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VOLUME XXXV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1920. UMBER 39
TO DISCUlSS STRIKE
Railroad Strike Reaching
Propaganda Urging Itailway Workers
to Quit Work have been Circulated
in at Least ive Great talroad Con.
tors. Government Not Step iII Yet.
3Vashington, April 13.-Coincident
with reports today of the growing se
riousness of the railroad strike, Pres
ident Wilson called a meeting of his
cabinet for tomorrow to discuss "the
general situation." It will be the first
time Mr. Wilson has met with his of
llcial family since last August.
Attorney General Palmer had ex
I)ected to make a decision today as to
whether the government would inter
vene in the strike. Department of Jus
tice officials refused to say whether
the cabinet meeting would catise a
postponement of the decision.
Simultaneously with the announce
ment of the cabinet meeting the White
louse made public the names of the
members of the new railroad labor
board. The nominations later were
sent to the Senate, !where prompt ac
tion was looked for as government of
'icers believe the creation of the board
which Is to consider the railroad
mncli's -wage demands will go a lont,
way toward relieving the situation.
The Department of Justice sent tel
egrams to the executive officials of the
Pennsylavnia and New York Central
railroads asking that they supply the
names of the men on strike on their
lines, indicating the leaders in the
movement. The purpose of tjiis move
was not disclosed nor .would officials
say whether other lines affected -by
the strike would be asked for similar
'Reports from field agents of the do
partment today said a new union was
being formed among the strikers in
iPittsburgh and Chicago. The organ
ization was identified as "the rail
road workers union," with temporary
headquarters in Chicago.
IDepartment agents at Chicago ad
vised that John Grunau had been de
posed as head of the Chicago Yard
men's Association, efforts -were madc
to learn the identity of the new- ofle
ers who, the reports said, were afilli
ated with the Industrial Workers of
Further complications in the situa
tion were apparent from investiga
tions of Federal agents, which Assist
ant Attorney General Garvan said in
dicated that the strike leaders were
attempting to obtain the cooperation
of railroad shop workers in the walk
out. Propaganda urging the sholp
men to quit their jobs has been cr
etulated in at least fiye great railroad
centers, the telegrams from agenti
School Pupil1's Savings.
31iss Amaryllis Smith, secretary o1
the Wilson Savings Society of Laurenm
city school, reports that the societ:
saved $19.32 in March and invested the~
money In Thrift and War Saving.
Stamps. Twventy-eight boys and girl
belong to the society, members -o
which arc pledged to car-n money an
save it regularly. They are taking a:
active part in the thrift campaign con
dulctedl by the government, and mnee
twice a tweek. There are nowv neal:
eleven thousand similar school organ
izations in this district.
Hoild Social Meeting.
Trho Womnan's Business Club held
delightful social meeting in the R~es
i(ooom last Tuesday evening, at whic1
a number of friends 'were prrsent. Il
addition to games and conversatior
a delicious ice course wvas served, ic
creamU andi candies being donated ft
the occasion by Mr. ,P. A. -Mitchel
p~roprietor of the Palace of 'Sweeti
About fifty club members and guest
Meeting of UJ. 1D. C.
The Henry Laurens Chapter, D).
Rl., will hold( Its r-egnlbr monthly'mee
ing on Thursday afternoon, the 15tl
at 4 o'clock, 'with Mrs. ,R. F. Plemin
on.ilrby Ave. Tihe memblers are uirge
tn A 'there nronntly at. 4 o'clock.
Declares Lynclhing of Joe Stewart a
Blot -o Fair Name of Laurens and
Calls for Justice and VindieatIon.
'Rev. Samuel 11. Templeman, pastor
of the First ]Baptist church, made a
scathing arraignment of the lynchers
If Joe Stewart at the morning ser
vice Sunday in announcing the mass
meeting of citizens to be held tomor
row night ii the court house, notice
of which appears in another column
of this paper. Rev. Templeman was
outspoken in his denunciation of the
incident and called on all God-fearing
'md law-abiding citizens to back usp
the peace officers in ferreting out and
'bringing the guilty parties to justice.
He said that the pastors of the city
had met in protest over the deed, but
had decided to give the laymen an op
portunity to make a public protest
but in the absence of any such action
he could not withhold his feelings any
longer. Up to this time, according to
the report of his remarks to The State,
there had been nothing developed in
the case so far as he was aware, only
A few "lame comments" in depreca
tion, and there the matter apparently
had ended, in so far as 'he knew. He
invited any pussyfooters and conceal
ers of crime, if such were -present, to
leave the church for he expected to
say something that would not give
theni uny comfort.
He characterized the incident as a
midnight assassination and the men
guilty of its 'perpetration as murder
ers. "If such lawless acts go unwhip
pod of the law, both of God and man,
who knows the color of the skin of the
next victim?" Hle declared that the
thing was a blot on the county and
the fair name of Laurens, and he for
one was calling for justice and vindli
cation. It is for the law abiding citi
:.ens -not only to speak out in con
demlnation, but to back up the author
ities in ferreting out and bringing to
justice the guilty, he said.
iReferring again Sunday night to
the spublic meeting Thursday night,
Mr. Templeman reiterated his cen
sures of the morning, but added that
he wished to qualify his charge that
nothing but a few "lame comments"
had been heard by Atating that The
Laurens Advertiser had "spoken out".
He said that absence from the meet
ing Thursday night. would give en
dorsement to the crime and that it
was a Christian's duty to be present.
Yesterday afternoon Mr. Temple
man received the following letter from
,Prof. William S. Morrison, of the De
partmen-t of History and Political
Bconomy of Clemson college:
Rev. S. H4. Templieman,
Laurens, S. C.
I have just read with interest in
today's State your denunciation or a
hanging of a negro in Laurens. Well
Done! I shall use the write-up in
my class in Sociology this .week. 1et
school and church stand shoulder te
shoulder in the fight for law and or
der, everywhere and always.
EfM. S. MORRISON.
Clemson College, S. C.,
April 12, 1920.
Small Vote Cast.
Yesterday was general election day
for the election of city oflicials, nom
inations of the Decmocratic party hay
ing been made in the primary som<
time ago. 'rhe new officials will as
sume ofilce Trhur'sday night of thi:
week. They are as follows: Mayom
Capt. WV. 'Rt. Ricey, Jr.; Aldermen Dor
HI. Irvin, D). Roy Simpson, J. MdD
Moore, C. R. Blisop, Joe F. Smith ant
Masons to Meet.
tA meeting of all lume Lodge, Roya
Arch and Commandery Masons havy
ri been called to a special meeting in th
.Masonic hlall Monday night at cighi
e o'clock when a final dlecision will b
r. mlade as to the erection of a Masoni
llall. A full attendance is requestel
b hy the committee in charge.
Vlemson Olee Cluib ('mnmig.
The Clemson Glee Club, giving voca
and instrumental selections, is to ali
L pear at the graded school auditorur
F~ridlay night of this week, The clu
1, comes with a high reputation and
g fine progra .a is promised.' Mr. C. I
d Roper', a student 'from this city,
manaer of the club this year.
A Call to Law-Respecting Citizens
The Laurens Ministerial Union requests all
citizens of the city and county of Laurens to at
tend a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) evening at
8 o'clock in the Court House.
The purpose of this meeting is to express our
condemnation of the recent lynching and to ad
vise the authorities that we are looking to them
to enforce the law.
C. T. SQIRES,
W. S. HOLMES, Secretary.
DEMOCRATIC CLUBS GOVEILNOR NAIVES
MEET APRIL 24TH HIGHWAY BOARD
County Chairman Reminds Voters of One Member From Each Congression.
Important 'Meetings Next Saturday. al District.
Mr. C. A. Power, county chairman Governor Cooper Friday named the
of the Democratic party, has called state highway commission created by
attention to the club meetings which an act of the recent general assembly.
by the rules of the party shall be held The commisslon 1<: composed of one
on the Fourth Saturday in April, which member from each congressional dis
falls on the 24th. 'In view of the trict. It will ibe charged with the con
fact that this is a presidential olec- structior of the state highway sys
tion year, Mr. Power calls attention to tem as already laid out by the state
the importance of having the clubs highway department and will direct
thoroughly organized this year. Del- the expenditure this year of the two
egates to the county convention will mill general property tax levy for
name delegates to the state conven- these roads. TIe commission will al
tion, which in turt will elect dele- so direct the expenditure of the funds
gates to the National Convention, from autoiobile ilcense fees, -which
'which will name the party's candidate will be utilized as a maintenance fund
for the election in November. for permanent roads already built. The
The qualifications of a member of a appointees are:
Democratic club under the rules of First district, R. Goodwyn Rhett,
the party adopted in 1918, is as fol- Qharleston; Second, W. S. Rentz,
lows: The member must be 21 years Varnville; Third, R. E. Ligon, Ander
old, must have -resided in the State san; Fourth, C. 0. .Hearon, Spartan
fok two years, County six months iprior burg; Fifth, N. G. Walker, Rock Hill;
to the succeeding general election and Sixt'h, Frank Manning, Jr., Bennetts
in the club district sixty days prior to ville; Seventh A. B. Langley, Colum
the first primary following his offer bia.
to enroll. The various clubs will or
ganize by election of a president, one PROI-NENT DIVINE
or more vice presidents, secretary and WAS KNOWN HERE
treasurer, a committee 'of not less
than three on registration and a com- ReV, A. 1). McClure, Who Once Con.
mitteeman to represent the club at the 1t('41 Revinil Services Here, Drops
meetings of the county executive com- Dead at Mt. Olive, N. C.
mittee, and also elect delegates to the Nevs was received in the city yes
county convention, the number from terday of the sudden death at. MNt
each club being one for every twenty- Olive, N. C., of 'Dr. A. D. McClure, a
flve members and one for a majority prominent Wilmington divine, who
fraction thereof, based upon the nuim- conducted a series of revival services
ber of votes polled in the first primary in the First Presbyterian church of
on the preceding election year. this~ city several years ago. Dr. Dli
vine's forceful preaching as well as
CIVI LCOURWI A1411, i19t. his; kindly and lovable character are
well remembered by many twho heard
Jurors are Selected for First Week. him during those days. The following
.tudgo Seaso Preslites. account of his death was taken Mrom
The jurly commissioners met in the a North Carolina paper.,
office of Clerk of Court Power onday Mt. Olive, April 6.-Rev. A. D. Me
morning and drew the petit jurors for Clure, 'm. I., pastor of St. Andrewh
the first week of the tern, of civil (Presbyterian church in Wilmington
court which is to convene Monday, and one of the best known minister
weeks, Jud Sense Presidn t f arto tnth Coatis neat pase r dtan ron
Te juycmisoesmti here onghtarol puprchsn. ik
'Ice folerowin Curr Pwer an: tWlin. Olpie had-Reen AssD. Me.
onngsan 'rwshpeti jurayor, for CRe '. ,.,f~i pato ofsreso Andrw
thsosn ee.ftetemo iilPebtricuc ingt Wilmingtontoofcaet
courowhich s toJonves, .Moday, arriage trofw he rewnminstwer
A'Wilas 26th. Te temwill setfrw nt ot Wirlingto donppe tain tho
Ces. here-T tonightS A whicheurchasuing a ticke
Thowe, fol-owAn juros, S.were atn: Dr. W lrne ad no n asverthn
Youngser TowshA. 'J.Tacr. Ste. and -n. maerinserias more er
T.Eiken. . Wox, T. L. Cookr lved, here thas born ind Sctand reu
son ingepetn cm to Wimingon tyo erlyat yot
uateo-J. ~L Lnc, Wad H. imarrhadgetrvd w.h chrc rin wer
WMaddamn.Jto. T.Mrlmersenthto alm qugtn ern the arainit
Cnrss-Hil-. -. Reinon P. . Ale. thryh ht wais buyong wa tet.olct
JBrownei,. A. Adame, . . Duln, Denor.Mntilu liwatons al( oet
O.reee..yy. Sta, for hnoTehl m nit will moreb
DSia-W. M. Woods, JW. W. Siookthi ov d easbor Lie levscotlanb
so . .mpleton LM. Oes ea l tochildconr al ot
i-cufftetown-. Mo, Lych F. Laky.HehderdtecuchnWimg
XMddA. Moha,.e.ArmW ton fo m olleane irter Cof aiceg
Laur 'ens-. . GRaei, P.: W. in-y They butndhso olsete Ghle cit
JI. c.111,W 0 eg .-oga eomonation g ltatios dod notes
GrNay.' t fOra im. ue hrsdy wevlnrie
Sullian-W _._urff Ja.o.S fp athis eth. He laves a hiea
Oratorical Conttest Friday. hsvstdadhs~o uhpa
The annual South Carolina Oratorl-foit peliIpga.
And h fenonadtecnts illge College (lirl anCtemig.
be eldat andr cllee i th cvmade ivnern Colege rineechul
claig osieal ubr of mposig ednsyoun evningo Ars
hlolegnrlyatn frm tisdliegat 8 o'cck. e Ito aditio 't t
thvcntead ltl~1 h uulnm opera othe neThursdayl hevenin
her will attend~o this yerwh od yMse'e.rTe andluha hadfm
ca frontherte to breelod a reenwd od t ~aoacmi~nl y'ah
be heldd ut Lnlrcolege ntee-mId", Agivoen.ttePineo c
BY LAW OFFICERS
Sherilf Reld and Solicitor Bilackweil
(onfer with Governor Cooper in
IAgard to Lynching.
Sheriff S. C. Reid and Solicitor 11.
S. Blackwell went down to Columbia
aOIonday for a conference 'with Gov
ernor Cooper in regard to the lynch
ing of Joe Stewart, which occurred
.lere on the night of April tat. So
licitor Blackwell had not returned
from Columbia yesterday afternoon,
but Sheriff Reid stated on his return
that the conference had been satis
factory and that he would continue
to do his duty in ferreting out the
The following account of their con
ference in Columbia was taken from
The State of yesterday, a correction
as to the place of the negro's incar
ceration being made by this paper:
tHomer S. -Blackwell of Laurens, so
licitor of the UEghth judicial circuit.
and Sheriff S. C. Reid of Laurens coun
ty came to Columbia yesterday for a
conference with Governor Cooper rel
'tive to the recent killing of Joe Stew
art, a negro, 'who was removed from
the Laurens city jail and hanged to a
,bridge. Governor Cooper was in New
York at the time the crime .was con
mitted, but has been in constant coin
niunication with Solicitor Blackwell,
who has been busy with the Gossett
case the last two weeks. This case
was concluded last Saturday and Mr.
Blackwell hurried to Columbia yes
terday for a conference. In that the
Laurens crime iwas conpitted at the
time the Gossett trial was practically
under way, the 'work of ferreting out
testimony which might lead to arrests
in the iLaurens case has been some
what retarded, but after the confer
once with the Laurens men yester
day, Gov. Cooper said he 'was con
fident that a thorough investigation
will be made and the case rigorously
prosecuted. 'He believes these officials
will have the active and earnest co
operation of the citizens of Laurens
"After conferring with Solicitor
Blackwell and Sheriff Reid, I am sat
isfied that the case will be thoroughly
investigated and vigorously prose
cuted," he said. "I know the solicitor
will discharge his duty fearlessly. The
sheriff assures me that he has been
continuously at work gathering testi
mony and will continue to do so until
the guilty parties are brought before
the courts. I know the people of Lau
rens county and I am sure the officers
of the law will have the active assist
ance of all good citizens to the end
that justice may be done and the maj
esty of the law vindicated."
Greenwood Deiles Route.
Announcement was made from
Greenwood last week that surveys had
been made and top-soil areas selected
for the road from Greenwood to the
Laurens county line. The announce
ment sot at rest speculation as to
where the Greenwood-LIaurens road
.would cross Saluda river, the Green
wood commission going ahead with
the line to the Boyd's bridge, the Lau
rena commission having decided te
hold up wvork between Waterloo and
the river for the present.
Attended Chiristlin Endeavor Meeting,
Quite a large number of dleegate.
from this city attended the state eon.
.vention of Christian l'ndeavors whicl1
- met. in Spartanburg last week. Rev
- C. T1. Squires, Mr. E. IT Wilkes, Mr
.IL. 11. iBlackwell, &rs. W. R. Richey
- Jr., and Mrs. J. R. Ellis went as dlele.
a gates from the senior society, Misses
I ~tobecca Adams and ToccoL (Gray relp
resented the intermediate society, an<
Misses Ida May 'Hunter and Sarah
Richey represented the junior society
They report a very pleasant, ant
'a profitable meeting.
Library Ilours (Changed.
t .eginning at once, the library wvi
libe open to members from 4 :30 to 6:
p. m. on Tuesdays and F'ritdays, in
steadi of the former hours.
Miss hess Childress,
>l Drawn oin Fe'derl' Jury.
Il alessrs. Rl. A. Biabb, of this city, (
C D. Nance, of Cross 11111, and J. Fran
n D~avis, of Princeton, have been diraw
ii on the petit jury for the fourth wee
lof the federal court which begins I
SGreenville Apnril1 9th
Will Hoid Dominant Posi.
tion for Years
Despite Efforts of Foreign Countries
to Develop Cotton Growing In1du1s
try Southern States will Hold
DJominant Position for Years Says
Washington, April 13.--American
cotton holds a dominant position in
the world's cotton markets, and will
continue to hold this posi-tion at least
for some years, despite the efforts of
other countries to become less de
pendent upon the product of the Uni
ted States, according to a review of
the 'world cotton situation issued by
the (Bureau of Markets of the Depart
ment of Agriculture.
"There are three factors which con
tribute to this preeminence:
"The quantity produced in this coun
try, the need for cotton with stal)le
and other characteristics of the Am
erican cotton, and an increasing
world consumption of cotton," says
"The annual increase has been esti
mated at 500,000 to 800,000 bales of
500 pounds. For some years approxi
mately 60 per cent of the world's cot
ton supply has been produced in the
United States, and in pre-war times
about 63 per cent of the quantity -pro
duced in the United -States was ex
ported. This means that foreign coun
tries have been dependent upon the
United States for somewhat more than
35 per cent of their supply. This fact,
together with the desirable quality of
the American staple, -has resulted In
the pro-eminent position the United
States occupies today In cotton.
"From 1890 to 1914 the United States
consumed only about 30 to 39 per cent
of the cotton produced in the United
States. Since that time the consump
tion in this country has been steadily
increasing. From a home use of
slightly more than one-third of the
crop in pre-war times the United
States increased its consumi)tion un
der the stress of the artificial condi
tions of war to somewhat more than
half the amount!produced. During the
19015-16 season 60 per cent of the crop
was consumed in this country; during
1916-17 60 per cent; during 1917-18,
61 per cent. The 1918-19 season show
ed a decline to -18 Per cent.
Grocers to Close Eatly.
By concerted agreement among the
grocers of the city, who heretofore
have been closing at 7 o'clock in the
evening, the closing hour from now on
will 'be 6:30 o'clock and last deliveries
will be made at 6 o'clock. After the
six o'clock hour no deliveries will 'be
made and after 6:30 the dloor's will be
closed to tradle. An effort will proh)
ably be made in the near future, to
move up1 1both hours so that the clos
ing hour will be six o'clock and the
last. delivery hour even carlier'.
'Housekeepers are requested to bear
these hours in mind and co-operate
with .the merc' ts in making the new
Big Land Sale Tu'iesday.
As will be seen in part of this 'pa
per1, tihe Copeland and Ball property,
on West Laurens street next to the
new Advertiser' biltding aind the Bram
lett pr1oper'ty next to the Red Iron
- tacket store on the same atreet, are
Ito be offered at auction next TPhesday
morning. The prloper'ty Is in the
hands of Stokes & Vaughn and 11. M.
Wolff, local real estate dealers, and
the South Land Realty Company. The
sale is scheduled to begin at 10
o'clock a. mn., rain or shine.
Accepts Cross Anebor Call.
R1ev. C. D). lloyd, son of Mr. andl
.\rs. IR. Dunk Boyd, of this city, has
recently heen called to the '.astorate
of the Newv Hlope Baptist church, of
('ross Anchor, and has accepted t he
call and has already taken active
charge of the field. R1ev. lloyd has
.)heen pastor of the First. ana Second
k Baptist churches of Central, andl al
Sthough still a young man, has made a
k 'conalderalIe (success -in his Yehoseni
Ii leid of endeavor. Ils friends here
will 1h gelna1 to have him nearer home.