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IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY Compuisory Education Coming Up Early MILEAGE QUESTION RECEIVES ATTENTION Although It Seems ns if Everything li Going Along Smoothly, Probably that the Fires nre only Getting Hot ter Underneath Ready to Burst Furiously Forth. Columbia, January 19.? The first week of the session of the General Assembly is practically over. The sum total of the work the first week Is the completion of the organization, and that Is considerable. As a matter of fact, more substantial progress has been made in getting a good start than is usual, and this Is largely accounted for by the custom of continuing ef fective men In Important places, such as Speaker Smith, Clerk Hoyt and Clerk Mann, and the various heads of the Important committees. When the House meets again on Tuesday morning it will And that, al though It marks the week-end of the session, there will be two third reading bills ready for action, one of the two being of the utmost importance to Charleston in the matter of providing additional funds for the graded schools. It Is very plain that there Is a dis tinct effort being made to suppress any outbreak of feeling or partisan politics. It is emphatically an armed truce, be cause the feeling is there, at least on the part of some. The consensus of opinon, however, is that, unless It be comes absolutely necessary to stir the smouldering fires, the best Interests of the State will be served by tabooing politlets and attending to the work that is In hand. Whether this will be possi ble Is about as uncertain as whether it will rain on the last day of the scs SOln, because some folks dote on ex citement and strife, or at least think it the finest soil in which to cultivate votes. Regulation of the primary, compul sory education and the 2-ccnt milage proposition promise to he uppermost. Members are talking and thinking con siderably about these topics and some thing Is likely to bo done in view o the agitation. As to the tightening of the primary system, something Is likely to be done, so general Is the recognition of the Im portance of action. Tho real point to be watched Is whether or not the effort Will bo to avoid real action by passing a statute that will bo beautiful in lan guage, but meaningless in time of necessity. It will be easy enough to pass an Act of well sounding Intention, but publicity of the club rolls to be used in tho elections, would, perhaps, make a good start without restricting the vote. Of course, the effort will be made to restrict the primary to the registered voters, but it will not be adopted. This will come In time, but not yet. On the matter of compulsory educa tion there are two propositions being tp * 1 of, the one by Senator Hall and the otner by Representative McCravy. The Hall plan has been published and provides for a general system. Mr. Mc Cravy will propose a compulsory sys tem that will be patterned after the dispensary local option system, leaving it to each Individual county, by a vote if it wants compulsory education with-' In Its borders and If It so elects, then to provido the machinery for Its en forcement. In the matter of the 2-cent milage bill, strange as It may seem, the or ganized fight against it will come from the labor organizations, on tho ground that it is easy enough for tho other fellow to vote for cheaper passenger rates without providing the means to increase or hold up their wages and to them it is simply a matter of mathe matics. Mr. Miller, of Richland, who was elected distinctly as a representa tive of organized labor, (ho Is a high class linotype operator) is open In his opposition to the 3-cent proposition. There wl|l hardly be any dispensary legislation. Of course, under this head is not included tho report of the inves tigating committee. It is alreadwy un derstood that there wilt be a fight ov er this, particularly on the Senate (Continued on Pace Four.) MAYORALTY CAMPAIGN OFFICIALLY STARTED Meeting of Hie City Democratic Club Starts flic Hall Arolllng. Two Can didates Out. The meeting of the city democratic club Thursday afternoon officially started the campaign for the election of city ofllcers, a mayor and six alder men. The meeting was called to or der by Mr. S. It. Tod?', vice president, after which the following olllcers were elected for two years: R. E. Babb, president; S. R. Todd, vice president; Arthur Lee, secretary, E. W. Cope land treasurer. Executive Committee?Ward 1?W. G. Ross; Ward 2, B. W. Martin; Ward :i, R. S. Templeton; Ward 4, E. B. Machen; Ward B,J. T. Crews; Ward 6, J. M. Clerdy. Enrolling Committee?Ward 1, R B. Chlldress; Ward 2, Lester Simpson; Ward 3, John Putnam; Ward 4, D. C. McLaurin; Ward 5, John E. Switzer, Ward 6, L. B. Blackwell. The Hrst primary is little less than a month distant, coming on Tuesday the 18th of February. So far two can didates for mayor have announced themselves, C. M. Babb, ?he incum bent, and John M. Cannon, the well known attorney of the city. EXCELLENT SHOWING. Made by Truynhnin Guards in Report of Adjutant General for li)12. Adjutant General W. W. Moore has just issued his annual report to the governor, the report comprising statis tics and general information regard ing the state militia. Following his report on the Laurens company, the Traynham Guards, Gen. Moore made the following comment: "Company provided with all records and equip ment needed in regular army; the same kept In excellent condition. Dis cipline and appearance excellent. All property kept in excellent condition. Condition of company reflects credit upon the hearty interest and care of Its captain and other company of ficers." The report of Capt. F. H. MeMaster, incorporated in the general report, al so pays Capt. Richey and his men a very high compliment. In speaking of Obedience to orders In general, Capt. MeMaster says: "It was suggested in the order that companies provide themselves with a large chart of the gun issued by ono of the cartridge companies. But one captain, com manding the Laurens company, fol lowed the suggestion." The compliments on the local com pany speak for themselves. The captain, W. R. Richey, Jr., is an un tiring worker in the Interest of the militia, and lias received numberless compliments on the general excel lence of his company. Will Remain Here. Rev. W. E. Thayer, pastor of the First Baptist church, who was called to the South Main Street church of Greenwood, announced to his congre gation Sunday that he had declined the call and that ho would remain in Lau rens. The decision of Mr. Thayer was received with joy and satisfaction by his congregation and, when the news was spread on the streets Monday, the citizens generally expressed their pleasure at the announcement. Mr. Thayer has Vpp. the pastor of- the church here for six years and his con gregation has had to pass through a period of uneasiness nearly every year since he has been here while he made a decision whether or not to accept, a call from some Influential church. Rents Martin Stable, Mr. Linwood Martin will move to the city at an early date, hav1 rent ed the large stables of Mr. E. W. Mar n. where be will conduct a feed and sale business. Just aa soon as pre parations are made, Mr. Martin will build a new home on Farley avenue, opposite the home of Mr. John Hicks. He is a welcomed addition to the city's population, Inspected Organ. Messrs. W. P. Thomoaon and D. A. Davis spent Sunday In Union, where they went to Inspect tho new pipe organ In one of the churches thr.rs In order to get an idea as to the kind of instrument to purchase for the First Baptist church here. They re turned Monday. Tho congregation will make a selection of an Instru ment at an early date. They hopo to have It Installed before summer. LEE'S BIRTHDAY IS CEl EBRATED and Around (ho Tonn of Clinton. Other Items of Interest Gathered In Clinton, Jan. 21.?The biggest piece of news of the week from the stand point of excitement is the appearance of a case of small pox at the Presby terian College last Sunday morning. Several students left that day but the danger of a panic has subsided and the scare seems to have subsided. The case was contracted by the student, it is supposed on a recent trii). One of his friends who has had the disease is serving as nurse. Every precaution Is beinc taken to prevent tho spread of the disease. The stu dents as well as the people of the town generally are being vaccinated. Lec*s Birthday Celebrated. Monday morning at 11 o'clock in the graded school auditorium under the auspices of Stephen D. Lee chap ter, U. D. C. Lee's birthday was cel ebrated. A very Interesting program was carried out under the supervision of Mr. E. H. Hall. The college glee club quartette sang "The Cross of Honor", the graded school sang "Tent ing to-night". Mr. Spencer read a most interesting paper prepared by Dr. W. A. Shand8 on Lee. and Jackson. Miss Mamelle Langston, a student of the Thomwell Orphanage, read an extract from Dr. J. O. Wlllson's able address on Lee. The Rev. Dr. Ja cobs offered a feeling and appropriate prayer. Miss Sallie Reil McMillan recited. Death of Mrs. Adams. Mrs. Lulo Adams, mother of Mrs. B. L. King, and Miss Emma Adams, died at 2 o'clock last Tuesday and was buried at Shady Grove on Wednesday. The sympathies of the community have gone out to the bereaved daugh ters and the family connection. ( hange at (he National Hank. Mr. J. Fl. Cralg has resigned the presidency of the First .National Dank to return to Iiis home at 'i'ylersville. Ho will be succeeded by Mr. Butler H. Boyd, who will he succeeded as cashier by Mr. George W. Copcland. "Aunt" Ridder Martin. Considerable Interest was attached to the visit of "Aunt" Riddor Martin to the City last week, about as much Interest being taken in the visitor as was taken by the visitor in the city itself. "Aunt" Ridder Is nearly one hundred years old and has not been to the city since the year after the war. She expressed a desire to make another visit here several weeks ago. so last week she made a trip to the city, taking in all the sights. "Aunt" Ridder is one of tho "old time" slavery darkies and is thought a great deal of by many of her white neighbors whom she nursed and looked after in their childhood. Her home Is kept always spotlessly clean and Is often visited by the young fellows in search of something to appease the appetite. She visited several of her "boys" While making the round of the city. "Aunt" Ridder lives up near Gray Little Hoy Injured. Bruce Thompson, the little four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. If. E. Thomp son, suffered by a very painful acci dent several days ago, when a book caso around which he was playing fell upon him making a deep gash in his forehead. Medical assistance v.'.>.?.', se-j cured at once and the little fellow's wound was glvon the best attention, but ho has suffered considerable pain. Ho Is now getting along nicely and will soon be out again. DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. Home of Mr. J. P. Harney Was Com pletely Destroyed Last Week. Last Wednesday nt about 8:30 o'clock in the evening, the home of Mr. J. D. Harney, on Chestnut street waa burned to the ground. The fire was discovered by a passerby but, un fortunately, after it had gained good headway. Tho lire department re sponded promptly, and as is always tho case, rendered the best service possible. Though the Harney home was burned almost to the ground. It was only the prompt and efficient work of the firemen that saved tbe homo of Mr. John Wright next door. Through tho quick work of those who reached the scene early, much of the household goods of Mr. Harney was saved. Both tho house and the furn ishings were partly covered by In surance. SPEND SUNDAY WITH HOME FOLKS County Delegation Spend the Week end with Relatives in the County The different members of the county delegation spent tho week-end at ! their honies in the city, Messrs. Irby and Blackweil being in LaurenB for several days. They state that every thing is going along quietly In the legislative hulls and that In all prob ability the session will not be as live as the one last year. The Laurens members have been honored with a number of Important committee as signments. Mr. Irby has several hills that he Intends bringing up very soon, among tliein being a Torrens land sys tem bill. Mr. Blackwell intends to introduce a bill amending the insur ance laws of the state. Senator tJoodwyn and Mr. Browning also have several bills under preparation. Mr. Irby Intends introducing a bill that will probably attract considera ble attention. His bill will call for the cutting up of the asylum land now used in Columbia as a farm and the building of bouses thereon for the use of poor people who nre unable to pay high rents. He states that it is his idea to have those people favor ed who wish to educate their children This land now is very valuable as a residence district, but is being used for fanning purposes. The state has been trying to devise some way of disposing of it for several years, but no proper solution of the problem has suggested Itself. Mr. Irby offers as a precedent for such a bill, the action of the city of Ixmdnn In providing homes for over 176,000 people in that city when they were too poor to se cure shelter. This bill will be Intro-' duced in a day or so. MIIS. ANM: WOI I\ > I'OOI-F,. Wife of (he Late Dr. .1. T. I'oole Died Here Monday Morning. Mrs. Anne Wofford I'oole, wife of the late Dr. .1. T. I'oole, was found dead in bed at the home of her son, Dr. Clar ence I'oole. early Monday morning. The funeral services were held yester day afternoon in the Laurens ceme tery. Rev. L. P, McOheo, her pastor, conducting the services. During the services several hymns were softly sung. The following gent leinen acted as pall bearers: s. c. McDanlol, C. D. Moseley, O. B. Simmons, W. II. Cilker son. John P. Holt, H. ('. Crisp, .1. I^oc Langston, Albert Burns. Mrs. Poole's maiden name was An ne Wofford Allen. Her husband, the late Dr. .1. T. I'oole, died several years ago in this city, the couple being held in the highest estimation In this city. She was a consistent Christian woman and was possessed of many admirable traits of character. During the late years of her life she had been almost an invalid, being confined to her home for many years. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mattlo Bray, Newborn, X. C, Mrs. John CrolglltOIl, DeLand, Pia., Mrs. John Mills. Hut herfordton. N. C, John I'oole. of Oklahoma, and Dr. Clarence I'oole, of this city, be sides numerous grandchildren. To Open Offlcc Here. Dr. Jesse A. Clifton, of Spnrtanburg. was in the city several days ago and announced that ho would open an of fice here at an early date for the treat ment of the eye, ear, nose and throat. He will make his home in Spartanburg and make periodical visits to Lau rens. He states that ho will he here every other Saturday. Mr. John Holt's Offlce, Mr. John P. Bolt is now located in the Traynham building, occupying the same office as Mr. Pord Franks, the cotton man. All papers that have not been settled and arc Bill I in his hands have been carried to the new office. These will be delivered cither by Mr. Holt or his son, Mr. Tom Bolt. Per son!, owning papers are requested to call at once and settle for them. "Young" Couple to Wed. A marriage In which much Interest has been aroused will take [dace this afternoon at the home of the bride, when Miss Nancy Ellison will become the wife of Mr. Alken Todd, a well known citizen of the county. After the wedding the happy young brldo and groom, ages 6f> and 08 rospectivo ly, will go to the home of tho groom where they will make their home In the futuro. I SOLICITOR COOPER MAKES ANNUAL REPORT Interesting Suninirnv of tin* Work oi the Count)' Courts for tho Tust Your. The report of Hon. It. A. Cooper, solicitor of the eighth circuit com posed of the counties of Ahbeville, Groenwood, Nowborry and Laurens, '.s an Interesting document, showing the criminal statistics for the past year. The record shows an increase in crime over the year 1911. During the past year 202 eases were brought to trial in the circuit and I II collections were secured. Of the total number of indictments, thirty live were for murder, of which eight were found guilty of murder and elev en of manslaughter. There were four teen cases for violation of the dis pen[sp|ry law, in which conflct?ons were secured for nine. The usual number of indictmonts and convictions were secured for other crimes, Lnu rens county lead the other counties in the number of indletniScnts. 1 Cow ever, Laureiis has the largest popula tion and her officers might be the best, so the number of Indictments does not necessarily indicate that Ix'iurens had a proportionately larger number of crimes than her sister counties. The report of Mr. Cooper is a com prehensive statement of the criminal records of the county and showed the progress he has made in his work. CONTIMIT CHORAL SOCIETY. Xen Organization at I.aureus High School to Give Entertainment on February Nth. on the evening of February lllh, the people of LnUI'OnO will base a musical treat presented to them. At this-time the choral society of the high school will give its initial concert. A word as to the origin and pur pose of this society is lilting at this point. It was organized last October and is composed of thirty-eight pu pits of the high school, who are most ably assisted by Mrs. II. K. A Ikon and Miss Mary Todd. The purpose <,t or ganizing this society was to Introduce its members to. and to create in them a love for, music that is really good. It is the belief of tho. <? in charge lb at the purpose of the organization lias been realized to a very satisfactory degree. The program to be rendered is 0110 that will appeal to all classes of Un people. The flrsl part will consist of popular songs, not trash, but songs that have lived for many years and i proved their musical worth. The sec ond part will consist of selections composed by such masters as Handel. Schubert. Mendelssohn, and Schumann, Every one of the selections in this part of the program Is sure to please. The third part is the climax of the entire program. It will consist of se lections from the following operas: "Cavalier in Rusticann," "II Tovndore'*, and "Faust." The program will close with the delightful "Soldiers' Chorus" from "Faust." Taken altogether the program is varied sufficiently to please both the Cultured musician and the average lover of mimic. The program will be published in this paper at an early date. It is the earnest hope and sincere belief of those in charge of the Choral society' that both the patrons of the school and the general public- will give hearty financial support to the en terprise. If sufficient support is giv en, the society, at BOmo later date, will give nn even more artistic, program than the present one. The admission will be fifty cents for adults and twen ty-five cents for students and chil dren. Surely a packed auditorium will greet the singers on the evening of the concert, nememher the date, Feb ruary Hth, and be sure to be there yourself. Voluminous Hog. Mr. P. H. Hailey brought a hog into Laurens last week that weighed C70 pounds when dressed. The meat was sold and netted the owner $64.60, Mr. Hailey iB one of Laurens county's most progressive farmers and believes In i making money otherwise than through i cotton. Kings Daughters. All members of the King's Daugh ters are requested to send their state and International dues to the treasur er, Mrs. H. K. Alken, so they can he forwarded at the end of the month. I/ella Wilkes. Leader. HOOK-WORM CAMPAIGN BEGAN YESTERDAY Will Continue for Six Weeks. COOPERATION AT GKAY COURT Dr. F. Iff. Itouth Much Housed nllli i in Firs! Day of (lie Campaign. Plij slciitns Co-operating with Ulm In the Work, Making it Much Fun lor Tin* hookworm campaign, bogun yesterday in this county by Dr. r\ M. Routli, is to bo continued for s'.xi weeks. The first day's work at Cray Court was vory oncournglng to Dr. Routh as tho physicians thoro showed I an Intelligent Interosl in tlx* work and co-operated with him in having tho people examined. Hoth Dr. Hry BOn and Dr. Rogers entered Into tho campaign with enthusiasm and rOll dorod all the assistance that they could. Visits were made to BOVOrnI of the BChools and the children given short lectures, a largo number of applications were tiled tor treatment. Dr. Iloutli wishes it announced that the dispensaries will be held ;it tho different places advortlaed except in the case of lloyd's mill. Dr. Donnan has stated that it will not bo OOUV6 1)toil 1 to have niie at his iiomo. so up on tho invitation of Mr. .1. K. Ilariiey, superintendent of the Iteody III vor and Sullivan power companies, u room has been socurod at Tumbling Shoals, so a dispensary has boon established there. The following is the program to bo followed: Kvcry Tue day. Dr. HrysonV. of lice, Cray Court. Kvery WeduoBday, Mayor's olllco, Clinton. Rvory Thursday, Magistrate's olllco, Cross Hill. lOvery Friday, Tumbling Shoals, livery Saturday, Court House, Lau rens. Supervisor Humbert b very anxious that tin- citizens of the county join heartily in Hie campaign, as the coun ty commissioners and the k tit to board of health are acting jointly in tho un dertaking, the county bearing a part, of the expense. LIVE STOCK MEETING. Program ?f Meeting of s ('. Mve Stach Issoclallon Itccchcd hj Fros ty. I). Hjrd, of ihis County. Pros, W. D. Byrd, of tho South Car olina I.Ivo Stock Association, received a few days ago the program nf tho meeting of the association and tho butter scoring contest which Is to bo held in the rooms of tho chamber ol! Commerce, Columbia, January 29-fVI. The program of the I've stock mooting shows that a long list of prominent brooders and experts will bo on hand to make addresses. Mr. Hyrd InUe.l pate- a very enthusiastic mooting ?? it will be held during the corn expo sit Ion. The butter scoring contest is of un usual interest. In this contest, Mr. Hyrd is very anxious that. Laurent! county take a prominent part. BO ho urges every man iti the county, who has good milch cows, to Bend in but ter to be shown for tho prizes. The butter must reach Columbia by ti i?. m., Tuesday, January 28th and must be addressed to Mr J. M. Bur gess. It should lie shipped by pre paid express or parcel post. A num ber ol very valuable prizes have been offered, prlzoa being offerod for dairy and farm butter separately, so that all will be placed on an equal foot ing. Mr. Hyrd states that he is confident that be will have a number of ex hibitors from this county. Death of fJeorge Nash. Mr. George Nash, son of Mr. J. ff. Nash, died at the home of his father in this city early Sunday morning and was burled In the Laurens cem etery Sunday afternoon, Rev. Ti. I*. MoGoo conducting the ?ervices. Mr. Nash was 32 years of ago and had noon afflicted all of his life. His oaso was a peculiarly sad one and his fath er and other members of the family have the deepest sympathy of their large circle of friends.