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VOLUMI~ XXXV. LAURENS, SOUTh CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 1920. NUMBER 47
Free for All Fight In Chi
Wood, Lowden and Johnson Being
Driven Into Deadlock Which Only a
Bark Horse Is Likely to Break. Can.
didates Make Little Headway
Chicago, June17.-Its old time lead
ers unhorsed and its favorites for the
presidency deadlocked, the Republican
party will begin its national conven
tion here tomorrow under conditions
of uncertainty unparalleled in recent
Unbossed and largely unorganized,
the delegates were asking one another
tonight in what direction they were
straying and avhen a master would
arise to lead them out of the wilder
ness of their own indecision.
-Tn the noisy turmoil of convention
eve the only definilable trend semned
to be driving Wood, Lowden and John
son into a deadlock fight which, it was
recognized everywhere, might destroy
them all. The old timers reflected
that it is but a step from a deadlocked
convention to a stampeded convention,
and wondered what might happen next
unless some tried and trusted leader
settled himself securely in the sad
Many were recalling the Chicago
conventionof 1890 when the favorites
all were deserted after a deadlock of
35 ballots and James A. Garfield, who
had !won the convention by a nominat
Ing speech was named.
Talk of a dlark horse in which some
of the more experienced .practical poll
eticians joined tonight for the first
time began to revolve with an increas
ing frankness about the disclosures of
the senate's investigation of campaign
oxpenditures. (At [many scatterin-g
conferences those who advocate a dark
horse nomination predicted that in the
end no man whose namewas involved
at all in the, evidence of the investi
gating committee could be put before
the country as the party's choice.
In the main, however, the leaders
and near leaders caucussed and con
ferred and brought forth nothing. Ev
en those who held the whip liand over
a few delegates here and there seemed
uniale to get together with the other
greater and lesser potential dictators
6f party policy. The result is a foggy
'pleture of the possibilities of t14e nexti
It became apparent that unless there I
am1e a dramatic and unexpected
change the iIIst. hallot to Ie taken
iWednesday or 'litrSday will record
votes for between fifteen and twenty
eandhilats for the plresidency, with
scarc'ely more t han half enough to
nominate in the Wood, :Lowden or
To what extent the managers for the
leading three can hold their delegates
in line after an unsuccessful lest of
st renigth 1i sutbject of controversy.
The1(re are those whoi( contradlect the
claims of the Wood, Lowdlen and John
Ron whlips that their, organizations are
cohesive enough to stand the strain of
a fallure to nominate on an early bal
In alny Case no one any longer pre
tends too he sure just what will hap
pen after a roll call or twvo has passed
into history. TPhe guess of some of the
veterans is that votes twill swirl and
bunch and seat ter' again l ike the sands
of the sea. And those wvho hope) for a
stamlpede ar'e countedl on to turn loose
every variety of spellbindinlg, emotion
It ia a situation which gave the boss
es of other days many 'a good laugh
in their sleeves as today's (develop
menits moved in feverish circles. Those
of tihe old time, out of date school, wvho
are here at all, remained largely to
themselves, however, hoping for the
<best, butt shaking their headls sadly at
the mtemor'y of steam rollers used and
.wi-es pulled in the times when a lead
er coul~d be sureo'f his ground.
The ne0w leaders of the party, how
ever, including WVill IH. Hays, the na
tional chairman, declared their entre
sa'tisfactio nwith thd absenre of the
Large Attendance at First Meeting of
Gypsy Smith, Jr., Revivni Service.
With th etent filled to its capacity
the Gypsy Smith, Jr., revival service
opened Sunday night and the evan
gelist delivered a stirring appeal to
professing Christians to live up to
their professions and set an eaxmple
which would reflect credit and honor
on the church. The tent Is not as
large as the local committee had
hoped it would be, but arrangements
may be made later to take care of the
crowds if they grow to be beyod Life
capacity of the tent.
The singing of the choir is expected
to prove an limport4nt feature of the
meeting. The choir is composed of
about a hundred voices and is under
the direction of a trained leader. Mrh.
C. 14. Hicks Is acting as accompanist.
-Special services are to be held in
adjoining towns each Sunday morn
ing at i I o'clock. Next Sunday servic
es will be held at Gray Court. The
following Sunday services will be held
at 'Cross 11111 and the next Sunday
Evening services are opened here
at 8 o'clock and are held every even
ing in the week except ;londay; on
whicih the evangelist and choir direc
tor take a rest.
WAltREN M. STEPHENS.
Well Knocwn Citizen of Warrior Creek
Settlement Passed Away Sunday.
Warren M. Stepliens, a doll known
and respected citizen of the Warrior
Creek settlement, died at his home
Sunday night after an illness of sev
eral weeks and was laid to rest at
Warrior Creek church Mumady ti
noon at 3 o'clock. iie was a consistent
mlember of the Baptist church, his
membershil) being at Gray Court
where he resided for several years.
The deceased is survived by his
widow, who was iMiss Sophie Riddle,
and the following sons and daughters:
Arthur and Wofford, who resided in
Greenville; T. 'Rufus, a merchant at
Gray Court; .Mrs. Walter Ball, of Gray
Court, and Miss .laggie, Wio lived
with her parents.
Death of Mrs. Kellett.
Mrs.Rhoda Kellett, an aged womain
of the Friendship section, died last
Tuesday morning as the result of a
broken 1ip caused by a fall about
two weeks ago. The burial services
wevrce heldl at Friendship church Wed
nesday, being largely attended by sor
rowing friends and relatives. .\Irs.
Kellett was 88 years of age and twice
married. Iier first husband -was .\Ir.
Toi 'Wilson, who died In the army
rluring the Civil War. Of this union
two daighters survive, Mirs. J. 11.
Traynhiam and Miss Lizzie Wilson.
ier second marriage was to the late
J. A. Kellett, who (ied in- 1876. Of this
Linion one ('hiild survives, Mr. .Jlihn
W. Kellett, who is now in the govern
ment service. She was fori many
year's a memb1er1 of F'riend~sh Ip churich
and~ was gr'eatly beloved in hc'er com
i ilied ini Mayor's ('oulrt.
C. Eugene -Ioland, former st reet
sutp('rlintenden'it or tile city, was fined
$ 100 by Mayor' llihey Saturiday, for
louriishig a pistol and creating a dIis
tui'bance in the city Friday. Ilolanud
heaidedl a small party wvhieh attempted
to take a white man by the name of'
Wells from Chief of -Police Cr'ews', af
ter' Wells hlad been1 arr'ested foir an
alleged insult to a relatives of thec
former. Offleci's Suillivan and 1101bo
came to tihe assistance of the chief,
wxho had seized TIoland and thle wh'iole
party was carried to the stat ion house.
der' arriest, however. Wells has been
turnled over to the county foi' priosecui
tion. The incidlent created1 consider
able excitement for awhile, but this
blo0w over' wvhen it alppeared that the
whole aff'air' may have been the result
of a misunderstanding.
Base hall at Watts.
WVatts Miils and 'Enoree wili play
on the Watts 'Mills grounds Saturday
afternoon at 4 o'clock, the Watts
Mills band furnishing music for the
occasion. These two teams played at
Enor'ee last -Saturday, -Watts losing to
Enorece b~y a score of 8 to 0. The locals
have sigined illabo, a southlpalw former
ly of Greenwood, and ar'e determined
to even up the score. Enoree will pitch
Cothran, formerly swith the Pacific
Coast lneae 'A big game ia prnfted
WILL RETIRE SOON
Announces Intention to Retire from
Active Service in Letter to Baker.
Did not Announce Ills Plans for tihe
Washington, June 7.-Oencral John
J. Pershing will retire from active
service within a few months. He an
nounced his intention today in a let
to rto Secretary Baker.
The commander of the American Ex
peditionary Forces declared that he
felt he could give up his military du
ties without Impairment of thle qerviep
and "thus be free to engage in some
thing more active." The general did
not indicate the nature of his future
General Pershing assured Secrettry
Baker that he would remali in the
service until work involved in the cr
rying out of .the army reorganization
act was completed. 'lie gave the added
assurance that in any future crisis he
would be at the call of the nation.
The general's letter to Secretary
laker was made public by Colonel J.
U. Quekemeyer, his aide. It follows:
"Dear Mr. Secretary:
"Referring to our conversation of a
few days ago, I -wish to say that it has
long been my desire to return to civill
life. Throughout my military career,
I have been very much occupied, and
the assignmen'ts that have fallen to my
lot during recent years have been
more or less important.
"It now appears that my duties are
not likely to be of a character that
will require more than a portion of
my time. Under the circumstances I
feel that after the completion of the
work contemplated by the army reor
ganization act, I coulid reiinquish miii
tary duty without impairment to the
service and thu., be free to engage in
something moi active.
"Therefore, i is a situation should
develop to justify my remaining, I
,oniCemplate taking the step indicated
within the next few months.
"Should the necessity arise in a time
orf crisis or otherwise, I assure you,
Mr. Secretary, that I shall stand ready
to serve my country in the future as I
have in the past.
"With great respect and high es
teem, I remain very sincerely,
"John J. Pershing."
Decision of Gencial Pershing to re
Lire came as a surprise in army as
well as in non-military ofilcial circles
in AWashington. The prospective fu
lure detail of the A. E. F. commander
had never been announced, but sov
iral tims he had been mentioned in
onnectioi with oflice of chief of staff.
The nmC of General Pershing as
'I ctldidate for the Reublican presi
iiiial nomination had been put for
wvard ii the Nebraska and Miichigan
preferentialI pritmlries but deleganItes
from tho se staCtes pledged in othei
aididates were elected. P'oiltical ob
iervers at Chieago withila tle past
rw (ays, hiowevei, have mnifltiold'
Gener~alII' Pershing amonig the damiirk
The expeditionary commuandecr will
etir wcuith the rank of fitll general,.
liat title for life having heetn con
Ferred on himn by congress after his
rCeturnl fronm F'rance. General Per
shilng wvill be I60 years old next Sop
Mmbher and iuld not reach the re
tirement ace uintil 1921.
Anthter Stll De1 ~ st royed.
A crude outfit for dhistillinlg whiskey
wais capturied by Shuerif ileid and Of-I
llers A brams and Claude Owinigs near*
\ioun itv.ilIe last. weeck. Thiie still antd
zonsidlerable mash were destroyed.
y'he mash was ini at hirge barrel sunk
ni the ground, which a hog had found
mud fallen into, going to a '"mashy"'
Cutting tile Melonts.
County Auditor J. W. Thompson is
4lpendling several weeks in Apopka,
"ia., iwith his brother, J1.:M. T1hompsnon,
where the two birothers have a large
watermelon fa . Writing from there
few (lays ag.,, he said that the crop
his year is fine and that they have
iiready begun to make shipments.
L~egoon to Meet,
A meeting of the Thios. D). Lake, Jr.,
Post, American Legion, has been called
by 'Post Commander iarksdal'e fot'
rhursday night at eight o'clock. Im
)ortant business, such as the bonus
natter, seCessionl from the national
>rganization and other matters are to
OmA lin. A ful1l attenancenn 18 Anant'e.A
AGAIN BOBS UP
Oreenwood Chamber of Commerce
Asks for Conference Between Lau
rens and Greenwood Comnmission s.
Supervisor Watts Is In receipt of a
letter. from E. W. Stalnaker, presi..
(olnt of the Greenwood chamber of
commerce, enclosing i Copy of a letter
sent by him to the state highway com
mission proposing another conference
betiween the state commnission and the
two county commissions relative to
the top-soll road connecting the two
vounties. The renowl-d agitation of
this question came following a peti
tion of Corona people to the Green
wood chamber of commerce asking
t hat the road from Greenwood to this
county's line be built through that
town to either the Ivy -Bluff site near
the old Cuningham place or to the
Pucketts Ferry site about a mile and
a half below, Instead of to the Boyd's
-Mill bridge now being used. It is
understoA'l that the Greenwood com
mission has already .had the survey
made to thu Boyd's M'll bridge and let
the contract for iwork on that route.
The Laurens conmiision Is under
stood to favor the Ivy Bluff route, but
deflite hetion h4i3 not been taken be
cause of the lack of funds at present
to prosecute the work. The action of
the Greenwood commercial body le
taken to indleate that means might
be found to change tile plans on the
Greenwood side or that the Greenwood
commission will try to prevail upon
the Laurens commission to build to
the Boyd's 'Mill bridge also.
Supervisor Watts, who is chairman
of the Laurens commission, said yes
terday that his commission would be
glad to meet with the Greenwood com
mission, but that lie saw little chance
of altering the plans on this side. Tak
Ing out of consideration the matter of
the most desirable 'route, lie said, the
legislative delegations from Green
wood and Iaurens counties had put
through an act of the legislature last
year requiring a. bridge to he erected
in the vicinity of the Puckett's Ferry
site and that there was no visible tway
of avoiding the building of a bridge in
that vicinity. As a bridge at the Ivy
'Mluff site would meet the require
ments of the act and is a more desir
able site, the commission would favor
crossing the river at this point, .thus
saving tile counties the expense of
building two bridges, as the present
bridge at the Boyd's Mill site would
have to be practically rebuilt. It is
the present intention of the commis
sioners, Ie said, to meet. the require
meilnts of thle act in the best an1d most
eC'onomical manner and at tile sa me
ime place the bridge at the most log
ical point between the two counties.
The letter of .Mr. Stalnaker to the
state highway commission follows:
State Iligliway Commission,
At a meeting of the Chamber of
Coinmerice orf ireen woodl, a del egatIion
of citizens from Coronaca andt sur..
mlatter which, in the( juidgmenlt of the
Chai~mber of Comiioree, needsl the at
ten tion of the State li iglway Com
miiission, and1( the Illgh way ('0mmis-1
sions of bothi Green11wood and Laurrens
Th'ie pu11rpose of thle Coronaen delie
gation, was to have (be (Chamiber of
Coimmert'ce use its Infl uence w ih thbe
GIreen wood county hiighway comm llis.
sioni to the (end that the G reenwood
L auiirenls high way pass through (Cr0
nlaca and~ (ross Saluda at ivy liluff or
P'uckett's F~erry instead of' lloyd's
in thle courise of discussion it do
v'eloped that the Greenwvood andI Lau
rens 'Commissions were divided as to
thle routes to lbe adopted-the one do
sirinig to buIld .the lloyd's bridge
o-and the0 othier thle P'uckeit's
Ferry or ivy -Iluftf route, andl they
have never been able to get together.
it also developed that the General
Assembly has al readly lpassed an Act
r'equiiring the buildinug of a bridge at
Leaving out of considleration the
claims of the Coronaca citizens----be
cause those are purely local-and
can, of course, only he (ealt with by
thle Greenwood higlisway commIssion,
there remains a condlitioni of .State
importance-to wvit: Shall the high
way fronm Greenwood to Saluda riv
er be unimproved on the Greenwood
side; and likpwise the highway from
1'aurenas to the Saluda be unimproved
J. It. SPROUISE A SUICIDiE.
Foimer Liurens Man Cuts Il Thliroat
While Tlempornrily Iemieted.
News was received in the city Sat
urday of the death in Texarskana, Ark.,
of J. -lenry Soprouse, a native of Green
ville county near Fountain Inn and a
one-time resident of this city. Hls
death followed a self-inflicted wound
Tuesday night of the same week while
he iwas alone in a Texarkana hotel!
where he had stopped for the night.
While temporarily bereft of his mental
faculties he slashed his throat with a
razor and created a sensation as he
staggered down the hotel steps into
the lobby. Il'ntirely recovering his
mind following the shock of the
wound, he expressed deep regret at
the deed and placed himself entirely
in the care of his attendants. lie was
looked after by members of the Ma
sonic fraternity, of which he was a
member, and every attention given
him by physicians and nurses. Rev.
Mr. l3rewer, Grand Chaplain of the
order in Arkansas, accompanied the
remains to Fountain Inn and assisted
in the funeral services held at Fair
view church yesterday afternoon. The
body was interred with Masonic hon
The deceased iwas about forty years
of age and umiarried. 'At one time
he lived here, but for the last several
years has been living in Texas. His
father died when he was but a youth
and lie was raised by an Iici, J. LT.
Sprouse. of Fountain Inn. Ile is sur
vived by his stepmother, 'Mrs. W. .1.
Sprouse, two half sisters. 'rs. S. L.
Coleman and Mrs. A. II. Stewart, and
a half brother, -Rev. W. W. Sprouse,
The pupils of Miss Hattie D. Gray's
piano class closed their term work
with a most creditable recital Monday
afternoon at five o'clock. The numbers
were played with a .pleasing finish and
techniquej Those tking part were:
Mlshes Mar'garet Wttss'6,'Laura Vance,
Jones, Janio Harris, Rose Rosenthal,
Lucile Hawkins, Caroline Hudgens,
Mariegene Gray, Mary 'Sue Bolt, Lois
Fuller, Eva Taylor, Sara Eliza Swy
gert an(d Miss Gray.
Services i Oram.
Special memorial services and furl
ing of the service flag are announced
for the Warrior Creek Baptist church
next Sunday morning at. Il o'clock.
The public is cordially invited.
on the laurens side? In other words,
ought the two commissions hreak the
course'v of travel and trafilcl betweeen
he counties, because of a mere dif
ference of opinion as to which is the
ml1ost feasable ilace to vro.ss tle rivei'
We believe that if your cnomis.
sion wtil (ail a joiit mleting of tle'
1,wo colmlliss;iols that some plan of
adjustmeni. of this important phase
of the iue;t ion bet them will lbe
re'a(chd. We respectfufiI y %gges~
for you r c'onsidria tioni the a'dvisabilI
ity oif suchI mneet ig before any ex pen..
diites have been nmde, an w11ae futr
ther suggest to the two cou nty high
way3 ('ommiiissionis the advisability of
hav'in g the StateC hii ghway coinmiision,
01 c'erta in of its members, act as a
boarid or aritIrat ion betwveen them, in
thle event t hey (a nnot agree.
It is of the utmost impor'tance to
bothI toe nties that thety lie connetedi
ilIintade and tri llc--fori isolatIion is
thle strlongest enemy of priogress. The1(
I'eopule w~ant i oodl roads foir the bene
-fiIs whi'h eae rue there from, and (10
not wantt ithem t) stop at county
l ines . Th'le v('ry purip'tose of c'reat ing
the state ihghw may conmmission 'and
the only e3 (xcuseC foi' its exisltnce---ia
the cr'eat ion aind maintenance of
through roads--as against local and(
brokeni lines of i'oads.
We siniceriely hope youi' commission
twill take hold( of thiis mattecr and1(
binug about an adjustment satisfac
tory to both countmties. We feel that
1tle commissions of both COunt ies
will he free to muake some sacrifice of
imrely'13 local conveniences to serve the
We ai'e sentding a copy' of this let
tei' to both county' commissions--in
the hope) of opening up the matteer
for further consideration.
Y ours very truly,
Greenwoodl Chamber of Commerce,
Jiy E3. W. Stalnaker,
UPHELD BY COURTS
Death Knell of Wets Is
Anendiment and Enforcement Act Up
held in Unainimons Decision of Uni
ted States Supreie Court. Invall
date4 Ack of Stttes AMlowing Light
Washington, June 7.-The prohibi
tion amendment and the enforcement
act were held constitutional by the
supreme court today in a unanimous
While attorneys for the interests
attacking the two measures, were
granted permission to file motions -for
re-hearings, the decision was regard
Ld generally as striking a death blow
to the hopes of the wets.
The court's opinion, rendered by
Justice Van Devanter, iwas sweeping.
It held that the amendment not only.
ame within the amending power con
'erred by the federal constitution, but
was lawfully proi)osed and now Iwas
the law of the land. While recogniz
Ing that congress has mijitations in
irespect to the enforcement of laws
regarding beverages, the court held
those limits were not transcended in
Ahe enactment of the enforcement act
restricting alcoholic content of Intoxi
aants to one-half of one per cent.
While New York, New Jersey and
ure and sale of beverages of more
han one-half of one per cent alco
rolie content were not directly in
'olved, the decision iwas interpreted
is invalidating them. The court said
Ahe last section of the anendnents of
its own force "invalidates any leg
slative act--whether by congress, by
i state legislature or by a territorial
issem bly--which authorized or sanc
ions what the section prohibits."
Concurrent power granted by thc
meindment to federal and state gov
'anments to enforce prolibition, the
'ourt further held, "does not enable
-ongress or the several states to de
("It or1 t1wart prohibition but only to
nforce it by appropriate means."
'Ih decision of the court was set
orth in eleven conclusions covering
even separate proceedings. Trhese
>roceedings included original suits
wought by the state of Rhode Island
lirectly attaeking the. constitutional
ty of the amendmfent.
The Advertiser carries several (d
litlonai annotineients in this issue
>f t!e pal'r. .1. H oward Moore, of
\.heville, anno uces himself vs
-and iiate for sol icitotr of this ciricu itI
n opilIjln tO o ler S. Bliackfell,
>f tii ('ity, Idinmben t. 1\lrI. Aloore
5 a gradtuate of C'lemson college and
hIs beeni at repr'Ceentaitive of Abbevjllc
:11unty in the leg islaturei'c for' eight
sonseecutiv e yeart l'. ie is now~ state
nasM anolunees fot' rI.-election as
uislhat inlto the 'intg tot' the satme
>ftfice. A. [1-lomer A\l'e, for' the panst
wo years' ('(llunty ('onun~issioner,~ an
unI1ces Ihimiself for re-election.
Governor i~oses Hiis Tioniisls.
G;over'nor Robert. A. Cooper ulnder'
v'enft ia suIccessful opertation ini a Co
IIluba hloripit aI Fid'ay mfornIlinig when
iis tons~ils were r'emnoved. The Gov
'rnor1 hads sulffer'led a great deal lately
'rom1 5ore thrtoat and hoarseness and
ais doctors advised him to suibmlit to
in operation. Gbov. Cooper aa rest
ig easy at last repilorts and will be
.10 and1(1i abot withIiln a few (lays.
MIr. and Mirs. C'. 11. Roper, I's. Rt.
B. Duinlap, .\isses lar'gar'et and1 Sara
D~un lap, Mlary Hoper; Mlessrs. Farr'is
\Martin, Iliarry Wilkes, Chal'lisle Dial
anld Waldo alrtin left yesterday to at
tend tihe comimenicement exercises of
An "All-Day 'Singing" twill lie giveni
at Bieliview church Sunday, .June 20th.
The pub~lic ia cordially Invited to at
tend and are asked to 'bring well-dilled