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:SHOW8$ST otmeit
Loss Is Much Larger Than
Oierations of the Shipping Bloard's
Fleet siows a Loss of over 30,
004j00O, Says Chairman La sker.
Astuunding Case of Absolgte Decep.
Washington, July IS.---Operations of
the shipping ooard's fleet for the fiscal
year just ended resulted in a loss of
approximately 380,000,000, "hairitpan
1asker of the board annouiced today;
This defielt was greater by $280,000,000
than previous estimates fron ofllejal
sources and was made following an
examination of all board accounts.
The government's venture in the ier
<hant marine business last year in
vol.ed a total expenditure of $1;80,
000,000, so far as could be ascertained
fI'om the board's book; which 'Mr. Las
ker described as in bad shape. The
new chairinan estimtatedl that it would
cost the government $300,000,000 to
carry on operations of the fleet' this
In stating that an examination of
the books showed that $380,000,000 had
been expended from the public finds
of the'shipping board last year, Mr.
iJaskcer said that this "revealed an as
toundjng case of absolute deception to
the country and congress."
"The president was astonished and
dishtayed that such a condition could
exist when I laid these fIgures before
him this afternoon, but he wanted me
r A.o give.the public the facts," he added. I
'TotaL expenditures over recel'iIts
appeared to be approimately $380,
000,000, P r. Lasker said, instead of.
$99,518,068.11, as previously shown by
,';the board's books. A commercial con
cern operating on a similar basis
would have been in the hands of a re
ceiver some time ago, the chairman
asserted, stating also that he knew
this's'tte of affairs was not the fault I
of Admiral lienson, former chairman
of the board, nor of Controller Twee
dale. aile sai( that it was due to the
system started during the war and
continu'ed until recently. The money
whidh Is unaccountled for was said by
the- chairman to have been'disbursed
by operators of government owned
boats for which a full accounting has
not been made. '1he chairman further
asserted that of 9,000. vo3agcs made
only 3,000.had been acedunted for and
that 200 auditors were now working
on the books of these operators to Iind
out what happened. -
"I am asking congress for 3:00,00,
000 for the year," Chairman Lasker
said, and I' fear that I may throw a
lot of sand into the gear box of tax
revision, bitt .we estimate that it will
take from $200,000,000 to $2265,000,000
to run the next six miohths. But w3
plan to pay for all losses of C',era
tions and settle a part of the claims
aigainst the shipping board amounting1
to more -than $300,000,000.'
These may be settled at no more
than 50 cents on the dollar because
they gtre believed to be padded."
As an example of how great losses
have been entailed upon the board,
Chdr~lman ILasker cited the 'construc
tion of the American besion, a vessel
which ~went into service out of New
York this w'eek, and wvhieh, he said,
was re'desdned and rebuilt og the
waysi, so that her final cost to the
government wvas betwveen $6,000,000
and $7,000,000, or twice her value.
Beome of the opoeators of shippIng
board vessels,. he said, also took a I
commission of 5 per' cent. on fr'elght <
handigd under their contrmol, though
thelf, boats wvere piling typ a dleflcit
whdch~ the board had to meet.
'",hopiever the board has sold pr'op-1
erty, he. added, the money has been
tiurned back Into its operations, and
. ot accounted fom' -to the treasurer in
al fWay. A recent enactment of conm
gre *, however, wvould end this prac
thee Sid force stricter accounting of
~ome Coing~ At fInng~itOn ]
~00'Coming exercises will be held
4 this month, accor'dlng to a no
~10.tt t~ tihe Adivertiser, the pub
Coat of Tar and Feathers Also Ap.
plied. Ordered To Go Away.
Miami, Fld., July 17.-Eight mask
ed men waylaid the Rev. Phillip S.
Irwin, archdeacon of the English
Episcopal. church and head of the
work of that 4vhurch among south
Florida negroe ,it.t the close of his
evening services tonight and applied1
a coat of tar and- feathers to him
le was theni placed' in' a sack and
taken in an automobile fto i spot near
the business conter of this city an4
dumped on to the street from ii
Certain doctrines of Archdeacon I -
win, said to have been objectionab'e
to whit'e residents,' are thought
have been the reason for the doel.
His assailants have not as yet bedi
apprehended. ..... ...
Before being tarred and featherel,
Irwin was carried into some woo(h
near Miami, where he was strippeL4,
tied to a tree and whipped. Tie
group of masked men outlined the.r
program to him before it was executed
and then gave him 48 hours withm
which to leave Miami.
According to the story related :y
Irwin at police headquarters he was
just driving into his own yard \'en
two cars drove up in front of .ts
home.. A man stepped out of one car
and asked for the 'loan of a wren(@.
[ rwin supplied the tool and carried it
o the car when four masked men
stepped out of each machine and siez
?d him, affixing a pair of handcuffs
a his wrists. A mask was placed
ver his face and the two cars drove
,o the piece of woods whei'e the whip
>ing was staged.
"They told me that unless I left
inmi within 48 hours they would
ynch me," said Irwin. "They tied
ne to either a tree or log after strip
)ing me and applied a strap to my
iaked body about 40 times. The mpg
hen poured tar over me -and applied
eathers to the tar.
"The -nen told me that I had been
>reaching social equality to, the ne
Proes and that I had advocated inter
narriage of. the races and that as
his was the South, this doctrine is
kot tolerable and any person who
>reached it is threatened with death.
"I was then asked if I intended
iceding- the warning given me and
told them no, and.that I would not
cave until ordered to do so by some
>roper authority. They then placed
Ssack over my head and drove me
>ack to the city and threw me into
He was picked up by a policeman
nd taken to p'olice headquarters. He
efused to say whether or not he
ad preached the doctrine of racial
quality in ,his church. He is a Brit
sh subject and has been a resident
of Miami for five years. The-con
regation of St. Agnes Episcopal
hurch, of which he is rector, is com
iosed entirely of negroes.
Three other white men and several
tegroes are to receive the same
reatment as that accorded Archdea
on Irwvin, according to the story re
ated by the victim of the tar and
eather party. The masked men
vhile applying the coat of tar told
jim that they were prepared to give
hese others the same punishment and
Several weeks ago, a negro preacher
amed Hliggs wvas taken from Coconut
3rove, near here, andl after being
vhipped, wvas ordered to leave the
ountry. He sailed for Nassau, Baha
na Islands, two days later.
hWoman TIaken From Hotel Porch In
Shreveport, L~a., July 17.-Mrs. eu
ah .Tohnson was taken from the porch
fa hotel in Tenaha, Texas, strippled,
arred and feathered, according to ad
'ices reaching here today.
The assailants, masked andi weaf ing
vhjte uniforms are saidl to have made
*h dr attack Saturday night. Three
iutomioblle loads of men, all arnied,
ire said to have filed out in front of
he hotel, placed the young wvoman in
ne of the cars and taken her to a
>oint two miles in the country. There,
ifter her o'othing had been removed,
ihe was. tarred and feathered,-again
)lacedl in the machine and carried
iack to town.
Mrs. Johnson claims to have been
vorking at the, hotel as a maid and
ook. She says she did not know any
>f the men in the automobiles and
~hat all were msked.
Holmes Spring Plot to be elunutliei
Next. Co-operation of City (ounell
Sec ured.
I lohnes' Spring on the cast ide of
the city has been called to the atten
tion of the Civic League and plans are
being iade for the limp1rovement of
its surroundings.
, Said a well known citizen yester- 1
day' " If the wonderful transformatilon
of the coouit house grounds from- a <
barren an(l unsightly spot to Its i*cs
i'ent beautiful grass plots andi flower
beds is a sample of what the League I
can, do, I am sure we will all lie will- I
ing to lend otr aid and encourage I
Ithese faithful workers In their efforts
ito beautify this little shady retreat--I
for it is already a favorite place ,with I
many of our citizens who enjoy thq
oo ervs-a waters of ti Is s jrIng.'
The City Council met with the Civic:
Liague Friday afternoon and agred i
to kend their aid in the improvement I
of this spot as.a small park. Laurens i
Mill also offered to bear half the ex- ]
1iense of the work. - - - u.A.
In the early Spring the Civic T.eague
offered prizes for the most attractive
'Ind the mos0t Improvedl lawns. .Trhis a
Week a committee of otil-of-town Judg- I
es will inslect the lawns of the city:
and these prizes will be awarded.
A committee .will also examine the I
flo(wer beds of the children competiong I
I for the prize offered.
Former ResIdent of This City Died at
lils Iome in GalYney Sundauy.
News was received in the city Suni
day afternoon of the death itn Gaffney
of Mr. L. G. 'Potter, who spent his t
boylhood days in Laurens and was well a
known by the older residents of this I
city. Although lie left this city when t
qifttO;,,;ung - mau,- ho Wts known '
have held his friendships here in C
affectionate remembrance and o num- r
bers *f occasions hadsfound .pleasure f
in retirning here to view the scenes
of his boyhood and to mingle with
fl- rigitdms of earlier days. At the
ime of hs dath he was 6-1 years of
.\t. Potter entered the mill busi
carly in life, being associated
with prominent Spartanburg inter
e(ts. At one time he was in charge
of the mill at Enoree and from there
went to ChatIeston to direct a cotton
mill erected to be opqrated by negro i
help. This was destined to be a fall- f
ore and later he went to Gaffney,
where he remained for about IS years
ftnd up to tle time of his death. When F
he died lie was president of tihe Globe H
.\Ianufactirinig Company in that city '
and secretary of.the Gaffney Nianufac
toring C'oipany, besides taking an f,
active part in church, educational and a
fraternal organiztions. ~ 5
The decesod is survived by . three b
daughiers, Mrs. [owls Wood, Mrs. '
Ilenry C. Moore and Alits [ess Pot- ai
ter, all of Gaffney.
Th'le futneral services weire held ina
(Gaffney yesterday morning and inter'- y
ment took place at Spartanburg. A
number of his former friends of this
Place at tended the funeral, including .
Mr. and .\rs. John F. liolt, Mr. E. 0. .\
M.h in. O . Anderson, .\l rs. A. II. Sant- I
der's, Miss Lola Anderson, Mrs. John 3
I". pohlt, Mirs. Allie Tiemileton and
Mrs. W. C. *l. IRobertson.
lind a Ig ic~ lnie
Th'le I nte'riiediat e and Senior Chr is-t
lIan Endeavor Societies of the FIIrst
Presbyterian church had an enjoyable
pien Ic at Yairboiough' s MIll Inst Tu'ies
uay .evening. lieslides the excel lent
pIcnic lunch, games of various kinds
ai ln hathin' contri buted to the plcas
uires of the evening. TIhe younger
'folks were chanperonted by several of
the church members famnous for pe
ciuljar julcn ic accomplishments .wheure r
chicn is the princlipal article of fare,.i
who uphileld his re'putat ion as a eon
dui)seur of picnic meals beslA'es adding g
to the gaiety In the watey. It Is rell-i
ably reported that the dge, who ha
not been aflhlated with the "spot ting"
element long enough o establish title
to a bathing sut, had to borr'ot one of
the 'garmeonts.before caving to~vn, but 1
all of his ntt~ actiu intancest being ata
theo la)C "1e 'tas vNduced to' the ex- 1I
tronmitty of 4rowing one frdmi a lady d
friend. It- is hakl .that his costume and e
his ."ample' apropor'tions' contributedc
no little tojt. attractiveness of the
Qllnnfs of Old Clotlies for )estitut
Europenans firingrs out many mun
dics of Clothinur. Not e(i Too 1a1te
to Give.
"Considering existing conditions, the
'esUlt of the CanlaVIs Was v''V gratify
ng indeed," writes N. C. II ughes,
iiairman of the committee appointed
>y the local organizat ion of tie lIed
3ross to (aTnvta. tle city for obld
lothes tor the destitiut( in 'lhtrope
'uoesday was canvassing day, state
Ir. Hughes, but anyone who was ne
ready or who may have been ove -
ooked, may send their c ntributio
o Mr. l. '11. 'Hunter.
Mr. Hlughes has written the foil w
ng letter of thanks to the publie
editor The Advrtiser:
wish, tho'Qtgh your paper, to t UI
n behal( of the local ehalter the
led Cross, all tle good peop for
halir generouls re.ponse( to the Pieal
or old (ol~tlhing and shoes for t des
itute peoples of I10astern and entral
'urope, as was evidenced by e can
f.a,i on Tuesday. Also L wo) 1d lIke
n sijtf6 for the benefit of t) se who
vait to it0k 1 a Contri)ution, 'tt were
lot ready at the thil .of th Shouse to
1011se canvass, that they Iy either
enud or tahe their contribu on to lIr.
I. -II. Ilouter, of Ilunter ros., I141I
ens, an( he will be gh:'r to receive
hem and place them wit the cloth
nig already (o1lected. Pi t. action
n tll.s matteor wIll be ntch appre
lated as collections will lose on July
I.t. Packing for sliii Wiat will I e
egun as soon after -ugust ist as
I f ithler w ish to ex -ress in behalf
f the ollieials of tle cal ehapter' of
lie Red Cross, their sincere thanks
(d appreclation to - I those who so
eartily and earnest - entered Into
he iritof' this In etent and gave
ukq- valuable servie and coopdreion.
'onsldering existIne conlitions, the
exult of the canvalz was very grati
ving Ilfdeed.
I ipectfitilv,.
N. C. Ilhl'mibIiFs,
Chv -.n of Committee.
oairens, .fIly 1: . ..
eternis (of 111 d 111141 tcI Disln'rse in
All Direcion In Seareh of the Finny
This week -ill be a hard week on
shi, judging y the niumliber of anglers
oli tlis (. - wiio have taken their
nds and r -1; to go out after the
nny tribe. .ohn Wells Todd, JIr.,
'leming .h es and Vance I rby left
aturday f r U'ridgewater, N. C., mak
1 a det r of a few miles by Mon
roat to endl d unay. On Monday
Alowing. Dr. W 1 Dial, B. .\. WVolff
nt Ju(l .1 lohn N. Wright left fo' the
aUMe de tinationi. Fishing Is said to
e goo(I righi now on tile big Bridge
*ater 1 ke and all of the'se gentlemen
re co iting on a big cat cih.
D~r. . 'ii. Teague and Alsy .\iller
Iso 1 ft on a combined ishing and
liii g expieditioni the lati*ar 'part of
he i k, going to Alt Pleasant, near
'hare(ston. where they will visit M\r.
hill r's brsthle r and sister, Mr'. and
Itr: ii eWitt 1 ing. They were accomn
a: ed by .\llartin Teague andl Ja ck.
till anothIer' paty comtiposed of lb.
Blllackwell and W. "Pick"' Iludgens
eft a few dlays ago for' Pawley's Is
nd tlierle' theuy also w ill tisht an d r'est.
sat Is, prtovid'd some good htonnewife
athe ne (ighblorhiood doesn't get her
ewing machinei' out of ordler or her'
air-net tangled, in whieh case .\tr.
l udgnus will li kely be called( in to
tr'aighten~ thtings out.
Plente a it lirii Springtps
Seeny-'u youngl pe'oplo of t h.
foutntville 13. Yi. P. 1'. with their pres
lent, Mtrs. hi. W. Btryson, enjoyed a
iost plensatnt Ilienic at 1Ihtrriis Springs
'rlday evening, Jluly 8. Invited 'guests
'ere( 'ir ls. Agn'ew from Mlullins, Mrs.
V'. L, Y. MarshallI and 1her chatrming
au'ghiter, MIss Carrie, from Sumuter',
)r and M rs. M\arion from Roanoke,
Ice Cream Supper
Tlhe nummbers of' the WV. M. U. of
ieaver'dam church, will ser've a r'eal
Id fashioned ieo cr'eam supper' at. thte
ome of Mrs, J. Y. ilenjaumin, Satiur
ay evening, July 23, betweenl si and
loven o'clock. Alany interesting etgko
ontests have been pllanned' f'or the
ounger.L set. The tiniblic is invited to
Toko Government Deliberates Wheth
to Consent to Broad Discission
of Far Eastern Problems at
. Conference Planned in
0%Washington, July 16.-Diplomatic
reliminaries to the disarmament con.
4 erence went into i period of quies
. nce today while Japan deliberated
whether to consent to the broad dis
cussion of Far Eastern nroblems con
sidered essential by this governmeni
if a serious disarmament effort is t<
be attempted.
So far as could be learned no word
had come to the state department to
night in response to the informal ex,
planation made to Japan yesterday re
lative to the probable scope of th<
conforortge. - 6flicials, however, mad
'no secret of their continued confidenci
that Japan eventually would jolt
Great Britain, France, Italy and Chim
in accepting full participation in the
discussions. ' :
It was emphasized in oicial circles
.thdt no hasty (leelsion- was sought
and that there was no desire here to
have the Toyko government accept un
reservedly until it had satisfied itself
of the exact purpose and good faith
of the United States in proposing the
conference. The general expectation
was that several days would ensue be
fore the next important development.
Meantime those who are to be in
charge of the conference began to turn
their attention to some of the physical
difficulties involved in providing suit
able quarters here for so important a
gathering. No meeting place has yet
been selected, although the suggestion
has been made that the Pan American
building probably would provide the
best facilities available in the nation.
A questior of far greater moment
arises from the necessity of provid
ing also living accomodations and of
fice space for the variouasattending
commissioners. It is thought not un
likely that several hotels and apart
ment houses may have to be taken
over to accomodate the visitors.
Officers for Eisuing Year Elected by
BolsITerre Clu 'ib 'hursday lheinlmg.
At the regular annual meeting of
the iois Terre Country Club, held at
the club house between Laurens and
Clinton Tiursday evening, Geo. H.
Fllis, of Clinton, was elected presi
dent, succee(ling Geo. M. Wright, of
this city, who, under the by-laws of
the club, could not he ree-lected to
the same oflice. Mr. Wright was elect
ed vice president. The following dI
rectors Weire elected: from 'bautrens,
Ge. . right, -N. C. 111ughes, M0. D.
Easterby, Dr. W. 1). Fergiion, I. Rt.
Nickels; from Clinton, Geo. 11. Ellis,
Dr. A. I. Spencer, Dr. Jas. R. Cmpe
land, E. 1. Adair, John Spratt. At a
sulbsequent meeting of the dlirectors it.
). Hlenry, of ClInton, was elected see
retary, and t reasu ret, and W. I. Me
Cuen. of Lau rens, wa.s made his as
sist ant. NominatIons for the club of
Ileials were madle by a nominating
eomiltteec prid'~ed for' by a special
re&soluation andl named by. the chair.
A resolution of thanks to the retilring
ollcers i ntrod(1uced by .J. F. J1acobis, o1
('liniton. wvas passed uanimolutsly.
PrIor to the regular annual mieetiny
a called meetisg was held at which th<(
otll(ers of the club wvere auithlorl'zed t<
sell bonds in the amount of $1 5,0100 t<
rt'(tire (curirent indiiebtecdniess and to
provide for fut iher ex pansion of thIt
clubl's facil it ies.
11en "Itob" Jones to Preach
R1ev. "h''Ibb Jones. evangelist asso
('iaited .withI theii Soithti Carvoli1na Sunda:
Association, will preach ait thte Fits
hapti1st ('lhurch Thursday evening a
:30 o'clock. 'Ibaurrens Is one of
numtsber' of cit i" in Mouth Itaerollina be
lng visited by R1ev. .Jones under thIi
atuispiices of t he assoclat in. A spiai
pirograim orf music' w Ill lbe tendered an
deri the dlirect ion of Rev. .M. S. Wood
son. Th'e public Is InvIted to1 attend~
.Won't Pay Ils 'Taxes
D~oorn, Jluly 13.---The formner (Germoi
emperor' is inoring the repeated dle
mnd os foir payment of his munile~a
taxo's on the plea that hIs stay Is In
voluntary, to whlich the mntielpallIt;
rotoits that It bz,'i not the slightes
objectIon to hIs departure.
WIllIam is daIly becomIng more un
ptopular', he can not shto* himself il
the roads wlthout, beIng hooted ani
jeered, swhereas a few months ago h
was regarded wvith pity or indiffer
Prisoners Riot and Start
Several Fires.
Priioners in Western Penitentiary at
Piltsburgh 'lhrow Iinstitntioi into
Wild Conlfuslont. Aid from Ci ty
Pollee ad FIremen Re(uired to
Quell Disturbance.
I'ittsbupgh, July I.S.---P1risoners JI)
the Western polnItentiary ber'g.. -
broke all i nired
if .our hulding.4 and for a time kept.
the in40tution in an uproar, while
prison guards, deputy sheriffs and po
-livemei, reinlforced by arimed citizens,
battled to put down the disorder. Six
convicts .werg shot and two others
cut in the battle ' .. --
Prison oflicials said that throo or
four of the wounded would likely die.
The outbreak, timed to start with
the ringing of the first lire gong, be
gan inl the dining room where the
convicts sought to attract the atten
tion of guards from the first. oiicials
said. Alarms solnlded from four
'places in the institution almost
simultaneously, when guards (iscov
ered the prisoners had fired the build
ings wi-th any material avilable.
Some 600.prl.soners had just taken
their seats in the bkg dining room
when one of them sent a soul) bowl
careening (IowN one of the long
tables. Instantly the room was in
an uproar for at the same moment
the fire gong sounded an alarm from
the construction shop, the linen shop,
the kitchen and the ehajiel.
The guards in the dining room tried
to luell the outbreak,' but the tho
oughly maddened piIsoners pelleted
them with tableware an( cutlery, all
-the time slireking and howling. The
fire department, finding the blaze was
beyond control, called the city fire
department, .while riot calls were sent
in for the police.
Meantime the guards in the dining
room had rogained In part their con
trol and forced some of the men back
to their cells, but 200 or more dashed
for the prison yard and when faced
by other guards backed Into a build
ing and ran for the tol) of a tier of
cells. From this vantage point they
pteled the guards, now reinforced by
every available man in the prison,
withl bricks torn from the top of the
wall. )epty sheriffs and police from
every precinct. li the city soon added
to the fighting force within the en
closure and it was not long until the
prisoners had been chased from the
wall to their cells. They signalized
their reincarceration by breaking tho
glass in the windows antd shrieking
and howling to the thousands5 of per
sonis 'galtered ini thle streets andi fill
ing the housetops nearhy.
'Within two hlours the fire ,was'uander
contraol butt not untjll a number of
buildings had been destroyed with an
estimlated loss in excess of $50,000.
John1 M. lIagonl, parole officer, after
t(tuiet hadl been r'estored, said that the
ouf break was the result of a period
of discontent among the I,135 ,persons
confined ini tihe inIstitutionl. About S800
(If these, he saidI, wer~e long term mn,
many of them desperate criminals.
liecentily a party of convIcts was
brought hecr; fromh then Eastern penil
tentIa ry in Phlailadelph11Ia. These men
andi women, Mr. WKagon said, madeo
nmany demands(1 which wereC not recog
nized in any penal institution, but1
whlichl, whenl deieid, only added to the
So many cell locks were broken that'
tonight pickedl men from Pittsburgh
police are on guard in tl',.e 'orrdidor,
,while outside the streets are bteavily'
Mrs. Watts D~avis llentd
The many friends In this city of Mrs.
Larn Glenn Davis, wife of W. Watts
D tavis, of Clinton, will bo sorry to
learn of her death, which took place
early Mlonday morning., Mrs. Davis
was a sister of Mirs. A. J. Chlristoplier,
of this city, andI was raised near NeoV
iberry. Besides her husband and s
I ter she leaves several children to
3 mourn her loss. The funeral services
- were held ini, Clinton yesterday ng

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