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LACltKNS, S. C. JAM'AUV IS, 1010.
A HA It It KM VICTORY.
Pleading guilty to the charge of
brlbory and conspiracy, an offense
Rgnlnat tho statutory lawa of South
Carolina, James s. Partium, tho beer
Hing of Charleston, pays a lino of $?">.
fiOO. and thereby according lo an u
greemout wllb the courts of Justice,1
secures Immunity for himself against
?ny further prosecution in other oas
es, So the state of South Carolina
and James s. Partium are at peace;
the accounts have been squared.
No doubt this manner of settlement
was the only practical method; no
doubl the attorney general had rea
son to believe thai conviction and a
sentence to the penitentiary were I
Impossible; his former efforts had j
tailed before a lllchlnud county jury.
Mr. Lyon, in our opinion, is a thorough
ly conscientious num. ami Hue oil eer;
we do not believe that he woul.i vio
late his trust; he is strictly honest, j
and uncompromisingly honorable, itut
as to whether or not his course in the
Parnutll ease was wise and judicious,
is a matter of question.
Has the state of South Carolin? won
a victory? Ih one sense, yes. One
who was under the charge of bribery ;
hps confessed thai ho was guilty. The 1
Richland jury that declared otherwise
hits been put in a very had light. The
treasury of lllchland county has been
enriched by $5.000; doubtless some!
good roads will be built with tills!
sum. Hut the victory appears lo us
Pnrnum, charged with an offense
against the laws of the state. Wits tried \
"by Qod and his country;" he was'
declared innocent. "Cod and Iiis
country" failed to And any wrong in !
his nets. The one-time accused Comes
to the state's ofllcors and makes a
proposition; he agrees to confess his
wrong, if the courts will do thus and j
ko. In other words the law-breaker
dictates the term of his sentence.
Which is the stronger In South Caro
lina, the law or the offender against
the law? The Parnum ease seems to
prove that the courts were impotent.
The presiding Judge oven agreed to
strike out the offensive "jail" alterna
Digressing a bit: the really funny
Incident connected with the whole af
fair was Judge prince's commenda
tion of the accused's course; he was
praised for "taking his medicine like
a man." We'd like to wager that
Farnuni was laughing in his sleeves
at this mighty court of justice to
which he was so effectively dictating.
"Taking Iiis medicine" to be sure.
For the slight stun of $5,000, a trans
gressor of the law sets himself square
with a commonwealth. How Ranker
Morse must envy Rriber Farnum!
The victory for the state Is nomi
nal; the court records will show a
Conviction in one of the famous dis
pensary graft cases. However, nobody
is yet in jail, according to the cam
plagn pledge of Fr?ser Lyon. And
there is no rejoicing in the victory;
indeed, it seems to us that it is robb
ed of any significance, save the re
ceipt of $.">,000.
This barter and trade with the
courts of justice, and the dictation of
terms by the criminal class, may he
all right and altogether proper; It
may be the practical way. and the only
practical way; but, we cannot see that
tho "majesty" of the law is maintained
therein, that tho strength of law Is
Impressed upon the people, or that
the efficiency of our courts and our
system of dispensing justice aro com
mended thereby. To say what might
have been, or might be. Is useless
talk. Rut whether or not tho attorney
general would better have served his
state by allowing tho Parnum case
to stand as It was, rather than accept
ing the tornis of tho accused Is a mat
ter of dohnto. Kvery Intelligent man
In the Btato who carefully followed the
course of his trial knows that a clear
raso was made out against Farnurn;
tho" failure of tho Richland jury waB
no fault of tho attorney general's,
and tho people know It. By the pub
lic, Farnum was already convicted.
Ills confession amounts to very little;
there is no victory In It for the state.
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THK TIMES' POSITION.
On another page Is printed an edi
torial expression from The Times of
Manning, s. c. in reference to an
article that appeared in these c olumns
two weeks ago. The Times says that
iin* article which occasioned our ex
pressions was simply "interesting po
litical news." it appeared, however,
in its editorial columns; hence, our er
ror. Itut that is of small moment;
Hi ? nature of the article was a boost
tor ?lense, whether or not you call
it editorial or news. It speaks for
In the article quoted on unothe''
page, Tho Times takes another tack
which Is not at all complimentary to
Itself. It insinuates thai Col. Feuth
orstonc of Laurens has "corraled" the
church vote. It Bays: "the church]
organizations have tuen thoroughly
worked by him and his friends, ami I
a*Ith such a leverage it will be hard
llilllionce to overcome, unless the
church people take It into their beads
that they will not stand for their sac- ,
red organizations to bo dragged Into
politics in order that some politician!
may gratify his ambition."
In other words. Mr. Fentherstono
and his friends have blindfolded the
churches and are dragging them into
politics lo gratify his desire to be
governor, and unless they "wake up"
it will be a mighty Influence. We
confess surprise and deep disappoint- |
incnl in the sentiments expressed.
Hut it has made the accusation; can
it prove it? Specify, contemporary;!
in what particular has Mr. Feather
stone "worked the church organiza
tions"? Wlure are the churches In!
these enlightened times that can be
led by a halter? Kven if Mr. Foath
erst one were a politician, bent upon
gratifying his ambition, what of the
churches' side of the question? Are
there in your section, any churches
thai have been corraled? Speak up,
This kind of accusation will fall on
deal ears in South Carolina. It is
lo he hoped that the individual church
members throughout the state will and
do enter the political arena, and do
take pan in the affairs of government;
but your idea that the churches as
organizations are being forced to sup
port any candidate for any ofllce is j
utterly erroneous and a severe re- )
Meet loll upon your estimate of the
However, since you are so convinc
ed thai the churches approve Mr.
Featherstono, his friends find some
pleasure in your rather warped com .
incuts. To have the approval of the
"church people" of any community or
State is by no menus a poor recom
mend: t ion.
JUDGE 0. Ii. THOMPSON.
We supoBC that in county politics the
activity will not be very strenuous next
summer as the Incumbent clerk and
sheriff hold for another two years.
The office of judge of probate also is
held for four years. However there
will probably he no opposition to the
re-election of .lodge O. G. Thompson
who has performed the duties of the
ofllce with uncommon efficiency and i
satisfaction to the public. The emo
luments of the judge of probate are
not especially rich and the county is
fortunate in obtaining for the otllce
a man willing to perform its duties
so faithfully as Judge Thompson has
performed them for the small compen
sation that the otllce carries.
Of the Confederate veterans, not
many are left and we are glad that
Laurens has at least one who is still
recognized In the distribution of the
public offices In Laurens.
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THE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.
Laurens has a most excellent school
building, in which there is a very line
auditorium; in fact, not counting the
churches, there is really no other
auditorium in the city that will ac
comodato any kind of a crowd. The
school was built with I ho money paid
by the taxpayers of this district. The
trustees of the school are the wardens
of this property; it is their duty to
see to it that the property is cared for
and not abused.
Some days ago. a petition was sent
to the board of trustees asking the
use of the auditorium for a choral so
ciety, for practices and for public per
formances at stated times. The pe
tition, affr coroful consideration was
refused. The act was clearly within
the rights of the trustees, since they
are sole controllers of the property.
The school auditorium \? used by
the Baptist congregation, for Sunday
school, preaching service twice a day
and for prayer meeting on Wednesday
evenings. It Is used also for the pre
sentation of the school lyceum attrac
tions. Both these, we presume, are
by special permission of the trustees.
We find no fault with them for It; In
fact, we should think it strange If use
were not granted In tho two cases
cited. Bui why i'ne discrimination ?
Why shoul1 use In one particular be
granted and in another, refuned. When
the building was completed It was our
understanding that no one, Individuals
or pnrtlcB, would bo allowed the use
of It. Wo were evdently In error.
A chornl society Is one of the grer.t
ost educational instruments or factors
In tho lifo of a city; It Includes all de
nominations and sects, and Is for the
edification and enjoyment of the pub
lic. Tho Bocloty Is to be composed of
giown-up people, not children, and it
Stands to reason that there would be
no abuse of the property. Tho school
trustees in any town should be alive
to all movements and endeavors that
look toward the betterment of the'
people, to their culture and to their
enjoy hp nt. They should endeavor to
assist any efforts that will benefit the
The Advertiser agrees with the trus
tees that the sc hool property should
ho carefully guarded and preserved.
Itul there's no necessity of embalm
ing it lust yet: there's no use putting
it En a glass caso. Property of any
Kind when used well is a benefit lo
mankind; unused it does no good and
works no benefits.
While we have no direct interest in
the organization of a choral society
bore, wo cannot but see the good it
will accomplish if well managed and
directed. Our Information is that
some of the best people in the city are
connected with the proposed society.
Instead <;f meeting witii rebuff from
the school trustees they should be en
However, there may he reasons that
appear to the trustees why the peti
tion in question should not be granted;
but. the reasons are not apparent to
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A ItKAL SAVING.
Dusiuess principles and methods are
I given very little thought by tho aver
age person: ami there is one matter
particularly that lately ever occurs
to the average mind, it is this: the
business concern that does a slip-shod
credit business and annually loses
thousands of dollars in bad accounts
has lo make it up in some way. How
i< it done? Simply by increasing the
price on goods and making the good
customers pay for the losses sustain
ed through bad accounts. That's true
and there's no use trying lo explain it
otherwise. The merchant simply has
to do it to protect himself.
One thing that the new credit asso
ciation in I.aureus will do. and one
thai will benefit everybody who pays
his debts, will be the saving of all this
money that thoy have heretofore been
paying in order to make up lor bad
accounts, in other words, the mer
chants, protected by the workings of
tlie association, can afford to sell goods
cheaper; their losses will not bo so
heavy from now on. The people will
receive the benefits and the profits;
those who pay their debts will no
longer have to pay their neighbors'
bad debts. The credit association is
a good investment for everybody.
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We now know why President Taft J
did not visit I.aurens when ho was in
South Carolina last November: Some I
one told him he'd have to pass through
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It appears that both The State and
Attorney General Lyon were a little
too anxious to explain why the com
promise witii Farnum had been made.
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Hopes for tho year 1910: that the
Kock Hill school muddle will get set
tled; that Hie dispensary matters may
be wound up; that tho north pole
won't be discovered again; that New
berry will grow to bo a better town; I
and that Teddy Roosevelt won't come
bnck from Africa.
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A literary society has been organ
ized at the city schools, we understand
largely through the efforts of B. I?.
Parkinson, principal. That Is good;
very good. The remark of a certain
gentleman in town some weeks ago
Is constantly recurring to us: "There
is less literary taste and culture hi
the reading lino to tho square foot In I
f.aureus than any other spot on the
globe." A literary society will bo a
mighty force to correct that man's im
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They have water works, and bath
tubs, and hot water connections, and
such like over in tins little town of
Union, South Carolina. Hut it all
must be very novel. In fact so novel,
that last week when the freeze came
along and a water pipe bursted blow
ing up the stove In somebody's kitchen,
the natives were dumbfounded and
awed in such degree that the progres
sive newspaper reporters hustled a
round and wrote a "piece" for tho dally
papers about it. Awful tragedy! Great
scare! Fnusual occurrence! Never
mind, even Fnion will get accustomed
to things after a while.
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Hero's the right hand of fellowship,
Brother Ix>orh. May your connection
with tho Clinton Chronicle bo pleasant
and profitable both to yourself and to
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New Year Resolution for the City
Conned- fjet a fire department for
Laurens; stop feeding those two big
old elephants of horses. What aro thoy
worth anyhow? If a flro breaks out
wh Is on hand to manage the hose?
Tho Laurens flro department Is all
right?so long as wo have no Ares.
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With a llttlo encouragement and a
little work a good fire department
could be organized In Laurens.
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By tho way, would the head of the
flro department of the city mind pub
Ushing the names of those who are
members?those who are being ex
empted from eity taxes?
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We have run across a gem thai will
Interest Borne <>f otn- automobiltsts:
"All is not speed that sputters."
Mr. Willis Buys Newspaper.
Mr. Archie Willis has bought the
Fountain inn News and Not ions, form
erly owned and published by Messrs
Davis and UlirgUI'd. It Is understood
that Mr. Willis will continue to issue
the paper from Fountain Inn. doing
the press work in his shop at Wood
ruff. Later, it Is possible that Mr.
Will Is will consolidate The News and
Notions with the Woodruff News and
Herald, the paper which Mr. Willis
has had in ? b?rge for some time. Mr.
Frank W. Crisp of this city is asso
ciated with Mr. Willis in The News
and Herald ofllco at Woodruff.
A Wild Blizzard Itaging
brings danger, suffering often death
to thousands, who take cold, coughs
and lagrlppe- that terror of winters
ami spring, its danger signals are
"stuffed up.'* nostrils, lower part of
nose sore, chills and fever, pain in
back of head, and a throat-gripping
cough. When Grip attacks, as you
value your life, don't delay getting Dr.
King's New Discovery. "One bottle
cured me." writes A. I.. Dunn, of Pine
Valley. Miss., "after being 'laid up'
three weeks with Grip." For sore,
lungs. Hemorrhages, Coughs. Colds,
Whooping Cough, Bronchitis, Asthma,
its supreme. 50c. $1.00. Guaranteed by
I.aureus Drug Co. & Palmetto Drug Co.
The Semlnole Cases.
Mr. A. C. Todd of this city, one of
the attorneys for the defense in the
ease of the state against John V.
Gniiington and .1. Stobo Young, charg
ed with breach of trust and fraud in
the now famous Semlnole transaction,
went to Colttmber yesterday to be
present at the trial which was called
for Tuesday. Assi.ssting in the de
fense is (',. Duncan Bellinger of Co
lumbia. Former Solicitor .1. Win.
Thurmond of Bdgclleld is assisting
Solicitor Cobb in the prosecution.
A BOXT IIY0.MKI.
A bottle Costs Inly 50 Cents V Com
plete Outfit Including Inhaler $1.00.
When Hyomel is guaranteed to cure
catarrh or your money hack, what is
Are you satisfied with your condition
or do you want to rid yourself forever
of vile catarrh, with its humiliating
symptoms, such as hawking, spitting,
blowing and bad breath?
Hyomel is a simple, antiseptic med
icine, that you breathe through a small
pocket inhaler over the parts affected.
It is made of Australian eucalyptus
mixed with other germ killing and
membrane soothing antiseptics.
Get a complete outfit today. It only
costs $l.no. and contains everything
necessary to cure any ordinary case
of catarrh. Kxtra bottles, If needed,
Hyomel is the best remedy in the
world for sore throat, coughs and
croup and bronchitis. It gives wonder
ful relief in two minutes. For sale by
druggists everywhere and by the Lau
ren 8 Drug Co. who guarantee it.
a , OUR SPECIAL NOTICES. | j
For Snip?Some fine Brown Leg
horn cockrells, anil <>:? I Buckeye
Red cockrells, u( $1.00 euch. J. Wade
Anderson, Lauren:;. S. C. 41
For Sale 128 a? re farm with dwell
ing, tenant house riuI other improve
ments, located 2 indes east of Reedy
River Power company and known us
tho Cunningham place. Price $25 per
acre. Andrew C. Phillips, Laurens.
It. l\ I). No. C. It
Auction Sale I will sell .".< public
outcry on salesday in Junuary, modern
seven room cottage ancl'j acre lot.
fronting Irby avenue and hounded by
O. B. Simmons home place tiud othors.
Terms: ouc-htdf c ash. C. II. Duck tt.
Notice Did you know tliere was
an up-to-date wood yard In tho city?
If not phone "?:!. Eichelberger Bros.
Notice Wo sell the best lime for
$1.00 per barrel. Eichelberger Bros.
Notice We handle all our coal with
forks. Impossible for you to gel any
thing but clean lump coal. Eichel
Notice Don't go oul in the cold to
', hunt a dray just phono 33. Eichel
Notice We have several thousand
dollars of home money to loan on
real estate. Apply to Ferguson &
Eeatherstone, Laurens. S. C. 23-31
For Sale. -Shepherd pups (dogs)
months old at $5.00 each; Toulouse
Oeese at $5.00 per pair. M. R. L. Pe
den. Fountain Inn, Ponte I.
Notice Any one wanting dirt for
tilling purposes apply to .1. S. Mac hen
at J, s. Machen & Co., warehouse,
Laurens. S. C. 21-21
I am Read) to treat your h?rnen
and mules as well as cows. (Mi a rages
very resonahlc. II. II. (Srltton, Horse
and mule specialist, Laurens. S. ('
For Sale. A one-horse wagon and
a good horse for sale cheat), c heap,
edieap. Apply to .1. C. Shell at Bell '
For Sale. Splendid large bay horse.
7 years old, mahogany bay. and all
O. I\. Also several offices and rooms
to rent. Appiy to Dr. W. II. Dial.
Tho state of Soulh Carolina,
County of Laurens.
By (). (i. Thompson, Probate .lodge:
Whereas I In11lo Brown made suit to
me, to grant her letters of ndmini.strn
tlon of the estate and effects of Ludlc
These are therefore, to cite and
admonish all and singular the kindred
and creditors or the said Ludie Brown I
deceased that they he and appear be
fore me, in the Court of Probate, to
be held at Laurens C. 11. S. P. on the
L'Oth. day of January. 1910 next, after
publication hereof, at II o'clock in
the forenoon, to show cause, if any
they have, why the said administra
tion should not be granted.
Given under my hand this 7th day
of January, Anno Domini P.U0
O. (J. THOMPSON'.
J. P. C.
Executors. Administrators. Guard
ians and Trustees are reminded that
the time for making their annual re
turns will commence on the 1st day
of January next.
O. G. THOMPSON'
Dec. 30, 1900?fit J. p. L. C
For Good Groceries
Always fresh and clean
It is our purpose to offer
nothing tliat is nut the best
in quality, and our prices
arc aKvays right.
See US for Flour
See us for Coffee
See u> for Sugar
Sec us for Canned Goods
Se<! us lor anything you
need in the grocery line.
J. W. Payne & Co.
The Cash Grocers.
v*0** to cur*
fj Noflomach don'n^?breathe the pleasant,
heating, germ-killing air of Hyomci, and cure
CATARRH, COUGHS. COLDS. CROUP,
SORE THROAT. BRONCHITIS. ETC.
<J Complete outfit, including hard rubber in
haler, tfcl.OO, on money-back plan. Extra
bottles, 50c. Druggist* everywhere, and by
Lauroti? Drug Co., Lnurens, s. ('.
Succeed when everything else fails.
In nervous prostration and female
weaknesses they are the supreme
remedy, as thousands have testified.
FOR KIDNEY, LIVER AND
it is the best medicine ever sold
over a druggist's counter.
j\n Attractive Land Deal
We have acquired the J. D. Watts and Cunningham lands lying
on the northern end of Harper street adjoining the Watts Mill
property, and our engineers are now in the field sub-dividing
these valuable lands into desirable building and residence lots,
which we will sell to the highest, bidder on mo3t easy and attrac
tive terms at an early date to be announced. If you are con
templating building or are desirous of owning your own home we
take this opportunity to point out that this sale is an exceed
ingly opportune time to make a safe and conservative investment
designed to meet the requirements of the moderate or small in_.
ve3tor. Our easy terms are singularly adapted to meet the needs
of wage earners desirous of investing their savings in Real Estate
that offers the many advantages of this property. On the main
line of the proposed Interurban trolly system, five minutes from
the Court House square, three minutes from Watts Passenger station
on the C. & W. C. R. R. Excellent free schools, ohurch, post
offioe and bank facilities right at your door. This property is
situated on the most important thoroughfare that enters the city
of Laurens. We will announoe mamy attractive features later as
the survey progresses.
NORTH LAURENS REALTY CO.