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VOLUME XXXVI. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 1921. UMBER 42
German Proposals Unac
ceptable to U. S.
MUST TREAT '
Foreign M iniser Sim1o1s Informed in
Note that IReparailons Proposals not
a 1as8 for Discussion. Allied Coun.
cil to Explain American Action.
Washington, May 2.-The German
reparations counter proposals are un
accoptable as a basis 'for discussion,
Secretary Hughes ihtformed (Dr.
Simons, the German foreign minister
in a npte tonight.
The secretary at the same time
urged the German government to make
further proposals directly to the allied
governments. He also expressed again
the earnest desire of the American gov
ernminent for a iprompt settlement of
"this vital question".
41ext of Note
The text of Secretary Hughes' coin
munication, which was dispatched to
night at 1. o'clock to Loring Dresel,
the American high commissioner, in
"The government of the United
States has received the memorandum
left by Dr. Simons with the commis
sioner of the United States under date
of April 24, relating to reparations. In
reply th-is government states that it
inds itself unable to reach the con
clusion that the proposals afford a
basis for discussion acceptable to the
allied 'governments and that these pro
posals cannot be entertained. This
goverRnent therefore again expressing
its earnest desire for a promot settle
ment of this vital question strongly
urges the German government at once
to make directly to the allied govern
inents clear, definite and adequate pro
:posals whiph would in all respects
meet Its juht obligations."
The corntunication was made public
by the secretary without comment and
officials generally refused to discuss
Unofficially the opinion was ex
pressed that developments at London
where the allied supreme council is
in session discussing reparations
would soon give the explanation of
the American government's action.
Whether these would demonstrate that
the stand of the United Stateg for pay
ment by Germany to her full ability
but not to a degree to retard unduly
her economic recuperation, had been
met was a subject upon which no light
was shed tonight.
Tile American position is under
stood to have been since Germany for
warded her counter proposals that a
settlement sihould be achieved if fpos
sible by discussion and that even in
the face of an allied advance into Ger
man .territory the United States would
not cease to work for su~ch a settle
ment. At tile same time it wvas em
phasized thlat tile American govern
ment would stand iwith the allies in
demandIng proper reparations.
YORK LAND CASE
York, April 30.-The court of comn
tuon pleas for York county, which con
vened 'ho Mbnday morning with
Judge John S. Willson, of Manning,
presiding, adjourned sine die yester
day afternoon. No eases of especial
'implortance were tried1 at tis term an~d
no verdiicts were rendered for large
The case attracting the most at
tention wvas that of G. Wt. Ruff et al.,
against I. D. Hludspeth, resulting in
a verdict for tile 'plaintiff in tile sum
of $2,751. Tis stilt arose from tile
sale of a tract of land last Augast and
was brou~ght to compel theo buyer to
carry out thle terms of purchase. The
defendant, who paid 1, per cent. of the
price at the time of tthe sal, failed to
maike the payment stipulated for .Jan
nary and sought release froml the con
tract, denying its validity en ll
nical grounds. The interest thlat at
taches to tis case is duo to tile fact
thlat a number of persons who pur
chlasedl land last year have refused
to carry out the contract of the sale
and tile outcomo of this case, which
will be appealed to 'the state suprpmne
court, iwill determine whether or not
suit will be brought against them.
John A. Payne, of Greenwood, Instant.
ly Killed and Negro Fatally Wo.und.
John A. Payne, of Greenwood, who
married Miss Othella Johnson, daugh
ter of H1. M. Johnson, of Ora, th-is
county, some time ago, was almost in
stantly killed and a negro by the name
of John Gilder was fatally injured on
the Piedmont highway between 'New
berry and'Clinton Thursday afternopn
when.a Ford coupe in which Nlr. Payne
was riding collided with the negro
,who stepped out into the road as the
Ford was passing a large -truck. Mr.
Payne's body was carried to Green
Ivood the following. day where inter
ment took place.
Mr. Payne and his brother-in-law,
'1. H. Cashijon, of Greenwood wero in
a Ford coupe on their way to Green
wood from a base ball game In New
berry, according to an account in The
Nowberry Observer. which continues:
Mr. Cashion was at the wheel, and
was goin-g at a moderately rapid gait
on a smooth road. The contractors,
the Newell Construction company, had
Just knocked off work for the (lay, and
Gilder, a laborer, was coming in the
direction of Newberry with an iron
rod fourteen feet long and an inch
amid a half in diameter, with the sharp
steel point of the rod in front. Get
ting out of the way of a passing truck,
Gilder steppecd right in front of the
cope. The rod crashed endwise
through the coupe's mwindshield, and
its point pierced Mr. Payne's left eye
and entered the brain, causing instant
death. The coupe knocked Gilder down,
and the hurt lie :eceived from the col
lision and from the rod lie was carry
ing inflicted injuries that caused -his
death 18 hours later. A superficial
examination of his. body showed no
marks except a slight ibruise on list
side and a hole in his head beltind his
ear. dn the collision the rod was bent
almost to the shape of the letter L.
Mr. Payne was the son of the late
Joseph Payne of near Whitmire, where
the widow and children lived until
about two years ago, when they moved
to Greenwood. lie iwas twenty-six
years of age, and was married only a
few months ago -to Miss Johnson of
(Lanford Station, Lsaurens county. Mr.
Cashion, whose wife is Mr. Payne's
sister, is a young man of Greenwood.
le was not hurt -in the accident, but
was ,badly shaken.up, and the shock
so unnerved him that he was not able
to testify Thursday evening, and the
inquest was postponed till Monqay.
John Gilder was a Newberry negro,
and was forty-five years of age.
TO BE EXPEDITED
Movement Takes Long Stop Forward.
.Proihiso from Meyer. -
Atlanta, April 30.-The movement to
ewopedite the export of American cot
ton took a long step fonward today in
the opinion of more than 100 repre
sen tatives, exporters and finaciern
who discussed the situation with gov
ernment officials and were promised
as great cooperation as 'lossible by
Eugene Meyer, Jr., managing (director
of the war finance corporat ion at
.For one thing Mr. Meyer promisod
to recommend to the corporation that
credits be extended on -bona fide sales
of cotton -to interior 'points for exp~ort,
insteadl of while it is at ports for export
as at present. W. L. Clayton, a cotton
exporter of Houston, Teoxas, in manking
a plea for such action, dheclared it
wouhld "render invaluable aid to ex
The proposal that the government
arrange to insure exp~omters against
loss from wars andl revolutomfs in for
eigni countries also was discussed andh
a conmmittee was ap~pointed to take Up)
this and other proposals with govern
ment officials. Tihe committee wiil
meet in Washington May'9 for a con
ference with 'the war finance comipora
tion to develop a plan of action.
Washington, April 30.-A 1bill au
thorizing the federal reserve board to
loan from its accumulated interest
fund the sum of $50,000,000 to the fed
oral farm lean board for aiding the
farmers was introduced today by Rep
resentative Brand. Georgia. The money
would enable the farm board to take
care of loans already approved and
anplications now pending.
Paper Presented .ltecltig History of
Local Chapter of 91 Metthers.
Mrs. J. 11. Teague, Mrs. Marion
Simpson and -Mrs. 10. C. Wolff returned
Friday from Summerville where they
were in attendance last week upon the
25th annual convention of the South
Carolina branch of the Kings Daugh
ters .and Souis, Mrs. Teague being a
meniber of the INxecutive Board. They
report a very ipleasant and inspiring
meeting, the Sunuinervil-le chapter en
tertaining the delegates in a very hos
pitable and gracious manner.
Among the papers presented at the
meeting was one written by Mirs. M. W.
Martin, of this city, giving a hitory
of the local chapter's work. This pa
l)er will be incorporated in the min
utes of the state convention. It iwas
presented. to the meeting by Mrs.
Teague and is as follows:
Thirty-one years ago last November
tile "Hllpingi Hands" circle of Kings
Daught ers was olganized by the Rev.
A. G. Wardlaw with 5 miembers. Only
one of the charter nelbers is in the
circle today. Our, text is: "Bear ye one
another's burdens." Our work for the
first few years was all local-helping
to bear tile burdens of the suffering
ones by contributing food, fuel, clothes,
medicine, ice and medical services.
As our membership increased our
enthusiasm also increased and we be
gan to respond to calls from our state
and sister states, for earthquake, and
storm sufferers, and the famine suffer
ers in China. For several years our
Circle heliped -to support a room at the
Riverside Infirmary in Charleston,
contributed to the Florence Crittendon
Home for Rescue Work and to the Sal
In 1904 through Mrs. Price a mis
sionary, we adopted and educated a
Chinese girl who grew Into a beauti
fill Christian character. After grad
uating she married a Christian doctor
and they taught in some school.
Realizing the Lord had blessed us
in our wdrk and renemberirvg that he
said "It is more blessed to give than
to receive," we 'payed tuition for two
other Chinese girls for two years. We
clothed a blind colored girl for eight
years who -attended the State institu
tion for the Blind.
In 1910 we donated $250 for im
proveneut of the City Cemetery. When
our county hospital was opened we
pledged $25 -per month to suiport a
room. In 1914 we undertook the
training of two Bible women in China,
this work we still continue. At a
county fair we had a booth and dis
tributed 2,000 religious papers and
tracts. During the war we did Red
Cross work. We adopted a French
orplan for two years. This year we
sent contributions to famine sufferers
in the Near Eiast.and China.
For a number of years ;we have sent
contributions .to the Door of ilo1e in
Columbia. We remember the Orphan
ages at Christmas time; also send
baskets of food and fuel to the needy
in out town. We have entertained the
State Convention thlree times. We
take twenty cop~.ies of the1 Silver Cross
magaz-ine and will increase subscrip
tions. At present we hlave 02 menm
bors, four of them u~nder flve years.
We hlave lost ten by death in tile 31
$20,000,000 RIG HITS
AWARDED TO NEQIIESS
Now Orleans, May 2.-illie Taylor,
a negro woman, iwas awardied oil and
mineral righlts in property in Caliboron
iparishl, said to amlount to $20,000,000
in a deeision rendered late todlay b~y
the state sutpremie court.
Trhis decision was rendered in a
smitt brought ;by tile Taylor woman
against Angeline Ailen and Gleorge
WVest, claim~nts to theo propeorty. Ac
cording to the evidence offered in thle
case, thle Taylor woman's father, of
whom shle was allegedl to be an illi
gitimate cild~, sold the property to
Angeline Alien and George \Vest, but
did not give them a quit claim.
The parentage of the Taylor. woman
was said to have been the chlief lssuq
in tile trial of the case. Tile court de
cision today confirms tile claim of the
Taylor woman thlat she0 is thle child of
thte original owner of the property in
At Friendship Presbyterian Church
'Rev, C. T. -Squires will -preach 'at
Friendsh ip Presbyterian Church next
Sunday afternoon, May 8th, at 3
Rear-Admiral' Saimuel McGowan, Re
' tired, .to Make AnnaIl Address.
Amerlean Legion to Participate.
'The annual MemoriayDay exercises.
to commemorate the Confederate dead
will be held at the Laurens cemetery
Sunday afternoon under the auspices
of the Joseph -3. Kershaw cha-pter,
United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Rear Admiral Samuel McGowan, re
tired, will make the annual address
and Albert C. Todd, Esq., twill be mas
ter of ceremonies. The Thos. 1). Lake,
.Jr., Post, American Legion, will take
part in the exercises, which will begin
at 6 o'clock.
As.in past years the graded scool
children of the first four grades will
gather at the school building a half
hour before the exercises and march in
a body to the cemetery. The World
War veterans are also expected to
gather at the same place and take part
iu the parade to the cemetery. J. Mc.
C. -Barksdale, post commander, has al
ready accepted the invitation of the
United Daughters of the Confederacy
to have the local post take part in the
OPENS MAY 16TH
Water has been Let Into the Lake
Which Is Expected to be Filled in
About Two Weeks.
At a meeting of the directors of the
Bois-Terre Country Club held Friday
it .was decided -to open the club May
16th. The directors decided against
having a formal opening at this time,
but it is thought that something in
the nature of a "house-warning" will
be held later in the spring.
The club house is already nearing
completion and is expected to be ready
for occupancy by the opening date.
Water was turned Into the lake Friday
and yesterday water was over four
feet deep in the deepest parts. It is
thought that about ten days longer will
be required for the water to reach the
In answer to an inquiry as to
whether or not the club grounds and
lake twill be open to the public, one
of the directors said yesterday that
the rules of the club only provide for
its use by club members and guests
especially provided for under tie con
stitution and by-laws. It could- not be
expected, he said, for the club mem
bers to make a large exlpenditure of
money and then turn the place over to
a number of people too large for the
premises to accomodate.
LIKED IN GERM31ANY
Withdrawal Would Bring Keen Regret
on Western Front. Outcome Being
Coblenz, April 14.-The Germans of
Coblcnz have been speculating with
dlee) interest on tho possible effect of
the Knox resolution in congress de
claring that a' state of war no0 longer
exists between America andl Germany.
Whether the adoption of that reso
lution would causo the withdrawal of
tile American forces in Germany hlas
been the main subject of dliscuission
in thle Gherman press of the occuplied
Tile corresp~ondlent, -after interview
ing the nmost representative Germans
of all classes In Coblenz, can say thlat
to tihe majority of Germans here, the
withdrawal of tile Americans would he
regarded 'as regrettable.
Among tradesmen and shopkeepers~
the feeling of regret would be unani
mous. "Tile tailor ne~xt (100r has be
come a illionair'e," said thle bookstore
proprietor twith min'ggled feelings of ad
miration and envy, to thle corresp~ond
ent. "That bhookstore man is' sure
rea-ping a paper mark harvest," was
the way tile tailor put it.
Thlere is only one class of tile pop1
ulation wichl looks lponl thme prles
once of the Americani soldiers dar'kly.
They are thle young men whbo did not
partieip~ated in the late war. Between
them and tile average doughboy thereo
Is no love lost and no frateirnization.
From t~ime to time thmere are even a
few clashles. Tile doughboy has it
thlat tile young German is jealous of
tile former's popularity withI the
frauleins. Others who look deeper
say the larger cause is that thlese
youngl men relatively hlave not suif
fered front the war andl thley are look
ingr to the future in a spirit of revenge.
Much Interest Befng Taken in C11a
ilaign Now In Progress. Prizes to be
The "Save the Baby" campaign, be
ing carried on in Laurenis this week,
is proving interesting and helpful,
judging from tho attendance at the
meetings and the expressions being
heard from those who have been in
attendance. The first meeting was
held at the Pres4byterian church Sun
day afternoon. Mt'rs. Ruth Dod and
Rev. llamuel 11. Templeman were the
speakers for the meeting. 13oth of
these speakers brought helpful ines
sages regarding the health and spirit
ual development of -the baby. The
small children took .hart in the exer
cises. Especially interesting was the
song by little Miss Davis and the happy
littlgheAds bobbing out from openings
encircled with cotton. Inscribed
above these heads was this inscrip
tion: "South CarolinaA Greatest Pro
ducts: Dables. and Cotton."
At the meeting Monday in the court
house 105 bables iwere examined. Tihe
examining staff consisted of Doctors
Teague, Hughes, Walker and Carpen
ter. Nurses assisting were Alisses
Irby, Hainey, Richards and Hiagquist.
The registrar for the meeting was
Miss Bessie Todd. In the afternoon a
lecture was -given by Dr. I layne Glover
of Greenville, on "llow to Keep the
Baby -Well". The nieting, according
to expressions from 'many of the moth
. was very helpful.
Oi Thursday evening in the court
house the prizes will be awarded forl
the babies scoring the highest in the
examination held Monday. In connec
tion with the dwarding of lrizes there
will be a program in which the chil
dren will take part. Speakers for the
evening are Miss Mae Murphy, of
Spartanbu rg, and Miss Chauncey
Blackburn of Columbia. The public
is invited to this meeting. The fol
lowing program will be rendered:
Invocation - Rev. C. T. Squires
Song by the children
Adress - - - - Miss Murphy
Readin'g - - Mrs. Rosa Bramlett
Address Miss Chauncey Blackburn
Presentation of prizes Dr. Ifughes
Prayer and Benediction,
W. S. Holmes
Miss Julia Irby, chairman of the
meetings during the week, expressed
in highest terms her' appreciation of
the splendid cooperation of the Civic
League in helping to make these meet
ings worth while.
FUNERAL OF WM. J. FLEMING
Prominent Citlizen of Ora Passed Away
Thursday and Laid to Rest Friday
Willian J. Fleming, prominent citi
zen of Ora and one of the wealthiest
citizens of the county, passed away at
his home Thursday after a long illness.
le bad been in declining health for
several years and for the past fe.w
months had ,been forcedl to give up ae
tive charge of his affaim'd. For the Past
month he had been critically Ill andl
death -had.bleen momentarily exp~ectedl
for several days prior to the end. The
burial services were held at 0Old Fields
clhurcheh Fridlay afternoon, being largely
attendedl by a large concourse of 50or
r'owing friends and relatives. The ser
vices were condluctedi by R1ev. 1. N.
Kennedy, iPastor' of the Ora and Lau
i'ens Associate Presbyterian churches.
Mr'. Fleming was about 60 years ot
aige. Hei is suirvivedl by his widow, wvho
was a Miss Ilankely, of Ora, one broth
er, Sannuel HI. Fleming, and three sis
ters, Mr's. 'Mar'y J. Nabors, Miss Lula
Fleming and Mrs. P. Conway Martin.
Mr. Fleming was a man of widle symn
ipathies and progressive idleas, aLways
lending his sup~port and influence to
mnovements9 for the pulilc good, lie
Will 1)0 greatly mIssed in his commun
David Mf. Senn
D)avlid M. Senn, Confederate vetr'ean
andl substantial citizen of the county,
died at the home of his son last Tutes
(lay andl was laid to rest at Rocky
Springs clhuirch, the funeral exercises
being condlucted by the R1ev. W. T.
Ratchford, pastor and the R1ev. Foster
Speer of the Methodist church. Mr.
Sonn iwas 81 years 01(1 and was a native
of Newberry county. HeT had resided
in Laurens county for more than thir
ty years and reared a large family of
sons and dauighters. During the war
he served with Company 0, Third
South Carolina regiment.
fORO[S Of ARMY
MAY B[ R[DUC[D
Amendment Pushed by Re
Atendmttent to Army 11111 Forced at
flouse Session by Ieiresentativo
lyrnes, of South (arolina. H1ouso
311y et Vote the Measure Down..
WashIngton, May I.-Holding a nolid
front against a Republican split Demno
crats forced through the house today
an amenminent to the army appropria
tion bill cutting (own the enlisted
force to 150,000 men. The Kahn ipro
posal for a bigger force never got to
The bill as approved ,by Geeretary
Veeks made provision for 168,000 men,
or 12,000 more than the number fixed
by ti' measure passed last session and
Thero was no certainty, however,
that the 150,000 figure would stand for
the vote today was in committee of the
whole and the house may demand a
separate vote on the amendment in
passing the hill next week..
The amendment for reduction of the
enlisted strength to 1.50,000 the lowest
figure suggested in the long debate,
was offered by Represntative Byrnes,
Democrat, South Carolina. Only tiwo
IDiemocrats opposed it and many Re
publicans gave it their silport. The
vot.e was 109 to 82.
The house idreviously had adopted
as a substitute for the Kahn proposal
an amendment ,by Representative Fish,
Republican, New York for an army
of 156,000, but the hyrnes amendment
went through and wiped it out.
Representative Mondell, the Repub
Ilean leader, in closing debnate, urged
Republicans to stand by the bill as
framed by the appropriation commit
tee with Its enlisted total of 168,000,
but many members of his party desert
ed him as the march was started down
the aisle for an actual count.
Chairman Kahn of the military af-.
fairs committee pleaded for at least
175,000 men, declaring the times too
tronbulous for wholesale slashing of
forces. Ropresentative Wood, Repub
lican, Indiana, taking issue with the
Californian, insisted that If the world
was on the verge of a fire a few thous
and extra. men could not -put it out.
J. HENRY KENNEDY
Well Known Citizen Passed Away.Fr
day Night. Funeral Saturday Af
Mr. J. Henry Kennedy, highly re
garded farmer living about two miles
north of the city, passed away at his
home Friday night following a long
illness of Bright's disease. He had
been very ill for several (lays and his
death was not unexpected. The fun
eral services swere held at the Laurens
('emetery Saturday afternoon at 6
o'clock in the presence of' a largt num
her of friends and relatives. The ser'
vices were conducted by R'ev. Samuel
If. Templeman, ipastor of the First
Mr. Kennedy was 70 years of age and
dnmiarried. ie was a son of the late
Nathan Kennediy and had lived at the
old Kennedy' home -place since htis
birth. le was a successful farmer
and representative citizen, being high..
ly regarded for a high sense of honor'
and integrity, lie has three livinig
brothers andl one sister surviving hinm,
as follows: G. D). Kennedy, of Texas,
Hliliary 11., and Clarence E. Kennedy,
of this city, andl Miss llie Kennedy,
who lived with him at the home place.
llugh S. Kennedy, wvho (died in thIs
city several yeatrs ago, and the late
Lautrens Kecnn edy were also brothers.
ARERESTS IN MlEXICO
liebel Leaders Said to Hlavo Been
Mexico City, April 30.-Messages re
ceived by the war office here from the
Mexican consul at Dei Rio, Texas,
and from immnigtration agents at Neuvoi
Laredo, indlicate that the rebel leaders,
Gen. Francisco Murtgtia and Gen. Canl
(d1do Aguilar, andl six of their follow-'
etrs, 'were arrestedl by American au
thorities several (lays ago at Candels
No dletails of the present wheros
abouts of the men are given.