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VOLUME XXX. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1915. NUMB
Atlantans Greatly Wrought
. Up Over Decision
TO STATE FARM
Gov. John M. Slaton Commutes Sen.
tence of Leo It. Frank on the Eve
of Execution. Militia Called Out to
Protect Governor From Mobs.
Atlanta, Ga., June 22.-While two
battalions of state militia and a troop
of Governor's horse guards were still
on guard at Governor Slaton's country
estate, quiet prevailed both there and
in Atlanta this morning and there was
no indication of a repetitiou of the
exciting scenes of yesterday and last
night, which followed the announce
ment of the commutation of Leo
Frank's death seiftence.
In the oity beer saloons were al
lowed to reopen this morning. There
were no crowds on the streets. At
the governor's home it was slated
that the militia probably would be
Troops were called to the govern
or's country home last night when a
crowd of several hundred men and
boys marched there and made a dem
onstration against the governor's ac
tion in the Frank case.
Three m'ilitianten were slightly hurt
by bottles and bricks thrown.
'The crowd dispersed about mid
night. No shots were fired.
Atlanta, Ga., June 21.-Governor
Slaton tonight called up the State
militia to protect his country home,
near this city, after several hundred
men and boys had attempted to enter
the estate through the front gates,
which had been barricaded by barbed
wire entanglements, and had threat
ened to overpower the twenty county
policemen, armed with riot guns, who
were on guard. The demonstration
was a protest against the governor's
decision today in commuting the sen
tence of Leo M. Frank, to life impris
Upon arrival of sixty militiamen
from Atlanta, who had been held un
der arms for emergencies, the Gover
nor proclaimed martial law in a dis
trict extending half a mile In the
front and rear of his residence and
about a quarter of a mile on either
When the militianien lined up Witli
fixed bayonets to disperse the crowd,
stones, bricks and bottles were thrown
at them. A brick struck Lieut. Arnold
Parker In the stomach and rendered
him unconscious for a short tfline. A
bottle, thrown at Private W. W. Foope,
struck his gun and cut his hand. The
commanding ofilcer, Major Cheron,
vas struck by a stone, as were sevral
of th6 ileti
The goverieot' proclaimedi martial
law at ii Cdelockc and by midnight the
taioWd had practicaHy been dlisp~ersed.
There was no firing.
A teilephone inessage from Milledge
ville, where the State prison is locat
ed, said that trouble was feared there
tonight and asked that the governior
ordler out th6' Ailledgeville company
of militia. The governor told hi.s ini
formant thatss uch a reqiuent would
have to come from the ghbbriff or hIald
At midnight, however, the sheriff
hIad hot lkbcuested troops.
The'governor was surroundled in his
-holne by about a dozen friends, nearly
eveifyone of whom was armed with
a'rifle or pistol. The unexpected ar
rival 'of a member of the family at a
dlark corner of the front porch caused
the governor himself to hastily pick
up a largo lpistol.
In front of the governor's house
were more than 100 automobiles ill1i(d
wvithi persons evident there to see
what the crowd would do. The troops
had great difficulty in clearing the
road of these machines and many of
their orders werd met with the retort
of "shoot." -
Early tonight Uhe principal streets
were crowdled with men andl boys and
crowds gathered on many edirnehn. 'K
large force of -patrolmen p~aed back
and forth along Mariptta street, wvhilch~
wvas a centre for the throngs, There
war no indication, however, of serious
About 8.30 several hindrdd men
started a mlar h through the streets
and finally halted at 'Peachtree and
'ItS. LOU iIA RKSDALE DIAL.
Died at Her IIoip in Chestnutt Ridge
Section Saturday Afternoon.
The fundral of Mrs. Lou Barksdale
Dial, who died at her home in the
Chestnut Ridge section Saturday, was
held Sunday afternoon at the High
land Home burying ground, Rev. H. L.
Baggott conducting the services. A
large concourse of sorrowing friends
and relatives followed the body to its
last resting place.
Mrs. Dial was the widow of the late
Allen Dial and was in the 84th year
of her life. There were on children
of the union, but several children of
relatives were reared by them. One
of these, a nephew, Mr. Nat Austin,
with his family, lived with Mrs. Dial
at the time of her death.
Mrs. Dial was a life-long member
of the Baptist church a-nd took much
interest in its affa'irs. In her death
her community loses one who was al
ways interested in spiritual and ina
Meeting of Junior Relief.
The Junior Circle, Belgian Relief
committee, will meet this afternoon
at the home of Miss Rosalie Franks
at 6 o'clock. A full attendance is
Acts of 1915 Ready.
Clerk of Court Power has received
the Acts for 1915 and will be glad to
hand them to each township magis
trate who calls for them.
Ilospital Patients Doing Well.
(IThe corps of nurses at the Julia
Irby sanitarium and physicians at
tending the patients have been kept
busy during the past few days look
ing after the comfort and welfare of
those under their care. Reports from
those in the hospital are very encour
Mrs. H. L. Blakeley, who under
went an operation deveral days ago, is
Mrs. Jim Crow, of Watts Mills, op
erated upon for appendicitis, is doing
Mr. Connor Fuller, who underwent
a very delicate operation for appen
dicitis, is said to be out of danger
unless complications set in.
Mrs. Ross D. Young is much better.
Miss Mary June Fuller, suffering
from a dislocated hip, is said to be
Miss Clara Arnold, brought to the
hospital Monday night for an opera
tion, stood the ordeal well and is get
ting along fine.
lase Ball Saturday.
The Laurens mill and Lydia mill
teams will lay on the Laurens mill
hall grounds Saturday afternoon at 4
o'cock. The game played by these
two teams last Saturday afternoon re
suilted in a victory fQr the Lydia ag
gregation, but the Laurens boys ex
pect to strengthen their l'ine-up this
time and turn the tables. A fast and
Anappy game is expected.
A Biig Barbecue.
What the advance notices describe1
as a "'big tri-county barbecuie and edl
uc'ntional rally" will be given at
Zarline Island, near I lonea leth.
Satur day, July arditi. 10 c laImed that
this will b~e the la rgest gathering in
thi.s seelloh of the state. People
fr'omi Ander('1son, Abblevi'lle and Laa
VCens counties are inlvited,. It is stat
(ed that the speakers for the occasion
wil b Ie Pi sidenut Cu rrellI, of the Un I
versity of S'.. ('., Pries. Mfoffati, of Ers
k ine, l'ditor' W. P. (Greene, of Abbe
vil le, Mris. Mary 11cm phil GI(reeno and
Gov. R. I. Manning.
Au~t() Triu'k Aries.
S. M. & E. 11. Wilkes p. Company
are now delivering their goods in~ the
latest imprl)ovedl mannerl~, via the auto
tr'uek. Trhe hahdsome newv machine
arrived last week andl has attracted
much attention since being~ put into
service. It was boitght through D. C.
McTaur'in, the Studebaker' dealer, in
Pine streets. 'rho poli1c then statrtedl
'to bienak up the gathering. "Come on,
lot's go out to Governor Siaton's"
shouted several members of the cr'owd
and a large numaber' of men marched
north, on Peachtree street, in the di
rection of the- Governor's country
home, which is sever'al miles from
the centre of the city. Members of
the party declared they intended to
make a' call ujion the governor. A
number of county policemen .were on
guard at the governor's home.
To Deal In Electries.
ir. J. D. Maxwell. with headquar
tera in Philadelphia, was in the city
Friday and closed a deal with Air. N.
13. Dial, president of the Reedy River
Power Company, by which the power
company will act as agents for the
Milburn Light Electric, a lighter and
less expensive electric car than has
hitherto been on the market. Speak
ing of its fine points, Mr. Maxwell
stated that, because of Its lightness,
it costs half, or less than half to op
crate. - 'he usual excess weight and
radically different designing and the
use ot better materials. Ie stated
that cars for demonstration and sale
will be here at an early date.
Teachers at Barksdale.
Mr. W. W. Yeargin, of Barksdale,
was in the city yesterday and stated
that the patrons of the Barksdale
school are very much gratified in se
curing the services of Mrs. Mae Por
ter Owens and Miss Eva Shell as
teachers for the year 1915-16. Both
are competent and experienced teach
ers. The school will open October 4th.
Severe Wind Storm.
A portion of the upper section of
the county was visited by a severe
rain and wind storm Sunday afternoon
which caused considerable dhrnage to
houses and trees. Several houses on
Mrs. J. B. -Owens' place -were blown
down and several also on the place
of Mr. A. R. Owens. A large tree
was blown over on the house of Mr. R.
L. Smith causing considerable dam
age to it. There were other instances
of ipinor damage in addition to that
caused by the washing of the land.
Not in Standard Oil.
That the Gulf Refining Company is
not a subsidiary corporation of the
Standard Oil Company is stated on
the authority of Eichelberger Bros.,
local representatives of the Gulf Re
fining Company, who wish the con
trary Impression corrected. Mr.
Elchelberger states that the Gulf Re
fining Company belongs to the Mlellon
interests, of Pittsburg and Is in no
way connected with the Standard.
He desires this statement made in
view of some newspaper reports to
the opposite effect.
TO GIVE MILITARY TRAINING.
Supt. B. L. Parkinson Announes In.
novation in the Local ligh School.
Superintendent B. L. Parkinson of
the Laurens Graded Schools has be
gun preparations for inaugurating
military training among the boys of
the high school next year. With this
end in view Mr. 11. C. Hilton, a grad
unte of The Citadel has been elected
a member of the high school faculty
andl he will have charge of this branch
of the work. It has not been decided
yet, whether or not, the boys will utse
uniforms but in all probability the
fIrst year the drill will be in citizens
clothes. Requests have been made to
Adjt. (len. Moore and to Secretary of
War Garrison for use of government
yilis, . .
Newv Unkhery Opents.
Thle Laurens liakery is the namte of
the new bakery which will open tomor
row in the stantd formerly ocecupied by
the Ideal flakery, next to Switzer C'om
pany's store. E. C. Smith and W. ..
Kite, two hustling yon men withi
w'ide expecrienee in the b~akery busi
ness, will be managers. Mr. Smitha
will give most of his attention to the
selling (end of the business, while Mr'.
Kit~e will be in actunal charge of the
ovens. They state that they have come~
to stay and~ expect to "make good" by
baking good bread in a clean place
and dealing In- a buisinesslilke mnanner'
with their customers.
(hero ('oin lhnt I mprovedl.
The bottlhng plant of the C'hero Cola
Pottlinig Company, A. 1i. Sanders,
Prop., was imtpr'oved a great dleal last
week by the installation of a modern
bottle-washing machine, which steril
izes,'"rinses and dra ins 1 .r00 bottlies in
a single hour. This utp-to-date ma
chine was installed to keep rpace with
the rapidly ineasing .business of this
progressive firm. Othetr imaprovements
tenditng to mako thte plant clean and
sanitary were made last summer, so
Mr'. Sandlers considers that lie nowv has
an idleal place. I~o invites the public
to call at the plant and see howv the
big new machine works and how the
bottled drinks that ho sells are bot
'tied under cleanly and sanitary condi
TO CLOSE JULY 5TH.
Merclants of Laurens to Observe Iloli.
day on the Fifth Instead of Fourth.
The Fourth of July coming this year
on Sunday the merchants of the city
have decided to observe the day on
Monday the fifth. The first petition
carried around called for closing on
the sixth but the Laurens Mill and a
majority of the merchants desiring the
fifth for the holiday, a second petition
was carried around and was signed as
"We the undersigned merchants of
La.urens hereby agree to close our
stores on Monday July 5th., to cele
brate the Declaration of American In
"Minter Co., Nloseley & Roland,
Fleming Bros., Palnetto Bank, W. Sol
onon, Powe Drug Co., (conditional)
bours; Laurens Drug Co.,-hours; Peo
ples Loan & Exchange Bank, Farmers
Bank, Ii. Terry, Clardy & Wilson, Lau
rens National. Bank, Todd-Simpson &
Co., Leverett Furniture Co., Davis
l'oper Co., Peoples Drug Store, hours;
Dial Co., J. C. Shell & Co, W. G. Wilson
& Co., R. W. Willis, R. C. Gray, Brooks
Hardware Co., J. M. Philpot, J. II. Sul
livan, lunter Bros., Owings & Owings,
.wowler & Owens, John A. Frank, A L.
Mahaffey, Switzer Co., Enterprise Na
tional Bank, Laurens Hardware Co.,
J1. C. Burns & Co., Kennedy Bros.
TO ENJOIN BOND ISSUE.
Lawyers of Greenville to Enter In
Juction Proceedings Against *950,
000 R418d Rond Issue.
Greenville, June 21.-Well founded
reports are to the effect that an inl
junction will be issued against the
proposed issue of $950,000 in bonds by
Greenville county for tile purpose of
constructing roads. It is said au
thoritatively that an injunction re
straining the county will be' asked
today, probably before Special .ludge
Ansel, provided he has jurisdicition in
the case; if 'not, before some other
judge.as soon as possible.
Lwis W. Parker and 0. K. Mauldin.
It is said will represent that part of
the county's populace who oppose the
bond issue. These lawyers will at
tenupt to show that the bond issue is
unconstitutional. They will claim, it
is understood that the eight per cent
limit, placed by the constitution upon
bonded indebtedness will be exceeded
in case the $950,000 bond issue is suc
cessful. Adding the $90,000 borrow
ed by the county, in anticipation of
taxes,' to the bonds outstanding and
to those which it is propo.ed to issue,
those who oppose Ile hond issue for
roads, claim that the limit will be ex
Another point which may be raised
Is that the delegation has usurped an
1 lor i y wic(h1 does not hel ong to it;
th:at It laa tak'n 111)011 itself certaini
executive futelions, when as a matter
of colstitutilo al limitation. the dele
fatlonl has i power except tihe powel
of legislative functions.
This Iljinjuncion, if it is sIccessfiul.
will meanl a delayv of Several11101 moths
in thle roadl work. Tie mat ter must
be hieard ini the courit of th le St ate
starting with thie circuit court and(
then going to t he State suprenwil courit.
Thie counllty will decfend~ the issua n'e of'
handii s nga inlst thie inIjuinction wichul
will be issued,
Autst riiani Submar~i ine Attacks and
Sinks Simiar ('raft oif itaians.
VCenice, italy, .11une 18.--DI eta ils have
beenl receivedl here of (lhe recent enI
gageimentI in whlaich ani Aulstriani suab
mliar.ne sun1k an ltalian submnarine.
Thiiis is the fIrst.I time in naval hiistory
thlat an encounlter het ween underlesea
boats has been r'ecordled.
The It(alIiani boat was thie Mledusa,
withI a displacemien t of 30)0 tons, a
spe aed of I 1 knots 'sublmergedi and a
crew of 1i. She was lying submellrgedi
and thie Austria boat was not far
away,. ailso undler water. Neilther lad
51(en any3 li intitlin of (lie pre'slenc
of the oth~er.
Tfhe Medusa (nime to thie suirfae
fIrst, swept the horizon withI li her prih
s(cope an findn1(111g the0 way clear,
emlerged. Shortly afterwvard the Alia
trnian boat deeilded to come up. She
sent upi her periscope, and sawv the
Italian not far away aind immeldiately
attacked, One shot from her (or
pedo was suilicient to send~ the Me
(dusa to the bottom.
One replort is that an1 oflicer anld
four memb~lers of thle eow of thle Me
(dusa esenped'and wvere mad(e praison
era by the Anuitrinsn
COUltT LASTED ONE DAY.
After Trying One Case and Accepting
Several Pleas of GuIltiy Coulet Ad.
journed Monday Evening.
The court of general sessions,
which convened Monday morning was
a short-lived one, adjourning the
same evening after several cases had
been disposed '. Judge M. L. Smith
of Camden, presided, this being his
first visit to Laurens as a presiding
judge. Ills charge to the grand jury
Monday morning, dealing principal
ly with good roads, education and
law enforcement, made a strong im
pression upon those who heard it
and many comments were made on it
outside of court circles.
With the exception of one case, all
the prisoners facing the court plead
guilty. All of them were of a rela
tively minor character texcept one,
that of the State vs Nathan Iudgens,
colored, charged with burglary,. lie
plead guilty and was given a life
sentence. It will be remembered
that he was the negro discovered in
the home of Mr. Alfred McNinch sev
eral months ago by his daughter. le
is a very young negro and conse
quently will be sent to the reforma
tory for some time before he begins
Jake Jones, plead guilty to assault
being negroes, 'were as follows:
his life term. Other cases heard, all
with intent to kill, 18 months.
Atto Mooro plead guilty oi three
counts to house-breaking and lar
ceny, 5 years.
Nonnie Davis, larceny, plead guilty,
2 1-2 year".
Leland Prather, plead - guilty to
bouse-breaking and larceny, I year.
Walter Young and Stoho Garling
ton, two young negro boys, plead
guilty to house-breaking and larceny,
having entered the Enterprise Na
tional Bank and stolen several arti
cles, and were sentenced to 2 years
in the state reformatory at Lexing
Fletcher Davenport was acquitted
of the charge of salony.
The trial of these cases cleared the
Jail of prisoners, though there are
several out on bond.
'The following present mcnit was
made by the grand jury:
To the Presiding Judge:
We have passed on all bills handed
ur by the court, except the one of the
State vs Thomas lilenderson which
we herewith return in order that
witinesses may appear before us at,
next term of court. Only one wit
iess named on the bill appeared.
We find that the roads of the coun
ty are heing worked as well anid ex
peditiouisly as can be with the money
and fores at the collimlland of the su
pervisor, and that. the bridges gener
ally are in god conditioni.
We fild that the supervisor and
board of county col in issioners have
irentedl a farmi from whliich they havye
profitably raised a large aluount 0f
isu ppieCs totri support of (bin~i gang
force a 1u1la hae t hereby saved~l lhe
county (consiierable expense. We
wiYh to lpuit oni record ou r commloeiiula
ion of these ol is for their serivices
ini thui.. regard.
The ScholO~s of the counity general
Ily hiave closied a successful yeari's
work. We Iinad t hat thle teachers have
trtstecos in thei r efforts Itom itrove
the" schoolsi. Onur t rusteces havye dtevot -
edi much timie to looking afteri the
interests ot their r'espective districts.
We~ arc glad to iepiort that. petitions
for comlsory edu1' NIcatio muarCe binjg
largely circulated and that many di&
riote hplve ahlready adoplited this sys
tim undier thle law,* anid we be leve
tha t by the next termo of t his couitrt
the majority, if not all oif the districts
will have adopt)1edI this systemii.
We tlnd that the county's' property'
is; well caired fo atnd is in goodl con
The commuiittee1i app)olinted lo emm~ti
Inc thle hooks otf thoecoun ty ollic'rs
are at work and will lie ready to re
pert at the next term' of this court.
'We wish to thlanik yourt honor for
the very istvuetivye charge givyen to
us at thle ope'ninag of thiis term oif thle
court. We wlsla more of our citizens
couldc have heard it.
We also extendl thainks to the oilI
cers and nttaches of the court for the
courtesies extendled us.,
respctflly J. W. Wells,
Supreme Court of United
States So Holds
(ienerally Believed that the Court's
llulig isil it) Much Towmard In.
validating Socadled "U4randfatherP
Cl(anes in Constitutions of South
Washington, June 21.--The supremo
Court, in what is considered one of
the most Important. race decisions in
history, today anulled as unconstitu
tional the Oklahoma constitutional
amendment and the Annapolis, Md.,
voters' (Ittalileation law restricting
the suffrage rights of those who could
not vote or whose ancestors could not
vote prior to the ratification of the fif
teenth amendment to the federal con
Chief Justice White, a native of the
South a-nd a former Confederate sol
dier, announced tile court's decision,
which was unanimous, except. that
Justice McReynolds took no part In
By holding that conditions that ex
listed before the fifteenth amendment,
which provides that tile right to voto
shall not be denied or abridged on ac
cuiit of race, color orl previous Col
dition of servittide, could not be
broightt over to the present day in dis
regard of this self executing amend
iment, it is generally believed that the
court .vent a long way toward ilival1
dating itucli of the socalled "grand
father clause" in constitutions of
Tile immediate effect. of the court's
decision was to uphold the conviction
o" two Oklahoma elect-ion officials who
denied negroes tile right to vote in a
congressional election, and to award
the Maryland negroes damages froin
election officials in Annapolis who re
fused to register them. The court
held that the Oklahoma election offi
eials could not ignore the fifteenth.
allenidillent in wiping out of State con
stitutions fihe word ",white" as a qual
ifleaion for voting. In tile Maryland
ease, Ohe cout t's d(ieision establishied
tile point that the fifteenth amend
ment applies to itunicitpal as well as
to federal electioils.
I)isclissing 4 tie Ok i tl oma Case,
Cihief Justice White said tle sTIrage
amedmntto Ilhe State conisltiutionl
fir.-t fixed a I lier y stalad ,d aind Ihenl
followed it with . a provision reating
a standard bas d ip-on lthe coillitlioll
exis;ting Oi .lau r I. oil, lrir to
the aloptioi of tle fitte iltll aiieid
mn tll and elimninatIed ltos e com)ing11
inl LItI literaey tes1L.
juht atn, edthat itis 0 a')ctir
ditioti which lte fifen;th imndme:
was.- intenditd th destoy. l 11(i1
Itoi 111 is ue," O~ tued theI chiet'
jslrotci "htir iotais noes:esto
(WlOr 111' nexlusion of' anyiOl~t heo
ondtion od t evits ii, bt e t and-1(h
tat 1d 5 itsl inhaed.'' rng ha e
"l oth.IerI wrnds(o, w tlle rinti
any o ther interpretationt th a t c ghe
provision, ratreing to two mendtIons
exireting bdetore'tie firt. eet lamend
met held aopted, Irooedto maer ko 11(
will the fori tof the igh to13' liuf-i
diseovnr any ba:i0 r reasn will gthe
stndlOanrd t tisd otethan C'eythe
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