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VOLUME XXXVII. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, NUMBER 15
MAN SLAIN MONDAY
Shot by Negro at Home
AT MOB'S HANDS
Eugene P. Walker, a Former Resident
of Waterloo, Shot and 1iled by
Negro Near Allendale Following a
Dispute Over Rents. Negro Lynched.
News was received an the city Mon
day afternoon that EIugene P. Walker,
who resided at Waterloo, this county,
fo seve'ral years, was shot and mor
tally wounded by a negro tenant on
Mr'Walker's farm near Allendale. The
negro was later taken from the .hands
of the sheriff by a mob of infuriated
citizens and lynched.
Mr. Walker married Miss 'Maude
Smith, a sister of Mr. J. c. Smith. of
(Waterloo. He was well known Iii the
county, having lived at Waterloo for
several' years, and was well liked .by
.all who knew him. The news of 'his
,eath was a shock to his friends in
The -account of -his death and the
strbsequent lynching, as taken from
The State yesterday, follows:
Allendale, Oct. 2.-Eugene P. Walk
-er, a prominent farmer of Appleton, t
dtbout four miles from here. was shot
and instantly killed this morning
about 10 o'Cpclc by a negro tenant
named Jid. Kirkland. A mob .which t
formed Immediately u'pon the hearing I
of Jhe killing took Kirkland from
'Sheriff Bennett at Fairfax this after
noon from Seaboard train No. 2, upon ,
'which the sheriff was attempting to
take the prisoner to Columbia for safe e
keeping and takign him to the scene
#of the crime in the center of the
town of Appleton burned him, .the cre
mation taking uplace about 9 o'clock
tonight. according to reports. t
The killing of -Mr. .Walker arose out i
of a difficulty over a settlement for
rent due Walker, some difficulty hav
ing.been had between 'Mr. Walker and
(Kirkland on last Saturday, it is said. t
This morning .lr. Walker met Kirk- r
land on the utreets of Appleton and
demanded a settlement, whereupon
teli negro drew a gun and shot him.
The shot entered the .head of Mr.
Walker and killed him instantly. The a
negro attempted to make his escape,
but was carptured about a mile from
Appleton by a party of men who
turned him over to Sheriff Bennett. In
the meantime a mob was 'being formed
all over the county and when the news
reached the mob that the negro was
in the hands of the sheriff and that
he intended to spirit him away to Co
lumbia every avenue of escape for the
sheriff and his prisoner was shut off.
'Portions of the mob were at every
station in the vicinity, it is said, even
the bridge at Columbia being picketed.
The sheriff took a roundabout route
to Gibbons. S. C., where he 'boarded
the Seaboard train wit'h Kirkland,
making a detour requiring over five
hours, .hiding 'him between two of the
coaches. When the train reached Fair
fax it was met by a mob of several
hundred who boarded the train and
searched every coach from the mail
car to the last >Pullman in search of
the prisoner. Hle was finally located
and jumped from the train and tried
to escape. ie was shot at several
times and lilt, but 'was still conscious
'when the mob carried 'him through the
country and reachied Appleton, the
scene of the crime. The mob was as
sem'bled at Appleton whIle the un
conscious body of the negro lay in an
automobile In the mi le of the street
and then disappeared apparen'tly quiet
with no violence evident. When the
shades of the night had gathered, up
on prevIous arrangements, it seems,
the members gathered again and burn-I
ed the ,body of the negro just on the'
main thoroughfarO of the town. There
was no excitement about the affair.
It seems everything took uplace in a
quiet, matter of flact way. No details
as to the final burning could be
learned, as all the mnembers of the
mob were masked at Fairfax when the
train was boarded and searcpked.
Sheriff Bennett is -receiving un
idtinted praise here on the manner in
wyhtch he handled the situation heroe
today, having used every means within
his power to avoid thle results. It is
-estimpred (6A1, ove~r 1,000 men were
at goxbietme in~nbers of the mob here
today, being scattered all over this
SHIPPED BY TRUCK
Anderson Firin Sends Seven Big!
Trucks Over and toads Up with
Bottles from Local Plant.
Seven big trucks from the plant of
the Anderson Coca' Coia Bottlins
works came over from the Electric
Dity last W dnesday and were "loaded
to the gills'' with bottles to sulpply re
rreshing drinks to the tired and
thirsty of Anderson and the surround
ng country. The Anderson plant is
iianbged by Capt. Ralph J. 'Raner, a
World War veteran, who has many
'riends in this city.
An Account of the big shipment was
)rinted In The Anderson (Daily Malil,
B3edeo'ted with banners advertising
knderson's coming fair, seven- big
rucks of the Coca-Cola Bottling com
>any left Anderson yesterday morn
ng for LAurens, S. C., where they went
o bring to Anderson a load of bot
les. The trucks made a circle of the
msineso seotion of t'he city before
tarting on their trip, and then adver
ised the fair all the way to Laurens.
"You hbuy -bottles in Laurens " ask
d a reporter of Capt. Ralph J. Ramer.
"Yes sir, we patronize the South
larolina folks in every way we can,"
,nswered Capt. 'Ramer.
The bottles are bought from the
maurens Glass Works, one of the com
ng young industries of South Caro
Ina. The local company needed bot
Ls badly, and sent the trucks to
,aurens after them, bringing back a
Atal of 14,400 Coca-Cola bottles.
"With the Loresent good roads," Cap
r.in Ramer continued, "it is not much
rouble to send a string of trucks to
'aurens for the lbottles. It saves
reight and while it deprives us of
ro use of the trucks in. Anderson
ounty for that day, it is really cheap
r, I suppose, than having the bottles
ent by freight.
"Qj .qstioneds as to the number of
ottles broken, carried 4firalte,,- each
ear in Anderson, Captai ahmer says
rat there are between six and eight
ar loads of 300 gross of ibottles bought
y his company alone each year.
"Folks seem to think that a POP
ottle is public property," said Cap
tin Ramer. "You can't imagine how
lany uses to -which -we.find our bot
les put. Breakage, of c6urse, is high,
t naturally would be, and then, thous
nds of bottles ,get out of 'circulation'.
Iome brew, catsle, wines, in fact
nything that is put up in bottles is
able to be setting serenely on some
ody's pantry shelf, now incased in a
oca-Cola bottle. Those 'bottles now
oat about 4 cents in car load lots."
"Great grief," exclaimed a by-stand
r, "one would think you'd 'buy steel
"Glass Is cheaper," answered Capt..
tamer, "even 'with the breakage.
'ass is the easiest cleaned. In clean
ng bottles, we use a caustic solution
hat would take the skin right off
'our hand, and glass is the only thing
hat will stand it."
"But back to the )ottles. The TAul
ens Glass works has been furnishing
our bottles for a good while now. They
nake them well, and besIdes being
tble to patronize a South Carolina in
lustry, we are indlependent of frei'ght
ates, railroad strIkes, etc., in get
ing them here.
Owings Flower Show
The premium list for the Sixteenth
innual Floral Show at Owings has
ten issued and shows the usual num
>er of attractive premiums. The 'mhow
s to be held this year on Thursday,
%ovemher 3rd. The public is invitedI
.0 attend and help the civic and honey
>lent causes to swhich the proceedls
Bounty and other counties, it has been
iFugene 'Payton Walker, the slain
nan, was a member of one of the most
prominent families of this entire sec
tion and was popular all over this
state. Ills father, Capt. N. M. Walker,
also of Appleton, was on his way to
the Confederate reunion at Chatta
nooga and was located enroute he
tween Atlanta and Chattanooga, alnd
infornied of the tragedy.
Mr. Walker~ is survived by a wife
and two sinall children, his father
and mother and one sister and two
'brothber. The funeral services 'wfll
be held here tomorrow and the inter
ment will take place at Waterloo, the
home of Mrs. Walker, aomo time to
morrow afternoon. Mr. Walker was
43 years. of ago and prominent in all
activities of his county and commu
nity. ' .
NEGRO IS KILLED
James Waller, Spartanburg County
Negro, Meets Death at Hands of
Rural Policeman Owens.
"The said James Waller came to h1s
death from gunshot wound received
while resisting arrest and scuffling
with Officer Owens over Officer Ow
en's opistol" read the verdict of the
coroner's jury empanelled to hold the
inqueot over the -body of James Waller,
colored, who died Friday from .the ef
fects of a wound received from the pis
tol of Rural 'Policeman Columbus L.
Owens the afternoon before.
The story of the killing, as told by
the officer himself at the Inquest, Fri
day afternoon, was that of.a gruelling
hand-to-hand struggle for- supOen~macy
in the control of the .polteePanh pis
tol. After two shots had gone zvild.and
the .men had fallen, to the ground and
grappled with each. other time after
time, the conflict was, ended when a
third shot ploughed its way through
the stomach of Waller and took all the
light out of him. "I'll -go," he said, and
Lhe rural policeman placed him in 'his
wn car and brought him to a doctor
The shooting occurred about three
niles from the city on the Enoree road.
,Ur. Owens had gone in that direction
)n other business and came upon
James 'Waller by accident. The first
ime that' the policeman passed the
iegro, the latter asked to be allowed
,o ride, but Mr. Owens epassed on with
)ut stopping. The business of the of
icer caused him to ride up and ddwn
he road several times. Finally he
mine upon the negro again at the rail
'oad crossing near the three mile rock.
lailing the negro from his car, Mr.
)wens put some questions to him as 4
.o his home and destination, as he said I
t is customary for him to (o whenl he (
nects strangers whom he suspects.I
night be criminally bent. In theI
(oturse of the conversation, the negro
ame down froii the rallorhd and .the
)oliceman got out of his car. As they
Lpproached each other, said the officer,
io saw the negro unbutton his overalls I
ind commence to work his hands into
its trousers pocket underneath. Con- I
.inued the officer, "I asked him what
ie was doing in! his pocket. He said he l
vas getting a potato. I looked farther
iround and saw the handle of a pistol
.n his hand. I said, 'You had better
,ive me that Ipdtato,' and reached over
vith .my left hand, took his hand off
ind took the pistol out of his pocket.
As soon as I got his pistol out of his
)ocket, he made a quick movement and
grabbed his pistol and mine too. In tire
Lussle, he jerked my pistol and it fired I
Into the ground. The next shot twent|I
rjut toward the right. Sonmo little time
Intervened before the next shot was
Ored. We tussled a good bit, falling to
the ground several times. I got his
pistol away from him. Then he grab
bed me around the neck, both still be
ly up, he still -grappling for my ,pistol.
As ve caie up, he had pulled the pls
tel around until It was between us. As
we both grip~ped it, it went off. The ne
gro then relaxed his grip and gave up.
'When abrought to the city and given
medical attention, it was evident that
dleatih was only a matter of time and
Friday morning he passed aiway.
Appearing before Judge 'R. C. Watts
Saturday morning, Mr. Owens was re
leased on $500 bond to appear for trial
at the ?ilext term of court.
SPECIA L ERVICES ATA AItT1ED
log Special Services at First Pres
Special religious services were be
gun Sunday night in the First Pros
byterian church, this city. The first
night's service was in the nature of
a ipreparatory service, thme sermon .be-~
lng preached by the pastor, Rev. C. T.
'Rev. J. 'H. Hlinderlite, D. IIX, of Gas
tonia, 'N. C., arrived in the city Men
dlay and preached the flrst of his se
ries of sermons that night.
Services will be conducted twice
each day. A morning service will be
held at 10:30 aind an evening service
at 7:451. The services are to con
tinue for two weeks.
'Rev, Squires has issued a general
invitation to peciplo of all denomina
tions to attend the services.
Hallowe'0n at Shioh
There w'Ill be a Hlallowe'on box
supper, at Shiloh school Saturday
night, Octo~br 29. The public Is in
' CAMPAIGN CONTINUED
Further Meetings to be Held in the
County This Week by Agent Troa.
County Agent, J. E. Trevathan: to
holding a series of meetings over Lau'
rens county this week as a continua
tion of the -campaign of last week.
Methods of fighting the boll iweevil will
be discussed. A plan for marketing
"otton will also be exiplained.
Following is the schedule of meet
ings for this week:
Tuesday, Oct. 25th: Shady Grove, 1
10:30 A. M.; Hurricane, 3 P. M.; Oak i
lrove, 7:30 P. M.
Wed3anday, Oct. 20th: Princeton, c
10:20 A ..; Poplar Springs, 3 P. M.; f
Wount Olive, 7:30 P. M.
Thursday, Oct. 27th: 0kom, 10:30 A. t
XI.; Oakvile, 3 P. M.; Mt. Pleasant,
F:30 P. M.
-Friday, Oct. 28th: Dials, 10:30 A. M.;
Ireen iPond, 3 P. M.; New Harmony,
:30 P. M.
All farmers living in or near any of I
he above school districts ahould avail c
hemselves of the: opportunity to hear t
he boll weevil and cotton marketing
)roblems explained, if they have not
ret heard thesoe problems discussed.
ADDRESME4FA) CIVIC LEAGUE
hiss Maggie Garlington, of Greenville,
Made Interesting Talk Before Local
Civic League Friday Night.
The 'Laurens Civic League, of which
irs. J. S. Bennett is president, had
Ls its guest last Friday evening Miss
iaggie Garlington, secretary of the
Voinen's Bureau, auxiliary to the
hanber of Commerce, of Greenville..
6iiss Garlington told in. interesting
Lnd fasciatig style 'of the work and
wlans of the women in Greenville,
tmiphasizing the team work that char
Lterizes the efforts of both depart
nents in her home city. She told of
L big enterprise, the plaus of which
Lre being -projected. It -s td.iulld
L memorial road or rather beautify the
iighway from Gireenville to Greer, by t
lanting on each side of it trees and
oses atnd shrubbery, etc. This 'was
:iven as an instance of what the wo
nen may do toward pushing their
owns along. As a native of Laurens,
Jis1 Garlington atppealed to the wo
nen here to take up more aggres
ive measures looking to the upbuild
ng of .the town and the county from a
Following the address of Miss
zarlinhton, the membership of the
eague discussed a forni of memorial
,o be erected in memory of those who 1
)articipated in, the World War. The 1
neeting went on record as endorsing a
novement in this direction.
JURORS FOR CIVIL 00URT
ourt to Convene First, Monday in No
venber. Judge Melver to Preside.
Jury commissioners met in the of
rice of the clerk of court Monday
norning and draw 36 petit jurors to
ierve at the November term of the
ourt of common pleas, which con
venes Nov. 7, to continue two weeks.
Tudige 'Edward Mclver, of Cheraw, is
to presidle. Jur~ors for the secondl
week will abe drawn next Monday.
TIhe follow-ing were drawn for the
Laurens-R. M. Eicholber, Jno. 11.
Power, Rt. CG. Smith.
Cross illl-JnoifH. Atchinson, J.
W. Ropp)1, T. T. :lun,. W. fi. Boyd.
.Waterloo-JW. L. Jones, W. Carl
WVharton, D. E. Pn~orson.
Hunter-,-Earle WV. Workman, R1. Hi.
Hfatton, WV. C. (Baldwin, it. 0. Young. iF,
Jacks--R. E. Moore, J. F.t W~hitmir~e,
M. .D). Milam, Bush R. Nabors.
Youngs-aW. T. Cooper, E. J1. Sloan,
J1. D. Johnson, A. C. Crow, R. L.
'&cuffletown-P. K. Abererombie, J.
Sullivan-M. L. ~MDaniel, J. F.
Hall, S. P. Bolt, R, M. Bolt.
IDials--R. Albert Gray, H1. E.2 Bolt,
R. C. Owings, D). S. Mahon, D. C. Dal
MEETING CHI AMDER OF COMMERCE
Meeting to be Held Next Monday Night
In Peoples L,. & E.'Bank.
Pres. U. R. Nickels, of the Chamber
of Commerce, has called a meeting of
the Chamber of Commerce for next
fMonday night at 7:30 o'clock. Busi
ness of much importance is to bo
transacted, -including the election of
officers for another year. Mr. Nickels
requests tliat the full membership at..
topid the 3meeting(
RFADY FOR VETS
Jity Which Entertained First Reimion
In 1890 Will Receive Warriors Again.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 24.--This
,ity, where the first reunion of the
Jnited Confederate Veterans assocap
Ion rwas held on July 4, 1890, again,
vill receive the veterans in annual'
ncamanent on October 25, and not
vithstading a recurrence of the year
y predictions that "this will be the
ast gathering of the Confederate
trmy" ,. the- campaign for the 1922 re
iilon is already under way. Gavan
lah, Ga.,. wfioe city council has ap
)ropriated $12vO00 for the Purpose of
inte taining the old soldiers, was the
Irst to ent'er the field for the honor.
Although, t4me bas dealt kindly with
he Confeder4a veterans, each reun
on has madh it Apparent that his
'itallty is suvrendering and efforts
lre being made fn many cities and
owns to send ar many of them to
his year's reunion' as possible. At
anta, Ga., has undertaken the task
if raising a fund of $G,000 with,.which
o defray the reunion- expenses of ev
ry dependent vetera-n, In the Atlanta
listriot. Many other communities have
dopted similar *methoda to swell the
anks when the gray army iparades
he streets of Chattanooga this month.
While the veterans' parade each
'ear gives a pathetic- touch to the gath
ring, the bridhter - sidb of the reun
ns invariably 1)redomilt'es. The so
lal events always are an outstanding
cxature. Commanders of de'partnients,
ivisions, brigades and camps appoint.
Posors and maids of honor and
ring them all to the encampments.
'Phe voteran always is the patriarch
f the aissnemblage ad the honored
uest of all occasions. Dancing the
rirginia reel is one of his delights,
.nd many still are able to go through
he steps of the mfore modern dances.
irequently the younger set takes a
iack seat to permit the old- soldiers
nd their .wives .to daned the polka,
lie two-stvry or the "round" waltz.
General K. M Van Z'/andt of Fort
Vorth, Texas, comnandhr-in-clilef of
lie United Confederate Voterns has
ppointed Miss Martlia Dulaney Bach
nan of Chattaiooga, (alughter of
udge Nathan L. 1Hach1man- of the Ten
iessee supreie court am'd griiand
laughter of Dr. J. W. Bachman, chap
ain of the veterans, as chief sponsor
or the reunion, which carries with it
he highest social honors of the week.
4aids of honor include Miss Alice Ri
hard, of Lake Cabrles, La., Miss Eva
lall, of Macon, Ga., and' Mliss Selene
tountree, of Birmingham, Ala.
General Nathan '. Forrest, of the
;ons of Confederate Veterans, which
vill meet with the veterans, has
lamed Miss Louise Bass of Chatta
iooga, as sponsor in chief for the
While the first reunion of the veter
mn., association 'was held here, initial
;teps in forming the- organization were
aken in Now Orleans in the spring of
1890. Giener'al John Bl. Cordon was
he leading spirit in the movement and
to was nominated by Captain J1. Fc.
Thipp, of Chattanooga, to be the first
:ommander-in-chief. General Gordon
vas elected and held the post until he
led. General Stephen, D. Lee, Cle
nent A. F0vans, George WV. Cordon and
?ieorgo HF. Harrison are others who
have held the highest office in the
'Rank conferred by the veterans' or
ganization 'has no reference to rank
heldi during the war. In answer to
t recent qluery, Generay Julian S.
rCarr', of Northt Carolina, wrote:
"I am a lieutenant-general in the
r~rganization of the U. 0. V. and I am
commander of the Department of
the Army of Northern VirgInia. Il was
rt private in Lee's army. I woro no
stars on my collar nor braid On moy
sleeves, but I followed the immortal
LeO to Apponmattox andi never missedl
a roli call."
Miss Jennie Henning
Miss Jennie Hienning, an aged ladly,
who has made her 'home in Lau rens
for the past few years .with her sis
ter, 'Mrs. Y. C. Hlellams, diled Friday
night, and was laid to rest Saturday
afternoon, followIng funeral services
at the home, at the Laurens cometery,
Miss Henning, a daughter of the late
D. A. I4ienning, of Greenville and Lau
r'ens, -was a most estimable woman
annd 'had many friends here who re
gret her death. 'Desides Mrs. Hollams
she is survived by another sister, Mrs.
Shanhionhouso, who also makes her
home here twith Mrs, Hle~atn. '
WTIR PLANTI ASAIN"
Mayor and Adermao Smith
Go to Washing n
IN SINKIN(G FUNI)
At Special Meeting of City. Cont'
Monday Night Proposed B6fid Isstt
for Waterworks Again Discussed.
Mhiy Buy Pipe from Federal Goyrnia
At a special -meeting of City Coun
cil, hfd Monday night, -further dis
cussiom of the proposed bond issue
for watrworks extension took place.
BecaulAw of the uncertainty existing in
regard" W the government piping which
the city"Aopes to secure, a resolution
was adAtet appointing Mayor Franks
and Aliihrman Smith as a committee
to -go to 'Washington and loot into the
Much di'cussion took place as to the
status of'te contract between the
iuldlow Ehtgiheerfng Company and the
city. City Attorney A. C. Todd was
asked for an opinion as to whether
or not the'contract with the engineer
ing firm was still bncing, considering
the fact -tiut the first bond issue had
failed of pitsage. Mr. Todd said he
was not prepared to give an opinion
without a study of the contract. With
out going into the nratter thoroughly,
however, he said' that there seemed to
he talking poihts on broth sides. While
no formal olij'ction has been raised
against the- engineering firm, there
seems to he well-defTned opposition to
the firm from the sources engineering
the new bond issue ir;)oitfoI.
The coniract between the city and
the engineering firm, as is on file nwith
the city clerk, i's as folnawsg
"We hereby ipropose and agree to
serve as your consuiting, designing
and supervisiirg engineers for the pro
posed -water works improvement of
"We will fihst make the necessary
surveys to secure- all the data neces
sary and useftil for the proper study
of the plant to ibring it up to a high
siandard of efficiency and economy.
Cased on these surveys and investiga
tions we will' prepare and submit you
complete engineering report covering
the general outline of the proiposed
I Im provemeirrs and estimate of cost
thereof, all in suitabie form and sub
stance for submitting the question of
making the improvements to the vot
ers. For this service our fee will be
It is arso understood and agreed
that In the event the funds are pro
vided for these improvements and you
shall decde to make them we will
continue to serve as your consulting,
desi-gning, and supervising engineers
to prepaxre detail plans of all the pro
1)osed work, adlvlse and assist you itn
letting- all the contracts for the pur
chase of the necessary materials, and
give general engineerig supervision
to .the construction of the works, in
accordance wmith .the customary 'han
dling of such Itprojects by competent
and' exp~eriencedl engineering organiza
tions. Our fee for this service to ho
"The Ludlow 19ngineers, Inc.,
"By (8) J. iL. Ludlow.
"The abiove proposition of thed Lud
tow F~ngineers is .hereby accepted' and
aigreed to by the City of Laurens, S.
C., this 10th day of March, 1921'
(.8) "Joh n A. Frankas, Mayor."
On ques~.on of Alderrtian milt'h,
City Clerk Crews informed the Couna
cil that there is no sinking fund to
take care of the outstaitdng bonds.
iMr. Crews stated that records of the
city showed that the sinking ftund had
been ignoredl in e'ot prr for* a num
her of years. In rejly to Mayor
Franks, Mr. Crews stated that the
outstandling honds now amount to
$71,500 andl that the sinking fund was
due ap~proximlately $20,000. No action
'was taken on the matter, but senit,
meat tendled toward providing foir the
entire arrearage out of next year's
Mr. (1. WI. Shell appeared before
Council and asked that a license be
fixed for a cotton and atock exchange
office nyhich 'he sproposes to open, On..
motion of Alderman Irwin, the licengo
'was fixed at j25 per vaar.,