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Leading Citizen of County
Passes. .
Col J. 11. Wharton, for many Years a
i'romlnent Figure In -State 'and Coun
ty Polities, Passed Away Wednesday
Morning and was Buried Tmursday.
Col. John H. AyTharton, for many
yea.rs a orominent figure in state and
county politics, iasrsed away at Ih8
home in Waterloo lWedinesday after an
Illness lasting for several years.
The funeral services were held at I
the Baptist church in 'Waterloo Thurs
day afternoon, the services being at- ]
tended by a large 'inumber ol people I
from this and surrounding counties. 4
Rev. Graves 'L. Knight conducted the I
services and paid al eloquent tribute
to tke (loceascd as st.rling citiz III
and life-long ;nimber and church
worker I in the ANtterloo jBaputijst
church. ie was aslted by Rev. Sam- I
iel '11. Ten'plomai, of Laurens, and I
Rev. J. F. Lup!o, pa:-tar of the -Metho- -l
dist church in 'Waterleo.
The following sketch of li: life, tak
en -fma Sn v:den's -I-t. y of South
Colim, glv I a sur Ny of his 11'
fi!:c:I with :;(:Iceo to his co.:nty and
"T'hero ! probably no )ettec' )-novi
figure in the lifo and affairs o0 Lau- I
rens county than Col. John Henry I
Wharton of !Waterloo. 'le was a Con- 1
federate soldier, ls made farming :
his chief business -in l!fe, but h
again and again ans;worol the cAl'
duty in ubnilic aff:ti ra n i1 1.
practically every ollee !th in I
of hIs fellow citIzens iI -.:11and
",-H gas born in A:m. -: :, C'.
tober 8, 1817.. a-on & W.il Vi N .
and Loanna '(Fttiln Vherton, also 1
lative of the a'e -Lcuny. HI I
grapidf~st'ic;, S:nmucl V.'1;a' on, d"an a .1
native 'i ;-Iraiu :-nd i.1m-' to l,'..urena
counity Is.oi1 . h a :t c?. Hl izi wife t
was a. Miss Sulliva . Th lW-...:s I
are of Scitch-T h;h alneestry. Henry I
Fuller. lttm-era-l grani'afher of Colo. I!
nel WVhgi.on. v.a:; ai n-iv le c-f IMureau
+ couity. WIliam *N. Vhaton rcnt t
h:s life a. a famr, w.' Pn .ctive
flaplist and he andl hI wife Id a t
family, of four daughters and three C
s one.
"John Henry Wharton ias not yet I
fift-een years of ago lhen h joined I
the Confederate army in Auguat, .1862. 1
He0 oulirted in Company D of Jaines!' "
BattalIon, and subsequontly served <
with the Third South Carolina Regi- t
ment. He was a private and carried
a musket all through the war from the (
time of his enlistment until the close :
of hostilities. 'ter hie was- a mom
ber of the staff of Governor Thompson 1
withthe'ranl( of colonel,' and hbld the i
same rank on 'the staff of the State
Commander of the United ;Oonlfederate(
Veterans, an or~anization in wvhich -110 '1
has long been active.t
"Colonel :Wharton after the war be0
'tn ,farming,- and in .that produmctive <
vocation lhas bpen1t fully .half a con- 1
tury, For a .time hewvas also a nmor-- 1
*chant at Waterloo and built the cottbn I
* gth in .tha't .t6wn. ~He served n's coun
~tyr commnissiondi four' years, cle'rk of I
court tFvo terms, for ten consecutiive i
years wvas a member 'of the lower house
of 'the legislature and ls 'now in hisI
~elghtlityeaF as state senator from Laft
rons county. He iv~s also a rairoad
commissioner of the state for six4
VSirs and Was a mtemiber of the Con- 1
*stitutional Coxnv'ensioni in 1805. Colt) I
ne 311~ha rton as. lbem a dea'con in the
3AlvtIst. ohki'ch foi folvty-!fjvo years. -i
ti superitentdent of item~ undays I
school fid~yvo years, &Xe ls~aifill ated I
wih the Intdeppnd~nt O1rder"'of Odd
0gIlows; AlIid te 'thIihts t Pythias I
''n''he 'VOodm op th0;Wrld. ,. '4
- 0950116ledLaup Uftrlisi
to ft iceat '4iris ( A
iq 4 oou9ty 1*rn and Airs. 'Whar,
~t Hi .sy4 f nod'it nLe oni
d~8 pw n~n~r~ie~Oy4 edjG
d~ ye 1
[ianrens and Greenwood Open Season
Here T' hursday and Friday. .Big
Crowds Eixpected.
The LaUrens 'team of the Carolina
Baseball 1 League, which Includes,
reenwood, Anderson, Abbeville and
Laurens, Is fully prepared and equip
Jed to mcet and defeat its first op
)onents, the Greenwood team, Frank
Woore, manager of the ;Laurens team
;aid yesterday. The Initial games will
)e -played here next Thursday and
The (Laurens Baseball Club was
ormally organized last Thursday night
it a meeting of 19asoball fans in the
yourt house. The 'ollowing officers
vere elected: President, R. 'R. Nickels;
lice-President, J. C. ISmith, Sr., >Wa
erloo; Secretary an'd Treasurer, D. E.
John. tFour directors were also elect
,d. These are lDr. J. 1H. Teague, Hugh
ruller, of Cross Hill, L. 13. nillard of
3linton, and Dr. W. T. Pace, of Gray
jourt Frank Moore was elected as
emporary manager
'Thvo meetings have already been
keld by the 'Board of Directors of the
,aurens Baseball Club and consider
Lble routine business was handled.
"inancial matters and compensation
or players were discussed in detail,
mt action on the latter 'was deferred
intil the team will have played several
ames. A report from the secretary
howed that $293!0' ha:; already been
.ontrlbuted to t-. club. The largest
ingle contrbuvjion made was that of
lessrs. Ch' 1?-i Fleming and Frank
"oore wh Jointly contributed $40.50,
heIr lh of the receipts of the game
>nyc l here Monday with a team of
c''':. 'everal hundred dollars
* '1 to the club will bo col-lected
m .and tomorrow, so that the local
ub may have afinancial start equal
it least t0 that of the other clubs In
he league.
;Plans for the first two games of the
eason wh!ch w-ill be played here
Phurs:lay and Friday of this week with
nwood are that they start at 5
'cloc, t' 04t uerchants and elqrks
vIl be cm;iblcd to .5co. the gane'.'A
'eCucst 1i1.l he made that all the
tor(-s closo at tle' o:)ening hour of
he firs. i'une. 3Many changes have
:een mad) on the fiold so that both
tlavers and s%,ectators twill have the
:noflt of the shade in the afternoon.
;eats will a lso be provided for spec
A line-up of players for the Laurens
comn ha !ot yet been completed by
lan IP'f.. Moore. Among those from
wheC / p!ayers for tle 'fIrst games
vill jlqlI'h'osen are the following: 10l
on Owings, of Ow4ngs, pitcher and
ievy b lter; lHugh Hichelberger, of
.l1itol. of 'P. C. famle, heayy hitting
m1ililder; ".Pluss" Cox, Lanford Sta
!on, 4iutman player for four years;
Speedy" Arnold, Clinton, oubflolder;
,rady Culbertson, of Cross Hill,
'itcher and outfielder; Charlie Crisp,
if 'Lau rens, shortstop; Frank Moore,
ot baseman with "many" years of ex
>erieitce behind him; Jake Razor, Fur
nan catcher and 1st baseman; Gary
ThIlbertson, iWaterloo, catcher; Arthur
loward, Clinton, several years wvith
he fast lWhitmire- team, infild and
ut~fleld player; '1Buck" Cannon, of.
Blintoni, 3rd biseman; "'ig'' Ohdrley
minson, 'of Cross 111111, former New
'orry college pitcher; Blas Cox,
ienvy hitting -2nd basemnan; "-Pete"
V'h Ito, of' Owings, iP. C.'s. 2nd base
nan and one - of Fountain Inn's fdst
ggrcgiaution; 'iLefty" &,ouis ,Bobo, a
altciber wvho needs no introduction;
rrdd rFuller, iP. C.'s centerfielder; Sam
Tlagwell, 'Watts Mills fird ;basoman;
jonnor O)w'ings, pitchier and outfield
ir; ,Teter OwIn-gs, .,pitchor. Moreo
tames' re oxpected to be adde4 to this
f.oifsderable hiteros~t in -the team
andl the..league is being manifested
biroughout the oejtti'e county, and a
argo attendance is expectel at; the'
tane 'here, The'schedule 6f the league
s; for, two gdan to 'bd plafyed at hgme
iLaq two yilting gattIes ekOh week.
9ni ng "he nlaus oensidok'ug bk the
liretorst the lo al club is that one
htextwd hatt~e games beiplayed ekse
e'or in the' eouify. should. thoee
ena19la~sehereill b6,t ieait
,'er echneelfiend the other
~is ~ tb~ rule fdt* fb
tJ A
Takes Exception to Rep(
nies Responsibility for L
Editor The Advertiser:
I desire to make a reply to the re
port of the court proceedings )publish
ed . in the fLaurens Adverdiser last
week. and In this connection I wish to
make an explanation of the action of
the Laurens delegation in the lesla
ture, with reference to the levy and
appropriation for running the courts,
and so far as my individual responsi
bilities are concerned as a memnber of
the delegation. The Advertiser in ad
dition to reporting what the Grand
Jury presented and what His Honor
Judge F. B. Gary said to the Grand
Jury in open court, ,made an unjust
Icriticism. I have been informed that
the circuit judge did not use 'the lan.
guage as attributed to him .by the re
porter so far as -the words "scoring"
the delegation is concerned and using
the words "false economy." As a mat
ter of fact the judge would not pro
ceed to hold the court until the Grand
Jury had held a conference with some0
of the imembers of the delegation in
regard to e:'roviding suflicient funds tol
pay the jurors and witnesses at that
term of the court and the judge did
say to tile Grand Jury after they had
made their report that if the delegsa
tion (Id not 'provide suflicient funds for
t:m0 llilig o tle courts for the con
ty, the legislature as a whole woulbd
mak uch ap! 0rilltol, ulit as tihe
wvriter lh:u; bcen Informed, the J-udge
C.;d iot "score" the dclegation1 as the
rlin P* expressed it. And ill regard
'to this matter, wlither it be consid
C. ci e r i'.i::::-. 1-y ".. g" the d.eiega
tio a:; a who1 o. 114; ndviuI ly, I sub
t* e I pl:c the d'igmtion for 1:1.
year 1122, provided for the pay of the
witneases mud. the jirers for the courts
Three Thoutand 'D.vo Hundred and
One ($3,201) Dollars, which was the
precie amount ap.;ropriated for the
years 1921, 1920 and 1919, two year;
'before the writer was a .member of
,the grenral assembly. And the t ul
ion arises, w.hy ,;hould ithe (elega
ion at this late day and year be criti
uised or "acored" by aiyone for not
aipproil ati:lg su1 luicilt. aldolliuts of
molley it) rui the cout. t11rou1ghout
the entire year. The courts for the
)rceding years hnve .ecoI runiing on
the same lappropriatlion and I individ
lially have heard 110 complaint of the
sufliciency of the amount appropriated
for ti1s .lrposo for the preceding or
present year 1111til now. I have been
informed by the County Treasurer that
after the -March term of court in 1922,
t-here was in the treasury of the coun
ty: ralIsed from fines and fdrfeiturcs
iinosed by the magistrates and court
of general sessions, ;an anmount as
much as IEighit H-undred and Seventy
Five ($875) Dollars, and the recas
urer further stated to tile writer that
there would be enlough flnes an~d for
foitures imposedl at tils last terml of
the couirt to -pay the0 espensaes of the
al court 'Sand I nyoiuld lika3 to ask whly
the fines imlposedl by thle courts (luring
the present year up to nowv, should not
ho used to p~ay tile ex'l)enses of the
said court? ~Furthermnore, I do not
see wily any official or tile Lau rens
Advei'tiser~ should( accuse the delega
tion .of practicing "false" . economy
wheon tihe same nmlount 'was atpprcipri
ated for running the court as was ap
propr'iatedI in the prior years and thenl
again Idon't see whly theo delegation
should ,bo accused .of' falsehood. If
the a.propriati'on was insuflicient, wvhy
caW It false economy af no false pre
tenco -was .practiced by- anyone. Dur
ing my elficial connectiop. with tile
legislature I -hav'o al'way& endeavored
to practice oconomny in the imposition
of taxes,- and distribution of the upe0
plc's money, abut never .at any time
have I gone'~ sofa. in my advocacy to
e'onaiso as f6 cripple the admlinis
tratlen of thg 'cottnty gove1nment or of
th'e heiding of: the ourtgarid such
crIticism-is untitir and- unjust t. the
delegation and to thiyseif especially.
Ei'uthernc e o'f 19at- lat thqa
DP*Piatoi fptcit Jge o late-'g
ort of Advertiser and De
sack of Funds to Operate
($1,400) Ciollar3 last year ta Five Hun
dred ($500) -Dollars this year, which
is not true, and the acts of the gen
er assembly will so show, Five Hun
dred ($500) Dollars 'being the same
-anount as appropriated in the year
1921, as was a-ppropriated this year.
As to the niopropriation for the
-Sheriff's office you also stated that we
appropriated for 1921 Three Thousand,
Fotir 'Hundred and Nineteen ($3,419)
'Dollars and cut the appropriation this
year to Fifteen litindred ($1,500) Dol
lars which .is also untrue and the acts
of the geonral assembly will so show.
The appropriation for the year 1921
was Fifteen Mundred ($1,500) Dollars
and is Fifteen +undred ($1,U1'00) Dol
lars for 1922. The Sheriff stated to
the xivilter after th. ' lropriation bill
had left the hous of 0Iepre'ientatives
and gone to the .ieaate that Fifteen
lhundred ($1 ,00) lAllars was inade
quate and aCkcd for Twenty-five N-u
dr:i ($2f500) Doll'ars. The writer
went to the scniiaor in the senate
chamaber and r0lmt-sted im to amend
tile bill to read Tw.nty-Five (.2,500)
Dolla:t instearl of Fifteen Hiundred,
and that tha writer would ac.c'.'t that
m-vendment when the lili caime back
to tile house. The senator refused and
that is the reason the a)pror'l)r:tiolL
for the Sheriff's office only catrries
Fifteen ilundred ($;i;500) U-ollavs for
this year.
Fuwthermore you stated that the
ra ' of the crmnunl:1 has idled y the
Slriff this year was increased three
1.0 o)e, the-Shcifi himself, has statedl
t the writer that this is untrue, and
t'la1 ho did not "o state to tile reporter
of your paper, but on the other hand
i ad decrerased instead of increased.
uncq I have beel a. member of the
lIomIae of Represetativs I have al
I'v.3'. I eideavored to have sufflcient
j' inlda a tproiiilated to Carry on th'e
U;l:e works of the county, and to run
the.' county government econbmnically,
but at the same time it should be un
dcratood that there were -three other
mnembers of the delegation who had
equal voice with -me in all such mat
t As to this matter I shall be glad
to e'qplzia the samie in tile coming
calpaign whenever called itpon to do
so. My record as a mlelber of tile
Laurens county delegation is open for
public examination and I 'court fair
and careful investigation of the same.
(Signed) C0AnIRO'ItJL D. NANCE.
The above comtmunication wats
handed to The Advertiser iby NIr.
Nance Monday.
Julge .nry Confirms Report
Monday evening a representative of
The Advertiser ~ Interviewed Judge
Gary in Newberry. Judge Gary was
in thle midst of a social engagement,
so Theu Advertiser's representative
sought to thke .him away from his
hlosts,Only long enough to allow for
a brief interview. T1he followving in
terview from tile gist of his remarks,
,vere taken dlown in his .presence and
read to him wvith is aptoroval:
Judge Gary, being seen in .Nhew
berry, said thant he~ readI tile newspa
per report of Tile Advertiser and thlat
1he ap~proved tile report as it ap~peared.
Rei'erring to thet term "false. econ
only" Judge Gary said that ho had no0
intention of eharging any wvrong-do
ing, but merely meant to convey thie
impression of mistaken policy. He
emphiasized that lhe (did not wish to
charge tihe delegation with any wrong
ShterIN Confirms Iteport
In regard'to that portion of the ar
ticle where the sheriff was finoted as
saying tile "proportion of criminals
handled by that office has increasea
by a ratio of 8 .to 1," Sheriff .Reid said
Monday 'that he0 did mnale that .state
fust, bu hat he unintenitlontilly con
usdthe yoar* 1922 wvith 102-1, '.He
pointed out that th'e increanse in crime
really began last year rather than this
year, but that a a matter of fact the
total critn'eof 1921 and 1922 a's corn
parqd to 161IO and iO29 iNaea ' the -ra
tio.*of. 3Oto 1, .'th' ame: Ls quoted in
The Advertiser for 192 .and '192'1,
9t'eur Idesk Statement
o Ta'Teaatr Toulg said yes.
thr iat ff ~noie 4uted ,hlrn
Court, of Geyeral Sessiojns Adjourned'
Thur4sday Afternooil Out of Respet
to Judge Moore aid Col. Wharton.
The summer tornh of -the court of
general sesisons adjourned last Thurs
day at noon instead of Thursday night,!
as had been anticipated, out of respect
to Judge Ernes-t Moore, of Lancaster,
who (lied that morning, and Col. .1. H1.
Wharton, former clerk of court, who
was buried that afternoon. Following
the short interruption earlier in the
week caused by the shortage of funds,
-the machinery of -the court 'was speed
ed up and many cases were disposed
The 'irat case called Wednesday'
morning was that of the state against
Tom 3iuncan, charged -with -the deathl
of Riley 'Hammond who was killed oni
the morning of April 6th oil the prem
ises of Duncan's home near Cold-Point.
'Duncan, on his plea of self defennse,
was freed by the jury after delibera-t
Ing only ten minutes.
Duncan, principal witness in his own
behalf, testified in accordance with his
plea of self defense. He said that lie
killed Ilammond ito save his own life,
'which was being threatened by -an
mond. Two of the county's rural po
liceien testified that Hammond, when
found dead Iin Duncan's yard, held a
ipistol in 'his hand. Other witnesses
testified that I-lammond, before going
to Duncan's place that morning, was
seen oiling his plitol.
No surpriz. was manifested by spec
tators when the jury returned its ver
dict of not guilty. It was later re
portled that the jury's decision was
reached on the first balldt and that
there was no discussion.
Jim 'Pulley, charged with murder
for the death of Gill 'hindsey, colored,
was found guilty and recommended to
the mercy of the court. The homicide
took place two months ago on a [arm
near Cross .11ill. Pulley was sentenced
to life imlprisonimenit.
1'he last case to be tried by the
court before laljourning was that of
the State against -Walter Long, Wister
Doan, Ed Lumbaigh -and Kilton Kelly,
all of whomi were jointly indicted for
volation of the prohibition law. They
were found not guilty.
Episeopal Call Is Accepted
Announcement that the 'lipiscopal
church of this city has extend(led a
call to the Rev. Thomas Rideout, of
Aiken, 'was made Monday by members
of the church. Rev. Rideout has ac
cepted the call and is expected here
on July 1st. Ie is a recent gradqlate
of the seminary in Alexandria, Va.
New Store Planned
Mr. W. E. Parker, of Greenwood,
arjrived in the city last night to spend
several days here in the interest, of the
Piggly Wiggly corporation., which
f)lans to open one of its chain stores
writer that there would be enough
lines and forfeitures imposed at thuis
last term of the court to pay the ex
Ipenses of said court." H1-owever, said
Mr. Young, the full amount of fines
imposed wvas not collected as some of
the dlefendlants -did not elect to pay
'fines but chose to take tihe labor sen
tence. As a matter of fact, -he saId,
only $75 wvas collected, Furthermore,
he saidl, that fines and forfeitures do
not necessarily go to the payment of
court expenses but are generally
placed in the general fund.
Other -Figures
In checking 'up the 'figurei quoted as
to the sheriff's office and judge o1f pro
bate's office, The Advertiser found that
the 'figures quoted by Its reporter were
technically incorrect. However, It is
a matter of record and comm~fn know-~
ledge that the appropriations for those.
offices ma-de -luring the 1921 session
of .the legIslature proved inadequate
and' that, by agreement mhde between
the delegation and county -officials
during the latter part of .the year, the
deficit represented aby 'the amount ap
propriated and the amounit actually
sgent wvas made up by special legisla
tion in the shape of a bond Issue du
lng the session of 1922. Taking as a
illustration, therefore, the item as -to
the sheriff's office, nyhere the approl
priation made in the supply' 'bill dur
'ing the 'ssion of 1921 of around
$1,500, later supplemented by a liite
am0ount In the bond 1sste 'provided iin
70? m~rade a total of around $3,000.
provided fot the year 1921, The Ad.
Vortiser submit. thab ta Tebort, while
-tuitosity 1nit daet was not, tais.
Featured by Appearance of
Women Candidates
State Camtapaign Openis In Columbia
With Large Crowd Present to Greet
Candidates. All Candidates Stand
on Plaform of Economy and Edu
Columbia 'Record, Tuesday.
Featured by the appearance of two
rsonen of South Carolina, who are for.
the first time in the history of the
state seking a state oflice, the bi
ennial campaign opened in Columbia
Tuesday morning. An audience of
700 to 800 people was present. when
the opening gun was fired, but had
dwindled to a more handful of "faith
fuls" when the final speeches were
iade in mid-afternoon, when the can
didates for commissioner of agricul
ture and adjutant general were heard.
The campaigni did not furnish any
sensations. One of the candidates for
attorney general charged extravagance
in that oflice and aother candidate for
the ollice of 'omiptroller general to
succeed the incumbent, T. 1-. Gooding
of Hampton who was deposed as au
ditor of .Hampton county devoted
much of his speech to a denial of any,
irregularities In that ofilce.
A. 11. 'Langley, -presided. He asked
the audience to give tach candidate
IL respectful hearing.
The llev. \\r. H. Boggs, pastor of
Arsenal I-ill Presbyterian church, of
fered the invocation.
.j. K. Owens for lieutenant governor
wired that he would be unalble to at
tend the flrst few days on aceount of
ther business.
Tit candidates for governor were
allotted 20 minutes each. Cole L.
Blease was the first speaker. He read
a statement of his platform and stated
he would doliver a public address in
Columbia at a later date stating his
position more speciflcally.
He states he Iwas In the race at the
solicitation of his friends. -He stood
for reduction of taxes, the abolition of
tseless offices. He advocated liberal
rp.)-ropriations for all state institu
tions but opposed extravagance. 1-10
favored building up the public sys
ten. ie believed in paying school
teachers sufliclent salaries. ie would
urge passage of laws to further and
protect labor. He stood for liberal.
support, even to extravagance if nec
essary tor Confederate veterans. He
favored the strictest enforcement of
the laws.
Mr. Blease said lie owould know no
factions and would not inject person
alities unless they were started by his
opponents lie said .
He said lie would abolish the
State Tax commission, which he de
scribed as useless. HeI wvanted the tax
levy reduced bu cutting to the bot
tomn edge without hurting necessary
operation of the governmentt Heb fav
ored a one mill tax levy for free
schiools. H-e favored a purchasing
board for state officials to have con
trol of buying sup~plios, etc., for state
institutions. They would receive no
extra salary. ;He stood for a tax on
water powver of the state for bi-en
nial session of the General Assembly,
for ciro of Cataw-ba 'Indians by the
United 'States Governmenlt.
H~e urged all iwomen to register and
J. J. Cantey, of Summerton, cand4
date for governor, wvas absent.
.TJohni T. Duncan of Columbia, thought
the state should conserve her resourc
es. .1eT spoke at some length on the wa.
icr .power indlustry of the state and of
its possibIlIties. 1Ie attacked the "sy's
temn" as he has done in previous cam
paigns. He favored rights for the
laboring man.
George K. 'Laney, of Chesterfld,
said lhe was "tied to no men's or no
woman's apron strings." 'THe wanted
the highest or the lowest citizen to
come to him if he be elected and he
would treat all with the same .prIvla
leges, He thought. allebusiness inter
ests should 'rise .to the assistance of
the agricultural interests and its
problems.. T.be farmer is ,the basis ot
the welfare~ of the- state. He h~as al
mrays been a loyal friend 'of the farM"
er, he said.
(trithned 0n Ls Page. TPhis Beticab'

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