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CITIZENS Of LAURENS UNANIMOUS
IN ENDORSING THE MOVEMENT
All Agree Upon One Point and That Is That the Issue)
Must be Met for the Time Has Come When a
Forward Move Must be Made.
During the past few days The Advertiser has received numbers of letters
from Interested citizens expressing their satisfaction at the opportunity which
is now boforo the city to secure a college. It is peculiarly noteworthy that
not a single discordant note has been sounded In the city since the announce
ment that Chtcora would probably be moved here. There is a unanimity of
bpirlt never before seen In this city and Judging by the undivided support
that has been promised, It Is a foregone conclusion that the amount needed
will be successfully raised. Some of the letters follow:
Kditor The Advertiser:
It seems to me that Laurens has
reached a crisis In its history. The op
portunity to secure a Christian Col
lege is not given to every town. Our
opportunity has come. What arc we
going to do about it? Shall we seize it
or despise and reject it? We are go
ing to do one or the other. Which
shall it be? It would be difficult to
catalogue the many advantages that
would come to us by having Chicora
?college located in our midst. I? would
greatly help every phase of our lite.
For one 1 sincerely trust that the cit
izens of Laurens will not sleep over
their rights. That they will not allow
this valuable prize to slip from them.
For one, I shall do all In my power to
bring the college to Laurens.
W. E. THAYER.
Editor The Advertiser:
The prospect of Laurens securing a
womans college la the best newR I
have heard in many moons. It means
more for the future growth and de
velopment of our town than any op
portunity that has knocked at our
doors since I have been a resident
here. Every town that is neighbor to
us has its facilities for higher edu
cation. Can Laurens longer remain
without this powerful magnet with
which to attract new citizens? Green
wood transplntcd I>ander and It has
nourished In Its new soil. Increased
educational facilities added to the na
tural advantages and business enter
prises which we already have and will
get, In time to come, will do more to
pmund out and make our development.
i.s a community, symmetrical and well
balanced than any thing else we could
do. The coming of Chicora will at once
benefit every citizen of Laurens and
I want to have a part in any move
ment that will do that. At the foot,
in the middle, at the head or anywhere
and all along the line, I will work;
content to know 1 at I am in line,
while the progret' .e army is moving
out to encompass .o much that will
be of value.
H. K. A1KEN.
TOditor The Advertiser:
Several times In the history of our
city we have had offered us proposi
tions which if accepted would have
placed us far ahead of where we stand
today. There was given us a chance
for locnting Winthrop College In our
midst. It was located elsewhere.
We could, under certain conditions,
have secured for our town the advan
tages of the Sea Hoard Air Line rail
road pnssing through and by here, but
there were with us those who claimed]
that It was not necessary for us to put \
forth leffort, and stake money for our
chances, because It would come this
way anyhow. And as always has been
the ease In tho history of progress,
these great forces of material, social
and intellectual development went to
those who sought after them, and paid
We have another opportunity given
us for the location with us of tho<
greatest need of the public of the city
of-Laurens today in the offer made the
town by the trustees of Chicora col
lege. What will we do with ii? I
jn now hear the whispers of that
-^ass of our people, who, like those
In the past, are not willing to put forth
the effort and to count down the cash,
which may be necessary to accept at
once this, the greatest proposition
made us in years, saying: "The amount
is too great. We can't raise It. Our
people are too poor. How would a col
Jege benefit me? I am a bachelor. I am
married but no children. I have edu
cated all my girls." Poor unfortu
nate man! But now my friends, let's
pull asldo the curtain and see if, as
an Investment, It won't pay us to go
to work and as a united citizenship,
accept this proposition without delay.
From a trade standpoint our town is
circumscribed by all of our neigh
bors along the railroads leading out
from this point, where they can sell
heavy merchandise as cheap as we
can; can pay as much for cotton as
we can; they lend money at the same
rale of interest as we do; but fortu
nately for us we have that larger se
gregation of business interest that of
fers competition to the buyer and sel
ler. Hence, if we will, if we hustle
like our neighbors, we can continue to
lead as we should do in all the a\enues
of trade and business.
However, to do this wo must offer
superior educ ational advantages. Now,
you say, look at our graded school. The
building cost fifty thousand dollars.
We have a Tine corps of teachers. Yes.
and so has every township in the coun
ty and only once If we remember, has
a,pupil of our city schools taken the
honors in competition over our county
graded schools. The country graded
school will continue to grow In im
I proved methods and equipment and
unless we keep in front, all of our In
terests will lag and our property de
crease in valoe. No, follow citizens,
we arc able to raise the money to
secure this college. The job to do It,
is a fairly good one and will require
the help of erery property owner In
the city. Seventy-five thousand dol
lars, as a voluntary gift for the cause
of Christian education will advertise
Laurens more fnvorably than all the
other business Mitcrprises put togeth
It will revive activity In all our real
estate, so as that you can soli if you de
sire to at an advantage. It will change
the social and educational conditions
of our city so as that homo-seekers
will bo continually In conference \y,ith
our real estate men, and force them
to take down any and all advertise
ments reading "To rent", "To soli."
Now let us come to the front?let us
to it man put our shoulders to the
Wheel. Hot us have but one slogan:
"Altogether, forward," so as that we
can give our appreciative women an
opportunity to raise, and unfurl over
many interests a new banner upon
which will bo written in letters of
gold: *K5hiC0ra College?Christian Fe
male Education." Victory for Lau
W. JL. C.RAY.
Editor The Advertiser:
I'm sure that I Join the groat voice
of our people in rejoicing that a col
lege is within the grasp of our town.
I have the utmost confidence In our
people in .believing that wo shall not
lot th^J rcftvt opportunity go by.
'fob j&ftfa/F from a college to our
community cannol alone bo measured
In dollars and cents and It should not
be. Ilather let us think of the refin
ing and uplifting Influence to the
present and coming generations and
from the ennobling Influences eminat
ing from the "college atmosphere"
that we would have in our midst.
The moral, literary and social side
of our entire citizenship would be
bound to seek a higher level from the
effects of havin*ru$\ Chrlstion college
in our town, o.nce wo have a chance
of securing Chicora college, wo can
not afford to do without it. The move
ment on foot should receive support
from every man, woman and child in
Yours very truly,
B. L. JONES.
Supt. City Schools.
Editor The Advertiser.
The question of securing the Pres
byterian College for Laurens hns come
to the minds of tho people here and
with it the best opportunity tho town
has ever had In this respect. It occurs
to me that it is the most opportune
time for every citizen of the county
and town to become exceedingly In
terested In this proposition. A high
grade college to be established here
would mean more to the people today
and tomorrow than possibly any thing
that could be done for the prosperity
and advancement of the best Interests
of all the people. This Is an oppor
tunity that certainly cannot be over
looked. Meeting the proposition made
by the trustees of Chicora college to
the people here, and doing It at once,
would be the longest stride in the
right direction that has ever been un
dertaken by the progressive citizens of
our community. To do this it Is neces
sary to have a bona-flde subscription
of probably Ninety Thousand Dollars.
This sum should be raised within a
day. The young men of small means,
as well as the men of able finances,
.should grasp this opportunity and
make their subscriptions In a most lib
eral manner. Within a few years time
the money subscribed by them would
not be missed and property would
greatly increase In value and the de
served dignity of the community
would be bettered and maintained.
Right now is the best time to do the
best thing we have ever had an op
portunity to do and I trust the good
people will not let it. pass unheeded.
W. (>. LANCASTER.
Editor The Advertiser:
The establishment of Chicora col
lege In Laurens should vitally inter
est every citizen of the town, it
doubtless will be an investment that
will stay by us, and will yield hand
some, and well nigh, immediate, divi
dends to the property owners, as well
as the merchants. And surely it will
be money in the pockets of those who
have daughters to educate. This Is
The propocitlon appeals strongly to
the young men of the town. They al
so will reap largely of the benefits,
for In a very few years they will be
the guardians of the public wcllfare
of our people, and a helping hand
now, will prove to be a valuable as
set In the fufure.
Let us have the college. But to get
It, the whole town must pull together,
and pull In earnest.
C. W. TUNE.
Editor The Advertiser:
I cannot help but feel elated over
the prospect of securing a woman's
college for Laurens. It means more to
Laurens than I dare try to enumerate
here?suffice to say that all good citi
zens regardless of denomination,
should join In this great movement
which means so much to the educa
tional Interests of this community and
surrounding county. We have one of
the vest counties in the .-.t?te?backed
up by as good and true citizens as any
seetion of the state?and it behooves
all of these to take a hearty and sub
stantial Interest In this movement. Not
only with their money but their Influ
ence should all be concentrated in this
the greatest enterprise that the Lau
rens citizens have had the pleasure
to engage. Let all true citizens ral
ly to the educational standard and they
will be called blessed after tills gener
ation has passed and gone.
D. A. DAVIS.
Editor Th* dvertiser:
To say L.at we are in hearty sym
pathy with the movement recently
Inaugurated for the purpose of bring
ing Chicora college to our town should
but mildly express The Interest folc
by every citizen.
Wo are glad to note that the one
urgent need Which Laurene has felt
for so long Is Boon to be satisfied In
tho ultimate perfection of this move
ment. This Is a etupendous oppor
tunity for our people and at the same
time one equally ac great for the in
stitution Itself, in as much as it shall
be located In a town where denomina
tional, lines will be laid aside so far
as patronage goes and it shall receive
a larger support from a people united
In its Interests.
It therefore behooves every citizen
of I-aurens and Laurenn county to
measure up to this privilege. Our
ztal must know no bounds. Our ef
forts must be commensurate with our
needs. We want it. We must have
iU We cannot live without it. Chico
ra, rah, rah, rah.
CHAS. H. HICKS.
Editor The Advertiser:
There are many reasons why we
cannot let up until we see Chicora
college in Laurens. Heretofore, we
have looked too much to direct divi
dend paying Investments without ex
pected results. We bring Into our
town men that have money already
to Invest In other enterprises by hav
ing educational advantages to offer
that otherwise will go to other towns
that have them. We enhnnce the
value of our property at least 2f> per
cent, by giving to the college. We
elevate the moial standard of tihe
town. We put Into the reach of many
of our townspeople an opportunity of
graduating at an institution of stand
ing that otherwise would be deprived
of their real rights and privileges.
We Btart with at least $100,000 ad
vantage over a new college If we bad
the money to build one that was yet
to establish her standing. We start
with 200 students that we would have
to hunt for, If we were starting a new
A. ROSS BLAKELEY.
Editor The Advertiser:
l ecently this question was nro
p. ded by one of the local newspa
p. "What Is Laurens County's
greatest need?" Varying answers
might be given, but If the proposition
be reduced to "What Ijs the greatest
need of the city of Laurens?" sponta
neously should cotno the answer,
"Crystali/.ed sentiment in favor of lay
ing aside everything else until this
college matter is worked out." .The
people over the state are now looking
on to see what Lauren8 is going to
do toward complying with the plan
that has been submitted whereby Chi
cora college may be removed to this
city. Shall we go forward and meet
the proposition like the game little
city Laurens is?
All agree that it is an opportunity.
Perhaps wc have had them before, but
that. Is not the question now. We are
dealing with the present and planning
for the future. We have provided ad
equately for the preparation of our
girls for college, and now that the
college can be brought right to the
very doors of the graded school, we
candidly believe the men of I^aurens
will see to it that it shall not be
thrown up to future generations that
we fell down in 1012 when Chicora
college knocked at our door for ad
mission. What say tho men and wo
men of Laurons now. TODAY?
W. L. TAYLOR.
Editor Tho Advertiser:
Why we need tho college:
Poing a business man, one of tho
reasons 1 would give for wanting the
college in Laurens is that I realize
that it would be the cause of bring
ing a groat many families to live in
our town, in order that their chil
dren might be educated, and by so do
ing it would Increase all business in
terests in tho city.
Another reason, is that I myself
have four daughters to educate and
should like to have thorn educated at
a college In my own town and county.
Another reason, b.inglng the col
lege to our town would not only bo
an educational advantngo. but it would
also bo a great moral uplift to our
E. II. W ILK ES.
Mr. Thos. D. Lake, a member of
the board of trustees of the city
schools, said: "I am positive tho town
will use her best efforts In securing
the college and aftor It Is here and
doing the great, work laid out for it.
the people of ?11 denominations and
professions In life will rally to Its
support and stand by it In prosperity
and adversity. Laurens Is geograph
ically tho logical place for tho college
and by reason of tho fact that she has
no other institution with which to
vide support Chicora's growth and ex
pansion will be anxiously watched and
Editor The Advertiser:
I .Aureas stands today on the thresh
hold of a new era?if . the people will
measure up to the full dut yof true
Little did we think that such an
opportunity would be offered us. yet
today we can claim Chicora college?.
a college of high rank and established
reputation?if we will work together
with one object In view?success.
Out of all proportion to its cost,
Chicora college would, in every way,
First?The attraction of the most de
sirable class of people to become res
idents and thereby adding to the bus
iness prosperity of the entire town.
8eeond?As a general advertisement
for Laurens, not only by tho students
CITY COUNCIL HEARTILY ENDORSES
THE MOVEMENT TO SECURE THE COLLEGE
As an evidence of the unanimity of
tho citizens of Laurens upon the vi
tal question of securing Chicora col
lege Is Instanced the resolutions just
passed by the City Council endorsing
the movement and calling upon all
citizens to render their assistance for
the accomplishment of the purpose In
State of South Carolina,
County of Laurens,
City of Lau renn.
Whereas, The citizens of our city!
have Inaugurated a movement to se
cure the location of Chicora Female
College at Laurens, South Carolina,
and recognizing the gei graphical ad
vantages and superior healthful con
ditlons of the city, and foreseeing tho
many advantages that will accrue to
our city and people of the county gen
erally by tho establishment of auch
an institution in our midst,
Therefore, Bo It Resolved by tho
City Council of the City of Laurens,
That the movement to establish Chi
cora college at the City of Laurens bo
and the same Is hereby heartily eu
dorBed, and the people of our city aro
urged to make every reasonable effort
for the accomplishment of said pur
Adopted July 6th. 1D12.
C. M. BABlt.
.IAS. A. ROLAND,
THE PRIZE 18 IN OUR REACH
IE WE ONLV TAKE IT DOWN
in Friday's issue of The Greenville
News appeared the following:
That Chicora College has gone by
Greenville, so to speak, or that there
Is little or nothing the city can do to
prevent the removal of tho institu
tion to Laurens, is the frank state
ment made to a representative of
The News yesterday by one of the
trustees of Chicora College.
As the trustees stated in the com
munication printed in The News of
yesterday, the matter Is now "taken
out of the hands of the board and
placed Into those of the citizens of
Laurens and the Presbyteries of the
Synod." The citizens of Laurens
speaking through their committee
which apepared before the trustees
Tuesday night, stand rendy to meet
the conditions named by the ways
and means committee for the remov
al of the college?"an acceptable site
and a contribution of $75,000."
Laurens Can Meet It.
There voms to bo little or no
doubt but that the people of Laurens
will raise the $7f>,000. The town has
no college to support, whereas Grcon
ville has three big ones?G, F. C,
Fur man and Chicora?two business
colleges, a Catholic school, a hospi
tal and other institutions. Laurens
there. And at the same time, the
money for public Improvements,
erected two one million dollar cot
ton mills In one year, contributed
nearly a half- million dollars to an
electric railway ? In other words Lau
rens people have had nothing for
Which to spend their money and con
sequently they have plenty of It and
will have no trouble In raising $";">,
000. That Laurens can furnish tho
site?one of 81 acres?is practically
certain. Land Is plentiful about there
and not so dear as it Is about Qrooil
vllle. Eighty-one acres of land about.
Greenville would cost something, and
(Jo Before Presbyteries.
Since the matter is now up to tho
various Presbyteries of the Synod and
the people of Laurens, there is but.
one way by which Greenville could
retain the college, as was explalnod
the trustee yesterday. It will take
two-thirds of the Presbyteries of tho
Synod voting to remove tho college.
There me seven Presbyteries, and
five of them have the power to movn
the Institution. The only way Orootl
Vllle could combat the movement;
would be to go before the various
Presbyteries and Muht the matter our.
has not expended huge amounts of
trustee said. Greenville would havo
to show those Presbyteries where
Greenville could better the proposi
tion from the Laurens people
COLD BUSINESS PROPOSITION
JUSTIFIES MOVING CHICORA
(The Greenville New? )
A member of the board of trustees of Chicora College in commenting
yesterday upon the probable removal of this Institution from Greenville to
Linirens stated that tho matter was purely a cold, business proposition,
und cited the following conditions if the College remained a( Greenville,
and if it should be removed to Laurens:
Remaining Hero Moans:
Debt of $4fi.000.
Present inadequate plant.
Site of 4 1-2 or 5 acres,
"There was absolutely no feeling
toward the people or the city of
OreeUville In the action," continued
the speaker. "We stated that if
Greenville could show us a proposi
tion that eamo within $50,000 of be
ing as good as the one from Laurens,
we would not recommend the remov
al of the college."
Tho speaker went on to state that
he could give out no official informa
tion further than that contained In
the statement which the l>oard of
trustees furnished the (?reenvillc
News Wednesday night, and which
was published In Thursday's Issue of
He then took up the report of the
WAys and means committee and went
over paragraph at a time and pointed
out the committee's reasons for ad
vising the removal of the Institution
to Laurens. As the committee ?tat
Removing (o l.aureus Means:
All debts wiped out.
A $ioo.<ioo plant. (110,000 endow
ment. Site of SI acres.
Od In its report, four propositions
touching the removal of the COllego
from its present site to tin- suburb .
of (Ireonyllle svere presented. (5r->eil
vllle's representation at this meeting
of the board consisted of tin- four
Greenville men who are members of
tho hoard of trustees and I'lcsideni,
Byrd. The committee later reported
that none of the four proposltlOllH
offered by Greenville were accoptabb .
Tho four propo^liilns mentioned
above could not he found out yestei ?
day by the reporter.
The speaker then went on to point
out tho reasons given by the com
mittee for regarding It as imporatlvo
that the most careful consideration
bo given to the pro|rOf>itlon of remov
ing the college from Greenville. This
was published in the report of tho
ways arid means committee In yester
day's News and need not be reprint
but the visiting parents, speakers,
Third--The Intellectual stimulus It
will awaken in the whole town.
Fourth?The culture In art and
music that would directly or indirect
ly reach probably all classes.
Fifth- A vital factor in the moral
and religious lifo of the town.
The securing of so great a prize
cannot bo accomplished without Ihr?
united efforts of all the Citizens of
Laurens. So let everyone do his full
duty and Laurens will have one of
the best colleges In the state.
E. P. M1NTER.