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HURNS! 'JING OPENING SALE!
Greater Marhahdise for Greater Laurens!
30 fSpring Season 1916, we are prepared with the greatest
30Days line: of beautiful merchandise ever shown in Laurens. Our 30 Days
SPRING buyers certainly did "Shake" the "Bargain Bushes" on their SPRING
OpeingSal! lsttrip. The latest Spring creations are here in wonderful .SRN
profusion of colors and designs.OpngSae
Clothing, Hats, -Get ready for Easter, buy your new Suit, new Dress, Shoes Dry Goods
fords, Pants, Over- and Slippers. Men's and boys' Hats, Ladies' and Children's Dre.teGtodoMilli
ails, Collars, Ties, Hats. In. fact we have everything that the whole family wearsDrsGodMik
Underwear, Hosi- from the baby to grand-dady, and thousands of other articles nery, Ribbon, Em
ery, Suspenders of staple and general merchandise. We carry the widest broidery, Dress
and thousands of range of merchandise and the biggest stock to be found in Skirts,Shirt Waist
haven't time toLaurens. Come and look through, our sales-people will be Notions and Rack
mention. glad to show you. et Goods.
The 2 Big Busy Stores are doing the business. Every Day a Bargain Day
J. C. Burns & Co's. 2 Big Department Stores
The House that's making Laurens Famous by Selling Same Goods for Less Money. No. 1 store, Red Ircn Racket old
stand. No. 2 store South Side Public Square, O. B. Simmons old stand.
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* Some Activities of the County *
* Department of Education. *
* (Dy James H. Sullivan. *
There is no doubt that for a school
to be worth while it must have a good
attendance and ecficient work in the
class, both on the part of teacher and
pupil. Anything that will assist In
bringing about either of these things
will do a great deal for the life and
growth of a school. Laurens county
has made some progress along both
of these lines and it is my purpose to
tell in this article some of the things
which have helped to bring about this
The attendance in Laurens county
last year was 69 per cent, which was
some higher than the year before and
two per cent higher than the average
for the state. There still needs to be
improvement in attendance for last
year if you could have visited every
school in the county the same day you
would have% found 1,500 children
whose names were on the rolls out of
school. To encourage the children
along this line the county department
of eCdlucntion has been since 1912-1913,
offering a "Perfect Attendance But
ton" to each child in the county who
does not miss a day from school dur
ing the school term. The first year
they were offered, 1410 received them.
This past year 399 received them. It
is readily seen that the children work
hard for these buttons and are proud
to wear them.
Laurens county has had for several
years a working County Teachers' As
sociation. This organization enables
the teachers to get. acquainted with
the county plans for the year so that
they can work with some definite pur
pose in view. This year the work has
been most gratifying to all concerned.
About 128 of our teachers are meim
bers and the monthly meetings hal
been well attended. Tiiere are man.'
benefits to be derived from these mcel
ings. Through the efforts of the presf
ident, B. L. Parkinson, the teachers
have had the privilege of hearing in
spirational talks by Dr. W. S. Currell,
Supt. J. E. Swearingon, Lueco Gun
ter, V. E. Rector, JDr. A. G. Rembert,
Dr. Patterson Wardlaw and Prof. Reid
Smith. The meetings have also af
forded an opportunity for seeing the
real teaching done by efficient teach
ers. Each year the Teachers' Institute
is held at which all subjects are taught
and the teachers observe the work. At
several of the monthly meetings dem
onstration teaching has been done and
afterwards a general discussion of the
methods used. Other subjects of vital
interest to the teachers have been
taken up and discussed. The teacher
who is a member gets inspiratiop and
ideas which are of great benefit in the
A committee of teachers along with
the county superintendent of education
and supervising teacher prepares a set
of luestions to be answered by the
teachers as a part of their annual re
port. These questions are so framed
that one reading over the answers can
get a good idea of the kind of teacher.
Some of the questions asked are:
"What is the grade of your certificate
and how obtained?" "low many visits
to parents have you made?" "What
magazines do you take " "Have you
copies of the books you teach?" An
inexperienced teacher by looking at
these questions knows what things are
expected of a teacher, and it becomes
a guide for the year's work. Many
a teacher is willing to do things but
does not know what is best to do.
These questions simply suggest things
that would be beneficial in the work.
Schools are criticised a great deal
for lack of a uniform standard. Pupils
sometimes are in one grade at one
school and go to another and fail to
enter the same grade. The county de
partment of education is trying to
remedy this and as a beginning has
adopted the seventh grade certificate.
The county superintendent and super
vising teacher make out a set of 100
questions on the six subjects taught
in the seventh grade. This gives the
teacher and pulils an idea of what is
expected of a seventh grade child.
Later the final examination consisting
of ten quest ions on each subject se
lected from the first question is given.
The papers are sent to the office for
correction. The children who success
fully pass this examination are given
a certifleate which entitles then to en
ter any eighth grade in the county.
This year these certificates will be
awarded at a county graduating exer
cise, held at Laurens May 12. All
visiting pupils will be guests of the
Laurens graded school pupils.
In order to encourage reading among
the school children the county depart
ment of education offers a "Library
Certiflcate" to the children who read
five books of their library. The chil
dren work hard for ibis certificate and
many df them will receive certificates
E'ach month a neat, little booklet,
known as the School Journal, is issued.
By means of this, the children are
taught to express their thoughts neat
ly and clearly in writing. It is writ
ten entirely by the children. A great
improvement in the writing and in the
composition is noticeable.
These things have done a great deal
to iiuiProve the school work in La411ttens
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* TYPIIOID FEVEI.
* Seventy-six out of eighty-seven *
* cases of typhoid fever which oc
* eurred in a recent outbreak *
* have been traced by the lnited *
* States Public Ilealth Service to *
infected milk. Ilad the first *
* cases been reported to a trained *
* health offileer the outbreak*
* could have been stamped out *
* promptly. When will we learn *
* that disease prevention is sure *
* and cheap?
* e S o . e e * * " " S
so:TJIEtN SvEETENS TilE POYr
inkes Large 1)Isbursements for Wag.
es and Materials in' the South.
Washington, 1). C., March 30.-i)ur
ing February, 1916 Southern Railway
Comlpany disbursed for labor, material,
supplies, and other purposes $4,221.402
of which $3,674,996 or 87.06 per cent.
was paid to individuals and industries
'located in the South. This amount rep
resents more than 93 per cent of the
mtonleys paid to the conpany for trans
portation by those located on the lines,
acording to figures announced today
by Comptroller A. 11. Plant, showing
the results of operation of the company
for the month of February, It16, and
1.for t period of eight. months ended
February 29. 1911., compalred with the
same month and ' i eriod in 1915 and
191 1, exchlusiv of interest, rentals and
other income ( harges. The compari
son with 1 I1 is made for the reason
that in It115 the effect of the business
depression was reflected thirough the
revenues of the company.
Full line of "Vudor" Porch Shades
in stock, I, 6, 8 and 10 ft. wide and no
one can offer lower prices than we do.
S. M. & E. H. WILKES & CO.
+ + THE PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY IS THE-CHAUTAUQUA
- CHATAU UAUA
ONLY' ONE PERSON IN
$EVENTY GOES THOUt
CHAUTAUIA WEEK INLAURENS,APR.28 to MAY 5