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VOLUME XXXViI. LAURS
LAUEN.,SOUTH CAROLINA. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY,1, 1922-.
MOVIE ROOF COLI
T1oI of DIisaster lenlhes Total of 107
hilled and 31any More Injuired. Itoof
G4ive-s Way Under lloaliry Weiht (if
Washington, Jan. 28.--Seventeen
personls it least are believed to hILa'e
been hilled and scores injured tonight
In' the coblapsel -under the weiglt of
two feet of snow on the root. of the
K(nickerboclcer theater, a motion pic
ture house located in tile heart of
'Washinmgtont'%. fash ionable nothwest
Two hours and a half a(ter the
crash, which occurred about nine
crash, which occurred about : nitic
the number of dead and .injured was
wholly lacking as well as estimates
of the num-ber of those 1n the thea
ter at the time--these estimates rang
Ing from 150 to 500, 'although .the thea
ter was one of the finest motion plc
ture houses .in the city and had accom
modations for more than 2,000 specta
The naimes of the dead -had not been
ascertained by. the. police up to mid
night with two exceptions. A liss
Costley died of in-juries at the office'
of a nearby iphysician. The other
known( dead is Mrs. .B. 0. Kovall.
Alt was confusion for hours after
the crash, while police, firemen, ma
rines from the nearby barracks and
:soldiers from Walter Reed military
- ~hospital strove to burrow -beneath the
mass of debris and bing forth those
Scores had been removed from
tile edges of the debris and buried to
-check up on the number of those tak
en to tile hospit-als 1 on whether any
-or how many had died after reaching
Every fire station in the city was
called upon to, send its crew to thdi
:scne and the collection of fIre fight
ing apparatus only .added to the con
iftusiorti - -.
With the arrival of the mariles,
'however, order began to be restored.
fmergency hospitals were set In -the
'nelighborhood, some in the homes ot
ihdgh. officials of the' government.
F'inding the roof 'was composed of
sleel and concrete al-most immovable
and Impenetrable, the street rail
-way, companies of the city and the
Washington navy yard were called up
,n to supply 'acetylene torches. With
-these more rapid -progress was made
.and it was hoped that within a few
hours it might' be -pbssible to reach
those -buried ibeneath the debris.
Attaches of the 13ritish embaiiiy rV
Doitd at nidnight 'that t check liad
<been made of the staff of that embassy
and one found .to have been in attend
ance at the theater. Belief was ex
-pressed in some quarters that the
flinal list of inJured and possibly that
of the dead would contain names of
well known persons, inasmuch as the
,theater was situated in a section of
-thea 'city in which many,. government
The managemenmt of -tile theater,
'which -was owvned amnd operatedl by
'tite i-Harry 'M. Crandall Company, own..
-er of a number of theaters in- the city,
.de4elardd that the building . only re
*cently had been Inspected and ap
proved and that the collapse of the
roof only could -have 'been cattsed by
the -tremendous weighlt impoesed by the
hea'viest snowf-a11 that has visited
Washington since 1899.
The roof fell -with such force as
- -to drive (bree -concrete ipillara through
thelrchstrI-foor, -unrear thie stage;
- -hoWevel' "its 'torece was arrested, so
-tat the -platform successfully acted
-' a ~buffer. ~For this reason, it was
-said, several o fthe- musicians escaped.
Washington, Jan. 30.'-Official po
lice records placed car-ly 'today the
known de'ad 'in the Knickerboclier
-theatre disaster'- at :107. - 'Ilimination'of
duplicated names 'brought the final
- total do~w-i frohi 'the-iinofill' peak- 0f
-112 at which the toil of the catastrophle
was -placed l-ate last nighut.
The list of injured stood at 134 with
'14 listed cas "sros'ly djufe, . .
auth6rit es, 0Oontgng4.thc n a f
'all 'thpse - Wy1O5O 'bos hiad b~
covered up to -inufght from the rutins.
- The voluntoer vWorkers, including
police, firemen, mnarines a nd pavalry
(tVotn -1'ort'Mejer, -hattpractically-con
eliuded tiir searcliof the wreokage ,at
B. F. SDIPSON lEAl)
W1'ell Knownt 'itizenl of Gray Coul
Section, Passed Away 11oilnesday
Gray ou rt, .Jan. 30.-B. F. Siipsonil
died early W\ednesday milorning, Janu
ary 25th, at his home near Gray Cou rt.
Although he had been in iII health for
several months his condition seemed
greatly inproved, and his death cane
as a shock to his family and friends.
Mr. !Simnpson was in his seventy
fourth year, having been born July
23, 1848. lie was the youngest chilldl
of the late William Simpson and Isa
bella Henderson, and nyas the last stir
viving member of that large family
of thirteen children. Of his brothers,
live served in the Civil War, two of
whom gave theIr lives in the service.
His sister, Claricy D. Simpson, pre
ceded him to the grave nearly three
He allied himself with the Old Salem
Methodist church at an early age, but
this church was merged and trans
ferred to the present Shiloh church.
Since then lie has been a faithful at
tendant at church services until his
declining health prevented.
At the age of thirty-four' lie was
married to Miss Louella G. Power and
together they have ridden the billows
of life through storm and calm for
forty years. After lie married he lived
not more than a quarter of a mile
from his birthplace.
,Besides his widowl he is survived by
seven children: E. C. Simpson, Barks
dale; Mrs. W. 'R. Owindg, Owings;
Hisses 3Maurie andI 'Florine Simpson,
who are connected with the Gastonia
City Schools; ~Miss Ora and Messrs.
Gene and Algie Simpson, who reside
At home. . The eldest child, Willie,
died April 11th, 1918,
Mr. Simpson was a quiet and unob.
trusive citisen. Ho Wg 4 great
man but truly he was a good man. Hiis
life, though unpretentious, was full
Df good will and his motto was t-he
CAUGHT BUT ESCAPES
Rish Williams, Wanted for Several
Robberies in the County, Captured
but. Later. Escapes.
Dish Williams, colored,- wanted in
,onnection with aeveral yobberies in
the county, was caught Tuesday after
), round up in which the local and ru
ral pQhiec took part together with the
The negro wiks .first sought-for thea
robbery of a Clinton drug store which
was broken in on the night of Jan.
5th. He owas also suspected of being
connected with the breakin'g in of
Curry's store in Gray Court and the
robbery that took place there on Jan
'When Williams was captured the
day following: the robbery in Gray
t'ourt much of the stolen goods from
both stores was found on his person,
According to bieriff Reid, Williams
has previously been convicted of grand
larceny and served three years on the
chain gang in Greenwood.
' Since the abdie was 'written, Bish
Williams 'has gotten further into the
limelight by escaping from the coun
ty jail. In connection with WVilliams'
escalpe, which took 'place Saturday
night, M'ario 'Lou Harris, negress, 'was
arrested for aiding the prisoner' to es
cape and also for having ereceived
Sheriff Rej'd stated to a reporter that
the negress supplied Williams wvith a
chanige of clothes about dusk Saturday.
Williams effde-ted -his escape shortly
after-'dark. When first questioned re
garding h' gonnpetion uwith the case,
the .negress denied any knowledge of
the affali,. bit' later, the sheriff said,
she admitted hF noinplicity.
Diph JWilliauns is dlescribed as being
a bright skinnedulegro aboift 25 years
old, weighing 160 lbs. and being 5 feet
10 inches .tall,
JDeath of a Child
~Mr. and 1~rs. I, Opings, of Gray
Court, were sa4$dfd reaved last Mon
day wheethqir bigift litle .thftee.yern
old chilki, I, C., Jr., wras claimed by
death.' The child was greatly beloved
by every cone and his untimely deathi
*brought, sorrow to all th .family and
thoj 'who diad -learned -~ love- him.
The parents have the sympathy of their
nelghtbqgin their bereavement.
TrO RtUN THRlSDAY
Lecal People to Go to SIparIItibIur'g
''Oiorrowy to Hear. llly Sunday.
.JBy special arrangements 'w jih the
C. & W. C. railroad, -perfected MoNiday,
a special train will -be operated out.
of Laurenis 'llu'rsday to enable local
people and others of the vicinity to
attend the silly StIlnday services and
return the same1 evening "lfforts to
secure the train last week iell through
but .londay morning MIr. Frank C.
Aloore, proprietor of the Lau reis
lotel, and Mr. F. N. Kennedy got be
hind the project and secured 'the
guarantee which ti railroad reqiuired
to )ut Oil the extra .ervice.
The traini will be made up iI Laui
rens, leaving here promptly at 12
o'clock, and will return after the ifight
The Dilly Sunday Special pronises
to prove very popular since it will en
able those from Lauren.5 and its vi
cinity to hear both the afternoon and
evening seroillois and return the same
dlay. The fare for the round trip has
been reduced to a fare and a half.
Reservations for seats in the taber
nacle will be made In advance for
the L.,aurens delegation and all aboird
the Billy Sunday Special at Laureng
will be given some means of Identilca
tion so that they may be recognized
as part of the Laurens delegation.
Assisting Mr. Moore in the arrange
ients are F. N. IKennedy, :H. 'L. Ken
nedy, W. G. Lancaster, C. H1-. Roper, -E.
It. Blakely, W. R. McCuen, J. H.
Nabers, C. II. Hicks, R. 11. Terry.
Ii order to accommodate people
rrom out of the city who may desire to
take advantage of the special tarin,
the city authorities have decided to
reserve space ol the south side of the
p)ublic square as parking s1ace for
1uch car owners who may twant to
3ome here to entrain. The cars will
)e given police protection until after
.he return of the special train at night.
IMlPROVING CLUB LAKE
[ands and Teais at Work oi Canal
Albout ten teamsafnd- a couple of
iozeint ' i d are tiow at work on the
-anal and retainipg dam at the Bois
Perro count&y club, carrying out 'plans
)f the club directors to make the club
a'ke a more delightful place to bathe
n next summer. The object of the
lam and canal is to divert the muddy
rater from the hills after rains so that
t will not enter the lake Itself. Ef
orts in a small way were made last
iummer to divert this water, but' it
vas finally decided that extensive work
Aoul 'have 'to be done to make the
,ffort effective. The club Is spending
several thousand dollars to overcome
he mud handicap,
,At a recent meeting of. the club di
rectors, Mrs. M. J.AMdFadden, of Clin
on, was, elected chairman of an on
:ertainment committee to attract in
terest in the cub during the iwinter
ieason. Otiher members of the com
rnittee are Mrs. E. 0. Anderson, Mrs.
Douglas Gray, Mrs. R. E. Sadler, Mr.
W. G. Lancaster and Mr. William A.
Mioorehead. The committee already
tias under consideration a number of
mntertainmlents which are expected to
a~ttract a large number of club them
bers to the grounds during the re
mainder of the winter months.
TWO VETERANS GO'NE
Iiast Week Saw Two of County's Old
Soldiers Pass to Their Reward.
The past week had seen two of f lie
county's survivors of tihe War Between
the States pass' to their reward. Sun
day morning Sydney , Armstrong, a
gallant soldier in the wvar, passed
alway at his home in the Eden section.
The funeral was held at Green 'Pond,
the service4 ".being - 'largely '.ilttended.
The decetisdd Wna 8'4 'years or a .e anld
Is survived by a lapw0 family onnec
On Monday another gallard, veteran
passed in tihe .person of Aoe Moore,
who passed away at his ?aine In the
E~kom section. 1
Another veteran, Mr.. 1?ock Arm
strong, suffered a strok~e. of .paralysis
during' the' early part of the week.
Late reports *frem hiy bedsidte Indicate
that' 5e might *.s(r' vo the shock,,
though he ii till y ry ill.-'
.Art9ted r. Robbery
- Lee Johnson, who claims Florida as
his home is in jaii here for~ the rob
'oery~ of the storg of M. 8. Bailey &
Monsa inlihton,' Though the .robbery
took place .beto'r Christmias, Johnson
still had 4In is sehbssioth goods.which
police state wa -a part of the toot.
1inhei(rtiitnce Tax 11111, First, of ]tevei nue
.11leasures Agreed to Wednesdily.
Coitimlibia, Jan. 29.-Taxation prob
lems were again the focus of the at
teition of both houses of the genertal
asseibly last week, the senate agree
inhg to the' inhleritaice tax hill with
m11inor. amleinments while the houtse
passed three more of the new revenuie
iteasures and received anotier fron
the ways and means comimtittee.
1Te inleritance tax bill, wiclhb is
the firAt of the series of eight revenie
imteastires, to be passed by the upper
hoitse, was agreed to Wediesday at
mttidnight, the final vote bringing to aI
en1d1 a determitned light to prevent it,*
passage. The aletnieits attached
to tihei bill by the sentate do not Imla
terially affect tile tmeasure alnd are
therefore expected to secure tIhe will
Sin conur111irence of t-he House. Si; of
these reveniue measures are still out
the s funa -le'ie r cr it the hands of
tle Senate flaitice committee. These
include the incoie tax, tle motion
picture tax, tite gasolinle tax, the Ity
dro-electric tax, and the two corpora
tion tax 'bills. The hydro-electric tax,
the corporation licentse tax anld tle
foreign corporation tax measures were
the three revenue bills passed by the
lotuse last week.
The Senate also gave its aplroval
to a joint resolution extending ite
tite .for the payment of taxes until
June 1 with penalties from one per
cent in January to seven per cent, be
ginning June 1. 10xecutions, however,
would not go into the hands of tile
sheriffs until September 1. The reso
lution also provides that any person
paying taxes withihi tihe time set forth
shall be allowed to vote in any gen
eral or special election. Resolutions
now pending in both houses providing
for amendments to the state constitu
tion In effect erasing all evidences of:
the state's oild tax system, which the
revenue billis' message would make
The hydro-electric :tax hill, which
Was passed by the house Wednesday
morning, wag the only one of the-new
revehue bills agreed to this year to
imeet with any noticeable opposition in
that body, the two corporation tax
measures being sent to the Senate
Wednesday night without a dissenting
The tax on luxuries, affecting
theatre tickets, soft drinks and bev
eragps, cigars, cigarettes and all oth
er forms of tobacco, tautoniobiles and
trucks and small, arms ammunition,.
will como up for a debate as a second
reading bill Tuesday, having been
flxed as a special order for that date
immediately after third reading bills.
Amendments are now being prepared
to the measure to include silk hosiery,
silk underwear, etc., among the so
called luxuries taxed. The bill because
of the large number of persons affect
ed 'by its 'provisions is doomed to meet
with determined opposition on the
floor of tile House, but this opposition,
members of the ways and means coi
miittee and other proponents of thte
bill think, will not possess sttength
sutfilcient to kill or emasculate the
01IURfII $TREET' IN MUD
Relief is Expected by Thursday. Work
Still GAoing On.
When it was reported that dutring
Satutrday more than twenty-five ears
becatme stuck in the mud on Church
St., theo Advertiser reporter was eager
to learn 'the condition of dhat part of
Heb found, when 'he ventured out to
Church street, Monday morning, that
the trials of automobilists. did not end
Saturday since 'ho wvas greeted by four'
dars that were stuck fast in what iwas
once a sttreet,
Relief Is in sightt however since
Supt. Philpot qdvises that with .no
more rain the street will be opened
,The water line :was opened Monday'
afternoon and .progrebs on the balance
of the worltis rapidly being made..
County Cotton Ginnings.
Cotton ginnings in this coutpy to
January 16th, as :published 'by the cen
Sus bureau at Washinmgton, were 35,..
'752 .bales as compgred witth 5 848 to
the same date last year.
Cotton Market Flrmr
After several dais of striking ireakc
ness, the cotton market sliode4 signs
ot t'ength yesterda'y, *h6#ltg a&.
vanoes of around 25 -points. Local
*pots were quoted at around 16 cents,
uwith little being offered.
Ol ilie- I s I 1 f11frn l' It ,I II I it deI
('if y n i l clr tI \f ure Ien It it
Sitlinu t4'Vsterdil, .\ eIIs-~ia,
ihI 1 p uans are o be p1la,( 1 Ni II deir
ti calI (ly decided ulponl at aJ i I*l 1,iEet
of cominmittees from0 tie ('ny ('oun
cil and TLiuren lieuine'55 .'agae, lt
in the oflicc.. (0f tie l'eoIpI :Loan &
kl''change hank y'esterd(l~ay all (rm)0n.
The .oilit Col tlii mtet ll to hear a
reotfrom a sialler Cornmittee' from
bothIt bodies, a ppointIed .lmonla, to
nin ke r'ecoinlienilation s as to how the
two city departmelits IIight ht, placed
tinider tile collmlissionl plan.
Albert C. Todd, 1siq., City Attorney,
made the report for tie sithi-coimliittee.
tie recon in il dation s thereil being lat
er. adopted by the w hole commilttee.
Mr. Todd said that the committee
had gole Over the sittation '(areftilly
and had come to tie( coieltiioii that
the simplest and best method of plae
ing the two deparitimetis inder Comii
missions lW~olld be by having the legis
laro'e to amend a certain aIendment
to the general law on the subject
which had beei passed about twelve
years ago which had operated to dis
continue the Commission in this city.
Mr. Todd stated that the commission
form of operating the city liants Were
discontinued at that time for reasons
with which lie was not entirely fa
millar. It was only nCces.sary now, he
said, to have the exemptions which
applied to Latitrens removed:
Under the general law, said Mr.
Todd, the commissioners would be
three In number and would be electeI
by the people for terms of six years.
They would hay2 entire charge of the
management of the water an1d electric
light plants and for the expenditiro
of funds provided for their extension
or maintenance. They would be re
ciuired to make a monthly report to
the city council.
On motion of Mr. W. L. Gray, the ire
port of the committee was adopted qnd
Mayor Franks and 'Mr. Tofd were Up
pointed a committee .to coffer with the
county delegation to secure the nlCeces
sary legislative enactment.
11on1d Commission Also
The same sub-committe6 made a re
port as to its consideratidn of a bond
commission. Mr. Todd also reporited
on this subject, stating tthat an act
would be required In the legislature
authorizing such a commission. "The
object of the commission, as he out
lined and as favored by the committee,
,was to have in charge tihe sale and
supervision of bond issues of the city,
to safeguard and invest- the sinking
funds provided to retire, the various
bond issues. This comniission is ap
pointive by tile city contieli and is re
qiuired to make a report semi-annual
ly. On 'motion of 'Mr. Gray tIs report
wvas also adopted andl the same com
mit~tee appointed to hlaves its recoml
mendations placedi In legislative form
with the delegation.
Discussion of the pr'oposced bond is
sties for retirement of' floating indebt
edness andl for tile ext'ension of the
wvaterworks system came uip for dis- ~'
cusslon, .but further action Onl these
isues wvas nlot taken fj view of tile
fact that a 'petition wat lld have to 1)0
iciclated befor'e anl ele'tiloll could be
Ini rephly to ai (luti~lon. 'rom 'Mr. Ri'. R.
Nickels, 'Mayor F'ranlks stated that as
far as he knewv tile memilbers of city
counicil were in atgreemnent with the
ibusiness league on 'the prloposeCd
changes inl tile city nublic works. At
least, he said, lyheir the matter' camo
up~ -sever'al months ago thle changea
had tihe unanimous pjproval of coun
Fight Near B'arksdale
0. Y, Hellams, well known farmer
of the Barksdalo section, was placed '
utnder $200 .hond iby Magistrate W~right
'Friday on a warrant sworn out against'
'him by Eugene Hanna nyhlo alleged
that Hellams fired on 'him wvith a pis
t'01 for his refusal to work. Hanna
was an employee on the place of Mr.
Hfellams. The latter claims that he j
shot in self 'deferise, since H*anna4
struck 'him first.. hitting him in the
face with a bottle. Ap a result of the
difficulty lHanna 'has a flsh wet~1d ini.
the leg and tIHellis Is nut inga a
WATER AND ELE
('ity Delmoerniice ('111b 3Ieels This; Af.
ternloonl to Org'anize filr 31.1-orailly
A\eordiig to a notice i publisheI
ls(where ini this paper it will be seen
that the reguila )i-anntiaIl tinl lig oI
the eity demiociatic cldb, lheld for the
urpose of organizing for the city
prim'atry, is to be held in the ('o-Iit
hlolse this afternoon1 at - o'colck.
T im' a two yealrs atgo was hle(]
On Febrluary 1 7, but in view of I li'
short tiije eiremiling before tiat ( date
the chitl will have to ta ke undier con
silleration the postponelimient until a
Iore (listant dflate Ihis year. 'IT' gen
ertal election will, fall onl the second
'FTuesdly in April.
h'lhe l(Lr approachl of the election
has not as yet broi-glIt out any avowed
candidates for .the ollices of ilaylor or
aldermnenm. It' is generally understood
that 'Ex-Mayor C. Ml. 1311)A), now a n uim
her of the general assembly, will le
a candidate. Jno. A. Franks, the in
cumibent, has not stated whethier or
not lie nwill be in the race. C. it.
Bishop, alderian from Ward -1 and a
candidate when M'ayori' Franks was
elected to succeed Capt. W. It. Ilichey,
has been mentione(d as a pIossible
contenler for the honors. He has
made no announcement hiiself.
MDon 41. Irvin, at present al(lerman
from Ward 1, is no longer a resident
of that ward an( states that he will
not be In the race again. Mr. R. E.
Thompson has practically made up
his mind to run from that ward, but
has made no formal announcement.
Mr. R. M. Babb, president of tile
club, said yesterday that he - hoped
that a large number of citizens would
be out at the meeting this afternoon
so that the business of the club may
receive prompt attention.
rhese Promise to Iievolutionilzo Sale
of 81amnps at Postofiices.
'Vashington, Jan. 29.-"'Face value
ror your money and wait on yourself"
Is the -principle upon which the new
tutomatic coin controlled stamp vend
ng machines now being Installed by
le postoffice department are operated
md the new machines bid fair to revo
lutionize the stamp selling business
)F the country. The machine delivers,
utomatically, face value in stamps
ror the amount of money placed In the
slot and the six already Installed in
Washington by the department have
proven an unqiualified success. They
are also in successful use In New
York, Brooklyn, Chicago, I)eLroit,
Philadelphia and Minneapolis.
The si-lent 24-hour salesman sells
stamps In four different quantities.
The first slot delivers five one-Cent
stamp~s for a nickel; the second r'e
turns a One-cent stamnpI for a penny;
the thIrd dlivers five -inwo-cent
stamplhs for a dime and tile fourth
hland~s out a twvo-cent stamp) for two
pennIes. The -coin is dropped into
the slot, a small lever pushed and the
stamp Is found in- a r'eceptable 'below.
Tho machines are practieally
"crook-proof" inasmnch as the coin
remaIns in eight for some .time after
tile lurchase, and the -postoillce de
partment puts a sign over each -ma
chine, wvarning agaInst the use of
any but goodl United States coins.
This gives it the same protection that
surrounds the mails and as inspectors
are constanitly on tihe job, there is lit
tIe chance that the most hardened will
take a chance of saving a .few pennies
by the use of bad coins..
Trhe department through Post master1
General Will JIf. HIays, has Installed
thle machines in the pbostofilme and In
several.-'public <buildings in Washing
ton, the idea being to accommodate
persons desiring stamps after regular
hours-ak without Walking to the post
office. 'They are handsomely construct
ed, the case being of mahogany and
the frimimings of the finest nickel-sil
The niaohiure is expected to greatly
faellitate *he 4ale of stamps, . nighmts,
Sundaffi, -holid~ys and during mushm
hours. It appears to be the one thing
needed to enable the government to
establish sub-station's in drug stores,
hotels, etc., at v'ery .little exrpenke.
Washington has taken very -kindly
to the "eafeteria" style of stapip pur