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HURNS! 'JING OPENING SALE!
Greater Marhahdise for Greater Laurens! 30 fSpring Season 1916, we are prepared with the greatest 30Days line: of beautiful merchandise ever shown in Laurens. Our 30 Days SPRING buyers certainly did "Shake" the "Bargain Bushes" on their SPRING OpeingSal! lsttrip. The latest Spring creations are here in wonderful .SRN profusion of colors and designs.OpngSae Clothing, Hats, -Get ready for Easter, buy your new Suit, new Dress, Shoes Dry Goods fords, Pants, Over- and Slippers. Men's and boys' Hats, Ladies' and Children's Dre.teGtodoMilli ails, Collars, Ties, Hats. In. fact we have everything that the whole family wearsDrsGodMik Underwear, Hosi- from the baby to grand-dady, and thousands of other articles nery, Ribbon, Em ery, Suspenders of staple and general merchandise. We carry the widest broidery, Dress and thousands of range of merchandise and the biggest stock to be found in Skirts,Shirt Waist haven't time toLaurens. Come and look through, our sales-people will be Notions and Rack mention. glad to show you. et Goods. The 2 Big Busy Stores are doing the business. Every Day a Bargain Day J. C. Burns & Co's. 2 Big Department Stores The House that's making Laurens Famous by Selling Same Goods for Less Money. No. 1 store, Red Ircn Racket old stand. No. 2 store South Side Public Square, O. B. Simmons old stand. ** * * * * * * * **-* * * * * * * * * * Some Activities of the County * * Department of Education. * * (Dy James H. Sullivan. * * * There is no doubt that for a school to be worth while it must have a good attendance and ecficient work in the class, both on the part of teacher and pupil. Anything that will assist In bringing about either of these things will do a great deal for the life and growth of a school. Laurens county has made some progress along both of these lines and it is my purpose to tell in this article some of the things which have helped to bring about this progress. The attendance in Laurens county last year was 69 per cent, which was some higher than the year before and two per cent higher than the average for the state. There still needs to be improvement in attendance for last year if you could have visited every school in the county the same day you would have% found 1,500 children whose names were on the rolls out of school. To encourage the children along this line the county department of eCdlucntion has been since 1912-1913, offering a "Perfect Attendance But ton" to each child in the county who does not miss a day from school dur ing the school term. The first year they were offered, 1410 received them. This past year 399 received them. It is readily seen that the children work hard for these buttons and are proud to wear them. Laurens county has had for several years a working County Teachers' As sociation. This organization enables the teachers to get. acquainted with the county plans for the year so that they can work with some definite pur pose in view. This year the work has been most gratifying to all concerned. About 128 of our teachers are meim bers and the monthly meetings hal been well attended. Tiiere are man.' benefits to be derived from these mcel ings. Through the efforts of the presf ident, B. L. Parkinson, the teachers have had the privilege of hearing in spirational talks by Dr. W. S. Currell, Supt. J. E. Swearingon, Lueco Gun ter, V. E. Rector, JDr. A. G. Rembert, Dr. Patterson Wardlaw and Prof. Reid Smith. The meetings have also af forded an opportunity for seeing the real teaching done by efficient teach ers. Each year the Teachers' Institute is held at which all subjects are taught and the teachers observe the work. At several of the monthly meetings dem onstration teaching has been done and afterwards a general discussion of the methods used. Other subjects of vital interest to the teachers have been taken up and discussed. The teacher who is a member gets inspiratiop and ideas which are of great benefit in the daily work. A committee of teachers along with the county superintendent of education and supervising teacher prepares a set of luestions to be answered by the teachers as a part of their annual re port. These questions are so framed that one reading over the answers can get a good idea of the kind of teacher. Some of the questions asked are: "What is the grade of your certificate and how obtained?" "low many visits to parents have you made?" "What magazines do you take " "Have you copies of the books you teach?" An inexperienced teacher by looking at these questions knows what things are expected of a teacher, and it becomes a guide for the year's work. Many a teacher is willing to do things but does not know what is best to do. These questions simply suggest things that would be beneficial in the work. Schools are criticised a great deal for lack of a uniform standard. Pupils sometimes are in one grade at one school and go to another and fail to enter the same grade. The county de partment of education is trying to remedy this and as a beginning has adopted the seventh grade certificate. The county superintendent and super vising teacher make out a set of 100 questions on the six subjects taught in the seventh grade. This gives the teacher and pulils an idea of what is expected of a seventh grade child. Later the final examination consisting of ten quest ions on each subject se lected from the first question is given. The papers are sent to the office for correction. The children who success fully pass this examination are given a certifleate which entitles then to en ter any eighth grade in the county. This year these certificates will be awarded at a county graduating exer cise, held at Laurens May 12. All visiting pupils will be guests of the Laurens graded school pupils. In order to encourage reading among the school children the county depart ment of education offers a "Library Certiflcate" to the children who read five books of their library. The chil dren work hard for ibis certificate and many df them will receive certificates this year. E'ach month a neat, little booklet, known as the School Journal, is issued. By means of this, the children are taught to express their thoughts neat ly and clearly in writing. It is writ ten entirely by the children. A great improvement in the writing and in the composition is noticeable. These things have done a great deal to iiuiProve the school work in La411ttens county. * ** ** * * * * 4** * * * TYPIIOID FEVEI. * Seventy-six out of eighty-seven * * cases of typhoid fever which oc * eurred in a recent outbreak * * have been traced by the lnited * * States Public Ilealth Service to * infected milk. Ilad the first * * cases been reported to a trained * * health offileer the outbreak* * could have been stamped out * * promptly. When will we learn * * that disease prevention is sure * * and cheap? * e S o . e e * * " " S so:TJIEtN SvEETENS TilE POYr inkes Large 1)Isbursements for Wag. es and Materials in' the South. Washington, 1). C., March 30.-i)ur ing February, 1916 Southern Railway Comlpany disbursed for labor, material, supplies, and other purposes $4,221.402 of which $3,674,996 or 87.06 per cent. was paid to individuals and industries 'located in the South. This amount rep resents more than 93 per cent of the mtonleys paid to the conpany for trans portation by those located on the lines, acording to figures announced today by Comptroller A. 11. Plant, showing the results of operation of the company for the month of February, It16, and 1.for t period of eight. months ended February 29. 1911., compalred with the same month and ' i eriod in 1915 and 191 1, exchlusiv of interest, rentals and other income ( harges. The compari son with 1 I1 is made for the reason that in It115 the effect of the business depression was reflected thirough the revenues of the company. Full line of "Vudor" Porch Shades in stock, I, 6, 8 and 10 ft. wide and no one can offer lower prices than we do. S. M. & E. H. WILKES & CO. + + THE PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY IS THE-CHAUTAUQUA - CHATAU UAUA ONLY' ONE PERSON IN $EVENTY GOES THOUt EVERYONE CANAFRDT ATTEND CHAUTAUQUA CHAUTAUIA WEEK INLAURENS,APR.28 to MAY 5