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Judge Edwaad Mciver of
Cheraw Presiding
On Account of xiinierous Cases to be
Tried a Special Ten of Court has
been Ordered )y Chief Justice. Judge
Melver Makes Strong Charge to
Grand Jury.
The court. of general sessions con
Vened Alonday morning with Ilis
Honor, 10dward McIver, of Cheraw,
prosiding, Court Stenograipher Syfan
and other officials in their accustomed
places. In his charge to the, grand
jury, Judge McIver made reference to
the prevailing crime wave. lie said
he was not aible to give a cause for it,
but that a strict enforcement of the
law, with swift and impartial justice,
was a remedy for its prevention. lie
touched also on the duties of the
grand jurors as regards education and
urged them to see that the schools
were effiloiently run. "To make a pro
gressive state," he said, "every boy
and girl must be given at least a com
mon school education."
The docket was already crowded
iwith cases brought over from the last
term and many new cases have been
added. Solicitor Blackwell has sought
relief from the congestion through a
call for a special term. This has
been ordered by the Chief Justice and
-will be held the first week in October.
The first case heard Monday was
that of William Mitchell, charged 'with
bigamy. .Nitchell was cleared. Both
wives alpearod in court to testify
against him, the prosecution being
brought by the father of his alleged
second wif, who was Miss Bertha
Purdy, of Goldvillo. Wife No. 1, who
was Miss Minnde Lovings, testiied
that she was married to Mitchell In
Union. Mitchell alleged that 'when he
found out that she was the wife of
another man by a common law' mar
riage, that he left her, considering his
marriage to her as null and void. He
afterwards married the girl dn Gold
ville, but her father interfered with
the marital plans and the married life
of the two was of short duration.
Jim Irby, accused of breech of trust
and larceny, the specific charge being
that he sold a load of seed cotton and
misapq)ropriated the funds, was found
not guilty.
J. C. Wilson, charged width statutory
,rape, case was nol pressed on payment
of costs.
J. H. Holmes and P. G. Kanolos,
charged with violation of the prohi
bition law, had their cases nol pressed
on the payment of $500 each and for
feiture of $1,000 additional in lieu of
the Cadillac automobile they were
drivling. It will be remembered that
these thvo men were captured by lo
cal 'policemen last year with a large
load of whiskey, were fined several
hundredl dollars in mayor's court and
were later tried and convicted on the
same offense in federal court at Rock
Tom Johnson, for stealing a ham
and a 24-lb. sack of flour, plead guilty
and received a sentence of three
(Box Miinus, plead guilty to the viola
tion of the prohibition law and was
given a sentence of six months or
$500, sentence being suspended on
goodl behavior on the ipayment of $150
or serving 30 days.
C. 0. Trodd, Robert R. Baldwin,
Jodlie Gambrell, Ilamp Vaughn, Ben
Cannon and James Vaughn, indicted
for dlynamhiting fish, pllead guilty. A
sentence of 1! year and $500 each was
suspended (luring good behavdor on
the ipaymetilt of $25 or serving 30 days.
W. S. Ghapman plead gujity to as
sault and battery of a high arnd ag
gravated niature and 'was sentenced to
3 months br $150, sentence 'being sus
pended on the paymet of $25 or serv
in'g 20 dayb.
The grahd juify had not made its
anal presentmerit when court ad
journed yesterday evening. The court
was then engaged in the trial of Vance
Blakoly, colored, charged 'with the
murder of Oliver Gary, at Clinton, lait~
January. Bllakely has set up a plea
of self defense.
Mr. Henry ~Berger, of Lynchburg,
Va... visited friends in the city last
T. B. Alierson Kills Irby Knighton,
Shoots Knighton's Brother, Lea
renee, and Receives Scalp Wound
Himself. Held for Murder.
Irby Knighton, a young man who
lived near Lanford Station, this coun
ty, near Enorce, was shot in the head
and mortally wounded FrIday night 'by
Tom Alverson, well known character
of tifat place, and his -brother, Law
rence Knighton, was painfully though
not seriously wounded at the same
time. Alverson, himself, received a
flesh wound in the head at the hands
of Lawrence Knighton, who claimed
self-defense, and gwas carried to the
Spartanburg hospital for treatment.
Later -he was placed under arrest
charged with the murder of Irby
The killing occurred just outside the
door of Alverson's place In 1lioree,
according to testimony at the inquest,
and followed an altercation between
Alverson and Irby Knighton in which
Alverson, according to the testimony
of Lawrence Knighton, was the ag
gressor. Lawrence 'Knighton was shot,
according to hi stestimony, while he
was in the act of supporting his
brother as he fell.
The testimony of several of the eye
iwitnesses of the tragedy, as taken
from The Spartan-burg Herald Sun
day morning, was as follows:
Lawrence Knighton
'Lawrence Knighton, aworn, said:
"I was on the outside of the store,
Tom Alverson and Irby were on the
inside. Tom told Irby to get out. He
said all right and came on out, and
Tom came on .behind him, with pistol
in hip pockdt. Tom told Irby he
didn't want any more of his d- fool
ishness. Irby said he didn't want to
hear any more of yours, either. When
he (Allverson) .went in his ipocket for
his pistol it fell out. He grabbed it
up and shot Irby -Knighton in the
head. I grabbed irby and Tom shot
me in *the back'- Then I tutned my
brother loose and grabbed Tom. lie
shot two or three times after I grabbed
him. Then I saw a piece of iron In
front of the store, picked it up And
struck him four or live times to keep
him from killing me. My brother had
no weapon. The place had a bad rep
Witnessed the Tragedy
Ray Gwinn, sworn, said: "I live at
Enoree, S. C. .1 am not related to the
dead man. 1Have known these two
men eight months. I was at T. B. Al
verson's when this happened. Law
rence and Irby Knighton and 'Sam Sim
mons, and some others I do not know,
and T. B. Alverson, also. He was
drunk. Irby iwas sober. I was stand
ing in the door. Knighton and Alver
son were back in the store. Knighton
had his sleeves rolled up rubbing his
arms. Alverson asked him what was
the matter, and he replied, nothing.
Alverson told him to get out. Knigh
ton re ptied that he did not have to.
Both were laughing. Knighton came
out, standing by the door, facing Al
vernon. Alverson went behind t-he
counter and came out, with pistol in
his hand. Looked to 'be a large pis
tol, didn't know what number; stuck
it in his right front 'pants 'pocket.
Came .to the door and staggered back.
Sam Simmons said, 'Look out, Tom,
you're going to drop your gun.' lie
came out door with pistol 'in his hand.
Walked between me and K(nighton.
Irby Knighton add, 'Look out, Tom,
don't draw that gun on me, put it
up.' Toni Alverson turned around and
said, 'What are you made at me for?'
lie said 'Nothing, Tom.' Tom called him
a d-- *ar. Irby gave him another
Lie. Then he shot him, he was about
four feet from him, shiot him one time
on the left side of the headi, and I left
them. Beforo they came out of the
store they had not been fussing. Knigh
ten did not -have a'ny arnie. Alverson's
rep~utation was bad."
Roy Waddell
Ifoy Waddeli, sworn nays: he lives
near Enoree and is 19 years old. "I
wan sitting out in front oi' Alverson 's
place about nine o'clock. Irby Knigh
ton andl Tom Alverson came out of
the (leer, and Ir'by walked up to the
dloor facing and Tom said Irby, we
have been good friends all our lives,
and lrnby said yes. Tom Aiverson said
I am not going to have any more of
your d- dragging. Irby says that I
don't want any more dragging ever
me. Then Tom .walked around with
pistol in hand and Irby told him to put
it uvp, then Tom -fired, hitting him in
*he head. Lawrence threw out his
(Continued on Pago 5.)
Native of Ireland, for Maniy Years a
Merchant of Laurens.
W. 0. Wilson, for about thirty years
'identified vith the business life of the
city, pa4red away at the Clinton hos
pital Saturday. Mr. Wilson had been
in failing health for several yedrs
and during the past few months he
had steadily grown weaker. On Sept.
4th he was carried to the Clinton hos
pital where he could receive hospital
attentions. The end was rapldly ap
proaching, however, and he -passed
away before a week was up.
The body was brought to Laurens
Saturday afternoon and carried to
the home of Mr. J. (I). Wattsfi where
he had roomed for many years. From
there the funeral was held Sunday af
-ternoon at flve o'elock, the services
being conducted by Rev. P. F. Kilgo
and Rev. Wilmot S. Holmes. The ac
tive 'paill bearers nwere Mills Hunter,
Lawrence :Barksdale, J. W. Dunklin,
L. G. Balle, R 'R. Nickels, T. C. Swit
zer, F. 0. Anderson and W. G. Lan
caster. The honorary pall bearers
were 'Dr. W. D. Ferguson, C. M. Clarke,
W. L. Oray, J. F. Tolbert, W. H. Dial,
0. B. Simmons, R. E. Babb, S. G. Mc
Daniel, R. B. Terry, W. H. Gilkerson,
M. J. Simpson, T. P. Kendrick and
Albert 'Dial.
Mr. Wilson was a native of Ireland,
having been born in County Antrim
about 74 years ago. Sole surviving
members of his immediate family, con
sisting of a sister and two -brothers,
reside at Belfast, Ireland. One of
these 'brothers, Mr. Thomas Wilson,
spent abou-t a month .here with the
deceased during the past summer.
When he first came to this country
Mir. Wilson settled in New York. Af
ter leaving there, 'he came to this
state, residing In Columbia for a num
ber of years. He came to Laurens
about thirty years ago and, with an
Dther brother who died in 1902, opened
a mercantile 'business here which he
conducted until the time of his death.
Besides his store, he was said to have
left 'moderate real estate holdings in
this chy and Columbia. As no will
has been found, hits property will go
to his relatives in Ireland.
Mr. Wilson was a merchant of the
rld school, conservative in all of his
lealings and adhering to practilces and
traditions of many years ago, but
keeping well in line with the trend of
the markets. With a high sense of
honor and integrity, he was held in
high esteem by all who knew him and
hip 'feath was a cource of much re
gret in the community.
Will Hudgens Ells Anderson Sull.
van. Said to Have Been Shooting
at Munch Mi1am.
As a result of an. altercation at a
card game in a ipatch of woods about
a quarter of a mile from Barksdale
Station Saturday afternoon, Anderson
Sullivan was fatailly shot and Will
Hudgens, who did the shooting, is be
hind the jail bars awaiting trial, which
will probably be held at the present
term of court. TIudgens is a negro
about 40 years old, while Sullivan was
a younger negro who was with the
A. F. F. In France.
AC rding to some of the eyb-wit
nesses, the fight started between Hiud
gens and another negro, Mutveh Mllam.
Hudges had drawn his pistol and An
derson Sullivan'told him not to shoot.
Hiudgens turned on Sullivan and shot
him once in the arm and twvice in the
stomach, using a 28 calibre laltol.
Sullivan lived about .30 minutes after
being shot.
Afteir the shooting Hudgens went
to the house of his landlord, 'Maj. B.
R. Todd, and 'was later taken in charge
by Mr. J. A. Todd, landlord of the
dead negro, and brought towards 'Iu
r'ens and turned over to the sheriff
who had started up to make the ar
T'o Open Branch Offie
Announcement has been made from
the Atlanta ofmce of the Fox Film
Company that a branch office is to be.
openedl in Charlott-e, N. C., withi Gil
bert. M. Tyler, well known in this city,.
as manager1. Mr. TPyler wIll have.
supervision of all 'Charlotte terrri-1
tory and will have an oficee force of
about fiftee~n men under him. 'life .has,
been traveling for the Fox 'people for|
the ucast year or two and this comes as
a distinct .promotion. Mfr. Tyler 'willi
make his home In Charlotte, hot Mrs.,
Tyler and tho 'bahy will remain here
with Mrs. Tyler's aparents, Mr. und
Mrs. W. R. Richny, for neeal mnths.
Col. Halstead and 1,600 Men 1Passed
Through Saturday Morning.
(While most of Laurens was still
asleep Saturday morning, the 11th
U. S. Infantry, on its hike from Camli
Jackson to Camp Thomas, Ky., passed
through the pubilc -:quarc in a -
umn a imile or more long, about 1,40C
men and 200 head of stock. Col. Frank
lalstead, the regimental commander,
rode at the head of the column and
piloted the regiment on Its march. A
few people, not very many, were out
to see them ipass. They camped at
Owings about '10 o'clock .In the morn
ing, sient the night there and passed
on their way farther north the next
day, arriving in Greenville Sunday
afternoon for a two day rest.
The regiment was advertised to
camp near Laurens Friday night.
(However, a suitable site was found
about midway -between Clinton and
Laurens, just on the Clinton side of
the Bois.-Terre country club and here
the little dog tentg were pitched In
long straight rows Friday morning.
Son 'N. B. iDial visited the camp
shortly after the regiment's arrival
and inspected the camp on the invi
tation of Col. Halstead. 'Geo. H. Bills,
president of the Bos-Terre Club was
also soon on the scene and tendered
the use of the club house to the of
ficers of the regiment.
Col. Ifalstead and other officers of the
regiment were guests at an informal
reception at the club Friday evening,
the regiment's crack band furnishing
a musical 'program. Dancing iwas en
joyed until a -late hour, many of the
younger dancing set 'being present.
The officers expressed themseloys
as 'being delighted with the Bols
Terre club and the warm recaption
igiven them -by the Clinton and 'Lau
rens people. On account of the dis
tance of the camp from town and the
limited space at the club, little atten
bion could be shown the enlisted (men.
District Convention Held Here Thurs
day Afternoon.
The Tenth 'District. Masonic meeting
held here last Thursday proved a sue
,ess in every way. The meeting was
3pened at 3:30 o'elock in the after
soon, I. R. Nickels presiding. After
) welcome address by Jas. H. Sullivan,
ihort addresns were made by Geo. T.
Bryan, of Greenville, and W. P.
Jacobs, of Clinton.,
'At 6 o'clock the meeting adjourned
to the barbecue- grounds where a
sumptuous barbecue , dinner was
served. After the barbecue the meet
ing was convened again and the Mas
ter Mason degree conferred.
Between 250 and 300 visitors were
here and twere so well 'pleased with
Lhe meeting that they voted to return
igain next year.
r'hird District Medical AssociaiJon to
Meet at Country Club Sept. 29.
The annual meeting of thie Third
District Medical society, com'uposed of
p>hysicians from the counties of Green
wood, McCormick, Abbeville, New
berry and 'Laurens, will be held at
the Bois-Terre country club Thure
day, Sept. 29th, according to an an
nouncement sent out Friday by Dr.
Rolfe E. Hughes, of this city, presi
rlent of the society. The meeting will
open with a luncheon at 1 p. m. and
will be'followed .by the scientific pro
The local doctors are looking for
ward to the meeting with a great deal
of interest and they plan to make .it
one of the most profitable and enjoy
able that the society has yet held.
Schedule Announced
The high school footaball team, un
der Coach T. C. Bolt, assisted by W.
H. McGowan, Chas. Crisp and 'Prin
cipal Z. L. Fey, Is raspidly rounding
into sha'pe and is getting ready for
the opening game with Greenwood on
t'he 23rd. The following schedule has
been announced:
Sept. 23---reenwoodl in Laurens.
Sept. 30-iUnion in Union.
Oct. 7---Abbeville in Laurens.
Oct. 14--Spartanburg (pending).
Oct. 21-Oaffney in Laurens.
Oct. 28-,.New'herry in Newberry.
Nov. 4-Clinton in Laurens.
,Nov. li--Anderson in Anderson.
Nov. 18-Il onca TPath in Laurens.
Miss 'Mildred Sawyer, of Salleys, -Is
visiting Mrs, Dan Sawyer at the home
of her 'parents, Mr, and Mrs. Aug.
Supt. If. WV. Oausine Olves Figures on
tle Enrollment of Children In City
Supt. H. W. Gasque has given out
the enrollment figures for the graded
school year which began Monday
morning, Sept. 5. A total of 741t chil
dren are enrolled in the white schools
of the city, including the Lanrens
Mills school, while 275 were enrolled
in the negro school, making a grand
total of 1,016, the largest enrollment
in the history of the local schools,.
The following are the figures by
school and grade:
Grade Pupils
11... .-.................31
10 .-- - - --. .... ..... ..40
. .... .... .... ............. 40
8 .... ......................
OA .... .... .... .. ..........35
vA .... .... .... .... .... .... 5
4 and GB .............. ....35
4A .... .... .... .... .... ....43
3A .................. ....28
3B ---..................,25
2A .... . ... .... .... .... ....28
2.. ....................29
1A .... .... .... .... .... ....29
IB .........................29
Total ...................601
Laurens Mills School
Grade Pupils
1 .-..-............. ....54
2 .----...................27
3 ..........................45
4 .... .... .... .... .... .... ..14
Total .... .... .... .... ....140
Negro School
Grade Pupils
1A . ....................64
1B .......,.................32
...... .................... ..50
3 ......... ...........42
4 .... .... .... .... .... .... .. 3
6 .... .... .... .... .... .... ..23
6 .... . ... .... .... .... .... ..18
7 .... .... .... .... .... .... .. 7
Total ....................275
Grand Total
White Children .... .... .... ..741
Negro Children .... .... .... ..275
Son. Dial Met with City Council Mon
daj Night In Regard to Emergency
Sen. Dial appeared before city coun
cil by invitation Monday night and in
formally discussed the emergency
steam power citation proposed at a re
cent meeting of the council. Sen Dial
said that as president of the Reedy
River Power Company, he was not
able, to make a dlefinite .proposition
iwithout conferring with electrical en
gineers, hut that he would take up the
matter with them at once andl adlvise
the council as to what could 'be done.
The idea prevalent among the coun
cilmen seems to be that the present
steam plant of the city, whIch does
not meet with present requirements,
be equipped to meet emergency needs
eit~hor 'by the city or the power com
pany. Scn. D~ial said that he 'pre
ferred that the city e(tiuip the splant
andl sell the power to the, power comn
pany when it Is needled.
Preparing for Potatoes
At a meeting of directors of the
Laurens Potato Storage Warehouse
company, held yesterday, an agree
ment was entered into with Mr. M. J.
Oswings by which Mr. Owings will have
entire charge of the warehouse this
year. 3Mr. Owings expects to have a
man in charge who will look after the
Interests of the warehouse and farm
ers, so that it will be mutually profit
able as originally planned when it
was buIlt. The owners of the ware
house, so it is understood, at one time
thought of disposing of it or utilizing
it for other 'purposes, .but In view of
the need of the wvarehouse as the boll
weevil has arrivedl they decided to re
tain it for potato storage purp~oses.
Cotton 20 Cents
The cotton market has sho'wn wide
fluctuatIons during the ipast week,
gaining and losing from $5 to $10 a
bale wIth ease. Yesterday the market
closed slightly up and local spots
brought from 20 to 20 1..4 ent.
Trials Ended in Lexington
ThreO Columbia Men Charged With
Murder of William JBrazell, Young
Columbia Taxi Driver, Found Guilty
of Murder In First Degree.
* The Advertiser was informed *
* by long distance telephone Ines- *
* sage from Lexington last night *
* that Fox and Gappins, the two *
* other men charged with the mur- *
* der of William lBrazell, younn; Co. *
* lumbia taxi driver on tke night of *
* August 9, were found guilty of *
* first degree murder and that they, *
* with Kirby, who 'was found guilty *
* earlier in thte day, were sentenced *
* by Judge T. S. Sease to be electro. *
* cuted on October 21. *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Columbia, Sept. 13.-"Guilty" was
the verdict of the Jury in the- case of
S. J. Kirby, the first of the three men
to be tried in the Lexington court for
the murder on August 9 of William
Brazell, young Columbia taxi driver.
The verdict is a convictdon of first
degree murder and will carry the
sentence of death in the electric chair.
The verdict was returned at 10:59
a. m., the jury having retired at 10:24.
The sentence will hardly be passed:
until after the trial of Jesse Gap'pius
and C. 0. Fox, the other two men
charged with the same crime. The
trial of Fox and Garpina started im
mediately after the Kirby case was
disposed of. I-t was not expected to
take more time than that occupied
by the Kirby case. The tiwo men are
being tried together. The Lexington
trial was resumed at 9:52 this anorn
Ing. The cross-examination of Kirby
by the solicitor was the first thing of
the morning. Kirby was excused from,
the stand at 10:05. A. B. Martina at
torney for Kirby, appointed this morn
ing by the court, spoke for three and
a thalf minutes. le .intimated'that the
jury might recommend- mercy for his
client. Solicitor Callison's argument
occupied about five minutes. He
urged the Jury to 'bring a verdiot- of'
Amrst degree guilt as an- example to the
qpubljc. le referred to the prevalence
of crime and urged that the punish
ment in this case should be in the ex
treme. The charge of Judge Sease as
to the law in the case. was brief.
(The State, Sept:. 13.)
iLexington, Sept. 12.-S. J. Kirby,
the first of the trio of alleged slayers
of William Brazell, Columbia taxi
,(driver, to go on trial today, charged
, with murdler, taking the stand in
his own defense late t-his afternoon,
amended his previous confessions to
abandon his hitherto stoutly main
tained role of a forced and unwilling
accessory to the crime, by admitting
that he had assisted Jesse Giappins in
holding young 'Brazeil while C. 0. Fox
calmly proceeded to stab the taxi
dlriver~ to death. Kirby also admi-tted
that he, wvitlh Giappins and Fox, -plan
ned the details of the automobile rob
bery, which culminated in the killing,
several days before the murder night,
sintending, however, he said, only to
heat the driver into insensibility, tie
him securely, leave him beside the
road and then make good their escape
(Continued on 'Page 4.)
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