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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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beyond my comprehension and when
one does I am forced to the conclu
sion inevitably that he is a deep
dyed hypocrite."
Gov. Blease has written-4jis reason
for pardoning each man. He pardon
ed Satauel Way, a white man serving
a term in, the state penitentiary for
false pretense, because "This unfor
tunate defendant seems to have had
much trouble with his wife. A more
serious affliction, to mv mind, cannot
be imposed upon any man, especially!
living in South Carolina, where you
cannot get a divorce."
Another man was pardoned be
cause he had been convicted on the
testimony of two negroes.
Another, A. L. Pitman, white, of
Greenville county, was freed when
the governor found that he had been
imprisoned for assault and battery on
a man who had insulted his wife.
"The prosecutor ought to have
been pleased that he was not killed
outright," said the governor.
Prank Stone, a white man of Laur
ens county, swindled a neighbor by
palming off on him a blind horse.
"There's no excuse for a man saying
a blind horse was put off on him un
less he was either blind or drunk,"
said the governor, freeing Stone.
Negroes, according to the gover
nor, have a low standard of morality,
and therefore he paroled William
Johnson, a negro who killed another
in a fuss over 'a woman.
The governor does not think a
white man should be punished for
killing a negro who curses him. In
paroling Otis Hilton, a white man
who gas given, a life sentence in the
stae penitentiary for killing a negro,
the governor said in part: "I think
if any man calls another a s. o. b. and
he shoots him, that the verdict should
not be greater than manslaughter,
and if a negro calls a white man a
s. o. b., then I won't say here what I
think the verdict ought to be, but
other people can draw their own in
ference."
"My experience with detectives, or
so-called detectives of this character,
who are to receive so much for each
conviction, has been that they will
swear to any kind of a lie in order to
get the ten dollars," is one of the
reasons given by the governor in par
doning Bud Willis, a white man who
had been convicted of selling liquor
in Spartanburg.
Carrying out his idea -of paroling
prisoners Governor Blease has grant
ed freedom to scores on the condition
that "If he ever takes another drink
6f liquor, or is eVer'againjaonvicted of
any criminal offense in the General
Sessions Court of this state, he shall
be recommitted to the state peniten
tiary to serve the remainder of the
sentence."
Although no official compilation is
kept to show the race of the prisoner
receiving clemency, the governor
himself is of the opinion that over
half of the men he has turned loose
are negroes. This in a state where
the negro is of no account and-where
a man has no use for his black broth
er. He joints to this as proof that
there are no considerations except
mercy and the good of the unfortunates.
"More'Soufs in Heil for Hypocrisy
Than All Other Crimes!"
"Ifcail of the men -who are guilty of
crime were tried," said the governor
the other day to the state general as
sembly, "men in high places might
be removed -to prison cells.
"If God in His all-wide Providence,
some dark night at the hour of
twelve, should let the broad sunlight
burst out with all its beauty upon
the earth, what stumbling and hust
ling there would be from dens of vice,
in order to keep the eyes of man from
seeing!
"In my opinion there will be more
souls in hell for hypocrisy than all
the other crimes in the decalogue,
and I firmly believe there, are men in
prison cells today who will enjoy the
highest blessings of heaven.
"You hear from your pulpits, "Help
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