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VOLUME XXXVI. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 NUMBER 51
KIll[D BY NEGRO
Dr. Lawton Lipscomb Shot
Pink Griffin Shot and Almost Insiant.
ly Killed Prominent Ninoty Six CM.
zen. Bronght Through Hero Late
Yesterday Evening for Safety.
Pink Griflin, a negro about 35 years
of age, was brought through Laurens
by Greenwood peace olicers late yes
terday evening in an effort to elude a
mob which was said to have been
forming in Greenwood following th
killing by Griflin of Dr. iaawton Liips.
comib, a prominent citizen who lived
about three miles from Ninety Six oi
the Greenwood road. Deputy SIheriff
MA0lilan and Chief of Police M. B.
Chandler had him in charge, but they
would talk very little of the occur
rence. Following a long distance tele
phone talk with Sheriff White 0
Greenwood, the two officers witl1
6hdriff Reid left this city for some
other destination. They also 'had with
them another negro who was said tc
hiave assisted Griflin In getting away.
Griflin, it was learned, was caught
near Saluda on the Greenwood side 0
the Saluda river by a nephew of Dr
Lipscomb and another man. They car
ried him towards Greenwood and or
their way met .ir. George Lipscomb
former supervisor of the county who
was a brother of the deceased. He ad.
vised that the negro be turned over to
Sheriff White so the law would be al
lo.wd to take Its course. This polic
was followed and ,GrIlffin turned over
to the sheriff. Shortly afterwards h
was secreted away by Messrs. McM il.
lan and Chandler, arriving here about
(Dr. Lipscomb was well known in thi:
county and highly regarded. Th<
news 'of his violent death was a greal
shock to those who knew him. lH
was connected by marriage with the
Blyrds, of this county, having married
a sister of Mrs. :W. D. 'Byrd.
The following account of the tragedy
is taken from last night's Greenwo6d
Dr. Lanvton C. Lipscomb, a prom
inent farmer of Ninety Six sec
tion, was shot 'flve times and
killed by Pink Griffin, a negr<
farm hand, shortly after noon today
The killing ocuerred in Dr. Lipscomb's
back yard at his home, a short distance
from 'Ninety Six, on the Greenwood.
Ninety Six highway, shortly after the
negro retui ned from field work foi
dinner, and Is believed to have result
ed from )r. Lipscomb's censure of th<
negro for -Mistreating a ninle.
- Thore were no eyewitnesses to th
killing, but David Maclhen. ainotho
far'm hand, hieard the words passed be
tween the white man and the negro t
he fol lewed by the rapid firing of a pis.
tol a few minutes later. tDr. Lipscomb'
t'ight hand was powder' burned, whiel
leadls to t he c'onclusion that after h<
was shot one time he gr'aplied witl
the neigro foi' the weapon. Thre<
shots went over the heart, one thr iougl
the left hand, and the fifth througi
the right arm.
Thle theory Is a'dvanceed that Dr
Lipscomb was In the act of tuing t<
go into the house awhen the first bul
let was fIred through his left side rang
lng upward over the heart and that hi
turned and tied to wrench the pis
tel from the negro's hands- when hi
suffered the powder burns. The othe
shots came in (iuick successIon. Dri
Lipscomb diedl before anyone r'eache(
Griffin fled immediately after' thi
8lhooting and at 2 o'clock this after
4 noon :had not been caught although of
floers andi a posso of a lar'ge numbler 0
citizens from Ninety Six and Green
Woodl began search for him wIthin
few minutes after the news 'was spreat
broadcast. Bloodhounds will be sen
trp from Newberry and put on Griffin'
trail without delay.
It was learned at 2 o'clock that th
posse believed It had the negro sur
rounded in a patch of woods nlea
Ninety Six and that he would be ap
prehended within a very short time
There has been some talk of mob vie
FLY OVER BERLIN
No Formal Notice of Peace Yet. "In.
tolerable Situation Is Ended."
iBerlin, July 4.-American planes
flew over 'Berlin today for the first
time sinCe the 'American declaration
of war but the American mission and
the German foreign office bave not yet
been formally notified that congress
has concluded peace. The newspapers
in the absence of the text of the peace
resolution confine their comment to the
hqpe that "there will be a speedy re
sumption of peace time commercial
German officials are awaiting the
text and developments. Meanwhile
opinion in the German foreign offices
Is unofficially stated as follows:
"An intolerable situation is ended
but we do not know what to expect
or what the peace conditions will be
-whether the 'United States will sub
scribe to the Versailles treaty in toto
or at all. We are awaiting to be of
ficially apprised of the terms of the
compromise resolution and what the
next move will 'be."
Some of the newspapers ecxpressed
the hope that the United States will
Immediately take a hand In having the
penalties lifted and the upper Silesian
question decided. Others view the sit
uation as "a formal state of peace still
The 'Stars and Stripes floated from
the American chamber of commerce as
,vell as from a few private dwellings.
POPE McCAlITY GUI LTY
Ware Shoals Man Given Seven Years
for Killing Negro at Ware Shoals.
Greenwood, June 30.-Pope McCarty,
tried in sessions court here on the
charge-of the murder of James Walker,
a negro school teacher, at Ware Shoals,
June 21, 1921 iwas found guilty of man
slaughter yesterday afternoon and sen
tenced by Jud-geVrank B. Gary to
serve seven years in the state peniten
tiary. 'McCarty's attorneys upon be
ing denied a new trial, announced to
day that they would appeal the case to
the supreme court.
Aged (Citizen Dies at Fountaului Inn
Fountain Inn, July 4.-T. C. S. Chil
dress, a well known citizen of this sec
tion, (lied at 8 o'clock tonight at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. J. T. Gar
rett. lie would have been 91 years of
ag6 On July 29. IHe is survived by the
following clilldrent W. B. Childress
and Mrs. J. T. Garrett, of Fountain
Inn; T. I. Childress, of Spartanburg;
B. R. Childress of Norfolk; liss -Nan
nie Childress and 'Mrs. Camilla Smith,
of Greer. .
-Funeral services will he held Tues
day afternoon at 4I o'clock at the First
'Baptist church of Fountain Inn.
Body to be Returned
Ir. J. 1C. Ab'ercrombie, of Gray
Court, R. F. 1). No. 1, has received a
letter from the War Department at
Washington stating that the remains
of his son, Corporal Lewis Tilton
Abercrombie, who w'~as killed in France
whIle fighting wvith the Marines, has
been disinterred and wvil bie sh i pced
home for burial at an early date.
Drt. Lilpscomnh was 55 years of age
and a native of thiA section. For a
number of years he was in the drug
-busIness in Columbia moving several
years ago to a country home bsetween
Ninety Six and Gircenwod to engage in
farming, his heath having become um
paired in the Columbia store. Hie had
made a success of farming and was a
highway esteemed citizen, lie is suir
vivedl by his wife, who was a Miss
Cathcart, of Columbia; one sister, Mrs.
CG. TV. Calhoun, and three brothers,
George W., i10. P., and J. N. ILpscomb,
all of Ninety SIx.
- Oriflin is reported to b~e a yellow ne
gro about 35 years of age and about
six feet tall. It could not be learned
this afternoon how long he had lived
with Dr. ILpscomb or what reputation
-Griffin also is known as Pink Adams
and PI'nk Hill1, b~ut his correct name
seems~ to b)e Griffin.
Mr. Dowtin Injured
Mr. Wililam 'D~owtin, who wasu a
t member of the large party which gath
ered near the scene of the killing, was
painfully though not seriously injured
when he was attempting to load his
- ifl. It is understood thaat the cart
ridge back-fired and entered -his neck.
-lie was brought to the hosipital here,
.underwent a minor operation and soon
- afterward re-joined the searching
nosse0 ot citizens.
RED CROSS TO
Campagign to be Waged to Secure
Clothing for Bagged Children of
At a meeting of the executive con
mittee of the local branch of the Amer
ican ied 'Cross hold yesterday morn
ing, it was decided to give undivided
support to the program outline by dis
trict headquarters for soliciting and
forwarding clothing for needy children
of Europe. The (Ied Cross, so it was
reported at the meebing. has had
ugent calls for clothing from Elurop
can countries, information'from across
the ocean being to the effect that the
people of the war-stricken counties
are in a tworse plight for clothing now
than they have ever been since the
war began. At the meeting yesterday
Mr. N. C. Hughes, who had already in
terested himself in the clothes gathi
ering campaign, was elected to head
the Red Cross committee in the coini
ty and h has accepted the work.
The plans of the Red Cross, it Is
understood, are to make a canvas of
the county as well as the city, coni
mittees being appointed in other coin
munities who will report to the cen
tral committee here.
The executive committee, at its
meeting yesterday appointed a general
committee with Mr. Ilu'ghes as chair
man, and other committees to repre
sent the churches of this oity. These
committees have been asked to meet
In the First Presbyteran church Sun
(lay afternoon at 3 o'clock myhen plans
for the county campaign will be
mapped out. The following are the
members of these committees:
General Committee-,N. C. Hughes,
chairm-'n, Geo. Ml. Wright, Mrs. W. ).
Cmli Committees-0lpiscopal, Dr.
J. HI. Powe, Mrs. N. C. Hughes; Meth
odist, T. C. Switzer, Mrs. W, G. Lan
caster; Baiptist, V. E. Meng, Mrs. J.
S. Bennett; Presbyterian, M. H. Hun
ter, Mrs. A. J. Christopher; A. I. P.,
.1. R. Ellis, Miss Janie Nabors; Todd
Malemorlal Presbyterian, Hood Temple
ton, Mrs. J. T. 'Lediford; Holnes
Street Methodist, F. 'H. Coleman, Mrs.
Foster Speer; Second Baptist. Guy
King, Miss Ethel Walker.
H1omie of W. S. Benjumin ,.Seone of
Enjoyable Family Reunion Mouday.
A family reunion was held at the
spacious home of 'Mr. and Mrs. W. S.
Benjamin near 11eaverdam church,
.Juily 4th. ;Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin are
noted f1or their hospitality and kind
heartodness, so their doors were op
en and all enjoyed the day.immensely.
The morning was spent in jokes,
songs and laughter. Near the noon
hour the family gathered under the
large oaks where .a very bountiful din
ner was serve(d; fried chicken and ap
ple pies, cakes aid custard, ice ten,
and all the good things country Ieople
Those piresent were Mr. and Mis. 1L.
TP. Bailey and family of Clinton; Mr.
and Mirs. C. 0. Teaguir and family, of
LI au rens; Mr. andl Mr's. Shell Tienja
mini and family; Mr. and Mi's. S. 1.
[lenjam in and child1(; Mr. aind Mr's. 5.
W. Fuller and family; .\lri. and Mr's.
Orett Jacks and family, of Miountville;
Mr'. and, Mrs. 'T. J1. Coleman and fam
ily Mr'. and Mr's. T. E.L Colemiani and
child, of near Wateirloo; Mi'. andl Mrs.
J1. Y. Henjamiin and two daughiters of
neai' 'Moun ivill e; Mr u. and Mr's. F. 1L
Iirdxvn and boys, of Lauren'cis.
Trwo A ward('s In Doll ('ontest Go to
Y'oung A. R. P.'s
Seceders scored ,heavy ini the doll
contest whieh caiie to an end at Mfi
teir Coimpany's stoi'e FrIday afternoon.
Winers of bo0th second and~ tird i'z
e.s were dlaughiters of A. R. P. pi'each
ci's, the~ grandl prize, however, going
'o Lurienia PHorns, daughter of Mrs. R.
.2. hIurns, c.f Barksdalo Station. The
Recond~ pirize went to Margai'et Ken
nediy, dlaughiter' of Rev. and Mr's. 1. N.
Kennedy, of Or'a, and the thIrd prize
to Elizabeth Byrd, dauighiter' of Rev.
and Mi's. HR. D). livd, of Rock 11111,
who are now visitin-g relatives in Ora.
The fourth prize swent to Ethel Moore,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WV. T. Moore,
of this city.
A large numbier of girls and their
mothers were piresont Friday after
noon when the contest ended and much
interest was displayed. The judges
wore Mrs. B. L. Jones, Mrs. L. 0. Dalle
and Mr. Alinon Len.
AID IS ASKED
J. F. ,acobs, of Clinton, Hlea(s Delega
tion Asking County Aid for Calihoun
OvIr. J. F. Jacobs, of Clinton, headed
a delegation of citizens from Clinton,
Mountville, Cross 11111 and Renno
which appeared before the board of
comnty commissioners Friday in the in
terest of the proposed Calhoun
highway connecting the proposed
LBankhead highway at Athens, Ga., with
the proposed Quebec highway at
Cheraw, S. C., a part of which line
would run through the towns fepre
sented by the various delegations at
the meeting. Supervisor John ). \V.
Watts presided at the meeting, Coni
missioners Moore and Blakely being
Mr. .Jacobi acted as spokesman for
the delegations, providing maps of the
proposed highway as well as naps of a
proposed system of highways for the
entire county. The latter system call
ed for approximately 250 miles of road
including the high)vays already luilt.
In presenting the cause of the Cal.
houn highway, Mr. Jacobs pointed out
the advantages which would accrue to
the county as the result of tourists
passing through and said that people
along the route in the county were
willing to contribute rights of way, top
soil, financial aid as well as teams and
hand.,; if the county would render as
sistance. In reply to the direct ques
tion of %Jr. Jacobs as to what assist
ance the county would render, Mr.
Watts asked that a petition from in
terested taxpayers 1with 'pledges as to
financial aid and teams 'he secured
and that after this is presented to the
board it would be in a better position
to say what it could do. lie said, also,
that in so far as he was concerned he
would he willing to use that section's
share of road funds and place it on this
proposed highway if the interested citi
zens were willing for this to be done.
Mr. Jacobs said that the ultimate
object of the Calhoun hi-ghway asso
ciation, with a membership nonv of ov
er 2,000, was to have a hard-surfaced
road, but that its present object was
only a reasonably pssable road through
.laurenas county at least. The cross
ing of Saluda River was pointed out by
-Mr. Watts as one obstacle to the route,
but as to this 'Mr. Jacobs said that
for the present the old 'Watts Bridge
route to Greenwood might le made to
serve. Cross .11111 representatives,
however, said that they preferred the
shortest route to Greenwood, the old
(luestion of the proposed Pucket-t's
Perry .bridge being brought up. Passive
consent was givon, however, to a con
sideration of the Ivey Bluff bridge ov
er the Saluda which the county high
tway commission had advocated as the
shortest route between Laurens and
Greenwood. the suggestion being made
that a road be built parallel with thn
Salutda from C ross 11111 tapping the
main road between Waterloo and the
Parents and ('hildren Warned
Mr. G'eo. II. 1E1lis, chairu.mani of the
groundls committee of the Blois TIerre
Country ClIu b, has issued a warin g to
pa rents who allow theirm child(1ren to
risk thiemsel e&s out too far ini the
d (eeper part of the lake. lie dilrectedl
specil at tentilal to thle depth of thle
lake immeudilately op posi te tho -boat
landinug, where several children have
already na rrowlyv avoided danger by
t helir ventu resomeness. The wvater
there, lhe said, is nearly seven feet
dec1p and clild(1ren shouldi ho kept
out of it. The club has <provided a
special place for child(1ren uip the
stream. I tere a w ire- fence has been
erected, the water not being over 28
inches deep) in any place.
Rajlly D~ay at Warrior
.Rally l)ay exercises are to lie held
at Warrior Creek Ilapti1st church Sun
day, Jutly 1 0th. T'very member of the
church is expected to be present and
peoplo of the community wvith their
friends are cordially Invit ed. The pro0
gram e&will ibegin at 10 o'clock and, af
ter the lunch hour, will be resumed at
2 p. m1.
At Mt. Bethel School
A minstrel entertainment will b~e
.given at the Mt. .Bethel school house
Saturday night, July 9th, by the Pop
lar Spring base ball team, beginning
at 8:30 o'clock. A hat-full of laughs
is guaranteed for all who attend. An
admission fee of 25 and 15 cents will
be charged. Thle public ia inyited to
LOCAL PLAYERS CARRY
"SAND" TO OTHER TOWNSI
Chester and Rock Hill to be Visited
by Local Comipany Presenting .11Iss
"Sand," the play written by Miss Re
becca Dial and given here several
months ago by local players, will be
carried to Chester and Rock Hill
Thursday and Friday of this iweek in
the interest of the South Carolina It
literacy 'Commission. The main ob
ject of the trip is to present the play
before the teacher's summer school at
Winthrop College, where 'tiss Wit Lou
Gray, supervisor of Adult Schools,
hopes to impress the assemibled teach
ers and leading educators with the imi
portance of the work which the play
emplhiasizes. Club women in Chester
have also been interested in the 'play
and a stop will be made there and a
performance given Thursday night.
The play will he 'given by practically
the same cast which gave such an ac
ceptable performance in this city and
several nearby towns last winter, al
though several changes had to be ma(e
niyere it was'not convenient for mem
.bers to make the trip. Besides Miss
Dial and Miss Gray, the following will
compose the party making the trip:
'Miss Rebecca Lake, who takes the part
of Mrs. Sam Anderson in the place of
her sister, Mirs. Joe PhInny; Mirs. 13. F.
Owens, of 'Dunbarton, formerly ilss
Sarah 13olt, of this city; "Miss Hattie
Gray, who takes 'Miss Virginia harks
dale's 1place; Miss Anna Prentiss, who
takes .liucia, 13arkslale's place; 0. 1,.
Long, St'anley Crews, AW. ). Aleng, Allie
Lee, B. -1. Wolff, Jas. II. Sullivan, Wil
l1am Gray, who takes Ri. T. Wilson's
place, and 1Hastings Dial.
The party will go by automobile
from here to Chester and thence to
Rock 11111, returning Saturday morn
CIVIL 00OURT NEXT WEEK
Jutdge F. It. (ary, of A bIeville, to Pre
side at Term whieh Begins Monday
The summer term of civil court will
convene -Monday morning, Judge Y'. B.
Gary, of Abbeville, presiding. Consid
erable amount of work was left over
front the last term of court, so it is
likely that this term will last much
of the tweek and it is probable that a
two weeks term will be held.
The jury commissioners have (rawn
the following jurors for the first week:
ITLaurens-W. P. Thomason, C. F.
Honham, I. F. Jones.
Yoings-,. S. Cook, J. 0. Garrett,
Sam 'M. )rummond.
Dials- -J. Y. Adalr, J. NI. Bryson, Z.
Tl. K1nighlt, L,. L,. Templeton andl Jno.:
Sillivan 1N. \. l'urphy, .1. A. Craw
ford, .1. it. l'lledge, S. C. Cook, J. 'W.
Waterloo-J. (E. Meianiel, .J. N.
.Jones, Jones M. Miller, F. W. Culhert
son, .1. Wade Culbertson.
luinter--l. A. Cannon, Frank '.
Young, Jno. A. Dav'enpott, . T. Wright,
J1. Will '.\iilamn, Ii. E. lFincher, Rut ledge
C'r'oss II1ill ---10 P. H' oazman , 8, 1).
,laeks -iL. S. Jlohnsi~on, Wd. ID. Gletnn.
Scuffietowrn -W. It. Anderson, W. 1I.
CI'T STE'EL Pl'HI(EM
P'residet (Grace Announc1t(e's Furl ther
lRedutttIon, Effective Today.
I ethlehemt, Pa., Jul -t13 . TIh e leth
lohemn Steel company tonightt an
notuntced futrthter t'educt itns in the
priico of- steel, effective tomtorrtow.
President 10. C. Grace of the comn
pany in making the announcement saidl
that "present manufactturing costs dot
not in any sense 'xart'ant these reduc
tions, but this cotmpatny desir'es to cotn
tribiute even more than its full share
to re'estash condlitions in the steel
trade on what might be r'egardedl as a
Thte company t'ecently announced a
15 per cent reduction in wages, effec
tive July 16.
"The new :prices rei~tresent a t'educ
tion of $4 a ton on bars, structural
shapes, plates, skeip, billets, sheet
bat', slaby andl blue annealedi sheets. $5
a ton on btlack andi galvanized sheets,
$10 per ton on tin plate," said the an
Mr. Grace explalned that steel pric
es htad not been reducted to pre-war
'levels because of increased ttrtigh~t
rates and costs of material and lnahor
Must Remove Misappre
hensions Says Harvey
WAR COST U. S.
A HUGE SUM
Better Understanding Between Great
Britain and United States Ias Al.
ready Ell itnited Atlantic Ocean ii a
Consideration for Naval Conflets.
London, July 4.--Diplomatic repre
sentatives of more than :0 foreign gov
ernments were guests tonight, at the
annual independence day dinner of the
American Society of London. Anibas
sador Harvey was the guest of honor.
'Lord Lee of Rarehani, first lord of
the admiralty, toasting the guost re
ferred to .Air. -lHarvey as "a foreign en
voy to whom the muzzle of diplomacy
had not been obtrusive." "Therefore,"
lie said, "both Britain and America
could expect from hini open and frank
coniinent upon Anglo-American rela
Referring, In his reply, to the re
"ol of the American colonies, .r.
"'Whetheir the territory comprising
the United States could have been re
tained is mholly superlative. But one
fact is certain-ir George 111 had iS
sued a proclamation even approximat
ing in eloquent sincerity and appealing
force that uttered the other day by
George V, in his faithful endeavor to
reconcile a nation, there would have
been no ringing of bells in Philadel
phia, 14~> years ago this night nor for
many years thereafter."
Ambassador Harvey declared the
mutual helpfulness which all desired
could not be realized until two g:ave
misapprehensions had been removed,
one of which pervaded Europe respect
ing the United State,s and the other
perniating the United State.s a.i to
"I find In lEurope the common liii
pression that the United States alone
among the nations of the world." lie
said, "is today a land of milk and
honey where people not only are uni
versally prosperous, though recalci
trantly discontented, but are rich
beyond the traditional dreauis of
avarice. You hQve only to supple
ment the fancy with a suspicion
which I find not wholly lacking, that
all this opulence and this happiness
are direct results of the great 1war,
to account for the wholly' natural sense
"What are the facts? Did the United
States really profit from the war to
such a degree as to make Ilie lives she
sacrificed seem to the cynical and sor
did mind relatively insignificant?"
Anlbassador tIlarvey proceeded to
(ite the trenendously increased na
tional debt, the congressional appro
priation for 1920, and the eavy in
(0ome taxat ion. lie added:'~
"ini(0 dalars, thle cost t oAmeri'ca
of lier' ar'ticipatiotn ini thle wat', when'i
finiallyvcomputedl will fali not1 30
ver farI lot short of the entir in denm
niy po ermta ny. I lmak e no comn
pa risons. T1here has been too much
of t hat already. No good can come
now when wc all are striving to get
together' in comnmon pitrpose for th e
tommltion weal, fr'om disputin g overu lhe
relative sizes of the contributions to
the grecat cause.
"ThPle thro men swvir'ling downi the
Nia'.ara r'iver did niot pro'ifit byv drop1
ping their paddles to qtuarrtel over
lie (distance to the fal ls-they' siuc
t'erded only in miakin~g their fate
certalin. let its in a positiont hardly
less perilous not emulate t heiri idiot ic
i'Te ambhassador' said the stagger
ing pre'(sent cost and the~ gr'eat llprice
must be p~aid by the nlext generat ion
friomi those ctrtie s wihih had been
so pitilessly dlenudled of the~ flower or
their youth, w~ho were relied upon to
"Nothliing coul d be fitrtthier from my
thoughts or mtore repel lant toI thle in
stinct of any A merican tha:t ;.o mecas
uire money against tmen," he wvent ott.
"My sole purpose is to win fair' eon
sidleration ft'om any who may have
overlooked the fact that the Uiflted
States, along with Europe, has her futll
shai'e of material burdens to b)ear for
scores of yeat's, In addition to hor
grief at the icalcutlably .greater loss
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