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VOLUME XXX. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUAR 24, 1915.r
IN [AST PRSSIA
Both Germany and Russia
Agree on Severe Defeat
AS TO IMPORT
uerianfs Climn that Rlussian Ci)tured
Number over 140,000 and that the
Retreat was Precipitate. Russians
Claim that They Made an Orderly
[Both Germany and Russia -gree
there has been a severe defeat of the
Russians in East Prussia, but they
differ with reference to its actual -im
portance. Whatever has happened to
the Russian Tenth Army, it at least
has been driven back many miles and
one -army corps, number 40,000 has
been badly-cut up.
Since the end of January the Teu
tonic allies, according to official re
ports from 'Berlin and Vienna, have
captured 140,800 men, including 71
officers. Among these are seven gen
erals. These prisoners Include those
made in oast Prussia and in the fight
ing in the 'Carpathians. In adidtion
193 guns' were said to have been
In the West Zeppelins have come
Into action. One has bombarded Ca
lyais, dropping ten bombs, which kill
ed several people. A German dirigi
ble, whether the Zeppelin which bom
barded Calais or another, has dropped
bombs on the railroad '*om Dunkirk
to St. Omer, acocr 'o a news
The official statement iss I by the
French war office records the bom
bardiment of Rheims by the Germans
and the loss .of a considerable nuin
ber of lives. At the same time it re
ports advances for the allies in the
nei-hborhood of Souain, between the
Argonne and the Meuse and in 'Al
Tha British prime minister has in
forn. 1 the house of commons that
the allied governments still are con
sidering methods of reprisals against
Germany for its naval prolicy and that
lie hoped to announce the scope of the
measures at an early date.
Only 15 men from the American
stentmer Evelyn, which was sunk off
Borkum island by a mine, have been
definitely accounted for. These are
the captain and 1.1 seamen, one of
whom died from exposure. They are
in Bremerlaven, kheir boat having
been picked up by a Dutch pilot ship.
Another boat, believed to contain 13
members of the crew of the Evelyn,
has not been heard from.
'Much anxiety is said to be felt at
Culixhaven over the abselnep of two
large su binarines which are two days
overdue at. their base.
The Scandinavian governments'
representatives are holding a confer
ence on Germany's sea zone.
The Prussian diet has appropriated
$25,000,000 to bo used in alleviating
tihe sufferings of persons affected by
*Von Over, Adnsh- gc 1F400( for
Aldrn niro .jt i'ee.
- 11a th14 tiitd irimary-for aldermuan
trohl W(A Thiree held yesterdaiy Mir..
-J. Ws flllams won over Mr'. C. B.
;AbAis with -the following vote-Hel
Thins 99, Adams 85. This winds up the
cunicipal election for Laurens as the
other candidates were elected on the
first -ballot, there being only two as
pirants for the office of hldiemflan from
Under t6 r-eeit ordler from 'tile
office of tlle Comptroller General, tihe
time l' thb paiyment of taxes without
penihlty la's bedn extendedl to, Mlarch
3'it On April 1st, tile penaflty' of fiv0
'por cent will be addeld. Treas. Young
states that taxes arc being paid very
slowly and that lhe hopes0 thlat those
wvho are in a position to (1o so will pay
nowv and avoid the rush of tile last few
days preceding the expiration (late.
26 Bales Burned.
Sp~artanburg, Feb. 20.-Twenty-five
bales of cotton were burned in a C.
& W. C. freight car here 'today. Tho
cotton -was consigned to the Pacolet
ARE IN DANGER
Congressman Johnson Writes to car
riers of, Tireatenlel Ried urcion In
Congressinan Jos. T. Johnson has
written a letter to a number of the R.
F. D. carriers stating- that unless the
patrons of the routes interest them
selves in increasing the number of
pieces that there Is danger of some of
them .being discontinued or the nuim
ber of deliveries reduced The fol.
lowing is ah extract from one of the
letters sent out by Mr. Johnson, show
ipg that lie is very much interested In
the rural routes:
"It -becomes my painful duty to warn
you that all of our weak rural routes
are in danger of reduction to two or
three deliveries per week or total dis
continuance. The case was brought
to my attention yesterday where a
route had been reduced to three de
liveries per week. In the last four
months it had handled over three
thousand pieces of mail per mont,h yet
the department refuses to put it bacl:
to six deliveries per .wk and says it
will ndt be restored unless it handled
150 pieces of mail per mile per month
The latter part of Mr. Johnson's let
ter Was devoted to a plea to the car
riers and patrons of the routes to
take advantage of the mail facilities
now afforded them in order to ensure
Attended Laynien's Conference.
The delegation from the First Pres
byterianl church to the Laymen's Con
ference of the Southern Presbyterian
church, which was held last week in
Charlotte, returned home the latter
part of the week very much enthused
over the meeting. At the morning ser
vice Sunday, Rev. Mr. Rankin, Dr. II.
K. Aiken and Mr. E. P. Minter gave
their impressions of the meeting in
brief talks. Miss Bettie Dramlett and
Mr. A. G. Hart spoke before the Chris
tian Endeavor Society Sunday evening,
recounting their experiences in a very
interesting manner. They all agree
that the con'ference was the largest
and most inspiring since the laymen's
novenent was Inaugurated.
To go on the Road.
Mi. -Earl Wilson, of the firm of
Clardy & Wilson, has closedi a contract
with a large shoe manufacturing con
cern of 'Milwaukee, Wis., whereby lie
will represent them on the road in the
(,uture. Mr. Wilson's territory will be
the two states of North and South
Carolina; his trips to be arranged so
that lie can make this place his head
Came Through from Mlantil.
Mr. J. W. McKee, of the Laurens
Motor Car Company, accompanied by
Mr. '. R. Parker, factory repr'esenta
tive of the Oakland Motor Car 'Com
pany, returned to the city friom Atlan
tai Sunday with a handsome Oakland
touring car which they had driven
through the country. Although they
found1( the roads in ver'y b~ad condition.
the Oakland pulled'i t0191) Qver' the
r'ought Places svltiint a hitch. Mi'.
McKee stntcs that le t~iii hhaku an ak
en on the Oakianid Cfar for this ter'ri
inspects Militia Property.
Serigeant Thompson of the United
States Army spent part of Monday and
Tuesday of this week in Laur'ens in
specting the government property' in
use by the Trayniham Guards, After
a careful ilna ectk~n he stateA that the
property hare Wha kept 'fi 'much bet
ter conditiont than in t'hoi 'average com
panly 'aid expressco 'himself as much
pileased with t'hh general condition at
Mir. H. W. Chancy, who lives in the
northern section of the city, can prob
ably claim the belt in this section foi'
early strawberrIes, or' an early straw
beiriy. While workinag in lisa gard(en
Thiui'sday morning, lhe discovered~ a
fiul ly developed, ripe hei'ry, wh'ileh had
gi'own duinig the mild weather' of the
few preceding (days. Friday it wait be
irng shown biy Mi'. Jeff D). Sexton, whlo
stated that there0 wvere numerous
blooms on the vines.
At Eden School.
An enter'tainment wvill .be given at
Eden schoolhouse next Fi'iday night
Feb. 26th- at 8 o'clock, consisting of
songs, dialogues, etc. Oystors will be
served by the improvemnent associa
tion before and after thn exoecisos.
1.-The declamation contest in the
school auditorium at 10 o'clock shall
be participated in by two pupils from
each township, one from the first three
grades and one from the fourth, fifth,
sixth and seventh grades. These twc
pupils shall be selected at a prelimi
nary contest, held at some convnlient
place In each township on the 27th
2-Debate--(Cohtestants to be ap
IV-ELEMENTARY ATHLETIC MEET
Each school will be allowed one
contestant for each event, except the
Relay Race, in which each school will
have four, and the 3-legged race in
which each school will have two.
No one taking part In the Literary
Contests will -be allowed to enter Ath
'Children in any of the first seven
grades in any school may take pai
in the secondary athletic events.
1-For the Boys.
a-50-yards dash. First three grades
b-50-yards dash. Fourth grade.
c-100-yards dash. Fifth grade.
d-100-yards dash. Sixth and sev
e-220-yards run. All grades.
f-Mlile relay race. Sith and sev
g-24-inch hurdle. First six grades.
2-For the Girls.
a-50-yards dash. First three grades
b-50-yards dash. Fourth and fifth
f-Mile relay race. Sixth and sev
d-24-inch hurdle. First six grades.
S-Open to Boys and Girls.
a-Potato race, Fourth and fifth
b-Potato race. Sixth and seventh
c-Shoe race. Third, fourth and
d-Three-legged race for boys. All
e-Three-legged race for girls. All
4--Running high Jump.
Open to all boys.
5-Running high Jump.
Open to all girls.
6-Standing high juip-Boys.
7-Standing broad jump--Boys.
The procession will form on the
Graded Schooi Campus at 11:30 sharp.
Before marching the teacher will call
her roll and thus ascertain the per
centage of attendance. .No credit for
attendance will be given to those pu
pils who fall to answer the roll call.
Mach teacher will lead her school. The
girls are requested to wear wliitt
middy blouses or white sailor suits'
and go without hats. It would be pret
ty if every school would have a ban
neor andl the pupils1 wear their school
colors. The school9 wvil be groupedl
by townships, necor'ding to dlist riot1
numbers in the followving order: Lau
rens, Youngs, Dial.4, Sulliiln, Water
loo, Cross Hilt, hiihter, Jacks, Scuf
fletown. A tiather will be applointcd
to look hflei' forming the line from
eadhi township. The trustees will,
ihiAirch in the rear with their schools.
Children should be taught to use
their hands as wvell as their heads,
hence we are asking you to exhIbit
articles, which we are aware are not
taught In the schools. Under the en
couragement of the teachers, we hope
to interest the boys and girls in some
of the things, which they arc called
on most often to do In life. The prac
tical arts have already been introduced
into many schools. This Is an
attempt to call attention to the need
of such training in Laurents county.
Begin nowv to make preparations for
your exhIbit. For suggestions con
cerning exhibits see Mr. Tate's Btul
letin. Select certain articles and have
your pupils perfect themselves in
these special things-for instance, the
recess bour' may be pleasantly spent
tenehiag butto~n hole making. Let all
the artIcles made be exhihited -10 the
preliminary contest, wvhen only the
best artIcle of each kind will be so
lectedl andl sent to Laurens.
The articles in Domestic Art, Do
mestic Science, and Manual Training
Departments must be the product of
the exhibitor's unaided effort. Pupils
)M LASr ISSUE
may receive all assistance necessary
in practice work. A tag modeled after
the following example Imust accom
pany each article.
I certify that, this article is the un
aided effort of James Smith.
lary Jones, teacher.
I certify that this is my own work.
Articles not properly marked will
not be received.
The township leader has complete
charge of placing the exhibits in the
es)ective townships. These must be
put up April 3rd. The court house
will be locked, competent judges se
cured and sometime during the next
week the judging can be done so that
when the doors are opened April 9th,
the ribbons will have been awarded.
No money prizes will be awarded
this year, only blue, red and yellow
1.-Blue, red and yellow ribbons
will be given the individual pupils who
2.-Blue, red and yellow ribbons
will be given to the schools in each
township making the highest record.
3.-Blue, red and yellow ribbons
will be given the townships having the
best exhibits. --
4.-High school winners will be
given medals and trophy cups.
Hutton Hole Contest No. 1.
Open to pupils from 9 to 14.
Hutton Hole Contest No. 2.
Open to pulils from 14 to 17.
Darning Contest No. 1.
Open to )upils from 9 to 14.
Darning Contest No. 2.
Open to pupils from -14 to 17.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FAIR. EXHIBITS
2-Three button holes on cotton
S-Patch work bed qluilt.
9-Yard of crocheted lace.
10-Embroidered center pieco.
11-Drawn-work bureau scarf.
12-Machine-made shirt waist.
13--Hand-made corset cover.
1I-Embroidered belt and collar.
15-Six hand-enbroidered table nap
i--Split feeding basket.
5-Willow lunch basket.
C-Pine straw work basket.
7-Shuck (loor mat.
'J-Plain Mission book shelves.
1 1-Ironing board.
12-Dishi drain board.
Other School Work.
1-Maps drawn during year.
5-Arithmetic note books.
7-Farm arithmetic pap~ers.
C'ollection of woods.
Collect ion of bird's nests.
C'ollection or rocks.
Vollection of' insects.
Collection of leaves.
Collection of flowers.
Collection of seeds.
Any agricultural experiments.
(Card of Thantks.
We wish to thank our friends and
relatives for their kindness shown us
during the recent illness and (leatih
of our little darling Louis Rlay.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Anderson.
Neighborhood of 300,000 Peiaple Ell.
ter to Break .ll Previous tecords.
San Francisco, Feb. 20.-All records
for expositicn first day attendancet
were broken today at the opening of
the Pamuna-Pellic intermitional ex
posit ion. B y - o'clock the t rin tiles
had clicked of 22-,01),) ad inissions and
It was expected that by midnight the
total would have reached more than
"00,000. The previous record was
170,.1 aI the opening day of the St.
Louis World's Fair in 190.1.
The crowd was a spectacle in it sell.
It filled the grandstands, it packed
the great courts and concourses, it
poured through the aisles, it overflow
ed from the sidewalks into the ave
liles, from the hills to the bay Ili ui
ending rivers of bobbling heads.
As the President's personal envoy,
SOci-etary Lane .was heard with the
closest attention in the more solemn
passages of his oration the vibrations
of his voice stirred the audience inl
sympathy and there were tears in
many eyes as le pointed to the "splen0
did, dauntless, plodding, figtires stand
Ing beside two oxen which looked
(own upon te court of the nations,
where east and west had come face to
That figure was the American pion
cer. ills sufferings and triumphs were
the orator's theme. This exposition
was his house in -which should be
taught the gospel of ain advancing
democracy, strong, valient, confident,
conquering. Without 111111 there had
been no exposition, no San Francisco.
As President Wilson opened the ex
position with the touch of a button ir
the White -louse, tile sun's long slant
Ing rays glinted in a Imiiniature rain
bow through the spurting streams of
the Pountain of Energy 'that was at
that moment unleashed.
Flags of all the nations rose on
manifold poles and pinacles. Signal
bombs were detonated from towers.
An aeroplane circled about the Tower
of Jewels scattering doves of peace.
The doors of the Palace of machinery
swung open and the exhibits within
were seen in -motion.
The dedicatory ceremonies wer.e
made as simple and short as possible.
The citizens, headed by Governor III
ram W. Johnson and .\ayor Rolpl,
repiresenting the state an(d the city,
were welcomed to the grounds iy I lite
officers and directors of the exposition1
and federal officials. Addresses were
delivered by Ptresident C. C. Moors of
tio exposition 1)1'. Frederick V. Skiff,
director in Chief; Go'. Johnson ald
Shortly after noon the grounds were
given oveI1 unreservedly to tile pco
The exposition will he Open tolmor
lOW aldl Oil sueceding Sundays. On
Mona(ly ile Vandrl-bilt autoIIoIile icup
race will take place, to be followedl
five days later by the gI'rald prix rave.
Atre Undter Waly fot' the Wtomtan Sutf.
As annlounlCcd ini last week's Ad ver'
tiser and~ as will be atnnountcedl severajl
mot'e timles thiere is going to be a deC
bate on " Womati Sutffr'age" in the
gradedl schlool auditoriunm 0on tile night
of Mairch 1 2thi. The treccipts fromn this
enter'tainfent will be used iln thte school
work In Laurenls county. Supit. .Jamles
11. Sullivan and~ Prof. Ralph Wilson
will hianlhe the negative and1 Prof. .
D. Robison and Prof. John1 Fewell
will uphliold the aflirmative. The ad..
mIssion fee wIll be0 aninounlced later.
Meet ing of~ First iliiin
W'e are glad .Warr'lior Creek has Iln
vit ed thle (j iuart erly meetinog of thie
first division to meet thtere. We at'4
surle of a war w11 ~eleomie. Thei(se m11eel..
inlgs are 'spiecially designied to edit
eate anid entthuis' leaders and work
erg. And so all ate invited to attenid.
It. will lie a t wo days' mtin~g eoti
inuing. thtroitgh Siunday miornlintg, tile
1 Rth of M archii. We arte going to have
a geood speaker, Mr I. W. 10. W\ilkenis of
Gre'eviliie, to addre'ss5 thie Sitniday
Schiool as well as tile olet' people. it
is 0our deirel' to have every3 otlicer' of
tile association W. M. U., every leader
of societies or' bands( and~ somel repre
senltative~s from evei'y organilzatlonl.
The program will be prlinlted next.
week. All wvho attend will lbe enter'
Miss Rebecea Blaggott. President.
MUST STAND BY
Says Ex-Pres. Taft In Wash.
Ington Day Address
FACE TO FACE
WITH A CRISIS
No .1lingo Spirit 311tut lie Allowed to
l'revil], Saidt! .1tirhe Taf' : NeiLther
Pride nor 31oientnrvi'ry Paion should
I n1rinence .1lidgment in tlie ('risis.
Morristown, N. J., Feb. 22.--Thio
nlited States Is threatened with a se-.
rious invasion of its rights as a nieu
tral -by the warring nations of Mu rope
and in preserving its Commerce witit
those nations is face to face with a
crisis, in the opinion of former PresI
dent Wi. I. Taft. In the solution of
that crisis should it arise, no jingo
slpirlt must be allowed to prevail, Mr.
Taft advised; neither pride nor mon
entary passion should influence judg
"When the President shall act,"
Mr. Taft declared, "we must stand by
him to the end. In tihis determination
We may be sure that all will join, no
matter what their previous views, no
nuitter what their European origin.
All will forget their differences Ia
self-sacrifIcing loyalty to our coi
mon flag and our common country."
Mr. Taft's reference to the situa
tion confronting the United States
was made at the conclusion of an ad
dress today before the Washington,
Asociatiorn of New Jersey. Quoting
a reservation in the treaty of Alge.
ciras, proclaimed in 1907, and en
tered Into by the United States and
11 European nations including most
of those now at war Mr. Taft said:
"Our interest in the present war,
under the conditions that exisqshould
be limited as set forth in their reser
vation, to wit:
"'To preserving and increasing tho
commerce of tI(. tlilited States with
the belligerents; to the protection as
to life, liberty and prosperity of our
citizens residing or traveling in their
countries, and to the aiding by our
friendly otlices and efforts in bin g
ing those 'outries to peace.'
" Our efforts for peace," he con
tned, ''iav i ieii made as complete
as possible, for the president has
already tendered hiIs good ofices by
way of inediation het weel the pow
er's, and they hav. not been aec'pted.
"Itn preserivittg the coimr1-c of
the tlited States with the belHiger
enlts, lioweve- r, w' are face to face
with a crisis. I lie planting of riines
inl the 01)ert sea aId th le use Of siub
marines to senid lt1111ral vess(Is to
t hbotoi withouiit impitri ry as ;o
On ir hetirality whN Ifiorrid in a So
calh'l War zotte or the opin e, arI0
all of them a variation from Ite ruleg
of interliationlal law, governing ti
ac Iitin of beilI li trns towa'irdts it' nta
"W'hetn their vioilat ion results int
he destitietioni o)f the lives of Ameri.
can Citizens or of American piropterty,
a grave issue will arise as to wiiat
he diuty3 ofI lthis govern mett LIs. Th'io
resptonsibhil1113 of thte Pres.~idenlit an td
conigiress ini meetinug the critical issuo
ts pr-esentedci in tia inutainiing ouir
national honior on the one hand, with.
duC r'egai'd to thei awvftuilsequenlices
to out' 90,000,000 of people of erngag
ing in this horrible wold wvar, on the
othier, will be very great. It ivolves
on t heir pmrt a judgmetnt so mometn
toils In its conisequen'lces that wo
shiouildi eaniest ly ipray that thle neces
sit y fotr IL. mtay' he avertedi.
"If, however, thie occasion arises,
we enn lhe confiden('t that thtose int ait
thtor-ity wil libe aetiuatetd by the high
est patiot Ic imot ives alit by the deep
est Ceoneerni for our n'Iiat ional welfare.
W\' miust. niot allow outr puhile or
momntitar- pa-I:ssiout to itnflitne tt-Our
1iberat ion~ tha thei 1 1W efu l) n un
('Cs in the loss of (our lst bloodi and
allow~ nio jingc spitrh to prevatl. Wo
muttlSt abidh'e te judgmeniitt of ilths'' in
who w iirie have (eit ru.sted tie airuthotri
ty and~ whein the l'r(sidlent shall act,
we muitst standi by3 hirt to the etn:1.
"Thiiis I s~rd ann ilversarty of Wash-.
igtoni's bir - th, shtouild brintg to oiur
inds thle thitrd great achievement. o'
hIs presIdential term, tihe nmainten
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