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Thousands Perish in Hall.
fax Holocoust Thursday
(Continued from Page one.)
and wrecked a large part of the city.
The business life of the city had
just begun for the day when the town
was shaken to Its foundation by the
explosions. Persons in the streets
were picked up bodily and hurled to
Houses in the ltichmtond section
cruplled ill) and collapsed, burying
In the main art of the city, wher<
the buhidings are chiefly of stone or
concrete, the damage was confined to
the shattering of windows, and most
of the casualties in this section were
atised by flying glass.
in the west and northwest ends the
i'amage was more extensive. It was
i R lichmond, however, opposite the
-ene of the explosion, that the havoc
'as greatest. Whole 'blocks of
v:wellings, mostly of frame construc
tion, were levelled. Street after street
is in ruins and the structures left
standing by the explosion were de
st iroyed by lire, which broke out simiul
taneously in a score of places and
whiclh it was im possihie to check un
til they had burned themselves out.
it is belie'Ved scores of persons who
had been injured by tho collapse of
their h 'nes perished in the flames.
The fir, - in this dist rict still are
V'ive mlintes after the explosion
the str it: in aill parts of lalifax
,were tilled with frenzied, panic-strick
en th'glags striing to reach tle out
skirts to escape what they helieved
was a raid 1by. a (;ermani fleet. HIun
lreds of theni had been cut, by shatter
In the lt ichmond section the scenes
enacted defied (lescriptlon. Seriously
injuried ten and women crawled from
the wreckage of their homes and lay
!n the streets until they were removed
to hospitals. Those less seriously huri
aided those more gravely injured. In
the streels were found the shattered
bodies of many women and children.
Several children were crushed to
death when they were hurled against
telegraph poles by the force of the ex
In scores of cases occupants of
houses who had escaped without in
Jury were battling with the flames
in the search for men of their fami
lies and were forced to stand by irn
potently while what once had been
their homes became funeral pyres
from loved ones.
A government employe who made
all speed to reach his home after the
explosion found that his .wife and four
children had perished. is two-year
old daughter had been killed while
playing in the yard of her home.
Among those killed were the chief
fo the fire department and his deputy,
who were hurled to death when a fire
Scores of those who lost their~ lives
were childlrenl in the public schools in
the north end. Many others suffered
broken limbs, and were rescued with
The 'vork of rescue and relief was
promptly organized. The Academy of
Music and many other public builjlings
were thrown open to house the home
Every nook in available buildings
u wre made ready within an hour to
I eceive the wounded. A steady stream
o famlbulances and automobiles arriv
ed at Ihospitals. which were soon filled
to capacity with the injured. Doctors,
nurses auc. -.olunteers toiled ceaseless
ly in the work of succor. Their ranks
were s.oni swelled by others who ar
rived in constantly increasing num
bers from nearby towns, It was be
fore nightfall that 250 of the injured
had died. Those who were only slight
ly injured were sent to their own
homes, or to those of friends. There
were hundreds of cases of serious in
.uries. however, and it. is expected the
death list will be greatly increased.
Assistanc-e is asked from outside
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IS DEMOCRACY SAlE *
t Iy 1H.1'r. W.) *
e e * * . * S S See C C C e
The world war is seemingly being
fought by the forces of autocracy and
democracy. This is becoming more
evident as new facts disclose them
selves. Democracy, in the nation of
Russia, outwardly, has won a victory.
But there is a question of doubt as
to whether or not this has been a
safe victory. For order and organiza
tion is being replaced by chaos and
disorganization. The fault, however,
is not with democracy but with the
forces that administer it. The real
success of any democratic government
is determined by the mental and
moral fibre of its people.
The onward progress of democracy
is giving serious thought to some peo
ple. Colonel Watterson in the Louis
ville Courier-Journal speaks for these
people. He speaks of the danger of
the oncoming proletariat-"no man on
horseback to ride the masses down, no
superman to lead the mob agight." In t
commenting on this an editor from the I
North asks this question: Where will i
the nation find its strength when the
great trial comes (the trial or social
lam) if not in the .South-the South
which gave to us our Washington and
which cerishes the traditions of our
The thoughts of Coloneil SWatter
son and of the editor from the North
suggest both a danger and a responsi
bility.. The danger is that. of selfish
ness, narrowness and ignorance with
in the community. Yet the spirit of
inquiry, the spirit of 'progress, the
spirit of unselfishness so abundant
ly manifest in South Carolina lessens
the danger and takes the burden of
responsibility with hope.
'Vhen the communities in Laurens
county are sharing burdens so loyally
and responding so generously to no
ble causes, we know that no mean,
sordid, selfish communities are in
making. When a Sunday school coma
posed of fifty members, and mostly
children, give one hundred dollars
for the Armenian sufferers after hav
ing given most freely to the 1ed
Cross, Y. '1. 'C. A., and other causes;
and when such instances are happen
itg all over South Carolina, fresh
hope Is given. F'or out of such com
munties is a state made that can
withstand the forces Qf ignorance and
selfishness. As long as such a spirit
is shown neither shall the iron grip
TOOK V [.
Now She is ong d Welll
Berkeley, Cal. "I as nervous,
irritable, no appeti e, uld not sleep,
and was always e so my house
work was a great if rt. After many
other medicines d failed Vinol
built me up an'd de me strong. I
have a good app a and sleep well.
Every nervous, ak, ailing woman
should try It."- rs. N. Emunds,
2107 Dwight Way, Berkeley, Cal.
We ask every nervous, weak, run
down, ailing woman in this town to
try this cod liver and iron tonic on
our guarantee to return their money
.if. it fails to help them.
find ere r
11 gifts for'
f autocracy dominato nor the mob
pirit of democracy rule in our hearts
Lnd homes and state. So long as such
r spirit prevails the danger of democ
'acy will not approach but the shaping
)f a nation will be safe in our care.
Box Supper at Youngs.
There will be a hot supper. at
iroungs schoolhouse, Saturday night,
D)ec. 15th. Boxes will be auctioned al
;o. 1liverybody is invited.
NOTE OF HOPE AND HAPPINESS
Celebration of Saviour's Birth Com
mands Attention of All Nations
Regardless of. Ravagea of War.
On the great teast of the Nativity,
Clhristmas, as it is popularly known,
there Is always a note of hope and
ohee, even when many lands are
drenched in blood. It was 1917 years
ago that Christ was born, but the mes
sage he brought is as fresh and com
polling as it was In the years long ago.
Over the little town of Bethlehem the
heavenly choir sang "Gloria in Ex
celnis Deo"-"Glory be to God on high,
and on earth peace to men of good
Will," or, as some renderings of the
Latin text have it, "and on earth peace
and good will towards men." That
blessed proclamation will go sounding
down the centuries to come until time
shall be no more.
Professing Christmas welcome today
as one of peculiar joy and gladness.
The liturgical churches celebrate it
with Impressive services but all God
fearing people, whether they be con
nected with the Christian body or that,
can but find a thrill and a lifting up
of the soul In meditating upon the
birth of Jesus and the mighty work
the redeemer came to accomplish.
Christmas comes to us with Its hal
lowed greeting and with an inspira
tion for higher purposes and true
Christian charity. May this be truly
a happy Christmas for one and all.
ro the Stockholders of The Lucas
lank, a corporation created under the
aws of the state of South Carolina:
Pursuant to resolution of Board of
)iroectors, you and each of you are
mereby notilied that a meeting of the
stockholders of Tho Lucas Bank, a
!orporation created under the laws of
he State of South. Carolina,. will be
eld at The Lucas Bank, Laurens S.
., on the 8th day of January, A. ID.
917 at the hour of ten 'o'clock in the
orenoon for the .purpose of consider
ng a resolution to increase the capi
ml stock of the said Bank in a sum
tot less than $10,000.00.
A1. P~risona Acrosic
(Compiled from the Yuletide Utterances
of Great Minds by Harvey Peake in
the Baltimore Sun.)
LITTLE child, thou art our guest,
That weary ones in thee may rest.
MISTLETOE hung in. the castle hall,
The holly bough shown on the old oak
wall. -Thomas Haynes Bayly.
E NGLAND was Mrrie England when
Old Christmas brought his sports
again. Walter Scott.
RING out ye crystal spheres,
Once bless our human earsi
RAINY clouds possessed the earth
And sadly fell our Christmas Eve.
YE who sang Creation's glory,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth.
HRIST is born, the great anointed,
Heaven and earth .his praises singi
HARK, the herald angels sing:
"Glory to the new born Kingi"
RING the bells-and raise the strain,
And hang up garlands everywhere.
I REAR along our streets pass the min
Hark I They play so sweet on their haut
boys Christmas songs.-Longfollow.
S ING the song of great joy that th
Sing of glory to God, an4 of good will
to mani -John G. Whittier.
TI-ITS day hath God fulfilled his prom
This day is born a Savior, Christ the
Lord. -J. Byron.
MAY you have an many happy months
As you taste mince pies at Christmas.
-Old English Saying.
Christmas play, and make good
Ior Christmas comes but once a year.
S OMETIMES with oysters we combine,
Somotlmes assist the savory chine:
From the low peasant to the lord,
The turkey smokes on every board.
The Christmas Spirit.
(As the Bystander Finds it.)
"Gosh, this car is crowded. Wonder
they wouldn't have a little heatt"
"And I want to arrange so that It
he doesn't like it you'll exchange It
"No, we're not going to give a thing
this year, except to people we positive
ly are indebted to."
"Cash I It was a sweet dance,
Mayme. And Mr. Fizzleface, he said. to
"Thank the Lord Christmas comes
only once a year I"-ERxchange.
"What are you going to give your
husband this Christmas?"
"I haven't decided. I want to do
something really fine for him, though,
and if I find that I can afford It I
think I will give him egg tog break
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WILL HE AT
FO1 ONE DAY ONLY
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1917
FROM 9:00 A. M. TO 400 P. M.
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