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VOLUME XXXV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1920. UMBER 39
TO DISCUlSS STRIKE Railroad Strike Reaching Wide Proportions NEW UNION BEING FORMED Propaganda Urging Itailway Workers to Quit Work have been Circulated in at Least ive Great talroad Con. tors. Government Not Step iII Yet. 3Vashington, April 13.-Coincident with reports today of the growing se riousness of the railroad strike, Pres ident Wilson called a meeting of his cabinet for tomorrow to discuss "the general situation." It will be the first time Mr. Wilson has met with his of llcial family since last August. Attorney General Palmer had ex I)ected to make a decision today as to whether the government would inter vene in the strike. Department of Jus tice officials refused to say whether the cabinet meeting would catise a postponement of the decision. Simultaneously with the announce ment of the cabinet meeting the White louse made public the names of the members of the new railroad labor board. The nominations later were sent to the Senate, !where prompt ac tion was looked for as government of 'icers believe the creation of the board which Is to consider the railroad mncli's -wage demands will go a lont, way toward relieving the situation. The Department of Justice sent tel egrams to the executive officials of the Pennsylavnia and New York Central railroads asking that they supply the names of the men on strike on their lines, indicating the leaders in the movement. The purpose of tjiis move was not disclosed nor .would officials say whether other lines affected -by the strike would be asked for similar lists. 'Reports from field agents of the do partment today said a new union was being formed among the strikers in iPittsburgh and Chicago. The organ ization was identified as "the rail road workers union," with temporary headquarters in Chicago. IDepartment agents at Chicago ad vised that John Grunau had been de posed as head of the Chicago Yard men's Association, efforts -were madc to learn the identity of the new- ofle ers who, the reports said, were afilli ated with the Industrial Workers of the World. Further complications in the situa tion were apparent from investiga tions of Federal agents, which Assist ant Attorney General Garvan said in dicated that the strike leaders were attempting to obtain the cooperation of railroad shop workers in the walk out. Propaganda urging the sholp men to quit their jobs has been cr etulated in at least fiye great railroad centers, the telegrams from agenti said.' School Pupil1's Savings. 31iss Amaryllis Smith, secretary o1 the Wilson Savings Society of Laurenm city school, reports that the societ: saved $19.32 in March and invested the~ money In Thrift and War Saving. Stamps. Twventy-eight boys and girl belong to the society, members -o which arc pledged to car-n money an save it regularly. They are taking a: active part in the thrift campaign con dulctedl by the government, and mnee twice a tweek. There are nowv neal: eleven thousand similar school organ izations in this district. Hoild Social Meeting. Trho Womnan's Business Club held delightful social meeting in the R~es i(ooom last Tuesday evening, at whic1 a number of friends 'were prrsent. Il addition to games and conversatior a delicious ice course wvas served, ic creamU andi candies being donated ft the occasion by Mr. ,P. A. -Mitchel p~roprietor of the Palace of 'Sweeti About fifty club members and guest were present. Meeting of UJ. 1D. C. The Henry Laurens Chapter, D). Rl., will hold( Its r-egnlbr monthly'mee ing on Thursday afternoon, the 15tl at 4 o'clock, 'with Mrs. ,R. F. Plemin on.ilrby Ave. Tihe memblers are uirge tn A 'there nronntly at. 4 o'clock. LOCAL PASTOR CONDEMNS LYNCHING Declares Lynclhing of Joe Stewart a Blot -o Fair Name of Laurens and Calls for Justice and VindieatIon. 'Rev. Samuel 11. Templeman, pastor of the First ]Baptist church, made a scathing arraignment of the lynchers If Joe Stewart at the morning ser vice Sunday in announcing the mass meeting of citizens to be held tomor row night ii the court house, notice of which appears in another column of this paper. Rev. Templeman was outspoken in his denunciation of the incident and called on all God-fearing 'md law-abiding citizens to back usp the peace officers in ferreting out and 'bringing the guilty parties to justice. He said that the pastors of the city had met in protest over the deed, but had decided to give the laymen an op portunity to make a public protest but in the absence of any such action he could not withhold his feelings any longer. Up to this time, according to the report of his remarks to The State, there had been nothing developed in the case so far as he was aware, only A few "lame comments" in depreca tion, and there the matter apparently had ended, in so far as 'he knew. He invited any pussyfooters and conceal ers of crime, if such were -present, to leave the church for he expected to say something that would not give theni uny comfort. He characterized the incident as a midnight assassination and the men guilty of its 'perpetration as murder ers. "If such lawless acts go unwhip pod of the law, both of God and man, who knows the color of the skin of the next victim?" Hle declared that the thing was a blot on the county and the fair name of Laurens, and he for one was calling for justice and vindli cation. It is for the law abiding citi :.ens -not only to speak out in con demlnation, but to back up the author ities in ferreting out and bringing to justice the guilty, he said. iReferring again Sunday night to the spublic meeting Thursday night, Mr. Templeman reiterated his cen sures of the morning, but added that he wished to qualify his charge that nothing but a few "lame comments" had been heard by Atating that The Laurens Advertiser had "spoken out". He said that absence from the meet ing Thursday night. would give en dorsement to the crime and that it was a Christian's duty to be present. Yesterday afternoon Mr. Temple man received the following letter from ,Prof. William S. Morrison, of the De partmen-t of History and Political Bconomy of Clemson college: Rev. S. H4. Templieman, Laurens, S. C. Dear Sir: I have just read with interest in today's State your denunciation or a hanging of a negro in Laurens. Well Done! I shall use the write-up in my class in Sociology this .week. 1et school and church stand shoulder te shoulder in the fight for law and or der, everywhere and always. Respectfully, EfM. S. MORRISON. Clemson College, S. C., April 12, 1920. Small Vote Cast. Yesterday was general election day for the election of city oflicials, nom inations of the Decmocratic party hay ing been made in the primary som< time ago. 'rhe new officials will as sume ofilce Trhur'sday night of thi: week. They are as follows: Mayom Capt. WV. 'Rt. Ricey, Jr.; Aldermen Dor HI. Irvin, D). Roy Simpson, J. MdD Moore, C. R. Blisop, Joe F. Smith ant Albert DIal. Masons to Meet. tA meeting of all lume Lodge, Roya Arch and Commandery Masons havy ri been called to a special meeting in th .Masonic hlall Monday night at cighi e o'clock when a final dlecision will b r. mlade as to the erection of a Masoni llall. A full attendance is requestel b hy the committee in charge. Vlemson Olee Cluib ('mnmig. The Clemson Glee Club, giving voca and instrumental selections, is to ali L pear at the graded school auditorur F~ridlay night of this week, The clu 1, comes with a high reputation and g fine progra .a is promised.' Mr. C. I d Roper', a student 'from this city, manaer of the club this year. A Call to Law-Respecting Citizens The Laurens Ministerial Union requests all citizens of the city and county of Laurens to at tend a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 8 o'clock in the Court House. The purpose of this meeting is to express our condemnation of the recent lynching and to ad vise the authorities that we are looking to them to enforce the law. C. T. SQIRES, W. S. HOLMES, Secretary. President. DEMOCRATIC CLUBS GOVEILNOR NAIVES MEET APRIL 24TH HIGHWAY BOARD County Chairman Reminds Voters of One Member From Each Congression. Important 'Meetings Next Saturday. al District. Mr. C. A. Power, county chairman Governor Cooper Friday named the of the Democratic party, has called state highway commission created by attention to the club meetings which an act of the recent general assembly. by the rules of the party shall be held The commisslon 1<: composed of one on the Fourth Saturday in April, which member from each congressional dis falls on the 24th. 'In view of the trict. It will ibe charged with the con fact that this is a presidential olec- structior of the state highway sys tion year, Mr. Power calls attention to tem as already laid out by the state the importance of having the clubs highway department and will direct thoroughly organized this year. Del- the expenditure this year of the two egates to the county convention will mill general property tax levy for name delegates to the state conven- these roads. TIe commission will al tion, which in turt will elect dele- so direct the expenditure of the funds gates to the National Convention, from autoiobile ilcense fees, -which 'which will name the party's candidate will be utilized as a maintenance fund for the election in November. for permanent roads already built. The The qualifications of a member of a appointees are: Democratic club under the rules of First district, R. Goodwyn Rhett, the party adopted in 1918, is as fol- Qharleston; Second, W. S. Rentz, lows: The member must be 21 years Varnville; Third, R. E. Ligon, Ander old, must have -resided in the State san; Fourth, C. 0. .Hearon, Spartan fok two years, County six months iprior burg; Fifth, N. G. Walker, Rock Hill; to the succeeding general election and Sixt'h, Frank Manning, Jr., Bennetts in the club district sixty days prior to ville; Seventh A. B. Langley, Colum the first primary following his offer bia. to enroll. The various clubs will or ganize by election of a president, one PROI-NENT DIVINE or more vice presidents, secretary and WAS KNOWN HERE treasurer, a committee 'of not less than three on registration and a com- ReV, A. 1). McClure, Who Once Con. mitteeman to represent the club at the 1t('41 Revinil Services Here, Drops meetings of the county executive com- Dead at Mt. Olive, N. C. mittee, and also elect delegates to the Nevs was received in the city yes county convention, the number from terday of the sudden death at. MNt each club being one for every twenty- Olive, N. C., of 'Dr. A. D. McClure, a flve members and one for a majority prominent Wilmington divine, who fraction thereof, based upon the nuim- conducted a series of revival services ber of votes polled in the first primary in the First Presbyterian church of on the preceding election year. this~ city several years ago. Dr. Dli vine's forceful preaching as well as CIVI LCOURWI A1411, i19t. his; kindly and lovable character are well remembered by many twho heard Jurors are Selected for First Week. him during those days. The following .tudgo Seaso Preslites. account of his death was taken Mrom The jurly commissioners met in the a North Carolina paper., office of Clerk of Court Power onday Mt. Olive, April 6.-Rev. A. D. Me morning and drew the petit jurors for Clure, 'm. I., pastor of St. Andrewh the first week of the tern, of civil (Presbyterian church in Wilmington court which is to convene Monday, and one of the best known minister weeks, Jud Sense Presidn t f arto tnth Coatis neat pase r dtan ron Te juycmisoesmti here onghtarol puprchsn. ik 'Ice folerowin Curr Pwer an: tWlin. Olpie had-Reen AssD. Me. onngsan 'rwshpeti jurayor, for CRe '. ,.,f~i pato ofsreso Andrw thsosn ee.ftetemo iilPebtricuc ingt Wilmingtontoofcaet courowhich s toJonves, .Moday, arriage trofw he rewnminstwer A'Wilas 26th. Te temwill setfrw nt ot Wirlingto donppe tain tho Ces. here-T tonightS A whicheurchasuing a ticke Thowe, fol-owAn juros, S.were atn: Dr. W lrne ad no n asverthn Youngser TowshA. 'J.Tacr. Ste. and -n. maerinserias more er T.Eiken. . Wox, T. L. Cookr lved, here thas born ind Sctand reu son ingepetn cm to Wimingon tyo erlyat yot uateo-J. ~L Lnc, Wad H. imarrhadgetrvd w.h chrc rin wer WMaddamn.Jto. T.Mrlmersenthto alm qugtn ern the arainit Cnrss-Hil-. -. Reinon P. . Ale. thryh ht wais buyong wa tet.olct JBrownei,. A. Adame, . . Duln, Denor.Mntilu liwatons al( oet O.reee..yy. Sta, for hnoTehl m nit will moreb DSia-W. M. Woods, JW. W. Siookthi ov d easbor Lie levscotlanb so . .mpleton LM. Oes ea l tochildconr al ot i-cufftetown-. Mo, Lych F. Laky.HehderdtecuchnWimg XMddA. Moha,.e.ArmW ton fo m olleane irter Cof aiceg Laur 'ens-. . GRaei, P.: W. in-y They butndhso olsete Ghle cit JI. c.111,W 0 eg .-oga eomonation g ltatios dod notes GrNay.' t fOra im. ue hrsdy wevlnrie Sullian-W _._urff Ja.o.S fp athis eth. He laves a hiea H~cordial.receMtion, R.otheBlakacy, Oratorical Conttest Friday. hsvstdadhs~o uhpa The annual South Carolina Oratorl-foit peliIpga. And h fenonadtecnts illge College (lirl anCtemig. be eldat andr cllee i th cvmade ivnern Colege rineechul claig osieal ubr of mposig ednsyoun evningo Ars hlolegnrlyatn frm tisdliegat 8 o'cck. e Ito aditio 't t thvcntead ltl~1 h uulnm opera othe neThursdayl hevenin her will attend~o this yerwh od yMse'e.rTe andluha hadfm ca frontherte to breelod a reenwd od t ~aoacmi~nl y'ah be heldd ut Lnlrcolege ntee-mId", Agivoen.ttePineo c LYNCHING DISCUSSED BY LAW OFFICERS Sherilf Reld and Solicitor Bilackweil (onfer with Governor Cooper in IAgard to Lynching. Sheriff S. C. Reid and Solicitor 11. S. Blackwell went down to Columbia aOIonday for a conference 'with Gov ernor Cooper in regard to the lynch ing of Joe Stewart, which occurred .lere on the night of April tat. So licitor Blackwell had not returned from Columbia yesterday afternoon, but Sheriff Reid stated on his return that the conference had been satis factory and that he would continue to do his duty in ferreting out the guilty parties. The following account of their con ference in Columbia was taken from The State of yesterday, a correction as to the place of the negro's incar ceration being made by this paper: tHomer S. -Blackwell of Laurens, so licitor of the UEghth judicial circuit. and Sheriff S. C. Reid of Laurens coun ty came to Columbia yesterday for a conference with Governor Cooper rel 'tive to the recent killing of Joe Stew art, a negro, 'who was removed from the Laurens city jail and hanged to a ,bridge. Governor Cooper was in New York at the time the crime .was con mitted, but has been in constant coin niunication with Solicitor Blackwell, who has been busy with the Gossett case the last two weeks. This case was concluded last Saturday and Mr. Blackwell hurried to Columbia yes terday for a conference. In that the Laurens crime iwas conpitted at the time the Gossett trial was practically under way, the 'work of ferreting out testimony which might lead to arrests in the iLaurens case has been some what retarded, but after the confer once with the Laurens men yester day, Gov. Cooper said he 'was con fident that a thorough investigation will be made and the case rigorously prosecuted. 'He believes these officials will have the active and earnest co operation of the citizens of Laurens county. "After conferring with Solicitor Blackwell and Sheriff Reid, I am sat isfied that the case will be thoroughly investigated and vigorously prose cuted," he said. "I know the solicitor will discharge his duty fearlessly. The sheriff assures me that he has been continuously at work gathering testi mony and will continue to do so until the guilty parties are brought before the courts. I know the people of Lau rens county and I am sure the officers of the law will have the active assist ance of all good citizens to the end that justice may be done and the maj esty of the law vindicated." Greenwood Deiles Route. Announcement was made from Greenwood last week that surveys had been made and top-soil areas selected for the road from Greenwood to the Laurens county line. The announce ment sot at rest speculation as to where the Greenwood-LIaurens road .would cross Saluda river, the Green wood commission going ahead with the line to the Boyd's bridge, the Lau rena commission having decided te hold up wvork between Waterloo and the river for the present. Attended Chiristlin Endeavor Meeting, Quite a large number of dleegate. from this city attended the state eon. .vention of Christian l'ndeavors whicl1 - met. in Spartanburg last week. Rev - C. T1. Squires, Mr. E. IT Wilkes, Mr .IL. 11. iBlackwell, &rs. W. R. Richey - Jr., and Mrs. J. R. Ellis went as dlele. a gates from the senior society, Misses I ~tobecca Adams and ToccoL (Gray relp resented the intermediate society, an< Misses Ida May 'Hunter and Sarah Richey represented the junior society They report a very pleasant, ant 'a profitable meeting. Library Ilours (Changed. t .eginning at once, the library wvi libe open to members from 4 :30 to 6: p. m. on Tuesdays and F'ritdays, in steadi of the former hours. Miss hess Childress, Librariam >l Drawn oin Fe'derl' Jury. Il alessrs. Rl. A. Biabb, of this city, ( C D. Nance, of Cross 11111, and J. Fran n D~avis, of Princeton, have been diraw ii on the petit jury for the fourth wee lof the federal court which begins I SGreenville Apnril1 9th AMRI4 COTTON is STILLSPtR Will Hoid Dominant Posi. tion for Years WORLD INCREASES ITS CONSUMPTION Despite Efforts of Foreign Countries to Develop Cotton Growing In1du1s try Southern States will Hold DJominant Position for Years Says Governmiient ExperL Washington, April 13.--American cotton holds a dominant position in the world's cotton markets, and will continue to hold this posi-tion at least for some years, despite the efforts of other countries to become less de pendent upon the product of the Uni ted States, according to a review of the 'world cotton situation issued by the (Bureau of Markets of the Depart ment of Agriculture. "There are three factors which con tribute to this preeminence: "The quantity produced in this coun try, the need for cotton with stal)le and other characteristics of the Am erican cotton, and an increasing world consumption of cotton," says the report. "The annual increase has been esti mated at 500,000 to 800,000 bales of 500 pounds. For some years approxi mately 60 per cent of the world's cot ton supply has been produced in the United States, and in pre-war times about 63 per cent of the quantity -pro duced in the United -States was ex ported. This means that foreign coun tries have been dependent upon the United States for somewhat more than 35 per cent of their supply. This fact, together with the desirable quality of the American staple, -has resulted In the pro-eminent position the United States occupies today In cotton. "From 1890 to 1914 the United States consumed only about 30 to 39 per cent of the cotton produced in the United States. Since that time the consump tion in this country has been steadily increasing. From a home use of slightly more than one-third of the crop in pre-war times the United States increased its consumi)tion un der the stress of the artificial condi tions of war to somewhat more than half the amount!produced. During the 19015-16 season 60 per cent of the crop was consumed in this country; during 1916-17 60 per cent; during 1917-18, 61 per cent. The 1918-19 season show ed a decline to -18 Per cent. Grocers to Close Eatly. By concerted agreement among the grocers of the city, who heretofore have been closing at 7 o'clock in the evening, the closing hour from now on will 'be 6:30 o'clock and last deliveries will be made at 6 o'clock. After the six o'clock hour no deliveries will 'be made and after 6:30 the dloor's will be closed to tradle. An effort will proh) ably be made in the near future, to move up1 1both hours so that the clos ing hour will be six o'clock and the last. delivery hour even carlier'. 'Housekeepers are requested to bear these hours in mind and co-operate with .the merc' ts in making the new lplan successfd. Big Land Sale Tu'iesday. As will be seen in part of this 'pa per1, tihe Copeland and Ball property, on West Laurens street next to the new Advertiser' biltding aind the Bram lett pr1oper'ty next to the Red Iron - tacket store on the same atreet, are Ito be offered at auction next TPhesday morning. The prloper'ty Is in the hands of Stokes & Vaughn and 11. M. Wolff, local real estate dealers, and the South Land Realty Company. The sale is scheduled to begin at 10 o'clock a. mn., rain or shine. Accepts Cross Anebor Call. R1ev. C. D). lloyd, son of Mr. andl .\rs. IR. Dunk Boyd, of this city, has recently heen called to the '.astorate of the Newv Hlope Baptist church, of ('ross Anchor, and has accepted t he call and has already taken active charge of the field. R1ev. lloyd has .)heen pastor of the First. ana Second k Baptist churches of Central, andl al Sthough still a young man, has made a k 'conalderalIe (success -in his Yehoseni Ii leid of endeavor. Ils friends here will 1h gelna1 to have him nearer home.