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GOV, BLEASE PARDONS 80
AND DEFIES CRITICS
Columbia, S. C, Dec, 26.- Gov.
Coje Livingston Blease today de
fied the world to"criiicize him for
pardoning 80 convicts yesterday.
"All pardons granted by me
are indorsed by judges, jurors
and the people of South Caro
lina," he said.
"Other governors haven't got
the nerve to pardon men deserv
ing qi it. I have, and I don't care
what the world(says. Justice must
be done, N
"If necessary, I'd clean out the
entire penitentiary if justice de
manded it. But no man deserving
punishment need expect mercy.
"If it be shown me that a pris
oner is suffering from tubercu
losis or any other dangerous or
contagious disease I shall pardon
him. Justice will be done not only
to the man in that case, but to the
healthy convicts who will not be
forced to come, in contact with
Gov. Blease. is the man who
startled the nice, polite confer
ence of governors recently when
he; jumped up in the middle of a
talk about the constitution and
"To h 1 with the constitution
if the constitution does not work
By pardoning the 80 convicts
yesterday Blease became the
foremost pardoning '.governor in
the U. S.j despite the governor of
Arkansas, who pardoned 360 in a
bunch. Blease has pardoned more
than 500 convicts in two years
and paroled almost as many.
HOW THEY CHRISTMASED
. .Iing George had a chill.
Austria's , Emperor sleepy all
day. ' N
President Taft inspected Pan
Gov. Woodrow Wilson in bed,
"Berlin sold 600,000 Xmas frees.
Baby McLean had a $200 cake ,
at Xmas party at Washington.
John Reitz, 50, Chicago.took
swim in Lake Michigan.
Albert Patrick, pardoned, made
merry in St- Louis with relatives...
Mayor Harrison couldn't eat,
turkey dinner. In bed with cold.
J. P. Morgan gave $10,000 to
washwoman with 13 kids.
Mme. Schumann-Heink cooked.
dinner in Chi. on temporary gas
range jn Auditorium Hotel.
Lincoln, Neb., Elks gave Mer
ry Christmas to 3,000 children.
Presents for 100 crippled children
sent to state orphan asylum.
Eighty South Carolina con
victs in chain gangs dropped
picks and shovels. Pardoned by
Detroit. Crazed with hunger
30d men fought to get in hall
where Salvation Army was giy-i
ing Christmas dinner. Police
clubbed the starving men, and
made them line up and wait.
It's All Rot
"I say, most arfnoying. 'Met
Biggs just now and asked him to .
lend me ten. He refused. Then I
met Banks and Jaggs and asked
them. They both refused. Don't
you think they're mean?"
"Y-e-e-s. Er I'm mean, tqp"