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The Laurens advertiser. (Laurens, S.C.) 1885-1973, November 20, 1912, PART 1, PAGES 1 TO 8, Image 1

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Whoie City is a Scene of
Greatest Fleet Even Before In South,
ern Waters, now in Charleston Ha-r
bor. Officers and Men to be Enter
talned in True Charleston Fashion
for a Week.
Charleston, Nov. 17.?The three di
visions of the Atlantic fleet arrived in
port early this afternoon, being wel
comed by a crowd of many thousand
people who lined the battery and the
wharves as the big ships came into
the harbor and proceeded to their an
chqrage ground. It was a magnificent
sight to see the ocean leviathans as
they steamed Into port iu single col
umn formation, the somber business
like gray color being lightened by the
display of the flags of the various
fleet and ship officers and the signal
colors as they floated. In the breeze.
The ships came through the new
straight channel with a neap tide and
a north wind which did not add to
the depth of water, yet there was an
abundance of water. The North
Dakota and the Utah, the heaviest
draft ships, drawing 29.4 and 28.5
feet respectively, came through the
new straight channel which is pro
jected to take the place of the Cum
tuings pojnt range, with its two turns.
A Deep Harbor.
The ships required no easing and
that there was morw than 34 feet at
the minimum depth spoke well for
the harbor, and the fact was freely
commented upon by the officers. The
dredging of the channel is still under
way and will provo especially useful
to long big draft ships.
Rear Admiral Osterhaus was offi
cially visited by the committee on
reception this afternoon. The party
was very cordially received aboard
and entertained In the admiral's cabin.
It was a particular pleasure to many
of the committee to meet Capt. W.
S. Benson, commanding officer of the
ship, who is well known here, he hav
ing been for a couple of years inspec
tor of the lighthouse department, and
ho was as well pleased to meet his
Charleston friends. The committee
used H. P. Williams' launch, Vadlo.
The only visitors to the ships this
afternoon were those having business
?f an official character. . Besides the
committee on reception, Ool. Lud
low of the army post and Command
ant Helm of the Charleston navy yard
visited the vessels, paying their re
Thousands See Ships.
The water front was literally black
with peoplo and tho tiarbor was alive
with moving craft of every descrip
tion. It Is estimated that not less
than 25,0t;0 saw tho ships at anchot
this evening. Their launches were
moving freely between the wharves
and the olty tonight, several thousand
seamen are on tho street and they
are having a lively time in celebrating
.their leave. Charleston Is already
rapidly filling Up With visitors. The
hotel lobbies Rfe lively places tonight,
and IheVfl are many strangers on the
streets. ft
, fhe fair opens at 9:30 o'clock to
morrow With an address by Mayor
Grace and the round of festivities will
be in full blast for a weok with the
naval features occupying ft prominent
part In the programme of the week.
The 'weather is ideal with indications
Of It continuing to be fair, and the
protr&mme will be followed as al
ready outlined.
Cotton Market Up.
Although the cotton market weak
ened considerably last week, losing
around $2.00 per bale, the market rose
awlftly Monday and Tuesday and yes
terday the best cotton was bringing
12 6-8, which IS the highest price of
the year.
sowing Grals.
From all sections or the county
comes the reports that more grata
than usual Ig being sown this year.
With the cotton stalks out of the way
?0 early In the year, the season has
been especially favorable for 'this
work and a large amount of seed 3ms
been put into the ground.
After being Jn Session for Two Weeks,
the Court Adjourned Sine Die Fri
day Evening.
The court of common pleas ad
journed Friday evening, after having
been in session for two weeks. The
court was taken up with several case&
of considerable importance and these
occupied most of the two weeks time.
The case of Mrs. Nannie E. Tucker,
as administratrix of the estate of Roy
Tucker vs the Clinton Cotton Mills,
which case was in the hands of the
Jury when Tee Advertiser went to
press fcr its last issue, resulted in a
mistrial, the jury remitting out for
uaighteon hours without having come
to any agreement. 'The Clinton Cotton
mills have served notice of an appeal
to the supreme court In the kindred
case of Mrs. Nannie E. Tucker as ad
ministrator of the estate of Thomas
Tucker, in which the plaintiff was
awarded a verdict of $1.000. against
the Clinton Cotton mills as re
corded in the last issue of The Ad
A case of considerable importance,
because of the fact that several other
cases involving the same parties and
issues hinge upon it. was that of the
Planters Grocery company vs Mrs. Ef
fle M. Burns, in which the plaintiffs
were awarded a verdict for the total
amount atsked, $250.00 and Interest.
This case grew out of the failure of
the Planters Grocery Co., which oc
curred some months ago. The form
er husband of the defendant, the late
B. C. Burns, it was alleged by the
plaintiffs, subscribed to five shares of
stock, of the par value of $100 each,
in the Planters Grocery company and
paid One half of his subscription.
When the company went into bank
ruptcy, Mrs. Burns refused to pay tho
remaining subscription, claiming that
the stock had not been subscribed. As
stated above a verdict was rendered
for the plaintiffs.
In the case of J. C. Smith, et al vs
Mrs. Jennie A. Smith, et al, Involving
the home place of the late D. C. Smith
of Waterloo, a verdict was rendered
for the plaintiffs. This was a contest
over a will.
Wednesday aftornoon the Jury re
turned n verdict of $200 for the plain
tiff in the case of P. A. Strange vs
the Western Union Telegraph com
pany. The plaintiff charged failure
to deliver a telegram directed to his
father In Piedmont during the illness
and subsequent death of plaintiffs
In the case of the Milling Grocery
company vs G. A. Campbell, Involving
an account owed the plaintiff by the
defendant at the time defendant's
store was burned in Clinton some
months ago, a verdict for $282.70 for
the plaintiff was returned by the jury.
In the case of C. R. Workman vs the
S. A. L. Ry., In whTcn the plaintiff
sued for $15,000 damages from tin*
railroad for enticing labor from his
f'irm, a verdict of $750 was rendered
the plaintiff. It was nlleged that an
agent of the railroad persuaded three
of plaintiff's hired laborers to leave
Iiis farm. This cast .ill be appealed
to the supremo court.
In the account of court proceedings
last week, it was stated that the de
fendants won a verdict In the case
of D. H. Counts vw O. P. Goodwin
and R. A. Cooper. This was erron
eous, the plaintiff, D. H. Counts, se
curing a verdict, though not In full
I for the amount asked
Monument Unveiled.
The Woodmen of the World unveil
ed a handsome monument over the
grave of the late A. B. Culbertson. At
Union church Sunday Afternoon. An
unusually large number of Woodmen
were present, lending an added solem
nity to the service. Mr. C. A. Power
made the address of the day, eulogiz
ing the deceased, A QUartef\ com
posed of Messrs. Charles H. "and Ed.
Hicks, R. G. Franks and M. TU Roper
contributed several beautiful selec
tions. R will be remembered that Mr.
Culbertson died just about a year ago
in the county hospital.
At Youngs School House.
Hob. R. A. Cooper will make nn ad
dress at Youngs school house Thurs
day night, the 21st. A small adrals
Hlon fee will be charged, just enough
to buy a few little articles now need
ed In the school. The public is cor
dially invited to attend. The audi
ence is expected to assemble at 7:30
Well Known Citizen of Sullivan
Township Died Snturday Afternoon
Mr. Pleas S. Dolt, a well known
citizen of Sullivan township, died nt
his home there Snturday afternoon,
following a long illness. The funeral
and burial services were held Sunday
afternoon at Rabun church, W. A.
Baldwin conducting the service, a
large number of sorrowing friends
and relatives gathering to pay tribute.
Mr. Bolt is survived by his wife, one
daughter, Mrs. C. E. Saxon, and four
sons: Ben, Walter, Eugene and Ewell.
At the time of his death he was sixty
two years of age.
Reulnli Ruck Concert Company to be
the Attraction of the Lyceum Next
The next lyceum number will be
given at the school house Friday, No
vember 22nd, when the Beulah Buck
Concert company will be the attrac
tion. The Beulah Buck Concert com
pany, it will he remembered, was one
of the attraction of the lyc eum course
last year and gave a very enjoyable
entertainment. In fact it was consid
ered one of the very best attractions
of the course, and those who attend
are assured of an evening of delight
ful entertainment. The local manage
ment of the course has been Inform
ed by one who has already seen the
company this year, that the program
is entirely different from that of last
year and is in every way equally as
At Chestnut Ridge.
Dr. E. M. Poteat, of Furman Uni
versity, will preach the morning ser
mon at Chestnut Ridge church the
coming Sunday. Dr. Poteat Is so well
known In this county, that It Is safe
to prodict that a large congregation
will be present to hear him. Besides
being president of Furman Universi
ty, Dr. Poteat is looked upon as one
of the leading pulpit and platform
orators of the state. The public 1b
cordially invited to be present at the
Kicked by Horse.
Mr. Jerry Martin, who lives out
about Martins Cross Road, had the
misfortune of receiving a kick from
a horse several days ago. His should
er blade was dislocated and he was
otherwise painfully injured, but at
the last report he was doing very well
A Hot Supper.
A hot supper will be given at Bail
eys School Friday night, for the ben
efit of the school. A large attendance
Is expected. The public is cordially
Dr. Potent at Laurens Hill.
Dr. B. W. Poteat, of Furman Univer
sity, will make an address at the Lau
l rens mill school building Saturday ev
ening at 7:30 o'clock. It was only
by mere good luck that Dr. Poteat
was secured for this meeting, so it Is
hoped that a large audience will greet
Owlngs Presbyterian Church.
The Ladies Aid society of the Pres
byterian church of Owlngs will en
tertain their friends (at the chapel)
on Thanksgiving evening Nov. 28th,
from 5:30 to 10 o'clock. Oysters,
cream, cake, salad and coffee will be
served. Everybody Is cordially limit
ed to tlfis reception and to help in the
worthy cause.
Play at Gray Court.
The Ladies Aid Society, of the Oray
Court Baptist church, will give a
play at the Oray Court-Owlngs Insti
tute, Friday night, Nov. 22nd. The
play is said to be well written and
beautifully acted, so a large crowd is
expected to be present.
B. H. Balle Better.
SeVeral days ago, a telegram was
received by his relatives here to the
efTect that Mr. B. IL. Balle, now of
Philadelphia, was seriously ill The
message caused considerable anxiety
among his old friends here and they
will be glad to hear that at the last
report he was much better and on the
road to recovery.
To Fountain Inn.
Mr. J. D. Armstrong, who has been
with the Palmetto Pharmacy for sev
eral months, left here Monday for
Fountain Inn. where he has accepted
a position as manager of one of the
drug stores there. His friends here
regretted to give him up.
Stores to Close so that AH May Give
Thankg as liest They See Fit.
As is the usual custom In other
places and in past years in Laurons,
the stores of the city will be closed
Thanksgiving day, so that owners and
clerks alike may take the day off
to observe it In fitting manner. A peti
tion was circulated yesterday asking
the proprietors of business houses to
sign and It was signed by nearly all
of the leading merchants. It will be
remembered that Thanksgiving was
not fittingly observed In Laurens last
year, nearly all of the stores remain
ing open, but as no petition was cir
culated no united action was possible.
This year, however, the merchants
have signed and It nas been deter
mined that all stares are to close.
The following Is the. petition and
the list of names signed to it:
We, the undersigned merchants of
Lauren8 agree to close our stores on
Thursday, Nov. 28th, 1912, Thanks
giving day:
Minb?r Co.
Switzer Co.
II. Terry
S. M. & B. H. Wllkes & Co.
Moseley & Roland.
J. O. C. Fleming & Co.
Fleming Bros.
W. Solomon.
Clardy & Wilson.
Lsvcrett Furniture Co.
J. C. Shell & Co.
Dial Co.
Todd, Simpson & Co.
Davis-Roper Co.
W. G. Wilson Co.
R. W. Willis.
Red Hot Racket.
Brooks & Jones.
Laurens Hardware Co.
J. M. Phllpot.
Hunter & Co.
Owinga & Owlngs. >
J. H. Sullivan
John A. Franks.
Kennedy Bros.
Mahaffoy & Babb.
J. C. Burns & Co.
Advertiser Printing Co.
Rural Policeman On lugs Shot a Ne
gro Who Tried to Make Escape Af
ter Capture.
David Hamp, a negro gambler from
Greenville, was killed a short dis
tance from where the Mt. Carmel col
ored fair was being held Thursday
afternoon by Rural Policeman Colum
bus Owlngs. According to the story
of Mr. Owlngs, the kliiing was pure
ly accidental and he lias been accord
ingly exonerated by the coroner's
The colored fair is on annual event
and David Hamp seems to have come
down to make a haul off of the coun
try negroes. A game of cards was in
progress, when the rural policeman
sprung a surprise and pounced upon
the players. The other negroes made
good their escape, but David Hamp
was caught by the policeman. The
game was being played on the ground,
with Hamp's overcoat serving os a
table. When Mr. Owlngs, holding his
prisoner by the arm, reached down to
the overcoat to clean off the table of
cards, money, etc., Hamp attempted to
make a break to get away. Mr. Ow
lngs was holding him by the sleeve
with a pistol in the same hand. As
the negro made a tug, he automatical
ly caused the fingers of the rural po
liceman to contract, causing the trig
ger to be pulled. The cartridge ex
ploded, the bullet entering the side of
the negro. He died shortly after
In the clothes of the negro were
found three decks of cards, an Ivor
Johnson pl?tol and other articles,, Im
plicating him as a professional gam
As the killing appeared to the coro
ner's Jury to be clearly accidental, no
warrant was sworn out and it is hard
ly probable that any trial of Mr. Ow
lngs will be held.
A Beautiful Building.
The drawing of the new Bank of
Laurens building, which has been in
the window of the Laurena Drug Co.
for the past few days has attracted
considerable attention. From this
drawing, It is evident that this bank
ing house will be quite an ornament
to the city. The contractors, Mcbstb.
Rounds & Son, have been at work de
molishing the old building since the
early part of last week.
Greenville Citizens will 1m> Culled up
on to Subscribe $.10,000 for a New
In view of the recent agitation for
the removal of Chicora College from
j Greenville to Laurons, the article be
llow, taken from the Greenville News
of Nov. 16., will he read with Interest
! by citizens here. It will bo seen that
the people of Greenville are to raise
$30.000 to he used In building and
equipping a new dormitory. Besides
this, It Is expected that the city of
Greenville is to donate a street run
ning by the college property and also
that the college expects to purchase
additional property adjoining the
present college site.
The article from the Greenville
News is as follows:
Presbyterians throughout South
Carolina will he interested in a meet
ing of representative members of the
three Presbyterian churches of
Greenville which was held Friday ev
ening in the First Presbyterian
church for the purpose of consider
Ing and acting on certain resolutions
adopted by the executive COmmlttOI
of the hoard of trustees of Chicora
College? at a session held in this city
a few days ago.
The resolutions adopted by the
executive committee of the board of
trustees, and which were referred to
this meeting of prominent Presbyter
ians Friday evening, are as follows:
"Having investigated the available
sites for the relocation of the college
in or near the city of Greenville, we
find that very few of them are de
sirable for the purpose and that ev
erything considered, In our judg
ment, there is none which offers de
cided advantages over the present
site, If it can be enlarged;
"Therefore be It resolved: That this
committee of three together with
Dr. Pyrd he appointed;
"(1.1 To determine what buildings,
necessary to equip inodernly and
adesuate tho college to enable It
to provide for the accommodation of
about two hundred hoarding pupils
and the local patronage, then to em
ploy an architect who shall prepare
plans and specifications for the same;
"(2) To submit these plans and
specifications to the Presbyterians
and friends of Greenville with the
I suggestion that, in as much as these
developments are deemed necessary
for the growth and success of the col
lego and for making a plant of which
both the city of Creenville and the
Synod of South Carolina would be
proud, the committee, the hoard and
the Presbyteries would most cordial
ly appreciate it if Greenville would
COntnibtue the money necessary to
execute these plans;
"CD Respectfully t > ask the City
Council of Creenville to donate to
the college that part of Khctt street
which lies between River and Ham
mond streets;
"(4) In case the Presbyterians and
friends in Creenville contribute the
money necessary to give effec t to
these plans and the council donate
the street to the college the executive
committee will recommend to the
board that certain properties adja
cent to the college and across Rh Ott
street be purchased *,r a reasonable
price, for the enlargement of the
college site and that the College' re
main for the present where it is."
Unbounded enthusiasm and inter
est was manifested in the meeting
Friday evening. There was an evi
dent delight and satisfaction that the
authorities of Chicora- College had
decided to leave the Institution at the
present site. There was a hearty re
sponse to the suggestion made for a
greater Chicora and for the erection
of the "Greenville Dormitory."
A number of addresses were made
and a resolution unanimously adopt
ed "that it is the sense of this meet
ing that a vigorous and aggressive
canvass be made very soon to raise
the sum of $30,000 for the erection
of the new dormitory and carrying
out the needed Improvements." A
committee was appointed to devise
ways and means for prosecuting the
In speaking of the matter, after
tho meeting Friday evening, Presi
dent Hyrd of Chicora said: "When
this building Is erected and the nec
essary Improvements made the col
lege can accommodate 200 boarding
students and a very large- number of
local students and will be thorough
(Contlnued rm Page Fight.)
Jury Recommends That the
Solicitor Take Action.
Points out Where one Appropriation
baa lieen Kxopndcd for a Different
Purpose, Which is a Violation of
the law- Convict Expenses ?0 f?r
Hate Exceeded the appropriation.
Greenville, s. C, Nov. 19.?In Its
presentment to the one-day special
term of the court of General Sessions
Monday tin* grand Jury- brought to
light a condition of affairs relative to
the management of tho county's
business b ythe Hoard of Commission
ers consisting of (he late Supervisor
.1. I*. Goodwin, .1. M. Austin, who was
named by Governor Rloasc to IUI out
Mr. Goodwin's unexpirel term, and
T. .1. New by, recently roelerted. that
is astounding. The presentment 1?
perhaps the most unusual one ever
handed In by a grand jury In Green
ville county. It covers 35 typewrit
ten pages of legal cap paper, and re
lates in full what was uncovered by
a most exhaustive examination Into
the affairs of all the county oftlcors.
The presentment declares, however,
that the committee found no evidence
of misappropriation of the county's
funds in such a way 'as to cause a
monetary loss to the county. Hut tlx?
most adverse criticisms are heaped
upon tho Hoard of Commissioners and
tho sheriff, and other officers getting
off comparatively light and some of
them receiving commendation for tho
manner in which they conduct their
affairs. The presentment, with ro
spect to of Hoard or Commissioners,
winds up by recommending that tint
matter be referred to the solicitor for
action, and quotes a section of tho
statutes showing that the Commission
era have committed what, on its face,
is a felony, punishable by a fine not.
exceeding $5,000 and not less than
IfiOO, or imprisonment at hard labor
in the state penitentiary for not
more than live years and not h-ss than
one year.
Misapplj lug oi* Funds.
The presentment alleges that ap
proprlatlons for i?ii were charged to
Section Ml of the criminal code to
claim for the year 1910, and quotes
show that this is a breach of the law.
The grand Jury stoles that 12,006.01
I was misappropriated in this manner.
Of the funds for 1912 the sum of
$10,004..12 have been misapplied, as
serts the presentment.
"We have discovered serious Ir
regularities in connection with the
management of the appropriation of .
1913 for convicts and maintaining
the road working organization," sayK
the grain! Jury. The presentment
stales that by law was appropriated
the sum of $22.000 Tor this purpose,
but that up to the first of October
the sum of $33,104.77 had boon ex
pended for this purpose. By the end
Of the year, the grand Jury estimates
the convict system will have cost tlm
county $38,114.77, not counting the
bills which have not yet been pre
The presentment assorts that many
claims have been paid without first
being approved by a majority of the
Hoard of Commissioners, and in some
instances without the approval of a
single member of the.' Hoard. It is
< laitned that other claims were paid
without being itemized and that some
were paid without betng dated, both
of which are required by law.
The grand Jury criticize* tho con
tracting of several bills and states
that they are not considered proper
debts against the county. Among
these is a bill for automobile hire for
1911 amounting to $3.g, a bill for au
tomobile hire for 191,j amounting to
$244.HO, board for a notrse at a public
livery stable during 191 land 1912 at
a cost of $17.50 per month, expenses
of delegates' to roaft conventions
amounting to $5G> and '[neglect to pay
accounts In time to get u discount of
20 per cent.
The cross- country net provides
that the Commissioners ?hall receive
$100 extra a year for additional ser
vices required because of this special
act. "Notwithstanding the fact that
(Continued on T>3<ge Five.)

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