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16 PAGES: PART 1, PAGES I TO 8 VOLUME XXVII. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1911. NUMBER O *?NlD meeting -SjCOiTY FARMERS Band Together to Hold Cotton. DELEGATES SENT TO COLUMBIA MEETING Resolutions Adopted Condemning Gov ernment Renorts on Cotton Outlook. Favor a Determined Effort to Hold Hnck a Large Per Contagc of Pres ent Crop. An enthusiastic meeting of farmers, merchants, bankers and others was held in the Armory Monday morning for the purpose of discussing the cot ton situation and of sending a delega tion to the big farmer's meeting in Columbia Thursday. Following sev eral addresses by farmers, business men and bankers, Col. J. II. Wharton introduced a resolution that a delega tion of ten men he sent to the Colum bia meeting. The resolution was passed and the following men were nominated: Col. J. II. Wharton. Col. N. B. Dial. Mr. O. P. C.oodwyn, Mr. W. L. Gray, Mr. Alex. Smith, Mr. O. II. Sim mons. Mr. J. F. Holt, Dr. H. K. Alken, Mr. J. A. P. Moore. Mr. J. S. Machen. It will be noted that the delegation Is composed in large part of business men and bankers as well as farmers. After the meeting was called to or der Mr. O. P. Goodwyn was nominated and elected chairman of the meeting and Mr. D. Y. Culbertson, secretary. Mr. Goodwyn then state the cause of meeting, saying that it was held at the call of Commissioner of Agricul ture K. J. Watson and that its pur pose was to discuss some methods of marketing the present crop more ad vantageously and also for the purpose r, of electing delegates to tho cotton meeting in Columbia on the 28th. Fol lowing Mr. Goodwyn's introductory re marks, Col. O. G. Thompson intro duced resolutions calling on the fann ers to hold their cotton off the mar ket and condemning the United States Agricultural department, for issuing the falso report of some weeks ago. The resolutions after some discussion ^ere passed unanimously. They are gn^ rsfollows: Recognizing the fact that tho abnor mal rush of cotton and cotton seed upon tho market is aiding those to whose interests It has always been to depress the market, and who are us ing every scheme or deception that ingenuity can devise to mislead the . world as lo the probable yield of this f year's crop, and that the glutting of the market never falls to depress it. We appeal to every farmer in our County to market only so much of the totton crop, both cotton and seed, dur the next 00 days as may be nbso I lutely necessary In meeting those de mands which will admit of no delay. We appeal to all banking and mer cantile concerns to aid our people in every possibly way by extensions for :!0, no or no days, on warehouse re ceipts or other collaterals. Those of us who have a controlling interest, in tho crops of tenants, la borers or others, pledge ourselves lo use all fair or legitimate means to aid and encourage these people to cur tall the amount of cotton put upon the market during the ensuing period named, to the lowest possible limit. Consistent With pressing obligat Ions, and wo invoke the eo-oporntion of all those who may be in position to aid us in this way. That a delegation be elected and sent to attend the Farmers Convention In the city of Columbia on the 28th of September. We denounce and condemn the meth ods of the Agricultural Department of the United States which has sent out or allowed to be sent broad cast false & \<\ misleading crop estimates, which ^l^vo resulted In great depression and wmo the people of the cotton growing "^region an irreparable injury. Among others who spoke at the j meeting were Mr. J. F. P?olt, Col. J. If. Wharton. Mr. W. L. Gray. Mr. X P. Dial, Mr. J. P. Finley and Mr. L. S. Polt. j Noarly all of these gentlemen urged strongly that the farmers hold their eotton for higher prices, eHli?r by hooping it on the farm or by placing ^ in tho warehouses. Placing Iho Witton in tho warehouses wna ndvo eatod ns tho best plan as tho ware house receipts could he mod then for com &g Auspicious Opening of the College. PERSONAL PARAGRAPHS ON POPULAR PEOPLE Tin* Presbyterian College of South Carolina Opened wilh the Largest Attendance since the Preparatory Department uns Eliminated?Al most a Hundred Students. (Minion. Sept. 2t*>.?The opening of college last Thursday morning was a very Interesting occasion. Prac tically every merchant of influence in the community showed his public spir it by closing his store and attending the public exercises. On the platform were the members of the faculty und the local minis ters. Dr. W. P. Jacobs, the Rev. J. E. Mahaffey and the Rev. L. A. Cooper. Mr. Douglas presided over the devo tional exercises and then in a very happy speech addressed tho student body and the visitors from town He expressed himself as extremely pleas ed with the student body and greatly encouraged at the prospects for the future growth of the college. Dr. Jacobs gave the students some excellent counsel and extended a wel come to them on behalf of himself and the community. Mr. Cooper ex pressed his pleasure at being present and warmly invited the students to call on him for advice or aid when ever they desired. He also gavo them a welcome. So did Mr. Mahaffey. whose interest in the college has been marked in the past, and who has the friendship of faculty and former stu dents. The students number a hundred, perhaps a few over, this year, the largest attendance since the prepara tory school was done away with. Of these twelve are young women. The friends of the college are look ing forward to the meeting of synod, when one day will bo given to the consideration of this institution. Conventions. The Woman's Missionary Union of Bnoree Presbytery will meel in Clin ton next Thursday and Friday, Octo ber 5th and 6th. The Baptist ladies of Clinton entertained their county union this month. The First Presby terian church win entertain synod the week beginning October 17th. The Thornwel] Orphanage will be the meeting place of the conference of Orphanage Workers next spring Clin ton In a smaller sphere parallels Co lumbia as a city of conventions. The Public Library. A large number of new books have been received the past week at the public library, the most attractive be ing a handsome memorial edition of Mark Twain's works and a selection of popular recent fiction. Although less i Continued on Page Eight.) i securing advances from the hanks. Mr. X. P. Dial, while not advising to hold or to sell as ho felt that he was not in a position to advise, stressed the need of larger and stronger banking Institutions so that when the farmers of this county felt It wise to hold cot ton they could do so. Ho suggested that a trust company or bank of :it least $250,000 capital bo formed, one 1 that would command tho respect of northern capitalists and then, he said, it would be easier for tho Laurens county farmers to borrow money with which to hold cotton. This, he said, was What should bo dono for protec tion in tho futuro when a situation like tho one now confronted arises. Judge O. Q, Thompson agreed with what Mr. Dial had to say for the fu ture and at tho same tlmo urged that farmers take tho proper Interest In the present movement. He said that while tho South lacked tho finances that were needed that she could, by co-op jeratioit ami by sticking together, so ! Influenco the market at this time that tho price of cotton would he forced higher. Just the knowledge that the farmers were holding these meetings all over the South would tend to give a bullish trend to tho market. The meeting was a very enthusiastic one. An air of determination was ev ident ami doubtless many of the farm ers returned home with tho r? hold for better prices. \ FALL OPENINGS ARE IN ORDER The Laurens Stores lire Making- (-rent Preparations for Their Fall Opcii? inur Displays- The Big Doj is To morrow. Tomorrow will ho ladies day in Laurens for it is a day especially set apart for the grand fall openings and display of millinery. The three firms who are making a specialty of milli nery- -Swltzer Company, Davis Roper Company and J. E. Minier and Pro. have been working night and day for the past week making great prepara tions for the crowds that are sure to come. As in years past the Laurens mer chants have bought the seasons very best and visitors from many of the towns around are expected to be on hand to peep through the wonderful display of hats, headgear, laces, trim mings etc Anyone so desiring can probably obtain a more technically correct idea of what they are really going to display by reading their ads in this issue. The above opinion of The Advertisers special war corres pondent is only an echo of the past openings. MEETING OF PRESBYTERY. Very Profitable Gathering <?f Delegates to Enorec Presbyter)' Lusl Week. Enoree Presbytery met in the First Presbyterian church of this city Tues day. Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Rev. A. G. Wardlaw. who was at one time pastor of the church here, was unanimously elected to preside over the mei ting and Rev. E, P. Davis was elected clerk. Rev. Mr. Wardlaw was also invited to preach before the Presbytery Wednesday evnlng and a large congregation of delegates and townspeople gathered and heard an unusually fine sermon. During the meetings and at different times Rev. D. M. Douglas, the new president of the College at Clinton, and Pres. S. C. Byrd, of Chlcora Col lege, spoke in behalf of their respec tive stations. This was the vrst ap pearance of Mr. Douglas before the representatives of this Presbytery and he made a distinctly line impression Oil all who heard him. Mr. Douglas outlined his hopes and aims for the college and asked that the church give him all the support that it consistent ly could. Pros. Byrd addressed the delegates and a large congregation Wednesday night. Mr. Byrd said that ho wished to leave two thoughts with the Presbytery and these were that the church owned a college at Greenville and that this College was worthy of their patronage, By comparing tin1 standard with other colleges of the state Mr. Byrd showed that Chicora was second to none of the girl's insti tutions ami was the logical place for all South Carolina Presbyterians to send their children. Thursday morning and afternoon of j tho Presbytery was taken up with a Conference on the benevolences of the Church, The feature of the conference was tho address or Dr. W. .1. Martin, of Davidson College, who tend the dis cussion Thursday morning. At the conclusion of the conference Thursday evening the Presbytery adjourned to meet next year at Greenville, Though nothing of unusual import ance came up for discussion or settle ment at. tin: meeting, it was produc tive of much good and doubtless tho delegates returned to their homes with a renewed determination to assist more In the work of the church. DEATH OF ST0H0 J. HOLT. Highly Esteemed I,aureus Man Pass. Od Away Monday Night. Mr. Ste'.o J. Bolt, a Confederate veteran highly honored and a citizen greatly esteemed by all who knew him, died last Monday night in his eightieth year. Mr. Bolt, on account of his many years had been In declining health for somo time, though he has been able to walk around up until about two weeks ago, when he was confined to his bed where he remained till his death last Monday. Mr. Polt was well known over Lau rens county, having made his home near Hickory Tavern for many years, Besides many friends and relative-; lie leaves to n ourn his death the follow ing Children: Mrs. Alice Mahaffoy, of Helton. Mr; Kmma Cheek of Del ton and Messrs Marion Polt, P?ol? Boll, and William Bolt. Ho Woa bUrlod ?VI Rabun at ;i o'clock, tho ip vices being condtici ri by ^^Wntson. IV1AJ. T. B. ANDERSON GOES TO HIS REWARD Prominent ClUscn of Waterloo und One ot* the Host Known Men of the Count) Dead. MaJ. T. B. Anderson, a prominent citizen of. Waterloo and one ot* Ho liest known men in the county, died at Iiis home Monday morning at 7:30 i o'clock, after a very trying lllnesn, Only recently ho had boon carried to Spartanburg for an operation, but his case appearing hopeless he was re turned to iiis home last Thursday. Yesterday morning at 10 o'clock the funeral services were hold and the in terment was in the cemetery at Mt. Pleasant. A large concourse of sor rowing friends and relatives followed the body to its last resting place. The funeral services were conducted by Reverends WhitlocK and Ezell. Maj. Anderson was a man muchly beloved by all who knew him. lie was a gallant soldier in the Confed erate army ami took part in many trying engagements. All of his life he has been a member of the Metho dist church and for thirty years he was superintendent of the Sunday School at Waterloo. .Maj. Audi r80ll Is survived by Ills wile aud five children. His children are Messrs ('. W. and Lionel of Spar tanburg, Mrs. 1). C. Smith. Mrs. W. B. Boyd and Mrs. Roheit Wallace, all of Waterloo. DAUGHTERS OK CONFEDERACY. Meeting of Importance Moudaj After noon to Which n Full Attendance is Requested. The Advertiser is in receipt of n note from the secretary of .1. B. Ker shaw Chapter, Daughters of the con federacy, asking that notice be made of a meeting of the chapter Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock in tho rooms of the Chamber of Commerce. The sec retary urgently requests that every member of the chapter be present as business of the greatest importance is to be attended to. This will be the first meeting of the chapter since June and for this rea son the members are specially urged to be present. The nature of the bus iness will be disclosed at the meeting. INTERESTING RALLY. Rev. W. E. Thayer Preached Eloriuenf Sermon at the i.aureus .Mill School Roily. The religious and educational rally i at the Laurens Mill School Sunday , night was a success in every way. An- 1 ticipating an interesting song service and a lino sermon, a large number ot the patrons of the school and others' were present to take part in the meet- j I tig, Kev. w. E. Thayer preached nn olo- i ipicnt and forceful sermon and one that is sure to hove :i lasting Im pros-I I sldn. The First Methodist church j quartette rendered two splendid selec tions and withal the evening was well spent by all who were present. The rally was tho second one thai has been held in tho clly schools this y,ar. The first one was held at the 1 l.aurens Graded School, when Dr. Harms made an address. Mr. Jones , was highly pleased with both meetings . and in speaking of the last one said that he was sure, that it will bo pro ductive of much good. Many of the ( hildren of (he mill village are no! at tending school and the purpose of the meeting was to try to impress the I peoplo with the need of giving their children an education. Dentil of .Mrs. Madden. Mrs. Tom Madden died at her homo : t Cold Point Friday morning alter a prolonged illness. She had been in falling health for a number of years and her death was not unexpected. She was CO years of ago, The funeral cor- , i monies took place at Mt. Pleasant Church Saturday morning and the In- 1 torment was in the cemetery nearby. Moved lll(0 N'oU Home. Dr. II. K. Alken Monday began mov lllg his hO?SOllOld effects into the bouse which he recently purchased from Mr. C. C. FoathorstOno, Yester day Mr. Btirk Clfirdy began moving into (he home vacated by Or, Alken, Slimier Man Buys Enrm Here. Mr. F.. I?. Minier has sold through the Oakland Heights Really Co., a farm containing 27.", acres to Mr. S. K. Htl 111 SO}' of Suilllor county for $X,in)n. cash. The farm is located near the homo of Mr. J. I). W. Walts. CORNERSTONE REMID FOR COURT HOUSE _ Joseph T. Johnson Made Principal Address. M?S?NiC CtKbMONItS MARKED THE LAYING A Large Number of People from all Over (lie Count) was Presen! und (ho School Children Swelled Hie At tendance to N'enrl) a Tousniid Poo. pie. Tho cornerstone of the remodeled com* (house was relald Thursday morn ing, a large crowd of interested spec tators being present to witness the Impressive ceremonies of (he Mason ic order and to bear the address of Congressman Joseph T. Johnson. The Cornerstone was laid under a dispen sation granted to Palmetto Lodge No. Ii?, Hon. It. A. Cooper acting as mas ter of ceremonies. A very large and representative crowd of people was present. Several other Masonic lodges were represent ed, among them being those of Clin ton, Waterloo, Gray Court, Prince ton, Greenville, Pomnrla and Donalds. Among the masons was Mr. Joe Smith, who enjoyed the double distinction of being present at the laying of the cornerstone ol tho remodeled building in is.'iT and of (ho cornerstone Thurs day. Mr. Smith assisted in laying the cornerstone Thursday and was Inter introduced to the audience by Mr. Cooper. A stand had been prepared beforehand and on this and around It the body of Masons gathered and car ried out the rites of the order. On (In stand also was a choir which render ed several apporprlatO selections. Following ." song by the choir Mr. Cooper called on Rev. W. E. Thayer. chaplain of the lodge, (to tend In prayer. Following the prayer of Mr. Thayer another selection was sung af ter which the articles selected to he placed In the stone were deposited by Mr. R, A. Habb. treasurer of the lodge. The stone was then lowered to its ?dace and the usual ceremonies gone through with. Mr. Geo. L. I'itts pre sented to the master of ceremonies (he horn of corn, Mr. Ossie Anderson the urn of wino and Mi-. Clyde Franks the urn of oil and Mr. Cooper poured lh< m over the corner: tone. The stone was then fried for levelness, symmetry and soundness and found true in all l" sports. The building was (hen turned over to the contractors to whose care the const ru< t ion was 'entrusted. Mr. Cooper then introduced lion. .los. T. Johnson Who delivered tie ad dress of the day. Mr. Johnson Stated in (he beginning that be did not come prepared to make a set speech as he had not hail time to prepare one. III.! address was in the nature of an his torical Sketch Of the ?fllCerfl Of lie county, beginning at those officers who lived in the early eighties. |fc began by stating that the county was form ed in 17s.", and ihat at first it wa. named Craven county. Later it was changed to Laurens county through the Influence of Jonathan Downs, a prominent man of hi i ml a friend of the Laurens family in Charleston The people <>f the county had sug gested ihat the county be named after Jonathan Downs hlmst |f, bit I hi' per suaded them to an mo it after his friend insteod. Wie r the county was named for I four: or John Lau rens cannot be said with certainty. Mr Johnson ah o eulogized the old Officers of th" county. fttUOlig whom Were .lohn Gnrllngion, R. E, Richard son and Martin F. Habb. clerks of court in olden days ar.il Capt. 0, W. Shell and Col. .1. If Whartori of re cent, days. Judge Watts enjoyed the reputation of being an offlCO holder of over forty years and W. If. L?ng sten, who followed him also held of fice for n lone term, Judge Lang B(on le-id the office until Reconstruc tion times and in 1S7C, Col. A. W. Bttrnsldo took that office and hold it until 1890 when John M. Clardy went into office and In- Wftfl followed in ls:ti by the present incumbent. Mr. Johnson MsO took occasion to speak in very cofhplenthry lorpia of (he bar of Laurens county, aaylhg that, it had always been composed of men of the very highest character and loriy :?! rIr. Of those who had practiced with him when he was a resident hero only throo now survive, Col. John W. Per (Continued on Pago Fight.; I TERPIF FXPLOSION ON FRENCH CRUISER Nearly Four Hundred Go to Death. POWDER MAGAZINE ENTERED BY FIRE (hie of tho Finest Ships of 1 h?> French "\;t\ % with a Large Crow of Oiiucrs and Men V hoard Destroyed l>) 1'er rllle explosion Over One Half of Crew IVrish. Toulon. Franco, Sept. 25. More than half ho crow of 7!?.". olllccrs and men met (loath early today when lire broke out in tb<> auiniunitlon hold of tho battleship Llbei'tO, one of the finest vessels in tlie French navy. Explo sions which followed wrecked tho great ship. The 111" was discovered at 5 o'clock. At first i' was not thought to be seri ous hut gained great hondwa> over tho sailors as they fought it. Suddenly it reached the magazine, which tin* men had failed to Hood be cause they though) the lire was only a sli--,ht blaze. Explosion alter explosion followed in rapid succession shaking tin* vessel lore and alt. Each explosion was stronger and more to IT lilt! than Iho preceding one and they opened up tho great (issues in the armor and fraiuo work of the vessel, which immediately became a mass of lire and smoke ami SOOIl sank to the bottom of Toulon harbor. At an early hour, linollicial estimates, placed the number of dead at 500, Es timates by naval men vary widely. There is no doubt, that loss ot lifo was as high as 300. Scores of seamen died in their berths. A few dozen saved themselves by jumping overboard. .Many of thoso injured leaped into the water and wore drowned before other boats in the roadstead Could reach them. Two hundred of tho crew escaped d< (ilh becauHo they wore on shoro leave. Commander .lames was not, aboard. The explosion was without warning. Scores were hurled high into tho air, accompanied by gnat fragments of the frame work, armor, bursting shells and blinding powder smoke. Tho men below were killed in tholr sleep. Other-, Wife ilWakOIICd by 1*1 ? ? explosion and started lo jump over board and were ('itlight by a second delonnt ion. Many vessel were in Hie harbor at. (he time. Including several warships, ?'here wcr.Q throe tremors of tho ex - plosion in quick succession alter tho lire reached teb inagnziin s. A hundred men saved themselves by jumping, scores of others would ifavo ? eaped but for (ho rigid discipline whish bold them at their posts, When awakened and about to throw (holii iVb's ov : board an order calling them ?o lboll* stations rani, out. These men Wore blown to piece ? few second,-. al on! 100 i. i ruin I In roin l|ie Li In t' bllquo on the ( O.MINL VI I'll i< I IONS. Millinger \\ ilsnii has Hooked some lim< Companies for the Coming Season. Manager Wilson of tho Opera Mouse has announced a huinber of attrac tion that will appear at Dtp Opern, House during the coming season. I In has takon pain, to select none but. tho host possible for a town of this size and ho h:is selected some that promise to be (he best ever seen hoi'0. Among thoso already booked nro tho following: Gran tark, Th Thief, Man - batten Opern Company, Kitty Coined} Co.. When h Woman Wills. Coburn Milts-;?? 11s, Tllti HI 1*1 und TllO Train!, mid several other recent New York; drntntitl ? and musical siict < lui nixes tin mis* Mr. Ii. c. I. Poo the frlco was mad*