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LAUEN*_OUHARLIA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1920. N ME
POLIC RAIDS FAL
GOTHAM CRIM[ WAV[
Numerous Robberies Call
for Drastic Action
Offensive Launched on Now York Un.
derworld to Check Crimes Wave
Which Ras Spread Over Metropols,
Heavy Penalties Imposed Where
Convictions Are secured.
New York, Dec..40.-"Raids by po
lice fall to stop cilme wave."
Thus read headliftes in New York
newspapers tonight after what was
described as the first day of ."the most
sweeping round up of crooks in the
history of New Ybrk.'
,During the day, amid numerous mi
nor robberies, was listed on police rec
ords another murder by gunmen who
invaded the Seamen's Mission on the
waterfront, And shot and killed' one
lan while stealing -$400.
iBut at roll call in police stttions
this afternoon, were read two orders
that indicated Commissioner (Enright
intends to push the round up to the
Tile first command was for patrol,
men to stop and question all pedes
trians found between midnight and
dalwn on unfrequented streets, and if
their actions arouse suspicion, to
search them for firearms.
The second order revoked i:ermis
sion for policemen to take half an hour
for meals while on diuty.
Revocat.ion of the meal hour per
mission came after the hoard of estI
mates l)ad I)ot'ponied until tomorrow
furthei' consideration of a reitineat )y
Commissioner Enright for nearly 800
more uni formed muembers of his force.
Meanwhile criminal courts cleared
their calendars for actiQn against. rob
her bands. All cases against burglars
na1 highwamen were advanced, and
heavy penalties inflicted in cases
where a verdict of guilty was return
While the ntunicipal aut horities
were .pnrciparing to Iaunih their otil
cial offensive on the u nderworld, the
American Legioni, Merchants' Assocla
tioi and other bodies mt to lay plans
of their own.
New Vork posts of the War Veter
nna' Associat ion, after their session,
fdisipatchedl a letter to Mayor Hylan,
okering hinm the Services of from 500
to 5,000 seleted meiber's of the Ie
gion to rteinforce the re.tilarlv (onsti
tilted police force of (reater Now
Steps takrn in other cities to check
crime waves were dhactssed at the
meeting of tile Merchants' Amsociation
which r::pointed a committee to study
the situation in New York.
Wiomeni Under Ari-est,
Mt's. Ludcile Emmna Brooks, whso is
under arrest -with .John,Calanmaugh and1(
Nicholas Loresch in cotnnection with
the shlooting of P'olice Lieutenant
lIfoydl 11crton in a running fight with
gangster's after a hold, up last Week,
today appieared before an'grand Jury.
B~efore testifng, she -was said .to
have declined to eign a- wvaiver' of im
munity. According to attaches of the
criminal courts buildig, this prevents
pirosecution of her in the present ease.
'Mt's. Brooks 'was one of eight wvit
nlesses aummloned by Assistant District
Attorney -Dineen' who appeared before
the legal body to ask for first degres
murder ind~ictmlents inl the0 for'ten ease.
Examinatiotn of witnesses wiii he con
Mr. Dincen saidi that utnder exami
nation, Mrs. Brooks admitted having
been dirinking the night of the Horten
kiliig, but dentied having any 'v~eapon
A statement issued by the woman's
attorney coincides in the main with
Mrs., Brooks' version of her stot'y, ex
cept that it made no mention of the
C'ommandery to Observe Christmas
Ofmcers of the 'Laurens Commandery
are mlaking preparations for the
Christmas Observance mneeting~ Christ
mas morning at it o'elock, Knights
are requested to 'be prent and join in
the usual Christmias toast. No uni
brrms will be needed,
NEW AUTO PLATES
MAY BE SECURED
Automobile License for 1921 According
to Weight of Car. Blanks Now Be.
The clerk of court, sheriff, chamber
of commerce and all automobile deal.
ers of the county have just received
the now automobile rating book from
the state -highway department show
Ing the schedule of licende fees for
1921. They have als received appli
cation jglanks to send to Columbia to
secure license plates. The ,blanka and
information as to how they must be
filled out may be secured from the
As is generally known,' the Method
of comiputing the license fees next
year has been changed to a weight
basis instead of horsepower basia as
heretofore. The smallest fee is $6.00
for cars under 2,000 pounds aad In.
creases with each additional 500
pounds. Automobiles are requir.ed to
have the new license plates by Jan
uary 31, 1921.
The following is the schedule on
, Class A-Up to and including 2,000
Class B-From 2,000 pounds tip to
and including 2,500 pounds, $8.00.
Class C-From 2,500 pounds up tb
and including 3,000 ipounds, $10,00.
Class D-From 3,000 pounds .up to
and including 3,600 pounds, 412.0.0.
Class E--From 3,500 pouida up to
and including 4,000 pounds, $14,00.
' Class F--Froni 4,000 pounds up to
and Including 4,600 pounias, $16.00.
Class 0-From 4,500 (ppliods ,up tb
and Including 5,000 pounds, $18.00.
For each additional 500ponlds an
additional fee of $2:00 vill be.charged.
Any car weighing more than 5,000
1rolunds will be classed a with the ad
(itional fe, as stated above.
1. 8P. IIFIALEV.Dn',
Had Been In (elining hIealth for
Some Time. Funeral This .%fter
Mr. William P. Shealey. who hak
been a resident of this city -for a nun
ber of years, died at his home on East
Main street yesterday morning at I I
o'clock after an illness lasting for
some months. The funeral will be
held from the house this afternoon at
3 o'clock and interment will take
lace Immediately afterwards at the
L 0aurens cemetery.
'Mr. Slicaley was a native of Gran
iteville, In Alken county, and was 67
years of age. I is survive(d by' his
widow, who eas originally from
North Carolina, and the following sons
and (laugh ters: 0. E., of Greeiville
J. It., of Spartanburg Charles E., of
Charlotte; W. D-, of Cleveland, Ohio
W. P.%Jr., of this city, and Miss Jen,
nie Shealey, of this city, and Mrs. A.
K. Kinard, of Clinton.
The deceased was a man of many
excellent qualities and his death will
be a source of much sorrow to a large
number of friends.
The actIve pall bearer's wIll be
Messrs. M. J. Simpson, R. Bi. Terry, W
. [Hawkins, W.r C. Waldro, Gus IHalb
and Dr.' T. L. Timnmerman The hon
orary all bearers will be Messr's J.
F. Tolbert, C. W. Tune, iH. Terry, W.:L.
Girey, C. 11. Gasquo and 'Dr. Rt. E~
May Establish Truck Line
Mr. J. Y. Wallace, .formerly of tils
city, but now of Greenvile, was in the
city yesterday discussing with busi..
ness men the feasibility of establish
ing a bus and .truck line between~ this
city and Greenville. The plans are
already, unearly plerfected and the line
may be in operation about the first of
tihe year. TPhe plans of .the 'promoter's
call- for an extension of the line all
over the iPiedmont section as business
warrants and in time may cover most
of the state. Mr-. Wallace said that
his company had been very much en
couraged by merchants along the
proposed route and that lhe was very
confident *.. it would meet with
success. Whi. e here Mr. 1allace was
the guest of his father-In-law, Mr. J.
Entertainment at Princeton.
There will be a Christmaa 'prograh
in connection with a Christmas tree at
tile Princeton schodl 'house, TPhupadg~y
night, December 23rd, begInning at 7
ociock. The ladies of .the Improve
ment Association will serve supper,
The public is invited to sa~ed
A CHRISTMAS CAL
Near-East Relief Makes 1
Carolinians to Help Si
Columbia. S. C., Dec. 20.-19. 0.
Black, treasurer of the Near East Re
lief, has received a telegram frofIl
Henry Morgantlgau, former ambassa
dor .to Turkey, telling of the deplor
Able conditions now existing in the
Near East and making an earnest plea
to .the people of the United Sta,tds not
to abandon the little orphans twho are
now being taken care of by -the contri
butions of the pepole of this cuntry.
"America won the admiration and
gratitude of the Near East by disin
terested altruism and philanthrophy
during -the past fou years. Peace and
order have not been restored. These
people are still helpless. 'lheir land
has again been the battleground of
conteding forces. Their efforts .to
maintain independence have partially
failed owing to the superior force of
"Large nunibers of refugees have
again been dispossessed of their tem
porary homes. Recent cables state'
that the roads leading to various
places of safeyt are crowded with ref
ugees. A -hard winter has begun. The
snow is knee deep in many places.
SHOI LD TAIKE CARE
Inurance Conijissioner Gives Fire
Insurance Commissioiner McSwa!n
Saturday i isueti a statement calling
upon the ii;eople to be especially care
flul durin-.I holi.lay sleason to preI,
vent loss or 116! and1(u property -by care
less fires. Ai myors. chiefs of police anid
pclice ofticer.i i gcncral are asked to
co-operate In the effort to prevent
such fires. The statemcnt follows:
"For the purpose of )reventing, as
far as possible, the loss of life, suf
fering and the fiestruction of resources
careful during the holiday season to
careful ditrni tih holtiday seLon ito
prevent carelsa Ires
"With this End1( inl View, it Is sug
gested that light, inflammnable deco
rations be disi)ensed with and that
metallic tinsel and other inflanmable
decorations bl lised instead; that
Christmas tees be securely supportedi
so that child lren in playing can not
tipl them ov. Do inot permit clii
(rn1 to ight cantiles While paren-ts or i
other responible persons Ire not
Present. and as far as aposstble, ise
electrical illuiniation, as it i; safer.
Be especially careful with matches
"Provide for the disposal of waste
paper, trash and other inflammable
wast~e material, so that rats and mtice
may not carry it intto the walls andu
other concealed -places.
"Gasoline anid other volatile oils
should never be keptt in bildings ex..
cent ini smtali iuantitles and never in
"Keept stairways and exits free
fronm obstrucetion so that children may
not be retardled in escaping ini case
fire 'breaks out.
'"Befotre closing the store, house or'
factotry at niightt go over~ the~ premt
ises to see that everything is safe
"Mayors, chiefs of pollee and epeace
oflcers generally areO urged to co-op
erate in tho prevention of careless
firs at all times, butt esptee'ally during
the holiday season that is now, upon
Christmas at First hNaptist Church
Rev. S. H. Templeman announces
the ' followintg Christmas services:
Sunrise pray'er meeting Cliristmas
morning nt -7:3~0. There~ will be spcejal
muitsic. The public is -invited.
lReg'ular' services at, 11:30 a'. mn.
Suntday, De. 26 anid at the hout' of
evening service 7r:30, the 1. . y, . I.
will give.a' musical ser'vice int additiont
tQ a talk by the pastor.
For Chinese Relief
Th e Warrior Creek Sunday School
wishes to make a free will offering rotr
the faine stricken sufferer's of China
on next Sutnday, Dee. 26th, and it i4 :
hoped that t'hose who can't attend will
send in a contrIbution
Jrgent Appeal to' South
we Lives of Children in
These helpless refugees are again
thrown on our mercy. Unless we heed
their cry they will perish this winter
by the thousands.
"The situation today is tworse than
It was last year. The Near East Re
lief is the only organization whose
funds are used for this work. Hun
dreds of thousands of these people are
living today who would have perished
llads it not been for American relief.
Large numbers of orphans now in the
mdre than two hundred orphanages
maintained by the Near East 'Relief are
totally dependent upon the 'Near East
relief for the simplest necessities of
life. They must not now bge left to
perish after being rescued by us. No
matter where the people are or which
faction claims the right to govern
them the refugees are homeless or
phans and 'helpless. Their faces Viro
turned towards us in despair and ex
pectancy. They are the Tjny Tinis of
the holiday season."
All contributions should be sent -to
E,. 0. Black, treasurer, Near East Re
Hot, 211 Liberty National Bank Build.
ing. Columbia, S. C.
BANQUET IS GIVEN
TO LAUBENS TEAM
1i1gh School Gridiron Stars Enjoy
SuNmptuous Dinner Served by Girls.
A delightful event of the past week
was the annual banquet of the foot
held in the high school building Fri
ball teatn of the Laurens hi1gh school,
a nigiht. A sumptuious dinner was
preparel and served by the pupils of
the Domestic Scienee departnent, un
der ,the direction of Miss Virginia
Rhiods, assisted by Miss Catherine
.ovtfi of the high school faculty.
Sipt. I. W. Gastine acted as toast
mnaster and short speeclies were made
Slrincipal W. C. W1 olfe, 'hos. C.
l-ol-t, 'i'ruanan Roper, Coach Holand
leoy, and) 1Rev. C. T. Sq'iires:. Block
letters were presented by Supt.
Gastine to lxt!e1 mIlhembers of the
team, after 'which Fred Bishop, cap.
lin of the team presented Coach
Moseley with a gift in token of the
team's appreciation of !.,, so,.e%8
iring the seasoni.
William Albright, fltar,1trback on
the U11nm Was elected captain of the
.liD litfil muslic Wer( fi -nllisli l by
Mi,es Mary Bu-tie Dolt and Lois F l
IN (fOSS HILL
'4eriff i'd and Arul Plleeman A
I. lloyd TIake~ Fivo Mac'lhies ai
Bring Tihiem to Lasurens,
Sheriff S. C. Reid and( Rural Police..
aila Andy 1- lloyd mhadle ati official
risit to Cross illi several days ago in
'Ceiponse 'to rumilors that slot machine0
md again conme into vogue there and
%'ere the centers of minch interest on
he part of liberal Ones who lprefer..
ed to give upl their har~id-earnedl mony
it a game of chance rather than1 ex
'hange it for needed me'rchandise. As
result of the visit fonur slot machines
u'ere takeni from as many~ stores and
tnother from a barber sho.mkng
lye In all, the entire outfit now being
n the sheriff's omlie.
Memphia, Ten n., D~ec. 18.-Plrop~osals
0 raIse the salary l imit, inaugu ration
f a movement to secure the enactment
f stringent laws against betting on
asebali gaimes and feasibility of a
ost series rwith the wi'nner's of the
.'exasdIbeaguie pennant are among mat
ers expctedl to be0 discuissed at the
nnual meeting of the southeitrni asso
iation of baseball clubs her'e next
Schooils Close Tomorrow.
The 'Laurens city schools will close
or' the Christmas -holidays -this after
oon, and will 'remain closed until
'londay, January 2nd, giving about ten
ays of holiday.
OBTAINS 1110H RATING
Placed on Accredited List of Eighteen
South Carolina High Schools.
The Laurens High School is one of
eighteen high schools of South Caro
lina placed on the list of accredited
secondary institutions by the South
ern Association of Colleges Secondary
schools, according to an announce
ment made by Dean IA. T. Baker, of
the University of South Carolina, last
week. Four hundred forty-four
schools are included on the list from
the entire south. "This is an achieve
ment of which we are very proud,"
said Supt. II. W. (hasque in speaking
of the honor conferred on the local
school, as eighteen is a comparatively
small number of South Carolina ipre
paratory and high schools and shows
that.the Laurens school takes a high
rank with others of the state.
The South Carolina accredited
schools are: Baiborg high school,
Ashley Hall (Charleston), Charleston
Boys' high school, Porter Military
academy (Charleston), Chester high
school, Columbia high school, Dar
lington high school, Florence high
school, Greenwood, high school, Iau
rens high school, Orangeburg high
school, St' Matthews high school,
Flastoc school (Spai ta burg), Wofford
fitting school (Spartanburg), Spar
tanburg high school, Summerville
high school, Suiter boys' -high school
and 'Sumter girls' high school.
WORLD WAR HERO
Lieut. Pat O'lrien, Veteran British
Royal Flying Corps, Ends Own Life,
Leaves Letter Bhuind Bilding Wife
Los Angeles, Cal., 0Dec. 18.-Lieu
tenant Pat O'Brien. veteran of the
-British Royal Flying Corps, killed him
Self in a hotel room here early today,
shortly after he had talked over the
telephone with his wife, from whom
he had been estranged.
Mirs. O'Brien, through friends, ,aid
she was .convinced her husband was
un ialancedi mentally, and that his act
U-as due to that condition. Lieut.
O'Brien' left a note addressed to his
wife in which he spoke of himself as
"like the rest of the people--a little
bit of clay." In a letter he bade fare
well to his wife. mother and sisters
"And may the just God that an
swered my lrayers in those two days
that I spent in making my escape
from Germany once more answer
"And bring trouble, sickness, dis
grace and more bad luck than any
One else in this world ias ever had,
curse forever that awful woman
that has broken ulp my -home and tak
en you from me; 'the woman that stood
in iy home and gave (several 'words
blurred) she caused this life of mine
that just a few moments ago was hap
yto go 8n that sweet adventure of
Mr's. O'Brien denied that any third
lerson had interfered in their family
affairs and said that the woman
namedl by O'Brien as responsible had
been introduced to her b~y her husbandl
and had joinedi her at her request be..
cause she did( not wish to live unpro
Mr~is. O'Brien was a bride of a few
months. She declined to give her
former nlame or any facts concern
ing herself andl she was secluded uin
der a physician's care. Friends of
O'Brien saidi his wife wva- formerly a
newspa per 'vomanU in Washington,
where he met her, andi that she wvrote
under the. name of "Virginia Dale,"
or "Virginia I a re."' While O'Brien
was engaged in the motion ipicture
work here last summer, his wvief did
some studio work.( hut she was said1 to
be unemployed at present.
Special E~tereises at New P'rospect
'The Younag People's socictta of New
lProspect church will have special ex
ercisesC next Sunday night, which the.
public ia cordilally' invited to atteind.
The Sunbeams wili have short exer-.
cises, the Girls' Auxiliary and Rloyal
Ambassador's ill give a play in one
act, and the B. Y. P. U. a pageant.
Young p~eople's societ ics of ot~her
churches, esipeccally the T. Y. P. U. or
ganizations, are invited to attend in a
body and sit together (luring the cxer'
ceses, which will begin at 7 o'clock
ad last ab~out one bour' and a half.
TO URGE [0ONOY
Will Recommend Reduction
TO BE FAVORED
Chief Executive Gives Out statement
In Which He Says That Department..
al Expenses and Appropriations fe
Public Institutions Should be Shaved
Columbia, Dec. 20.-Governor Coop
er in a formal statement this after
uoon siaid he would recommend to the
geheral asseubly in January that the
appropriations for the year 1921, be
-below the figure apprapriated last
January, with the exception of the
amount asked for .the public schools.
The governor's statement comes in
response to the storm of protest which
-ha.s been sweeping in from all sections
of the state since the total amount of
nearly three millions to be asked by
different departments has been pub
The amount appropriated last Janu
ary was $6,077,481.43. The amount
asked by the various departments and
institutions In submiting estimates for
next year is $9,868,206.159, or an in..
crease over last year's figures of $3,
771,065.20. In entering protest Major
John G. Richards, former railroad
Commissioner, emphasizes that the pro
iosed increase is in excess of the
amount appiropriated for state pur
pOses in 1916, four years ago, when
the total amount levied iwas only.
The amounts to be recoinmended by
the governor and the budget comlilis
sion has not yet been determined; but
inl his statcment the governor 'says he
will ask that all departmental appro
priations and those for state institut
tions of learning and Charitable ang
penal institutions -be held below this
The oxceptioni the governor makes is
that for the public schools. The total
amount appropriated this year for the
public schools Was $931,2"0. Thu
am1oun11t being asked of the coming ses
sion is $2,1-5,,0. Winthr'oji College
is asking $S2,000, against $-116,000
In li.; stateenICt the gavernor1 said,
"I have not yet co1pleted Illy study of
the 1921 budget in all of its details
but I will recomlnend a reduction of
appropriationls from the year 1920 with
the exception of t he ailpprojriatloni for
the public schools. I anm satisfied fur
ther, that with other re0collieldatioln
which ,will be submittedl to the legis.
lature, the levy for 1921 can and will
be, materially reduce(l, I ex pect to dis-.
cs tils wohle qu(estion inl (etail in
iy antial nessage."
Destroyed Two Stills
U. S.. Deputy Marshall John WV. Kel
lett madle a raid on Rabun Creek last
week andu destrede( two stills which
seemedi to have lain idle for some
'time. No On wras around and there
were no signs of recenit operations. It
is saidt atmong peace otflies that
"hard times'' have alfected the whiskey
selling businiess consider'ably and
that the suupply during recent weeks
has exeed~ed the demuanid at the prices
asked. Wilo ther, ate evidenecs of
a rduction of prices ini keeping With,
Cotton and~ other commlnodities, nobody
has heard as yet of any "half-price''
sales. About a 20 per cenit reduction
is about the best oifer* heard of recent
ly, thoutgh~ the after Chiristtau slmp
in the miarPket is expoeed to find still
more of the go,(ds thrown on the mar
ket at mnore attr'active~ prices.
.idds to 5urpus
SAt the annual mneetinig of the board
of dlirectors of the Fa.'mers National
Bank, held last wve''!, the old officere
were re-eiected anti the usual 4 per
ent semni-antmal dIvidend 'was ordered
llaid. in addition $5,00)0 was passed to
the surplus account. The report of
President Owings showed the bank to
be in a flourrishing condition and the
Outlook for the future ver'y brIght.
Oyster Supper at Narni
An oyster supper twill be served at
the Rlarksdalo Narnie school building
on Thursdlay night, the 30th of Decem
ber. The nublic is intrited.