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VOLUME XXX. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNISt)AV, YDECEMBER 9, P)14. BE
TABLE8 'R[ JRIM[D
ON IHE RSSIANS
Germans Succeed In Oc
cupying City of Lodz
Tle, Succeos of the Gerimans Consid
ered a Rtemarkable Military Aghieve
ment. French anld English Pushing
Forward their Lines' In Western
London, December 7.-After a long
battle, fought with the greatest stub
bormness, the Germans have succeed
ed in occupying Lodz, Poland, an un
fortilled city. Acording to the Berlin
report, the Russians suffered severe
losses and are in retreat.
This success of the Germans largely
because of what preceded it, is ensid
cred by military experts a really re
markable achievement. Less than a
fortnight ago the army to which this
victory has fallen was surrounded by
Russians and cut its why out only at
the last moment, losing great numlers
of men and many guns. Yet it was
able within a few days to reorganize,
take the defensive and defeat the Rus
sians defending Lodz.
That 'was made possible by the net
work of stragetic railways on the Ger
man side of the frontier, over which
reinforcements can be sent where they
are most Reeded. The Russians, on
the other hand, vigorously attacked on
both wings, were unable to send fresh
men to stiffen their centre to meet the
German wedge and were compelled to
There will be undoubtedly much
more fighting before the campaign - in
this district is concluded. I4dz was
won only after hand-to-hand fighting
in the suburbs of tho city, and the
whole Russian line from north to
south is now straghtened out and will
contest every foot of ground with the
In the meantime, taking advantage
of the preoccuipation of the Gerimans
in the east, the allied French, Belgian
and British forces have begun an of
fensive movement in the west. They
are now virtually in possession of the
.left bank of the Yser Canal, and In
Northern France, particularly In the
neighborhood of La Bassee. where the
Germans hold a very strong position.
the allies are beginning with a heavy
cannonade to feel their way east
The same process is betbg followed
along the whole front. The ofliciajl
statement speaks of "the superiority
of our offensive" and the "marked ad
vantage" of the French artillery over
that of the Germans.
The advance, slight as it is, in the
northwest, his ended for the present,
at, least, in the opinion of many, the
Gerinan menace or'the coast. parts. it
l'a believed that so long ats the (Cr
mnans arc compelled to keep up the
strength of their army in the eart
they wvill b0 unable to aissume the o1'
fensivo in the wesnt, There is a re
port, howvever, that the (Germans have
kept fio pick of their western army
in the Aisne Valley, whence. at aln Op
portune tuoment, they can hurl it
against the French lines andl make, an
other efter't to. get through to Paris.
'1(ig Peter, of Servia, who has been
til for several months. has assuflied
command of the Servian army, and,
according to a Nish report, has cheek
dd the advance of the Austrians, hii
flicting he~yy losses on thenh~
The Austrian reply to this that "the
beupatibn of IVlrid necessitates
the regrouping of bur t'roops."
rnho politkal~ 'news of the day was
the au916tative announcement from
SocIa Niat it' was not considered pos
sibib anything would intervene to
hiake it necessary for Bulgaria to
change her policy of strict neutrality
until next spring.
,No Peace In Sight.
Tokio, Dlee, 8.-Baron Kate, the for
eign minister, addressed. the Diet to
day regarding the progress of the war
and problems resulting from Japatn's
participation. I~e sa11 ide regretted
to announce that the European war
was still far from termination wvithm
no prospects of peace.
T 'he relations between JTapan and
the alliles, he said, have been cement
0(d closer, than ever, he declared that
...tinn witni neutfml nmvern were
MEET HERE NEXT
Laurens Selected as nex't Meeting
Place and E. II. Wilkes Naned Vice
Columbia, iDec. 5.-To meet again in
Laurens the early part of next Novemn
ber the South Carolina Christian En
deavor convention adjourned In the
Smith Memorial chapel Friday night,
after hearing stirring addresses by
Karl Ibehmann, interstate secretary of
the United Society of Christian En
deavor. who was the chief speaker for
the convention, and Dr. Blackwood,
pmstor of the First Presbyterian
church. Mr. Lehmann left the city
Saturday morning for Atlanta, where
he will attend a large Christian En
deavor gathering. Rev. K. G. Finlay
delivered the chief. address at the af
ternoon session Friday. Permanent
organization of the South Carolina
Christian Endeavor union was perfect
ed Friday afternoon,-and Friday night
the newly elected officers were in
stalled. At the evening session reso
lutions were adopted thanking the
members of the four churches that act
ed as hosts of the convention for their
hearty cooperation in making the con
vention a success. In the resolution
a bid was put in for Columbia as the
meeting place of the all-Southern con
vention in1 1916.
The officers elected Friday are the
following: President, Wyatt A. Tay
lor of Columbia; vice presidents, E.
H. Wilkes, Laurens; N. C. Pyne,
Charleston; W. Kirk Allen, Green
ville; secretary, A. T. Corcoran,
Charleston; treasurer, G. Wingate
Waring of Columbia; directors, W.
Anderson Clarkson, Columbia; E. T.
White, gumter; G. H. Cartledge, Clin
ton; Rev. J. 0. Reavis, D. D., 'Column
bla; Rev. K. 0. Linlay. Columbia;
Rev. W. H. Brunson, Charleston. Al
len Nicholson of'iTn ion, who was un
abel to attend the convention was
elected vice president of the Interna
tional and World's Christian1 EMidlen
vor conventions, to be held in ChIern
go next July.
The convention adopted a constitut
tion at its afternoon session Friday.
This is very sImilar to all state union
constitutions. There are over four
million Christian Endeavors in the
world, with over 80,000 societies,
representing every evangelical de
nomination, nation and race.
Fifteen societies of the state were
represented at the convention here,
with 88 enrolled delegates. The at
-tendance at all the sessions was large.
There are other societies in the state
that were not represented, and these
will be received into the union. if they
care to join it.
The convention went on record as
favoring an all-Southern convention
in 1916, and also as favoring the es
ta.blishment of a Christian EIndeavor
leadquarters in the South. Atlanta,
llirminghan and other cities are go
ing hard after the location of the
headquarters, as also after the all
Southerni convention. The Sout h Car
olina union wIll likely lhe well rep
resented At, the wVorldl's and interna
tlonal conventions in Chicago next.
Jluly.' The president of this tinloon i
automatically13 a vice presidient of' them
Ameriean organization, the United So
cIety of Christian Endeavor.
Thme formation of the South Caro-~
lina union leaves only the states (if
Mississippi andl WyomIng wvithout
'i'in at, hickory Taveryt School.
The School Implrovemnent assoc Ia
tien will give "The Old Maid's Club"
in the~ school auditorium 11riday ev
.cning, Dcc. 11, at eight "o'clock. The
public is invited. -AdmIssion 10, and
cordial. 1ie thanked the finited States
for the kind ofices in seenering the ib
lease Of .'Iapaneso in Germiany and sai4
he believen others were iletain'enI auld
Would~ rely oni further A'rnerican as
slatanXceo in their behalf.,
'lfle declared the gbvernment hoped
hiotlng would arIse tq dilmt,urbl the
tranquility in 'Chlida.
Ourtailments of expenses in some
dlepartmohts of the Japanese govern
meat will permit Q~f credits for ad
(ditional army dilvisions, the complhition
of three dreadnaimghts, the' construc
tion of eight torlnedo .boat destroyers,
two submarines and the addition of
ten torpeodo boat dentroayer~s authorized
James Waiter (ray Died in Greenville
it Advanced Age.
Greenville, Dec. 5.-James Walter
Gray, master in equity for Greenville
county, and a distinguished citizen of
South Car6lina, died at his honie in
this city Saturday morning. i1s has
been an active life and one devoted to
the good of his state. Gen. Gray, for
it iwVas by this title that he was known,
was a member of the famous Wallace
house. which fought so valiantly for
the regeneration of South Carolina.
lie was also a member of the conven
tion which nominated Wade Hampton
for governor in 1876. He served in
the' legislature for several terms.
Gen. Gray was born in Edgefleld
county in 18-15, coming of distinguish
ed ancestry. At the age of 16 years
he entered the Confederate army as a
private in Company B, Hampton
legion. Hle surrendered at Greens
boro, N. C., with Johnston's army in
1865, having the rank of captain at
that time. In 1869 he was graduated
from Wofford college and subsequent
ly read law uider Armistead Burt of
Abbeville. lie came to Greenville to
In 1876 he married Lllc Vance of
Cokesbury. lAtter he was chosen
brigadier in the militia and remained
in this office so long as the old mus
Gen. Gray has served as clerk in the
house and was a member in the con
stitutional convention of 1895.
Ile was subsequently elecoted nag
istrato in Greenville county and fol
lowing his tenure in this offlce he be
came master in equity and was serv
ing his third term when death caie.
Gen. Gray has been in declining
health for some weeks.
Through respect for this veteran of
the great war and loved statesman,
the coutinty court houise is clo-zed and
crepe is hung on its doors. lhe fu
nerI services will. be held lopday.
FOR roMrATo (LU11 WOtIK,
Benefit at the Id?,e Hour 'T'hursday
i lien Local TIalent ivill A id.
A benefit performance will he given
at the' Idll Hour theatre 'Thursday af
ternoon and evening for the benlefit of
the tonlato club work. which is under
the direction of Miss Janye 0. Garling
ton. In the afternoon the pupils of
Miss Iarper's class at the graded
school will sing motion songs and at
night a musical program will be giv
en by local singers and musicians. In
the afternoon the usual admision.fee
of five and ten cents will be charged,
but at night 26 cents will be charged.
Those who are to take part in the
musical program are Mrs. J. H. Boyd,
.Mrs. H. K. Aiken, Miss Kathleen
Wilkes, Miss Mary Todd, Messrs.
Ernest Machen, Robert Roper, 11. G.
Franks, Jack McCravy, Edward Hicks
and Charles Hicks. A delightful pro
grai is promised both for the after
noon and night. The usual fine pie
tuire program will also be run. The
children will give their performance
at-.1.30 in the afternoon whil'e thp-e musi
cal program will start at 7..15.
Wanted: A Market,
Liko any other business man, the
farmer only wvants a fa,. prioflt en his
capuital investment and a living wage
for his labor. There is no bettecr way
of helpiing him make both ends meet
than by giving him a profitable mar
ket for his products.
At ShIl~oh ScehooI,
There will be an ent:erlahiment giv
en at Shiloh school by the pupils on
Friday evenhh, 'Dec. 18, beginning
at 8 o'clock. The charges will be 10
andI 20 cents. The puroceeds will go
for the improvement of the school.
IAN ED C
FOR CITY CURRENT
New Peak has 'een Establislhed under
to Contiract between the city and
Reedy Itiver Power Company.
By reason of the fact that th( city
of iftlurens used 283: horsepower of
electric current during three consecu
tivo nights In November, another so
called "peak" was established under
the contract as made between the city
and the Reedy River Power Conpa ny,
thereby calling for an additional an
nual payment of $2,500 by the city to
the power company. The total to be
paid henceforth will be $14,150 as
against $11,650 prior to the establish
ment of the new peak. This Is at the
rate of $50 per horsepower per year.
The contract between the city and the
power company expires in about four
The claim of the power company for
the establishment of the new peak was
made by Mr. N. B. Dial, Its president.
before the city council last Tuesday
night and was later favorably acted
upon after Mr'. Dial had presented the
records as made at the local power sta
tion. Last January the power com
pany endeavored to secure the estab
lishment of the new peak, but the
council refused to honor the claim.
At that time, the power company
claimed that the peak had been estab
lished In December, 1913, but the city
denied the claim on ground that the
power register had not reach the 28:
horsepower stage but twice in suc
cession whereas the contract called
for three times. It was contended by
the power company that the register
would have reached that stage had not
the current in parts of the city been
cut off. This point was never definite
ly settled so the claim for the addi
tional 50 horsepower bet ween Deell
ber 1913 and Novemlber, 191-1 has nev
er been paid.
Sales, Last M1onda1y.
'Tile following sales were ivado Iasi
Monday, the Deemher salesday: Four
acres of the .1. Wash Williams cstate
was sold by the slieriff for tax antd
brought $60.00. The Clerk of Court
sold two large tracts. One hlunldred
anld ninety three acres in Stillivan's
Township sold in the case of Nirs. Car
re T. Fleling vs .lames W. Fleming,
was bought by \irs. Flenling for $1,100.
Two hundred and eighty acres in Lau
rens township, known as the Judge
ILangston place was sold in the case
of Adair et al vs Madden et al and was
bought by Mr. B. B. Blalclcy for
Oyster Supper at, Gray Court.
TPhe rural Improvement association
of the Gray Court-Owings school will
give anit oyster and ice cream stipper
ait te school bu11 ilding Friday evening.
IDlecember Ii it, Iegiiinning at 5 o'clock.
The pub!ic is invited.
W'I N N E'liS .\TI liGooTsi':I ST'l'( tE.
J. ('. iHurns & ('omlpany .innounrue
Prmiz~e WHinnrs in Sei erul ('onte(sts.
'The result of tile post-enard (conlI ts
it the iloositer ~ torie coaltest at lied
ron1 lace, Mr's. J1. W.. ilciiamA. i~s
dee laredl winnerun of the~ .12 pioe .icd i
neri set, hlavin~g written the line mlost
timles oin a ipostal card(. Thie f'ollowing
had the. hiighlest s'ores: '
Mi's. J1. W. Ilellams .. .. .. 1561 tImes
Miiss Nannie Kate Arm
Truman Rlopei' .. . .. .. .1002 1 imes
Mr's. l'h'a Teague .. ...... 90 times
Mrs. Lydia Ctulber'tsonl . . .. 706 tImes
Thlere were others wvho had scores
almost as high. Tlen of the best crids
arc on dlisplay ini the show window.
Ai'o yon willing to help the great
AmerIcan Red Cross Society? Are you
willing to aid millions of human suf
Red Ci'oss Chriistmas Seals are a
means for every man, woman and childl
in the United States to have a shlare
in staminlg out ttuberculosis. I (ave
youl boughit your share? Thiey cani be4
purchased at the following places in
Laurmlens: 'rhe Postomile, Powe Dug
Company, The * Lauriens AdvertIser'.
The Lauren~ils D rug (Compa~ny and Rays
1'h'amany. They are only one cent
each and they arec to be tused ont pari
cols post1 ir"ickages,,.express pactkages,
Chis tmias gifts, and i oni lie b:a k~ -f
MRS. W. C. IRBY, Sr.
Will he Huried this Acternoon at 3:30
in the Local Cemetery.
Mrs. Laura Vance Irby, wife of Dr.
V. C. Irby, died at the Irhy residene(
yesterday afternoont at 1 o'clock after
an illness extending over a perio(i of
several months. For the 1past few
weeks she had been in a precarious
condition and death was not unexpect
ed. The funeral services will be con
ducted from the house at 3:30 this af
\rs. Irby was the daughter of Nancy
Farrow and Robert S. Vance. of Cliii
ton. She and Dr. Irby were married
in December of 1872, their married
life thus extending over a period of
forty-two years during which she ex
emplified all that was beautiful and en
dearing lin womanhood. li 1891 they
moved to Laurens where they have
since made their home. Besides her
husband, she is survived by three
daughters and a son, as follows: Mrs.
T. D. Darlington and Mrs. W. I). Fer
guson, of Laureis, Mrs. Preston Ma
rion, of Sumter, and Mr. IR. V. Irby, of
Laurens. She is also survived by a
brother, Dr. T. J. Vance. of Minden,
La., besides numerous other relatives.
One daughter, Mrs. R. Fleming Jones,
died several years ago. Mrs. Irby was
approaching her seventy-fourth birth
day. She was a member of the First
Baptist church and a woman of high
ideals, lovable disposition, and Chris.
The activo pall bearers at the fun
eral this afternoon will be Messrs. T.
D. Lake, John A. Franks, John F.
Bolt, D. IT. Counts, S. M. Wilkes.
Fleming Smith, Mills Hunter. M. 1,.
Copeland, C. 1). Barksdale, and C. Ii.
Roper. The honorary pall bearers will
be Col. J. W. Ferguson, Col. T1. Y.
Simpson, Maj. W. A. Watts, Mr. .1. 1).
Watts. Dr. W. 11. Dial, Dr. R. E.
11ughes, Mr. 0. B. Simmons, Ni .
Brooks Swygert, Mr. V. G. Wilson. \It.
.J. C. Owings, Mr. e. ells Todd, Nil..
C. V. Tune. Mr1'. W. L. Cray, Mr. .1. .1.
Phuss, Dr. W. Ii. N'ashign ton and Ir.
Rice Nickels will lear the fliwers to
DEATi OF MRS. o. 1). HDDL.
Former' Laurens County Lady Passed
Aiway at her Honie fin Gireenville
Mrs. 0. 1). Riddle of Greenville, a
native of this .county passed away at
her home in Greenville last Saturday
aftAnoon. She was the wife of Mr.
0. D. Riddle of Greenville and has
been living there for several year's.
Mrs. Riddle was' the daughter of Mi.
and Mrs. James T. Machen of Prince
ton. Nir. Machell survives the daugh
ter and is now living in Princet on.
The following account of the sad event
was ta1ke0n from the Greenville Piell
"Yesteriday a fterinoon at. i Prinecont
S. ('., the tuneral services and inw'r
ment o:' the btody of' NIrs. ) .1). lii-lI'
took pirie. She was the wife if .lir
0. 1). Riddle of this city. Iler' death~
is sinice rely mounned by miany fr'ientds
"h'Ie dece(ase'd who'.( has Ieen sic'k for'
somei timte took( a tui'n f'or thie ~ 'ost
on Fr'idla'y niight. Sa turday a fternt'oon
at 2.15 hier' dleath took plac'e at the
htomle onl P'edlet on street.
"She was marr'iied to Nir1. Riddle
about two'( year's ago andl in the timec
that she has been in G rceenvillIe en
doared hiei'self to many.
"Tlhe remains were takeni to Prince
ton yeoster'da'y morning at eight
o'clock. Mrs. Riddle wals a sister of
Mrts. R. A. Cooper', wire of the lion.
RI. A. Cooper of l,aurens, who prIe
ceCded te deceasedl to the grave a
few short months before."
In adition to Mrs. Coopei' she has
one other sistei', Mrs. A. J1. Monroe,
of Princeton andl the following broth
ers: Mr. Emery Machen, of L.aurens,
Rev. James 11. Machen, Jlohn S.
Maclien of Princeton and Mrt. Ernest
Miachen of Laure'ns. 11cr husband and
one infant son survive hern. Mrs. Rid
di1e was a wVomaln of many admnirabile
t raits and leaves hundreds of friends
to mournl h'ier x entIhi. 'The futner'al set'
V ices at Prinect :on were pe rformedci by
lRev,. TI. Wi. niterlyn, of Cri
daul. wa Vsio Inte it :. r -
[JI [A~l RU[SS
Appropriation Measurcs to
Take Up Much Time
IS TO COME UP
conserivaion Legislat ion, tie Ship
Purchase !till aind thle House Ph1101p.
pinep ludeplendence Billi are to havo
Firmt. latce onl the Proirram.
Washington, Dee. 7.---Conlgress re
convened today after the fall recess.
Menibers had ren nions Iin the senato
and house and after tlie hitioduti ion,
of bills and resolitions a111d passago
of forilal imeasu res ilnciden t to tho
opening of a new session both houses
!.djouned to await the delivery to
morrow of the pIre'sident's a1111ual mes
While members discussed in forma.
ally the legislative programme for the
final session of the Sixty-third con
gress no definite plans were made for,
party conferences. These will not be
considered until the president has beei
heard from. The message will he de-o
livered personally by President VU
son before a joint session in the housei
Senator Kern and Representative
Underwood, leaders of the majority,
conferred tonight w'th the president
at the White House. Mr. Wilson sent
for them late in the (lay and mnet them
separately, reading to them his mes
sage and discussing legislation lie de
sires to be considered in addition to
appropriation measires whici will
take ip much of the it ime of tie short
"There is liotling the president had
in iiindii," said l i epresentative Inder4
wood, after leaviing the \\hile House,
"'with which I ai not inl accoriii, and f1
see 110 rea2Isonl why the progrnne lie
will sntgest should Il liv carriedt out
heore aidjounent. If Ilre is 0110
01h-Ig that eVeC'y lieocrtiemeberl
of tlie hou'se -ald I believes it applies
tO the SI.tii as welL--hais his mind
set. against, it is .ill ixtra sessioni iiext
year. I do not believe wtere bllb
Diselnssiig tile logisiative pro.
gramme, M.I. tlindrwood d.;lared
there would be a vole on the lllbsoni
recsoluition for, submlission Io the
States of a constitutional a meiid
.ient for national prohibition. This
has not been included in project
ed legislative programmes discussed
since adiministration leaders retiirned
According to both majoiity le:adetsi
appropriatiou bills will be ras41hedl
Conservat loll legislation, the shi; pur4
chase bill and the lonse PhllippinI in
dependence hill are 1-uist on tl prod
granimme of general legislati(. 84i-natoe
Kern asseried after Iis talik \ 'h the
president, that the wVoul b.-2~ timot
after the app1)1(opriia teon lil! were
passedl for lei-gislat im. to v~ hi' h ter;o
Speaker C'lark was; givenia :1 IL'ina~
ovationi 1by' Demlocrats and I li,
Vice Preslidenit Marsh12a ! was ,t-.
i'd ctOrdially andli after thie inta 'ion
Permiiittedl senaftors to holdali.
formal r'eceptloll for several rai1:. ubA
before he formall 1d'ecl1ared the a)t
Comm itteeXs from Ib othI lions. iv.
Sent to the White llouse to nlii th >
precsidlent that congress was iln .slion
awaitinlg his plleasure.
Chilidress and Son Have 3iro(ed into
Their Building on Eat Mlin irec't.
Theo now stable of C'hildress & : ut
on East .\ain street h.ave been ('m
pleted and tihe ownere htave move 1 'n-.
to it. This new building was b Ie
take the place of the one( receney 'e..
stroyed by3 fire and Is pract< 5 ho
same in construnction1 details. 1, i
an ulnusualIly large 24nd4 room, . ''
lag and Is construc-ted of she ir i.
The lar'ge home of thc i n mwa. .
necessar by~ 1 the big t niss hrt '1l"d
by them, they being amnong tie .
est stock dlealers illn the pp~le, 4rt o