VOLUME XXXVII. LAURENS,,SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 1922.NUBR3
DIAL MAKES PLE
Introduces Bill To Amend The Cotton
Futures Contract Law.
Washington, April 8.-Taking the
senate committee on agriculture to
task because they would take no ac
tion on a bill which he introduced, and
which has been pending before the
committee for almost a year to amend
the cotton futures contract law, Sena
tor Dial made an earnest plea for ac
tion which 1vould relieve the cotton
growers of their present perilous po
A former bill, he said, cured a great
many of the deficits of the then cus
tom, but unfortunately it carried the
vicious principle of the custom into
the law, which law permits the seller
of a cotton contract to deliver all of
the contract in any one to ten grades
instead of 32 grades, under the old
custom. . He said this is where they
have been slaughtering the lambs and
everybody else ever since. His amend
ment would make it equally fair to
the buyer and the seller of a con
Further commenting on this situa
tion, Senator Dial said he had intro
ducedi a resolution, which has passed
the senate, requesting the federal
trade commission to investigate the
cotton exchanges. The passage of
that resolution, he said, need not inter
fere at all with the particular bill
which he has introduced to amend the
cotton futures law. There are many
things about the cotton exchanges, he
said, which he desired to have investi
gated, and he said also he had not
the shadow ,of a doubt but of the jus
tice of his bill, and about its suffi
ciency in affording relief to our peo
ple, should it be passed.
"In fact," he concluded, "unless we
have some legislation to help the cause
of cotton production, it will not be
more than a year or two until we shall
have to offer a premium to get people
to raise cotton in the United States.
There is the darkest outlook for a
crop of cotton which I have ever
"Congress is unconsciously aiding
the cotton bears every hour it allows
the present la wto remain unamend
"My amendment," Senatior Dial
said, "does not interfere with the ten
desirable grades, it only classifies
them in three classes-A. B. C., with
a basic grade in each class. This is
similgr to wheat. This amendment
will make a contract flexible enough
for anyone to trade in, and definite
enough to make it worth what it is
claimed to represent, thereby the buy
er and seller will be on equal terms,
and unquestionably' the value of the
commodity will be enhanced."
W. D. MELTON NEW
Succeeds W. S. Currell, Resigned. Is
Prominent Attoriey At
Columbia, April 10.-William Davis
Melton, prominent attorney of the law
firm of Melton and Belser of Olumi
bia, wvas tonight elected presidlent to
succeed William Spencer Currell, re
At the same meeting of the board
of trustees Dr. Currell was elected
dean of the new gradute school re
-cently established at the University
for post graduate work.
Dr. Currell will begin his new duties
September 1, and President-elect Mel
ton will assume the duties of presi
dent some time between July 1 and
September 1. Mr. Melton advised the
board of trustees tonight of his ac
ceptance as soon as the choice had
-President Currell tendered his resig
nation at the January meeting of the
board of trustees but the resignation
was not acted upon until tonight.
President Currell has been at the
head of the University since 1016,
and is conspicuously known in the
educational world for this scholarship.
The new president is a native 9f
Richburg; Chester county.
From 1887 to 1800 he attended the
University of Virginia. lHe then en
tered the law school of University
ofSouth Carolina from whichi he was
graduated in 1892.- He immediately
began the practice of his profession
in .Columbia in which he has been
conspicuously successful. Jn 1890 he
marled MIss Caito Belser, of Sum
OR QUICK ACTION,
SEES FOUR SLAIN
Father Takes Lives of Three Children
Then Ends Own Life.
Charlotte, N. C., April 9.-Ruby Lee
Helms, 13 year old girl, horror strick
er and helpless, today saw her father
Joki Helms, 40, slay two of her little
br)bthers and sisters in succession
with a wood axe and then saw him
deliberately blow off the top of his own
head with a shot gun, according to the
story she, the only witness, told Cor
oner Frank Hovis.
The quadruple tragedy occurred at
the home of Heuls, who occupied a
tenant house on the farm of Robert
Rice, 11 miles east of Charlotte, about
6:30 o'clock' this thorning.
Coroner Hovis said the evidence in
dicated that Helms had become rather
suddenly insane, probably'as a result
of continued ill health, as he had been
suffering from a chronic stomach dis
ease and had appeared deeply depress
ed when talking with a brother a (lay
or two ago about his "hopeless" coh
According to little Ruby Lee Helms,
she was walking about in the yard
with the nine months old baby, Haze
line, while her mother prepared break
fast, when her father approached with
an axe and with the handle knocked
the baby from her arms, then he went
into the house and with the axe brain
ed two children in bed while she look
ed on through a window the two be
ing Brocho, aged six, and Bleeker,
aged four. le then grabbed a shot
gun, went out into the yard, placed
the muzzle against his cheek, the gun
standing on the ground, reached down
and pressed the trigger with his
thumb, the load blowing off the top
of the head.
Mrs. Helms and another child, in
addition to Ruby Lee Helms, escape(d
without injury and gave the alarm.
Soon neighbors were on the scene and
later Ooroner Hovis. The baby did
not (lie instantly, but was taken to a
hospital in Charlotte, where it died
about two hours later.
It was said that Helms was formerlf
a cotton mill operative at Charlotte,
but recently moved to the farm.
LITTLE HOPE FOl
Attributes Business Adversity To
Failure of U. S. Entering
New York, April 8.-Directly at
tributing our present dlay "business
adversity" to the failure of the United
States to join the League of Nations,
former Governor James M. Cox, of
Ohio, in an address here today, urged
at continuation of the campaign to
have this country juin the league.
His address was made before the
National Democratic Club.
Asserting that "as one surveys con
ditions at Washington he finds little
ground flr hope of a stable pros
perit~y." Mr. Cox declared that "the
average person of the average com
munity believes there is something
radically wrong in Washington and
that it consists chiefly of a lack of
leadership. There is no captain of
Governor Cox told his audience that
while there is mauch regret through
out the country over the aimless way
in which things are dirifting, it is not
fair to criticize the presdent of the
"He Is simply keeping his contract
with the people," Mr. Cox said. "He
was open and frank In expressing his
opinion as to what the function of the
executive is. The campaign waged by
his party was largely -directed against
the alleged autocratic policies of Mr.
Wilson. . In. marking the distinction
which both he and his party made as
between what had been and what was
to be in this regard, the republican
candidate specifically promised what
he would do. He has kept faith. He
doubtless believes his performance is
In precise harmony with what he ac
cepted as a mandate adopted by seven
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Richard Peay Shot To Death In Glad
den Apartments By Joseph P".
Chester, April 10.-Richard Pea
a well known young man of this cit
and a veteran of the World war, Wa
shot and instantly killed by Joseph I
Queen, also a veteran of World wat
about 2:20 o'clock this morning a
the Gladden apartments4, condtucted b
Mis. Maggie Adams, a sister of th
ileceased. One shot, which was evi
clently the first, struck Peay in t
nose and penetrated the brain; anl
other went through the heart; a thir
pierced the abdomen. Any one of th
tiree, perhaps, would have prove
Fatal. Another shot went wild.
Coroner j. Henry Gladden was noti
[ied at once of the homicide, and re
minded a jury, which viewed the re
n'ains, and will meet tomorrow morn
ng at the court house at 9:30 o'cloc
-o hold the inquest.
The young men both roomed at Mrs
Adams' and were roommates. Th
ragedy occurred on the landing be
,ween two flights of steps, one con
nunicating with the street and th
>ther with the rear. Peay had n
veapon on his person, bul; there wit
i small stick lying at his side. Quece
vas armed with the two revolvers.
Officer Gregory wias near when fou
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shots rang out, followed by screams,
and hurried to the spot. le met
Queen ,who surrendered.
- Mrs. Adams has made conflicting
statements- about the homocide. To
one of the oflicers she made the state
, nient that Queen had killed her broth
er ,but that he had been forced to do
it, and in one stetement gave some
particulars as to the relative positions
of the men at the time of the shoot
t ing. To Coroner Gladden she made
the statement that she was not an
e eye-witness of the shooting, but was
- on the spot in a moment after the
e shots were fired. She was, of course,
- very much excited and overcome by
I the terrible tragedy.
It is believed that liquor was at the
bottom of the trouble, as the police
ound a gallon or more whiskey in
- the room said to have been occupied
- by the two young men.
Heads, I Win; Tails, You Lose.
"What 1am1 I doling? I'm SpInning at
M( -.. If It's headls. I'll go to the
lodge. If It's taIls, I'll go down to th
3 billiard hall. If the dIme stands on
- edge, I'll stay home with you."-Atchli
- son Globe.
A Kentucky court hrlstd that a iman
who kisses his sweethvia:- on a street
car is guilty of i mis1d('kel-anor. But
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