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MAKING NEW MOVE
IN VAUGIAN CAKE
Solicitor to Ask Court to ltesentence
Former Superintendent of Odd Fel
Greenville, Aug. 23.-Solleitor J.
Robert Martin today served notice of
a motion for a court order for the pur
pose of resentencing Thurston V.
'Vaughan, former buyerintendent of
the South Carolina Odd Fellows' Or
phanage, near Greenville, who con
fessed to having wronged several
young girls, inmates of the institu
tion, and who was sentenced. to death
on a charge of statutory rape In 1912.
The solicitor at general sessions court
here next Wednesday, or as soon
thereafter as counsel for the defend
ant can be heard, .will move for an or
der remanding Vaughan from the State
Hospital for Insane, at Columbia, to
the Greenville county jail, where an
other examination of his mental con
dition can he held, and if he is found
sane the court will be asked to impose
the death penalty in cohipliance.-with
the judgment of the court heretofore
rendered. The order of several years
ago committing Vaughan to the asy
lum provided that should he regain his
normal mental condition he would he
subject to resentence.
Another chapter will be written in
the famous Vaughan case of many
sensational developments, when the
defelnldant will be required to show
cause why lie should not he rensen
tenced to dir for the Crnes which he
confessed to have committed while
superintendent of the Odd lFellows Or
phanagc near this city. Vaughan's
arresit, his escape from jail and iis
subsequent arrest in Haltlmore and his
trial and! dramatie confession were
features which held state-wide inter
est in the early stages of the rase.
Fie was reipresented at the trial by
MleCullough, Alartin and illythe and
Proctor A. lonham, then soleitor, was
assisted by .1. .1. AlcSwain, rep(resent
Ing the orphanage, of which he was a
director, in pro:ecution. After the
fir:t day of the trial. at which lime
several young girls testfiled as to
Vaughan's conduct, the defendant
withdrew his .plea of "not guilty" and
entered a plea of "guilty" and laid
himself to the' mercy of the court. Ills
confession and appeal for mercy was
one of the most. dramatic ut terances
ever hear(' in the elrt house.
The c'ou rt sentenced Vaughan to he
hanged, and in the mean tine the for:a
of death pun~ihmenit in thi; stat was
changed to :'n electrocution. The case
was appealed to the' state supreme
dot t amd subse u tent t the I'nited
will be s
States supreme court and the judg
ment of the circuit court was sus
in the months that followed Vaughan
is alleged to have lost his mind and
presented the appearance of a lphyal
cal and mental wreck when brought
back to Greenville to resentence.
Upon the examination into Vaughan's I
mental condition by experts and their
support that he was insane, Solicitor
Bonham consented to an order of the
court staying the death sen'tence, and
Vaughan was committed to the asylum.
New Assessment Figures on Mer
chant's Stocks Sent to County Au
Columbia, Aug. 25.-The South Caro
lina tax commission has recently sent
to various counties of the State state
meats of the new assessments on the
stocks of mercantile esablishments,
ascertained from the recent stock
statements from the merchants or
furnished by them when subpoenaed
to appear before the tax commission.
The figures show that the tax commis
sion has saved the State many Thous
ands of dollars, and as a result of the
work of the commission already this
year the tax levy has been reduced.
As an illustration of the amount of
money saved to the 'State and coun
ties from the equalized assessments,
the assessments on property of mer
chants in Creen viile County alone are
gr"ater by a hall' million dollars than
they were before the tax comission
began Its 'recent eiualization 'work
with the merchanis. This means a
saving of $-l,50) in taxes in Greenville
couity, and wheti the figures are to
'nitled for all the counties and includ
ing'the mercantile stocks and also au
tomobiles. on which the tax commis
sion has been at work lately, the sav
big to the State will run far into the
'housands. All of the statements have
not been sent to the county aulitors
vet and the tax commission has as yet
n' way of knowing to what the total
increase of assessnients amounts,
though the tibulation for Greenville,
made by Auditor Gullick of that coun
. iaves an indication of the results
of the commission's efforts.
A statement from the auditor of
( ret nville ('ounty shows many in
stances of figures returned by mer
chntis being doubled, tripled and in
few Caves, raised to ten and twenty
ftimes as much. Some merchants and
business flrts whIo made no retu:ns
in the belief that. they did not comie
undcr the liw have figures amoumnt
lng to several thousands of dollars
against their names.
One merchant returned his busi
ness at $500, and this figure has .been
raised to $12,000. Another returned
his at $1,000 and will find that he
must pay taxes on $10,000. A third
gave the figures $8,000 which the tax
commission has raised to $68,000.
Smaller ihcreases than these are very
numerous among the list of Green
'1'iTe tax commission fixed property
valuation on a basis of 42 per cent
of the total value returned in the in
ventories which the merchants were
reqiuired to fill out.
Reunion of Veterans.
For about 20 years the survivors of
Company F, Fourteenth Ilegiment, S.
C. Volunteers, have been gathering an
nually on the 19th of August, in a re
union of the remnant of a splendid
company of a noted fighting brigade
McGowans; r.nd too, they were a part
of Jackson's famous "foot cavalry".
MIr. Jim Dillard used to take a leading
'part in planning and working for the
annual meeting. lie is gone. There
are not many left, some say iG o1 the
old company are alive; part of these
are living in distant homes. Some are
feeble in body only. Four of Co. F
were present and about eleven from
other commands of the CUonfederate
Siates army. Will P. Wright has been
the secretary for several years. Ilis
father fought. with Co. F. Rlev. C. I).
Boyd preached a sermon then; then
dinner was served and it was a boun
tiful one. 'The meeting was called to
order and roll called. Those present
were: Geo. M. Ilanna, J. Wilson Blake
ly, .John .\. Hopkins and H1. P. Ilake
ly. Other old soldiers present were:
\I. .\ Ctunningham, Rt. P. Adair, .1. D.
Mlock, T. F. Nilam, Isaac W. Adair. W.
1). Boyd, M. M. Fleming, W. .1. Donl
nan, G. P. Waldrop, .1. W. Ianford.
Nesbitt Brown. The death of lohn B.
Smith was noted. Iie died within the
past. year in Oklahoma. lemark,
Were offered by Geo. M. lanna. Mr.
Ianna made anl interesting talk giv
ing his experiences both in camp and
in battle. lIe gave dates and told
where many were killed or were
wounded. Iils voice and manner
showed emotion as ie progressed in
At one of these reunions a few
years ago it was agreed to designate
the oldest son of a deceasd soldiers as
an honorary im em tier. Four or five of
the last named were present. 1 have
heard different members of the coin
patny exprerss the wish that their
descendants keep the reunion up even
into one, t
as fine an
+ -wwso "O""00 C0
Is your boy or girl going to any South Car
olina College or Prep School this Fall, as a
pay student? If so write us, we can save 0
you money. Give the name of the school.
Caro naFarmer and Stockman
8 Exchange Bank Building Q
Charleston, S. C.
The Irby Plantation
Situated two and one-half miles
South of Laurens.
Survey of property will be made
If interested see
J. L. M. IRBY
arty of 800 Acres
ee horse farms, and
y as ever offered.
after they, the actors in the awful con
filet, shall have passed away. Since
the first reunion was hold some 18
years ago, I can recall the deaths of
these: Warren Blakcely, 11111 Mlachray,
Jas. P. Dillard, Ren Anderson, "llug"
Anderson, John Clark, Dr. W. A.
Shands, BI3111 McKelvey, Capt. J. P.
Sloan, Oliver Templeton, John (sore,
Bill Copeland, Bluford Henry, Joe
Todd. It Is the hope of the writer that
he can meet all the survivors of the
company, as well as their friends on
the 19th of next August.
NOTICE FOlt BIDS.
leltforced ('oncere Bridge Construe
Sealed proposals on reinforced
bridge construction will be received
at the office cf the Supervisor of Iau
rens County, Laurens, 'S. C., until 2:30
P. M., August 26th, 1919, and then
publicly optened and read.
Plans, specifications and form of
proposal and contract will be on file
for inspection by reputabe Concrete
Contractors in the oflice of the Iigh
way l'ngineer, Ianrens, '. C., on and
after August 20th, 1919. Interested
contractors are advised to personally
ins.'Cpect the proposed bridge sites be
fore submit ing bids.
1Bight is reservted to reject any and
J. D. W. WATTS,
N\. C. H UIi;S, JIr.,
2t Laurens Co. HIighway Com,
State of South Carolina,
('ounty of L,aurens.
IN ('OliT Oh1 CO.\.MON 'll'aNAS.
ALrs. D)AlSY Al. 1BAGW\10lala, Plaintiff,
JIl.RtY 111('I1i 10ltG lt, Defendant,
To the ie:fendant above named:
You are hereby summoned and re
litred to answer the complaint in
this action of which i copy is herewith
served on you and to serve a copy of
your answer to said complaint on the
subscribers at their (illCe ih tha S4ti
mons fluilding at Laurens, South
Carolina, within twenty (20) (lays af
ter the service hereof exclusive of th
day of such service. If you fail te
answer said Complaint Within thc
tie aforesaid the Plaintiff of this ac
tion will apply to the Court for th(
relief demanded in Complaint.
iDated August 19, 1919.
THIACKWlai L & SJI,bIVAN,
To the Defendant, Jerry Eichelberger,
whose place of residence and ad
dress is untnow.n:
You will :please take notice that the
Complaint in this action, together with
the summons of which the above Is a
copy, was filed in the of1ice of the
Clerk of 'Court. of Common Pleas for
Liauren s( ounty, State of South ('aro
ina, on the 19th day of August, 1919
BilaACKVl',lab & St''ljllVAN,
5-3t-A Plaintiff's Attorneys
,ro and thr
DATE AND P1