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VOLUME NXXV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1920. JM R
PA88tE BY S[NAR
Now Goes to President Wil
-Conference Report Adopted li Senate
by Good 'lnjorlty. Fifteen Demo
crats Vote for BIH and Seventeen
Against. Senator Dial Voted Against
Washington, 'Feb. 23.-The confer
-enco repot't on the railroad bill, em
bodying legislation for reorganization
of railroads of the country with the
,end of federal control, was adopted
late today by the senate. It passed the
house Saturday and now goes to the
The vote on adoption of the report,
taken after several hours of debate,
was 47 to 17.
ThoEc voting for the conference re
'Republicans-Ball, Brandegee, Cald
er, Capper, Colt, Cummins, Curtis, El
kins, Fernald, relinghuysen, Hale,
Jones ('Washington), Kellogg, Kenpon,
Keyes, Lbnroot, 'Lodge, 'McLean, Mc
Nary, Nelson, New, Page, Phipps, Poin
dexter, Smoot, S-pencer, Sterling, Suth
erland, Townsend, Wadsworth, War
ren,. and Watson. Total Republicans
Democrats-Beckman, Fletcher, Gay,
Glass, Myers, .Phelan, Pomerene, Rans
dell, Robinson, Shields, Smith (Ga.),
*Smith (Marylandl, Underwood, fWalsh
(Montana) and .Williams. Total Demo
crats for, 15.
Total for adoptlon-47.
Those voting against the report.
Republicans-Borah, France and
t~l Gronna. Total Ropublicans against,; 3.
Democrats--Ashurst, Dial, Goe, Har
ris, Harrison, Johnson (South Dakota),
Jones (New Mexico), King, McKellar,
lNugent, Overman, .Pittman, Sheppard
and Trammel. Total Democrats
Total against adoption-17.
Those paired follow:
Bankhead for, with Culberson
'against; McCormick for, with Hendbr
son against; Dillinghan for, with
Swanson against; Fall for, with Ken
drick against; Simmons for, with Kir
by against; McCumbcr for, With La
F'ollette against; Harding for, with
AVash (Mass.), against; Edge for, Ow
Announcement was made that if
Senators Hitchcock, Nebraska; Stan
ley, Kentucky, and 1Chamberlain, Ore
gon, all Democrats, had been present
they would have voted in support of
the conference report.
Thirty-two 'Republicans Joined with
fifteen Democrats in voting for adop
tion of the conference report, while
three Republicans and fourteen Demo
crats comprised the seventeen voting
against it. There was never any loubt
as to whl~at the senate would do,..in
view of the wide margIn by which the
Cummins bill1, more drastic than the
compromise measure, was passed. The
bill will go immediately to President
Viilson and the general opinion around
tne capitol was that he wvould sign It.
During the :llve hours of debate, led
b~y Chairman Cummins, of the inter
state commerce committee, senators
exprnessed varying opinions as to how
the public and the ralrmoads would fare
under the bill1, whIch was warmly de
fended iAnd attacked. But, the intense
Interest, wvhich characterized proceed
ings .Saturday in the house wvas lack
ing, frequti~ quloruml calls being nec
essary to get members in the chamber.
Around six o'clock the patience of
the senate apparently was exhausted
after the long season of speechmaking
and Insistent demands for a vote cut
short the lesire to prolong the pres
entation of individual views.
DiscussIon today related largely to
the labor and rate makIng provisions.
Senator- Cu mm ins, with gr'eat feellig
dlenouncedl widespread claims that In
fixing freight and passenger charges,
calculated to give the roads a return
of 3 1-2 per cent meant taking huge
sums of money from the ipublic treas
ury. The -bill, he declared would not
make one dollar in that way. Such re
'ports lhe saId were merely a part of
the propaganda put forth in an effort
*te defeat all legislation on the eve .of:
$' r~urn of the roads to their ownera on'
'During the final debate on the -bill
:Sonator Simmons, iDemodrat, North
DR. 1. F. POSEY DEAD.
Weil Known Citizen Died at His Home
lIere Monday Afternoon.
Dr. *B. F. Posey, one of the city's
oldest and most substantial merchants,
died at his home oh South Harper
street Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock
after an illness of several months.
About two months ago Dr. Posey suf
fered a stroke of paralysis from which
he partially recovered, but Saturday
night lie suffered another from which
he never rallied. The funeral services
were held at the house yesterday af
ternoon conducted by Rev. A. E. Hol
ler and fromthere the body was borne
to the JLaurens cemetery for burial, be
ing attended by a large concourse of
sorrowing friends and relatives.
Dr. Posey -was a native of Spartan
burg county, but moved to 'Laurens
about 1884 and engaged In the drug
business, remaining continuously In
that business until his latest illness.
By thrift and economy he made a suc
cess of his business and at his death
was a considerable property holder.
Soon 'after moving to Laurens he mar
ried Miss Lillie Jbnes, of Cokesbury,
and to them two children were born.
The eldest child, a daughter, died sev
eral years ago while on a visit to
friends in Virginia. The other,.a son,
Frank Posey, 18 a student. of Wofford
college. His widow and son are the
only- surviving members of his imme
diate family, he having no living
brothers or sisters.
Dr. Posey was In his 62nd year. ie
w0 a member of the J3aptist church
and a popular and useful member of
the community. His death was greatly
deplored by his friends and acquaint
(A. WILLIS MOORE1M.
W1ell Known Cit izen of Waterloo Town
ship Passed Away Last Tuesday.
a. Willis Moore, a well known and
popular citizen of Waterloo township,
passed away at his home last Tuesday
afternoon and was 'burled the follow
Ing at Mt. P.apAj church. Mr. Moore
had been ill of influenza and pneumo
iia for about ten days. His death re
moves a loyal and upright citizen from
The deceased was 44 years of age.
Hie was a son of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. C.
Moore and is survived by his wife,
who was Miss Lillian Redden, and
four children, one daughter being the
wife of Mr. Charlie P. Kesler, of the
same section. He was also a brother
of Mr. E. E. Moore, of this city.
Should iTriansfer Titles Now.
Auditor Thompson requests that
parties concerned in having land titles
recorded should do this at once so that
proper transfers may be made for tax
ation. All titles, he reminds, Pass
through the auditor's ofilce first.
Service at A. It. P. Churel.
There will be services In the A. I.
P. church next Sabbath at -1 P. M.. The
public Is cordially invited.
J. R. I'Ellis.
Carolina, declared the labor unions
were opp~osing It "for purely selfish
"I am- conivinced that the oippositionl
of labor unIons, is not based on any
defects in the legislation" said Senator
Simmons. "They are opposed to it
because they want government owner
ship of railroads. They believe that
undler government ownership that they
could secure more wa-ges. Trhey be
lieve they couldl control congress, and
would beC ale to do what they did,
when they came here and forced us to
pass the Adamson lawv."
Protests Agaiust ill11.
Cleveland, 0., Feb. 23.-Max S.
Hayes, national chairman of the labor'
party in the 'United States, today sent
a telegram to President Wilson, vole
lng a, protest against the prioposed
Cummnins Each bill for returning the
railways to private ownership.
Mr. tHayes denounced thd( mecas
uro as legislation for the benefit of
special interests and demanded that
the Pr'esident veto it.
Declaring that he spoke not only
for organized labor but for the gen
eral .public, Mi'. HTayes assailed par
ticularly those features of the -bill
wvhich,, lie added, guarantee the rev
enues of the railway .owners.
The adoption of the Cummins-Esch
bill Mr. Hayes skid would 'place
on. tho people of the country gener
ally the :burden of anotber 'llion
passenger and freighit rates on the
SUCCUMBS TO WOUND
Paused Away at 2 o'clock Tuesday
Morning from, Bullet Over His ileart.
Julius Y. Sitgreaves, a popular young
man of the city, passed away at, the
Julia Irby sanitarlum- Tuesday morn
ing at 2 o'clock from the effects of a
Pistol wound in the chest, self inflict
ed some time durin'g Saturday night.
The funeral services were held from the
home of his father-in-law, Sheriff S.
C. .Reid, yesterday afternoon, a short
service being conducted by Rev. A. E,.
Holler and the body later laid to rest
in the .Laurens cemetery with Ma
The exact time of the deplor
able Incident has not as yet been
definitely solved. Saturday night the
young man was known to have been
drinking and in a very melancholy
mood. Concern was then felt for his
safety, but he disappeared late in the
evening as If to go home. About four
o'clock Sunday morning he appeared
at the home of a cousin, Mrs. Cora
Madden, near Madden Station and ap
peared to act very strangely. The
sons of Mrs. Madden, awake on ac
count of the sickness of their mother,
went out to the car that .the young
man was driving and sought to have
him come in to dry his clothes and re
vive himself. He got out of the car,
but broke loose and ran down the road
for several hundred yards. After put
ting on heavier clothing, the Maddens
nade ipursuit and came upon him near
the Langston home lying prostrate in
the road. Litting him up and carrying
him .back to the house to give him at
tention, a bullet wound in the chest,
just over the heart, was found. Medi
cal attention was secured and the
young man brought to the hospital as
soon as possible. For a while some
hopes were held out for his recovery,
but after a severe internal hemorrhage
early Tuesday morning he passed
Mr. Sitgreaves is survived by his
wife, 'who was A daughter of Sheriff
S. C. teld, by hiti parents, Mr. and
Mrs. -. Sitgreaves, two sisters, Mrs.
John Stevens, of Kershaw, and Mrs.
Edgar A. Brown, of Barnwell, and a
brother, Osie Sitgreaves, of this city.
Two-Day Auction Sale.
Representatives of the First .Na,
tional Auction Company, of Florence,
have been in the city for the past few
(lays making preparations for the big
two-day auction sale of property to be
held tomorrow and Friday for the Lau
rens Trust Company. Tomorrow morn
Ing at 10 o'clock the Irby property on
Irby Avenue, including the Irby home
and twelve residence lots 'will be sold
and on the same afternoon at 1 o'clock
the three-story Simmons building on
the ipublic square will be sold. The
following morning at 10 o'clock the
residential lots on 'West Main street
adjoining the Gelder property will be
sold and in the afternoon sixteen hous
es on Gray's 11111, in the colored sec
tion of the city, will be sold. Easy
terms, free sprizes and a brass band
are advertised for the occasion.
JBradm'lctth Shop Property Sold.,
T1he Dramlett's Shop property, fac
ing 88 feet more or' less on W~est Lan
rens street andi running back 100 feet,
wvas sold last wveek by the heirs of WV.
13. IBramlett, deceased, to the real es
tate flrm of Stokes, Vaughn & (il
reath, with oflices in Gireenville, and
'iLaurens. It is undlerstoodl that the
'property was bought for speculation.
On the same day Messrs. 'W. E. flram
lett and E. TF. Blabb, proprietors of
'iBramlett's 'Shop and the roller mill
behind it, bought the lot in the rear' on
which the r'oller mill andl several
small buildings stand wvhere they will
continue their present business. Mrs.
W. B. inramlett has also sold her' .prop
erty on Sullivan street to a syndicate
composedi of ID. E1. Todd and others
and in turn has 'bought one of the Sit
greaves houses on the corner' of Sit
greaves street andl college place.
New Postmaster Takes (Oflice.
Jas. H1. Sullivan, 'who won the conm
1setitive examination for the local
postmastership several months ago,
received his commission duly signed
by the president last Wednesday andl
Thursday morning entered upioni his
duties as postmiaster. Mr. II. M. Nor
.wood, who has been 'giving faithful
service As aeting postmaster since, the
death of Mr. Clardy, -turned over all
the records of the office in excellent
conditioni and has resumed his posi1
tion as assistant Postaster.
March Tern of Court of Generl1 Ses.
sins to be 1'resided Over by Judge
T. S. SeNse.
The jury commissioners met in the
ofice of 'Clerk of Court. C. A. Power
Alonday Morning and drew the grand
jurors for the year 1920 and the petit
jurors for the criminal court which
is to convene on 1.larch 8th. Twelve
new grand jurors were drawn to serve
.ajli the six jurors who were drawn
from last year's venire.
-Judge Thos. 'S. Sease, of Spartan
burg, is to preside at this term. Among
the cases to be heard at this term will
be that of Robert Burdette charged
with killing D. D. Stoddard near Ow
ings in 1918. This case has been tried
twice before, the last time resulting in
a conviction of manslaughter, the do
fendant receiving a 'sentence of '6
years in the state penitentiary or on
the public works of the county. The
case was appealed to the supreme
court by attorneys for the defendant
and a new trial obtained. The higher
court upheld the contention of attor
neys for the defendant that the pre
siding judge in his charge erred in in
structing the jury that the plea of self
defense could not be sustained if the
defendant shot to save himself from at
tack. The court ruled that the presid
ing judge could have used the word
"retreat" but not the word "run". An
other case to be heard will be that of
John 'Melpass charged with the mur
der of John Crocker at Clinton in No
-Following Is a list of the Grand
Jurors, the first six being holdovers
from last year and the others having
been drawn Friday: T. Mfac Roper, A.
C. Nash, E. V. Golden, Joe R. Adair,
). S. l1ll, T. F. IBabb, 0. H. Cooley,
W. B. Farr, Austin Bramlett, L. M.
-Pearson, L. W; Brooks, Olin S. Hill,
J. J. O'Dell, C. 'L. Ilairston, W. B,
Bundy, A. M. Owings, W. A. Watkins,
W. S. 'Riser.
Following is a list of the iPetit Jur
'Laurens-S. \H. Tem4eton, C. A.
-Senn, N. Lee Langston, J. 0. Switzer,
Z. R. Traynham, Joe *L. Finney, J. H1.
Dials-C. iH. Kellett, J. V. Darby, L.
'W. Gilliland, R. Glenn Woods, J. R.
Youngs-J. M. Todd, W. W. Roberts,
.W. F. Grumbles. - J. M. DeShields,
Scuffletown.-P. E. Cooper C. Rush
Patterson, Jno. 'D. Godfrey, !I. Furman
Jeks-T. W. Dillard.
Ilunter-Thos. R. Grifflin, A. Clyde
Young, .1. L. iBoyd, .1. Hamip Stone, J.
-Waterloo--W. 0. Martin, Jones M.
-Miller, 0. S. Stribling.
Sullivan-A. K. Hughes, V. B.
Beeks, P. .1. Pitts, C. E. Wasson, Jno.
W. Butler, J. T. Simpson.
litcome Tax Refumns.
M. B. Summer and TI'. W. Roper,
Deputi Colectors, will be in Laurens
S. C., at Court Ucuse, (petit jury room)
Feb. 23rd, 2 ith, 25th and 26th, for thi
Pmrpose of assisting indi viduals wvitl1
their incomue tax ret urxns. H ave yout
etattements Prepared whlen you c~me,
That is, list y'our earn ings or income
in one column, and your' expenses in
eldent to the -business, in another. Dc
not -includle in your expenseC account
anything for personal expenses, snelh
as clothing, provisions for family use
coal, or insur uance' and rep~alrs on t he
house in whluich you live. 'Will be at
Woodruff, Feb. 27th and 28th.
Buys Posey Dru'ug Store.
Dr'. C. L. Dolt, for the past several
vear's in charge or the drug depart.
ment of the W~are Shoals Departmenl
Store and the or'iginator' of a valuabic
dIrug formula, has purchased the stocli
and fixtures owvnedi .by the late Drt. B
TF. iPosey, according to an announne
ment madle several days ago. D~r. Bolt
is considered one of the most progres,
sive young druggists of the upper upari
of the state and is expected to conduct
his store along modern lines.
Openus Clinuton lBranch.,
Theiu Vincent Motor Cat' Company
(dealers in Chevrolet, Reo and Dori
cars, has opened up another plece ir
Clinton where they wvili sell the samt
lines and do r'epair' work. The Clin,
ton branch is in charge of Mr. J. M
IDrflmmond, who was for'merly with'
the local establishment. Mr. Hugi'
Vincent, one of the owners of the con.
corn, said yesterday that they have a
'good stand in Clinton and are expect.
lnir to do a thrivingr hbusiness.
MRS.. 1. 31. FINNEY.
Wife of Proprietor of Finn1iey Jotjl
Diled Vednesday Morning.
Mrs. Annie Dillard Finney, wife of
IN[r. John M. -Finney, died at the -Fin
ley Hotel, of wllch her hulls1)anI(I was
proprietor, 'Wednesday moriiing of
miniumonia following influenza. She
had been sick for about a week though
It -was not generally known that she
was in a serious condition. 'I'he fun
oral and burial serv'ices were held at
the old Hurricane church burying
ground below Clinton Thursday after
noon, the services being larpely at
tended by people from this city and
The deccased was 42 years of age
and a daughter of Mr. Thos. J. :Dillard,
formerly of Clinton, who has made his
home here for some time. She was
married to Mr. 'Finney about 22 years
ago and for a long time they conduct
ed a hotel at Whitmire. About six
years ago they moved to Laurens and
since then have conducted the Finney
'Hotel on South Harper street. Besides
her husband and father, she is sur
vived by a brother, Mr. J. W. Dillard,
and a sister, Mrs. P. C. Young, both
Mrs. Finney was a member of the
Methodist church and was a woman
of many estimable qualities.
'Mr. Finney himself was ill of in
buenza at the time of the death of his
wife and was unable to attend the
funeral services. le has shown signs
' improvement during the last week
and is no wconsidered out of dlanger.
it h undler. i>tod that he will III niie
to operate the hotel with the assist
'ee of his nieces from Clinton.
J. McC. 1ARKSDAE
Elcetel to Succeed IV. IL Richey at
Meethng of Legion Post Monday
At a well attended meeting of the
Thos. 1D. Lake Post, American Legion,
held in the court house Monday even
ing J. McC. fBarksdale, 'Lieutenant
Colonel in the 81st Division which saw
service In France, was elected to suc
ceed Captain 1W. R. Richey resigned,
as post commander. Captain Richey's
resignation 'was handed in at the last
meeting of the post and was acted on
Monday night. Phil 1). .luff was elect
ed finance officer and Chas. H1. Rounds
was elected sergeant-at-prms. Wel
fare and menlmbershil committees also
were elected, consisting of live mem
It was decided to hold a barbecue
in the early part of .uly to which all
ex-service men of the county will be
A lively discussion took place over
the bill introduced in congress to pay
each ex-service man $50 a month for
each month of service. This came up
upon the reading of a telegram from
Irvin 'Belser, state otlicial of the Am
erican Legion, asking whether the lo
cal post would endorse tile bill or
leave the entire matter to the discre
tlon of congress. Upon a vote on the
question, it was dlecidled to leave thle
matter' to the (discretion of congress.
The keynote of thte meceting w~as st ruck
by Floyd M\artin, former enlistedl man
who saw ser'vice In -Mexico and France,
whol( said( that after thlree years of ser
v'ice in tihe army during whlichI time he
hadl learned to trust tile deccision of
the governmlent andl thtat now lhe was1
conltenlt to leave tIs mlatter to it also.
Th~e mlemlbershlip of tile ipost no0w is
arounld 1010 and is coninually growinag.
Tlhe prospects nw are' thlat very soonl
a large prop~ortion of tile ex-service
men of thle county will conlneet
themselves wilth thle 1ost.
11ev. W. 11. lBoyd.
1Rev. W. HT. Boyd, wvho has be(en pats.
ior' of a Presbyterian church at. lan
tersville, Ala., for tile past twvo yearls,
buit -whlo recently returned to tIs state
to take upl pastor'al wvork at Whitmire,
died at the home of relatives In Wa
terloo Monday mlorning at 2 o'clock
andl wvas buriedl there the same (lay.
Ills wife, whlo wvas Miss Othlello An
derson1, of Waterloo, and thre'e chi-.
(Iren survive him wIth twvo brothers
In-law, T. .J. Anderson, of (Greenwood,
andl WX. J. .13. Anderson. of Augusta.
Th'le deceased wvas taken Ill on the re
turn journey from Alabama, .where he
hlad gone to pack upe his5 books andl
hloulseolld eff'cts, and whlen he reach
ed Waterloo was already very ill,
death coming a few days later. Hie
had servedl several churchles in this
section before going to Alabama and
was wvidely knowna for his sainted
character and ability as a nr'Celcr.
Eugene BY IGRO
Eugene Davis Shot by Eli
With a Posse of Determined 3en in
Pursuit, Blakely Evidently Gave Up1
liole of EsceIlto and Ended His Owin
Life. Davis Huried at Clinton Fri.
Eugene 'Davis, a well known young
farmer who lived a few miles from
Clinton, was shot and almost instant
ly killed Thursday morning about
elgth o'clock by ElI Blakely a colored
farm hand on the place. An infuriat
ed losse of men began a search for
Blakely soon after the killing became
known, but about two o'clock in the
afternoon his dead body was found In
a gully about a mile from the Davis
home with one bullet through his
chest. It is thought that the negro,
convinced that he could not make his
escape and fearing summary ven
-geance from the mob in pursuIt, ended
his own life. The presence of powder
stains on his body and the absence of
a hole in his clothing lead to the
theory that lie had deliberately bared
his breast and fired between the open
ling of his clothing.
According to reports from Clinton,
Ia disagreement had arisen between Mr.
Iiavis and 'Blakely as to what lands
Iliakely was to cultivate this year. Mr.
i)avis wanted him to work at one place
and Blakely wanted to work another.
On the mornign of the tragedy 'Mr.
Davis accosted the negro just as he
iwas about to leave the 'place and or
dered him to go to work knocking
down cotton stalks. Blakely refusel
and hot words ensued. Both ien made
for the whip II Bhikely's buggy 'and
in the struggle the whip was broken
to pieces. Then 'Blakely drew his
pistol and shot flve times, three bul
lets entering Mr. D-avis' chest and the
other two grazing his arms. One of
the bullets severed a 'blood vessel
causing death a few minutes later. Mr.
)avis tried to make his way back to
his houe, -but within twenty-five yards
of it lie fell.
Ilakely returned to his Own house
and soon left the premises. HIs wife,
who was standing neatby when the
killing occurred, went up to the Davis
hime a few minutes later and told of
The funeral of .Mr. )avis was held
Friday morning at the Presbyterian
cliircl in Clinton. the services being
conducted by Rev. F. D. Jones, pastor.
A Jarge concourse of sorrowing friends
and relatives followed the body to its
last resting lplace.
i Mr. Davis was the youngest son or
.Mr. and Ms. iobert C. I)avis, both de
eense. He Iived with his step-mot her,
.\rs. Zeline 'Davis. ilesides her lie is
survived biy four brothers, Jlohn 'D..
Geo. 'W., and~ .Dr. J1. W\. D~avs, all oif
IClinton, .and lRobert W. D~avis, now of
IFountain Inn but at one time connect
edl with the old YNational Bank of thIiis
.\Mr. lDavis was a qiuiet and pleace
lov'ing young man ablouit 30 years of
age who wasii neve' kinowii to harve bad
'a serious difticulty of any kind. lie
(aulse of hiis well known reluctance to
stir til strife of any kind, the news of
his violenit dleathi so incensed hiis
frienids andr neighbors t hat they proh)
aly would have dealt summary ven
gence upon Bilakely if he had not
robbed them of the opliortumnity. Blake
ly had been living on the place for
ab~out twelve years.
3Miss Elizabeth F.oriiey, Stnle Dairy
Agent, to bei In the ('ominty This
Week. ExhibIt ini Store Windows.
Mhss tlylizabethi iorney, State Dairy
Agent, is spending this wveek in the
county with Mliss lDaisy 1harris, H ome
'Demon st ration Agent, lias Forney is
putting oin a Better Huttecr Campaign
in several counities of the state and
has selected 'laurens because this
counity piractically supp~llies itself with
butter. D~emonstrations are .being giv
eni at iisbion, .Woodrow ,WIlson, Tinu
Ity Ridge, Oakville and Lanford
schools. A simple exhibit, showing
the compositIon and food value of milk
will be plaeed in sever'al store win
dlows the latter nart, of this week.