OCR Interpretation

The Laurens advertiser. (Laurens, S.C.) 1885-1973, May 24, 1922, Image 1

Image and text provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn93067760/1922-05-24/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

Graduation Exercises Close
Successful Year
Aatoive of Laurens Ends Program of
School Closing witi Address Friday
Night. Tiwenty-Nline Receive High
School Diplotas. Class Night Exer
cises Held Wednesday.
-'The 1921-22 session of the Laurens
city schools eame to an oflicial clos'
Frilay evening at the First Presby
teli:in (fhurch when lDr. 1). W. Daniel,
'iofesitor of 'Englis3h at Cleimsont col,
lege, delivered -tle annual address and
diploilas were given, to the tlwenty'
nine memibers of the graduating clas'sI
Class day exercises had been held by I
the graduating class Wednesday cv
ening, in the city opera house and a
nu isery play given by the children of
the grammar grades on the school
grouids Friday afternoon. The latter
-hAd belin posthonled il'oI Wednesday
after1noon on account of the weather.
The exercises F'riday evening were
opened .with prayer by Rev. Robert I
Adams, ). D., for many years pastor
of the Presbyterian church here. The
salutatory was delivered . by M Iss
Grace Taylor and the valedictory by
aliiss Sarah 10liza Swygert. The schol
arship medal, awarded to the student
making the highest -average during the
year, was delivered by 'Mr. Jas. 1-1.
Sullivan to Miss Sarah 1Eliza Swygert.
In presenting the medal Mr. Sullivan
recalled that ..liss' Swygert won a
similar medal last year and said that
her record in this respect 'was notable. -t
Dr. Daniel, in opening his address, 'l
alluded to the fact that he was born I
and reared in this county. He spoke I
fee.lingly of the associations of his 4
early (lays, paying beautiful tributes to .1
Col. B. 'W. 'Ball, editor at that time of
Tihe Laurens Advertiser, aftd to Col.
Thos. 13. Crows, edilor of The Lau
rensville I-erald. The proudest period q
of his life, he said, was during the
,time lie acted as c6rrespondent for
Aie county Papers from his section of
the county. t
Taking as his spibJect "Tie Looking c
Glass", 'Dr. Daniel stressed the imjiort
ance of -a study of one's own self and ,t
the cultivation of all tiat is beautiful C
and beat in one's nature and person
ality. Cultivation of -the outward ap- y
vearance no less than time inner or
gans of intellectuality and spirituality
- he urged as an important npans of
making one's life happy and useful.
People, lie said, should take care of
their apime'trane, seeking to look in
telligent and beautiful as well as be
ing intelligent. The first step to -be
taken, -however, in seeking an intelli
ment appearance, he 'continued, nyas
in acquiring intel-ligence, and with
this as his 'principal theme lhe urgedI
upon time members of ,the graduating
class the implortance of arduous labor
in preparing themselves further' for
life's battle,
Class Day Exercises
The Opera 'Hlouse was filled to over
flowing r~~ednesdlay evening to witness
*the class dlay' exercises. The stage
ilbad been tastefully,. decorated with
ribbons, of pastel, the class color, and t
wit'h swveet cnas, the class flower. The
class sat in crescent with .William Al-t
bright, prdsident, seated in the center. I
Overhanging the stage was a huge
* gure "1922" made of ,siveet peas,
Tho class day exercises, where pompl P
and dignity gave way 4o wit and 1
humor, centered prineipally around the
"Class ilHistory" read by ILouise Smith,
the "Class Poem" 'by Marion Black- .1
well, time "Class Statistics" by 'Lois
ir11er, the "Will" 'by 'Martin Teague,
te"Crititysm" 'by iHerman Taylor,
sand the 'Phoprecy" 'by 'Rlebecca Adams. I
The history of the graduating~ 'lass,
as complliled 'by tfle. olans hmistogian,
4isclosed the interesting fdet that: 1i 1
of the 29 who .were graduated started
'together in school i.n September, 1911 .
*anid have for P1 years remained' to.
gether as classmates.
The class statistics were arranged
~b 'Lois Fuller. To Rebeocca Adams
~wenVtftie distinction of possessing two
' dVred ch 'racterlaties, She wa tvot- '
Sed by the ce ass the handsornist a~
1~'61 as the moat epopular.
P 1he 'hapdsbitiest boy rnes foun~ ja
n3Pjept Jegsd 14i'tlh1 'reagde was
~.~ted. as possesMI9 t1me chdracteuis.
Dity Counell Holds Last Election at
Regular Session Monday Night.
Chicken Ordinance mill be StietIly
Following a report by Mayor Dial
3hat the railroads running tratins
hrough Laurens had been notified
hat they must slow down their trains
it grade crossings, tihe city council,
n a brief session held Monday even
ng, ordered that the police be in
ttructed to rigidly enforce the city
)rdinance relative to the speed of
.\layor Cllial also reported to the
:ouncil that he has been adfvised re
;arding violators of the city ordinance
vith reference to chickens tilning at
arge. Citizens, lie said, do not (lesire
o call attention to specille cas es
vitere their' neighlbors violate the or
linance. A request was imade to the
iew.ipa per men.1uesent-that they warn
he public, through their columns,
.lat the ordinance will be strictly en
The council, inconsideration of the
'C(ilest by the Water'and Light Com
nission, iove(l to order the city at
orney to draft an ordinance that
vill r':1ire citizens in the city to
rim the limbs and -branches of tree.;
in their premises. The commiss~ion,
n1 explanation of its request, says
hat trees coming in contact with
lectrical wires is a dangerous hazard.
After a report rwas made on the es
imate of ecmient curbing for Gordon
treet, the couiil iassed a motior,
lint the contract for l)acing the curb
ng on both sides of Gordon street be
At the reque.t of Mayor Dial, Al
lerman Eastoyby was elected as vice
nayor pro-ten.
The council at this stage went into
xecutive session to consider the clec
ion of a city clerk and treasurer.
Phere -were. two applicants for this
iosition. At the end of the session,
la'yor Dial reported that Mr. Stanley
%rewahad -been-xe-oelectod unanimous
o Speak af the First Presbyterian
Church Next, Sunday Evening at 8
Vwayno (B. Wheeler, counsellor for
lie Anti-Saloon League and reformer
f international note, will speak to a
mss meeting of men and ivomen at
he First Presbfyterlan chirch, this
ity, next Sunday evening at 8 Vclock.
ILocal pastors, in making arrange
ents for the meeting, decided to have
t at the Presbyterian church where it
as thought the largest number of
iopile could be accommodated.
A special Invitation to all the peo
Ic of the county has .been issued by
he local pastors and it is ,hoped that
, large audience will be present to
ear the address.
The subject of Mr. Wheeler's address
as not been announced, but it is un
erstood that he will speak on soieO
ihase of -the prohibition question.
Columbia, alay 20.-Governor Coo
'e Friday afternoon granted 18 p~a
oles, pardons and commutations on
he eve of his retirement from ofmee
oinorrow at noon.
ies of sarcasm and conceit, while
souiso Smith was ele ted the greatest
alker. Allie Gosnell .was elected as
maing the most lovely complexion.
Toccoa Gray was the class' choice
or the most beautiful girl itethe class.
ks the most original in the class -Her
nan Taylor was el1ected, whill.Nathan
3arksdaie wvon as the jolliest. Honors
is the cutest and av the same time
>dggest flirt went to Sar'a l~liza Swvy
jert. Grace Taylor wyas elected most
tudious pupil.
'William Albright won as the most
)opnlar boy. Alma Coleman was tot
d the neatest in tFhe' as, Ruth i#at
on -as the most gr 4ul and 19a'ry
-u'dgens as the most tdpendent. Them
ood sports of the el ss -were toujidL to
>e John 'Robert E~llis among the boys,
nd (Lqts IPuller' among ~the gi-rls. ,
The little nugsery- play "Under the
ugar Plum Tree," given pn the school
trounds Friday afternoon .by the chil
hten of the ,grammar g~adles tassisted
($ several of, the larger boys, deligit
id tlie;,iatge number of batrons and
'riend~ who went out to see it. Pe
edtng the 'play fancy igures and drills
ma c~bt~ime wor'e given by the cliild'ren
mf the second, third and fourth grades.
('ourthof Commnon Pleas, Presided Ovei
by 1d1141ge Ga(.'ry 1a14 Tried I'levert
('uses. ('ourt Will Remin in s's.
sion Uitil Stnurday.
'llleven cases, four of them being
litigations in which atutomUobile.s werc
involved, have been tried by the Court
of Common Pleas, which convenedI
ier Monday, May 15, for a two week,
session. Presiding over the court
'which. will remain in session until
Saturday, is Judge Frank 13. Gary, of
The first ease to -be tried by the
court -was that of J. Shelton 'Todd
lagainst J. JW. HTill for damages as
result of ati automobile collision. A
verdict of k12S.89 was found for the
Mrs. Anna Wolff against .Henry lien
diickz,, in a suit for land rent, won a
verdit of :160 poun ds of li't cotton.
in Ihe case of '.J. V. EIdwards against
i1-. A. (Giddes over tile sale of a auto
mobile, a verdict ,for tihe lalintiff foi
$150.00 was found. The defense claini
ed that the automobile was not as ,
resented inl tile warranty.
In a suit for the 'balance dile on an
an tomoblie, the Carolina Auto Co. won
a venlct of $312.,0 against .1. '_. Mc
A.; a result of an automobile collid
ing n ih a buggy, .1. If. Smith received
a ve dict of $50.00 against T. L. anll
Lyei Cooer.
A case attracting considerable at
tention becauise of its bearing on the
la rge number of real estate deals made
during the real estate boom' of 1920
and 1921, was that of .J. 1). $ilense, of
Greenville against J. K. Gault, of the
upper i)arL of the couinty. In the suit
Spence was trying to force payment of
a note for $7,500 given by Gault to 13.
'W. Weathers as a part payment onl
land bought from Weathers, the note
:being later sold by him to S-pence.
Gault claimed that a verbal agreement
as to tile land sale was not carried
out by Weathers and that subsequent
.ly Weathers agreed to. call tA-sale
off and return the-iote but instead of
doing so sold the note.to Spence. At
torneys for Svence moved for a di
rected verdict, but the motion was
over-ruled. Tile jury returned a ver
dict for the defendant.
In the case of A. .D. Blakely against
A. 'B. Stone and Wyatt'''Barnes, a ver
dict of $50.00 against .Stone and
$157.05 against Barnes was found for
the plaintiff. The suit was for the
purchase inrice of a buggy.
The only mistrial in the court thus
far was in the case of R. L. Gray
against J. W. Tumblin. The suit was
on .,a note given in payment for fish
scrap stock. The jury -was dismissed
.by the court no decision ,having been
reached after seven hours of delibera
A. L. 'Mahaffey 'won a verdict of $285
against Rt. L. Gray in a suit over 3
bales of 'cotton.
A directed verdict was given by the
court in tile case of Taylor and 'May
aga.1 st J. C. Lois which grew out
of the sale of clothing.. Tile verdict
was for $109.00.
Two cases whliclh were on the calen
dar for trial were settled out of court.
These -wore: A. M. Osborne against the
Laurens Cotton Mill1 and the Dixie
Flour & Grain Co. against C. M. Mar
tin et al.
Wonten andl Girls of thie City to be
Givent Courses ini Sewing anid Cook
MAiss Sallie Clowney, domestic
science teacher in the city graded
schools, has announced a free course
in sowing and cooking for women atd
girls of "ithe city to be given at the
school house for the 'next month, be
ginning Thursday morning at 9 o'clock.
Girls desiring to take the'course ar'e
urged to be at the domestic science
room at that~igir so that arranige.
nmerits for the entire month's -ork may
'be arranged. Women are invited tc
meet in the same room for organiza
tion an bottralater.
1B. Y. P. U. Rally
The lB. Y. 'P. U. rally of tihe Fourth
Division of the Womedi's Christian U~n
Ion 'of .the Laurens Baptist assooiation
is to be held at Frieridship churob May
28. The unions'of the folloywing churen~
es have been requested/to attend in a
body: Harmony, 'Beulah, . Bethaguy,
Ditrbin," Lanford, Warrior, 'Highland
Home and Friendship.
.1 efords and Harrison Each Seite4ce
lo the Electri 'e h1ir; TreeC Get
Iie Term.
Collim bia, May 20.--F'. MJeffe.
and Ira liarison were found guilty
of muit der and Glen1n ''iTeece, guilty
with reconnendation to mercy, by I
11ticihland county Jury this afternooni
for the killing of J. C. Arnette, busi
noQSS ipar'tner of Jeffords in a gasoline
filling station in Columbia on the night
of Ahay ninth. Immediately after the
verdict was reenived, Judge ToWnscii(l
sen tenced Jeft irds and Ilarrison t(
(lie in the electric chair June 15, and
'reeev to serve a life termi in the
stale penlitent iary. All parties ar]
vlite, and some are prominently con
neeted. The three defendants are he
low thirty yeurs of age anld Treec
and I Harrison were in the eng y el
.ef'ords aid Arnette.
h'lie trial doubtlessly estalishies v
]r recedent in the cotun ty for dilspatch,
.1111 a e<'w hours after he (rime. lad
bt-iin committed, .the three men 'werc
lo(lged in jail and confessions had beeii
made which led to tle convictionl of
.the ti-ee ir-: today. Mr. Arnette was
beaterr to 'cath in the illing stationi
on Alain ;treet in the northern part
of the city, anid his body taken in an
automobile a mile distant from the city
and the machine driven over an em
barikmrent. Tle body was found with
in an hou r's time after the killinug.
The jury was out a little more than
two hours tihis afternoon, the tie-upji
being incident to a disagrecnent in
allowing mercy for Treece who did
riot, participate in the actual killing,
but kept on the lookout for the other
two men wvhile Arnette's life was be
ing taken, lie stood in front of the sta
tion to give signals.
The case was called Tuesday rnorn
Ing and has been wiressed strenuously
thi-ough the last -ive days.
Judge W. H. Townsend sentenced
Harrison and Jeffords to die in the
electric chair Jupe 15 between the
hourq of 10 o'clock in the moriing
and 2 o'clock In the afternoon.
Treece was sentenced to serve -the
remainder of his life In the state peni
tentiary. No motion for a new trial
was made but the convicted nien, un
der the law have three days to 41le
such a motion and ter days to make
appeal to the supreme court.
The jury took the case at 2:54
o'clock and tire verdict was read at
6:23. Five minutes later the three
men nwere sentenced, after one of the
attorneys in the case had bcLn sum
mroned. The 'jury was understood to
have stood from the first 11 in favor of
the -trio for murder while one stood
out for recommendation of mercy for
Treece, the youngest of the three ac
cused men who steadfastly contended
on the stand that lie did not strike a
blow in' the murder of J. 'C. Arnette,
for -whose death on the night of Tues
flay, May 9, the three ien were tried
and convicted.
Grocers Slgnr Agreement to have
Earl~ler Olosing Hour ThIs Summiirer.
That grocers of - Lair iens are de
termined to close thou' stores at an
earlieor hour duiring~ the summer
nmonths arid allow theft iriployees
sonme of the pleasures enjoyed by oth
er ieoi~le is Indfcated by 'the agremet
signed 'below. T~re petition for tire
early closing hour was cir'culated by
Mr. Hlenry Fr'arnks and, in presenting
it for publication in Thre Advertiser, he
said that tire 'hrousewives could assist
a great deal in br-inging abc"t. car'ly
closing hours by ordering their needs
before six, o'clock.
The agreemrent with signatures at
tached to it follows:
We, tire undersigned nmer'chants of
the ci ty of 'Laurrens hogieby promise5
that we >nwill close our places of busi
ness during tire months of June, July
and August at 6:00 P. 'M or as soon
thereafter as our trade willh permrit.
We have reached thIs conclusion in
order thrat we may give to our eni
lioyees the human consider'ation to
which they are entitled.
Jno. A. 'Franks, J. H. Sullivan, Hun
ter Bros., W. R. iBrown, Owi ngs & Ow
tngs, Medloek Bros., J. C. Shell & Co.,
'Laurens Cash & Carry, Carryteria
(6:30), L. 4T. Owens, C. E. Kennedy &
'Son, A, L. Mahaffey (6:30).
Bfrtli0f a 'Daughter
Announicement was made Monday
morning of thre birth. of a datighter,
-Sara K1atherine, to Mr. and 'Mrs, H.
F. Owings.
PLl(' WOI$KS ('31311ssiox
11111 Ask for $65,000 Hold Is 5u to 1imi
prove Waig1tpr Supply. 'omiiilssioni
iers Work for Siel y-Serve--:f.
That drastic changes in the walter
works and lighting systeml of the <ity
Will hle made(1 inl the near fuitur1e, ,wasi
thec assurnce of thle water and ligitt
comminission early this week when re
ports from Mr. Pi. W. Chaliman, super
initendenit of)I the works, were released,
for p)bllietiol.
The reiport o'c the superinitendnt.
was made to the coli mn ission oln 3ay
II thi and was sil pleein itel .\Lay I:stli
with information regardinli the poorI
system 11w used for electrical -
Ilint (list ribut ion.
The report of the super ii tendin
'.vas as follows:
Comiimlissione rs Of Public \\orks,
Ltra.S. C.
The writer respectfully submilla the
followini: re~port witli regarid to th1e'
w.ater an id ilght; plant:
\Ve have NO light. custoies, alnd
1i1 water conilectionis.
'Tiere arc a itanmber of Iew w.atei
c-1ustoLrC is to go on this or next mitolit1.
IIICI e are I12.5 water leters stolwiE d,
probably over 77 per ceit ;f thes(e are
wortless(. There are about 1I" new
or nIeariy no 1W meters oil tlie systmi,
leaving over three hunidred that ieedi
l li-bration, Cleaninug and repalr. Many
of Ihe water ileters have very poor
boxes, which makes their ukikeep morel
expensive. There are four or more
water connections without meters, iii
cluding one line at the Latrens Mills.
There are 34 dead liglst meters, Is
flat rate light customers, and Mr. Lea
man informed me that lie at one time
had a list of about eighty light meters
that were defective. There are on the
system 12 or more electric meters of
an obsolete type.
Three electric service connections
of which there were no records on the
books werc found, and one customer
was discovered with his front,' hall
light connected otitside of the meter.
'Dlwo churches are furnished free
lights, the schools free lights and wa
ter (the schools in all probability use
100,000 or more gallons of water a
month). The warehouses receive free
water connections, and of course the
city properties. The cemetery keep
er's house has free lights and water.
We are ptimping about 300,000 gal
lons of water per 24 hours, which is
practically the capacity of the filter
anl also the pumips at the creek.
At the present time there is no
elualization of rates, espe6lally elec
trical rates, the country club, as an
illustration, being furnished current
at 50 per cent of cost.
The writer has not unoertaken to
make a report of the condition of the
plant and transmission system, but
feels justified in saying that we are
distributing our )ower itwith a loss in
the lines of 50 per cent or more. This
condition can be materially implroved
in a few mloniths.
Yours truly,
The Commissioners of Public Works,
Laurens, S. C.
Dear Sirs:
The writer begs to submit a further
rep~ort on the condlition of the electric
lines in town.
There is a line of No, 4 Colpper wviro
from power house to Corner of Juil
and 'Laurens streets, this set of wires
should be0 No. 2, The balance of the
2300 volt circuits are No, 6 or~ smaller.
We found No. 12 ,wilre in tihe circuit
on South Harper street wvhlch had'been
burned apart by contact with the tree
limb against twhichi it rubbed. The
No. 12 wire should not. be usedl in any
case for a 2300 volt circuit as it is not
strong enopgh, also the- losses in this
wire are large.
The trees all over town are very
badly mixed with the wires, making all
the circuits mior'e subject to breaks and
About the woerst condition we have
is the way the telephone wires are put
up around our lines. These lines are
not kept in relpair' at all,
Saturday afternoon we had one wire
-broken and a short circuit, both
caused by the telephones.
The storm in the middle of the week
cost the plant about $.100 andi the storm
'Saturday over' $50.
-Yours respectfully,
/ ~ '. W. CHAPMAN,
'Mr. W. R. MicCuen, chairman of the
(Continued on 1Pasre tmur,)
Cooper on Federal Land
Bank Board
III Assil II litg Oflice of ('hlte Expeci.
I hve (if the Still (eov. Ilarey . Asks
for V-'Ill ( '1-oplernl iln. Ret11iring
(,ol -n .r ExpIesse s 1. ( 1ini ile to
( I Mlaya, Ma211 .. Wi on (;di'rey
i h-., of Cha rle;to:1, to'k tihe oatl
Mlof o.iet as elhc, ('ex:ltive of South
DIm-lia- at nloonl toy Smeedn
i .\. Coower, who tenlere(l his
1 in at'.io to becoui a memberl of tihe
Ft derai Land inhl Board, filling. the
\:1enV calsed by the resilintation of
T n i i'.a admin111stered i I Ite
1itrem1e co0rloom boy Chief . tis
C Gary, Llnd a par rowd ress
ed into the room e it rss 0 .re
aiy among t hr:ee ben;: formoe: (IV-y
t-.0nor It. I. .1atnitng and forme. Gov
erno:- 1). C. lHeyward.
(1vernoon r lI arvey mladle only 't briet
statelent in which he(, appegled to
thi' heary co-optoratiol, th1e m1oral
and material siipport and the prayers
of the noblde mllen and women of the
state for the Illn administration.
11. and Mrs. Cooper left in the af
ternoon for AWashington, where the
former will tualify Monday for his
place onl the land bank voard. In leay
ing Mr. Coc1er issued a statement to
the people, which reads in part:
"I am profoundly grateful to you
for the many honors yoil have be
stowed upon me. I regret that a
sen1se of duty prollpts m11e to resign
the high oflice of governor, even)
though it is a very short time until
my term will ex)ile. I have givenl
to you three and one-half of the best
years of my life and notwithstanding
that, our state, during the past three
Y'ears has been under a heavy econom
le burden, I feel that substantial pro
iress has been made of a very definite
t1nd permanent character.
"In bidding you adieu in this of
ficial capacity, I 'want to urge with
:111 the earnestness of my soil that
Von continue tile sIuI)port of your edu
2ational program. In all of,my work
in the govelnor's office I have felt
that the fundamental need of South
Darolina Is an educated citizenship.
Dur institutions of education are our
Ilighest hio) and opposition to them
anild their successful administration,
.aan have but one result and that is to
[Ilny to our children an inalienable
right to prepare t1emselves for a hap
p3Y, useful and successful life.
"I leave the state with a feeling
)f genuine regret, but I am going to
Washington because I 'believe that I
11m given the o)Portulnity to render a
service to our agricul-ture which con
ititutes the foundation of Our entiro
eonomlic life. Such aln opplortunity
wou11ld have come to mie butt on1Ce, anld
feel it miy duty' to accept it. Let
'le assure you, 'however, that 1113 in
ter'est will abide in Soutth Carolina and
I shall strive to perp'etuate and keel)
this inlterest alive. Tile state is all
imy) hlomle and her people the objects
M.m. W. D. Fergusoun Accepts Count'
Chilrmnship. Takhuig Colleetion
Anmng Womenl.
Mrs. W. D. Ferguson of this city, has
accepted the chairmanship of the
county for the Woodr'ow Wilson Memo
rial Fund and has apipointedi Mp A.
J. Christopher* chairman for Liaurens
cIty and~ Mrs. IE. J. Adair chairnian for
Clinton. Mrs. Ferguson has issuled a
call to the wdo'nen of tile county to
rally to this cause and contribute lib
orally in Its behalf. Collections twill
1be made under' this organization among
womenn only.
Congressman McSwain Annonee
Congressman J. J., iMcSwain an
flounces hlimself 'for re-election in this
Issue or Tihe Advertiser and dispatches
from Columbia state that he has a!
ready filed 'his -pledge,
Services at Friendship.
Dr. IL. Ross Lynn will preach at
F'riendshipi Presbyterian church nd~'t
Sunday morning at 11 o'clock,

xml | txt