev. .1. It. T. .lajor, he 1res(11t I
Imstor, and Rev. C. F. ilanin,'of tlie
Presbyterian church. Both the ser- t
vleos at the house attd the cemnet.-y is
were very largely attended, at the ii
former the house and piazza not being i
large cnough to accommodate all who P
were present miny having to stand li (
the yard su rrounli( Ing the ho1'. f
Friends of the deceased canie from all v
over the county to attend the services i
and a number 'came from adjoliing i
An honorary escort of Masons at
tended the body from the home to the r
cemetery and interment was with Ma- ia
sonic honors. Nearly every Mason 1
lodge in the county was represented li
in the line of escort. After the im
pressive ceremony the grave was filled
and floral wreaths gently laid over it.
o nunerous were these that the new
ly made mound was completely hidden
from view by them. Among the e
wrieatls were numerous offerings sent E
front distant Parts of the state, for v
Mr. Cannon had made friends where- t
ever lie had gone. 'I
'lie pall bearers were the members f<
of thei Laurens bair present in the city Ii
Rt the tine. They were Messrs. R. I.. g
Babb, I. Y. Simpson, J. W. Ferguson, L
W. R. Richey, Sr., W. C. Irby, Jr., W. v
It. Knight, F. P. McGowan, .1. H. Sil- H
hivan, R. P. Traynham and C. 1). Barks- v
dale. Several members of the bar were l
absent from the city on various mis- a
Out of respect for the deceased the a
busniess houses and offices of the city
closed during the funeral services. It
BAIL IS GRANTED
Application for Ball Argued I
ternoon and Granted iI
Clerk of Court C. A. Power receiv- It
nd the following telegram from Chief o
Justice Eugene B. Gary yesterday af- ii
ternoon: "'.id granted Sullivan in
uiim of Five 'thousand Dollars. Not c
less than two nor more than flve sure- ti
Lies." As : s understood that sure- s:
ties in amount many times more than c
this has been proffered, little difficulty i
will be had in securing bail. In all -1
probability Jos. G. Sullivan, slayer of 0
John M. Cannon at Gray Court lasti f
Tuesday, will be liberated today to o
uwait trial at an early term of court. 11
Solicitor Cooper, reipresenting the a
State, and W. R. Richey, S'r. repre- n1
uenting the deofendannt, went dowvn to d
Columbia yesterday to argue the ha- c;
bens corptus pr'oceedings before some li
iember' of the stuprenme court, pr'oh- jw
ubly .Judge Waitte, It is presumed that (1
Solicitor Cooper Comes Out
Subject of L-aw Viola
Gr'eenwvood, May 14t.-Solicitor R1. A. C
Cooper, candidate for governor in the t
primairies this summer, will enforce
the law against race track gambhlinig if
elected. Answer'ing a letter' from the i
editor of T'he Daily Journal, Mr. Coop- a1
er writes as follows:
"I have your favor of the ilith Inst a
in which yoti ask: "W~.ould you ob
ject to tolling me how you stand on
the accursedl race track gambling ini
wvorr'ied. Mr. Butler hatd advised Trid- 2
Well to rest a while,
This tostinmony was taken to shnow 11
the state of mind of the dofendant. <
Tidlwell himself, testified that lie
could not sleep, "' nor drink after' I
lOP rning of the e .luency of his t
wife andt daughter,
J. A. Jones. of Clinton, testifled
'0 led I botel register to show 1
h- l ' '' ker, of Greenville, had E
I uf blai hotel on tho
d Eublankhs Fatailly Wounded and Lat
er Dies at Ilospill fit this CR0y.
leollowinlg a dilliculty at the Clini
11 mil village FAun(lay morning. inl
hih It appears ChAt he was. not
'holly a party, )d Nlbanlks was fat a
shot by .loli Q. Cuningham and
iter o'n in tie day (I ed at the hospital
1 tils city. Cunii ninghamii was brought
a lie county jail shortly after th
booting accoipanl'd by one of Ihis
rotlcris anmd Frank Anderson. the lat
eir deputized by ilte sheriff.
roni the evidenice at the inqutiesi,
hie loimielde followed an all-night
pre. .\Ioiig about 7 o'clock Sunday
toring I Bob Finkler and anotlii
utn1 by tihie naelil of Duttoll beenmile
ngaged i i persoia diffilelty. John
'iinni1ingh1amii, staiding about fift een
net away, for some reason as yet ui
xplained, pilled his pistol and tak
cig ailm with Ilite pistol resting oil his
I't hand. fired. Eunbanks, stanadinug
1'arby but about w;ose exact position
t tle tile there was conilleting testi
an, crived tll buI let in hlis stoie
cl. The light ended at this point and
hubanks was rushed to the hospital
ere, where be later died.
Shocked by Live Wire.
Mr. Fletcher Taylor, master me
hanic at the Watts Mills, narrowly
seaped serious injury about 2 o'clock
aturday morning when lie was se
erely shocked by a high voltage elec
ric wire in the mill substation. Mr.
'aylor had been awakened shortly be
:re by the night watchman when the
itter (liscovered that something had
oit' wrong with the electric current.
Ising a wooden stick to separate two
7ires, Mr. Taylor received ia heavy
hock when the stick canic in contact
rith one of the live wires. The shock
nocked iml unconslCious for quite
while, but he later recovered, the on
y injuries lie received being burns
bout the hands and feet where the
esh came in contact with the stick
nd with the tacks in his shoes.
J. G. SULLIVAN
n Columbia Yesterday Af.
t the Sum of $5,000.
i1 hearing was held about three
'clock and the decision announced
The next term of criminal court will
cnvene .June 15th. It is understood
'iat the attorney for the defense has
Aid that h1e sees 110 reasoIn wiy the
ase should not go to trial at that
me. However, it as been rumored
iat relatives favor a change of venue
in account of feeling against tle de
midant in this county. lin case an
rder is secured. the trial would most
kely be ield ill a nearby county at
in early (late. No definite annoince
tent has been mlade as yet as to ad
itlonal attorneys retainled inl the
ise, but it is said that sever'al prom
ient lawyers, r'elated in differ'ent
'ays to the defendant, have offer'ed
ieir services in his behalf,
10 STOP G4MUNIG
In Emphatic Terms on the
lion in Charleston.
hlarleston? In reiply, I beg to say
int if elected goverinor', with the
tw as it stands, I would not permit
ie races to go Oil if I iiad to order
ut the enltiro militia to prievent it.
would enforce tis law as I (link
11 other laws should be enfor'ced.
expect to give out a statemlent In
few daiys I nl which I will malke
his and other' matters, 'lear.
"Very truly youlrs,
"RI. A. Cooper."
8th of F'ebru'ary,
l~m'. I harper of Clinton, testifled that
e had seen the Tidwvell girl in lis
rug store with a str'ange younig mianI.
Mr. Owens, wvho runs a iciture show
a ClInton, testifled that lie had seen
lie guI thlere wvithl a stran~lge younig
OllIe Tid well then took thle stc nd,
>ult hier testimony was nlot coludehl~d.
flhe ansiwered readily, but in a weak
A CCID1)EN'TA 1, SH1OO iNi G
Negro Child lills Youngerl Brother
Few 31ie-s North of City.
While two negro children, ages sev
en and five, soils of lhin ry Clowney,
who lives several ilelIis lorth or the
city onl the olI .\ills phe., were play
ing with a shlot pul .Kiniday mnorlilig
S1shell in it was Ixploli killig tlhei
youliger of the t wo (hiIdreni. The old
er child haId gott po.ii ssion of tihe
gun while his parents were away awl
inl attelipting to unb10ro.eh it lkliowe'd
It to go off. The coroler 1hld n inl
iluest Sininay afternoon iianld the 1'ju'y
rIeredi a ve rdt or 1e idetILa h11omi
cide(v. It ist hardly probable that any
fturl ler stepa will le taIken inl the linat
(Mi V I lINEi LE("I'lItE.
Itichard CarroOl MTakes Interesting
Leeture In Colored Church Last
Richiard Carroll, the iwell-known col
ored preacher and lecturer addressed
al audience of white people and col
)red people in the St. Paul Baptist
churh hl exr last tiiunday. Tie s11b
jeL of is lecture was "Our Duib Ani
ima!s: Man's lest Friends," and it
proved both entertaining ant justrue
tive. I e told most con vinci nigly of the
great harm that is being done the
Amer ican people through the indis-I
criminate killing of birds, frogs,
snakes and other animals, showing
their harmlessness an" their wvork i
LAUltENS WINS FROM CIINTON.
In a Fast uine at. Laurens MIl1 Park
Lo(lIS Win by Score of i to 0.
li the second game that has been
played oil the new Laurenus Mill Ball
Park, the hoio team defeated the
Clinton Mill team last S'aturday by a
score of 6 to 4. Tile local mill team
had improved greatly since its first
game and took Saturdays battle in
first-class style. Both teams put uil
good ball and the contest was interest
WON TINE ItUIIIIEIL.
Boarders IBatile letter and Ileat the
Boys Hailing from Church Street.
In a five-reel feature picture shown
in Garlington's Meadow last Monday
the caste of the Gilkerson llouse cast
gloom over Church Street when fhey
walked away with a baseball mix-up
by a score of 8 to 3. The picture was
taken at a cost of one new ball and
was over 90 minutes in making. Both
sides put up some real ball and both
sides were guilty of putting up some
real base ball-in fact some of it was
very base. It was a very fierce strug
gle though ending peacefully, and one
side will live happy ever afterwards.
It was the third onslaught of a series,
both teams having won one game of
the firs two, and will probably le the
last between these two aggregations
as at least one side is satisfIed. The
star of the game was Johnnie Gilker
son who broke his worldl record by
not falling but nine times during the
whole game. 'I'ho infielders for the
Chiristians weren in tine form and1( play
ed an excellent game.
('arpetinig Coulrt, toomi.
Supervisor I lumb~ert 1has recently
putrchasedl a cork carpet for covern ug
the floor ini tile court r'(oom. The' order
was ptlaced thirouigh the tirm of M. M.
& 10. ii. Wilkes &. Company andl emi
Iployees from there have been jiht:ting
it down during thte past few days. ThieI
floor in the vault room (of the clerk
of court's office w;ill be covered wit h
the same material.
Bletter Passenger (Coacheis.
Thle C. N. & 1L. tiailroad hats madice
senger encipm tient b.ly thie purchase of
vesltibule~d (lay coaches to be utsedi on
thme morning ar ni eveniIng t ratin s to and
from Colulm bia. The coachleis arev not
entirely newv ones, hbult were renovated
thlroutghoutt before hieing put into se nr
vice. NIcely jiain ted andt 1,10 upholtrd
they make a very necat apptnearanclde ijnd
are much elener andt~ m1ore comfl ori
able I han thIle old coaces.
Banse 111a1i i-'ridai.
Quol gn Coiaunters~ vs l 'ill Ito! tern et
ail, wiltlibe the L'ne-upj lVriday after
noon in (Garlington pasturec. TIhe biase
bll prowvess of Ithese tawo aggrega
tions is welI knownV'l so a heal) hin
game mtay lie (expictitl. An t'dshtaoni
fee of live trud ten cents wiltl be chiam
('(, time proceieds to go to t'he Ilhiy
Twenty-One Pupiks to Re
The Schooi Sesxin will % Come to it
End Monday Night with Address by
R1ev. 11. A. MeUullousgh and Amird
lng (Of DipOm'Cas to (rnduating Class.
Class Exerrises, Saturday night,
- May 23d, 8:30 P1. if. in school
Anutial Serimo, Sunday, May
'2th. 11 A. M. in Presbyterian
(hliurch hy iei. A. It. Ward
law, 1). D).
Address before the school, Mon
day nigt.ht, May 250h, S:30 P.
M. by Rey. 11. . \IcCullouagh,
itu scthool auditorium.
A ndt awarding of diplomas.
''he comminenceient exercises of the
!La:rens graded school will begin Sat
iulay ight, or this week. and continue
through Monday night. Saturday
night Ile class exercises of the young
graduat-s will bo bol in the graded
school aiditoriui, when the class his
tory, class poem. etc., will be read.
Sunday morning tho annual sermon
will be delivered in the Presbyterian
church by Rev. A. G. Wardlaw, 1). D.,
of Grever. londay night Rev. I. A.
McCullough %%Ill deliver the annual
literary address before the graduating
class.- Awarding of diplomas will also
be made Monday night. Both of the
night exercises will begin at 8:30
The following is the progra-m of tho
lass exercises Saturday night:
1: Song of the Classes.
Pupils of the Hiigh School
2. Welcome Address
3. Class History
1. 1ustruimental Solo--Airde Ballet
C. (lass Prophesy
3. Vocal Solo-The Rosary Novil
i. Class Poem
Mattie Kate Owings
). Class Will
10. ('lass Song
Trhe iaduating ('lass.
The: graduatmg class ihm~ year is
:ompilosed( of six boys and tifteen girls,
this lbeing c ne (if the lair gest classes
yet to receive dipllomnas fromu the L au
'ren5 school. Not onlIy in numnbers but.
in) its ptersonne does (00 the .19141 class
rank high, as t is ('omplosed of an un
usually br-ight andh ambitious set of
young men and young ladios. T1he Fol.
lowinig are the members of tho class:
H ugh A iken, be.l and Ilol ., Car isle
lia , I au rensa Phil lit, Paul Laike, Hecr
l'er't Suill ivan, Mary Hlurton, L ucy
Vance lharl ingtoen, Miarigait. D~un'lalp,
H attiie Cray, Inaez Iludgens, Robbie
TIndgenuis, dMnnie irv ing-. MAary3' ao,
M a iile K ate Owlings, Loulso Hiinnonis,
Virginia Simpsmon, hla TIodd, Nellie
Tlhompn 15, NMary Wilk's, El1iza beth
nTe children oif the L,:mriens mili
kuidergartenm, with Ilir, ~terhersm~
Mise Thameslliii tnd Childr1 e'ss, were)
guests or the idle lloir Itatr toiriday
art ernoon . The ('hild1ren weore hirou ght
over to the lilctuire show limm ('icir
homes in~ waigons and '"en. iied ('ut"' at
the theuat rc dor, slek anad saa :in
thbir- niiday bet. clothe.s antd happy
as young hirds on a spitlg mi ninlg.
lmTough some o (f the I''e one1s woro)
yet too younig to reailly e joy tho
stories por'trayed iniIc t h ilreq, :ho
(. :a ier' itseolfI w n ent '(ough to (1.
liehl t'em so l('v.- oni f thi e
,'tre i' ornem 'ont'it andiappyov.