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J. F. CLINKSOALEB, ) EDITORS AND
?. C. LANGSTON, S PROPRIETORS.
ONE YEAR, - - - - $1 M
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WEDNESDAY. JUNE 13, 1906.
.MORL" CORRUPTION IN THE STATE DIS
Evidence of dross and shameful
corruption among the head officials of
the State dispensary waa disclosed bo
fore the investigating committee in
Columbia last week. Rumors of
graft and stealing, implicating the
Board of Directors, have been fre
quent and persistent for years, but
this is the first time that the testi
mony of reputable witnesses has been
produced to show specific acts of cor
ruption. The rumors have been
popularly accepted as true, but in a
court of law they would, of ooureo,
have no weight.
That the dispensary system offers al
most unlimited opportunity for pri
vate and illegitimate gain through tho
acceptance of rebates from liquor
houses, no sane man for a moment
doubts. And it is only human weak
ness that offioials, some not of the
best reputation and highest integrity.
' should yield to the love of money ana
' thus beoome traitors to their State,
? Lewis W. Parker, of Greenville,
president of several cotton mills in
S i this State and connected with many
. ; banking and other industries, was
summoned before the committee last
^ week, and, though naturally unwilling
to give testimony because of the no
coQoity of divulging facts given to him
in a private conversation, waa forced
to testify under an order of the Su
preme Ceurt. He made an excellent
witneBB, and the obaraoter and stand
ing of the man renders his evidence
of the highest value. His statement
was that Samuel J. Lanahau, a
wholesale liquor dealer in Baltimore,
had complained to him that he could
not get business from the dispensary
without using unusual methods, and
that when they had arrangements
fixed they would not stay fixed.
Lanahau said that he was convin
ced that it took more than tho merit
of the liquors to do business with the
State dispensary. He said that the
dispensary bought cheap, moan liquor.
Ho said that it cost monoy to do busi
ness with the board in 1904 and 1905,
and he could not afford to pay what
had to be paid.
Ho told Mr. Parker enough to make
him say that the conversations im
plied that rebates were paid to get
He told Mr. Parker that "At tho
laBt letting of contracts, which bad
juet passed, there was in it for the
memDers of the board of control not
leBB than $5,000." Later on Mr. Par
ker explained that Mr. La?aban said
that the regulation rebate appeared
to be |5 a barrel on orders, and he
. was not a competitor with his goods
on thst bssis.
Mr. La?aban is quoted aa having
< offered to sell the dispensary liquor at
from 15 to 20 cents leta per gaiion than
it was buying at, if he did not have to
give up anything, and Chairman
Evans told him that if he did not
like the form of bids of the board that
_ he need not hid at all.
Mr. Lanahau tried repeatedly to
-get Mr. Parker to suggest some South
Carolina man with a pull to represent
bim, and finally secured someone who
\ . held an official position to represent
m*_ Ti-..\_ j_l:_3 i_ __
iur. JL s in. Cl usvuusu w givo LUU
<v? namo'of this representative, and the
jjpSi committee, by a vote of 4 to 3, de
. . ' ' oliacd to order him to give the name,
rc j Some suggested he was a member of
vi * the General Assembly. Mr. Parker
kV-/ ! thought thia representative was paid
$2,000, but had never learned whether
; (such a representative had ever gotten
orders or not for Lanahan & Son.
* I Mr. La?aban is quoted as having
,v told Mr. Parker that "he had arrang
*. j ed with Mr. Boy kin, ono of the mem
bers of tho boord of control, for Mr. i
^ 4 Boy kin to be Ma representative on i
- ? the board of control, and to see to it i
that he got his share of the business."
He did not get tho new business, and
v. Mr. Boy kin is quoted aa having said ?
that "he bad not gotten a more satis- i
'. faotory offer from others, but that
^ others wore providing for other mern- i
hers of the family than himself, and i
blood was thioker than water, and
*h?t a certain other liquor house em- !
ployed a brother-in-law of Mr. Boy
kin as special representative or some
M thing of the sort, and that the other i
house was doing equally as well by I
v>: him as Mr. Lanahan."
* Mr. Evans is alleged to have said
that . there was an agreement by
V which members woulo order from
C . certain houses, and that the agree
ment was for Mr. Boykin to see tb
' Mr. Lanahan's business.
Mr. Parker spoke of what he under
: stood to be a "system of corruption,"
and that seemed to have soaked down
P deep into his thoughts after the r?
?tated conversations with the cautious
sm J. Lanahan. who had done hun
i:?.'..= dreds of thousands of dollars worth of
Rl$aeineta himself with the system.
mmMr. Parkst said: VT/ cannot say fi
W4t that the term rebate waa used, but
Iff tanas thai implied rebates; lass gait* J
Mk?Ml statements as to liavieg agTse- .
|^-/nMU.w1tn'?ettbefe' of tho board by
fek -. Mr. Lanahan made it plain in
EMUJLMPM????T?' "t*- 9SS* ?*d? AB aamna*J.
mmiiV^l?*. Hs had voluntarily offer
>|?ed to reduce prices, and the offer was
f "^?fc. A; A. Bristow, president of
i^el'Groeuville chamber of commerce
: aud i onW the bast kuown buoinasB -
t? ahAt l&*aon*hs sgo Abe Hamberger,
order from tho dispensary aggregating
$07,000, and for which he paid romo
person or porsons $8,000. Ho sajd
that he paid this money over in cairn.
In reply to Mr. Bristow's question as
to how ho could alford to givo that
much commission on an order of that
sizo, Hamberger replied: "You don't
know much about the liquor business.
You can mako it of chemicals." Ham
berger went on to Bay ihat his whiskey
was not poisonous but that it was a
very easy matter to doctor whiskey.
Ile said that tho first shipment of his
house was $10,000, and "they trem
bled in their hoots" for fear it would I
como back. But it did not come back, I
and the next shipment they made was
The liquor houses were thus *blo to
sell ''doctored" whiskey to tho dis
pensary, givo big rebates and still
make a great profit out of it. It seems
that thc cheaper and meaner tue liquor
was thc better tho liquor houses could
dispose of their produot. The rebates
fattened Homo ono's pocket, but the
bad grade of liquor fired hundreds of
citizens of South Carolina into thc
commission of every crime from mur
der down. Who can estimate the
harm done to tho innocent women and
children of tho State by the perni
cious effeots of this "doctored" dispen
sary liquor? It has caused blood to
flow shamefully in every county of the
Mr. Parker's testimony presents
some interesting speculations aa to
the opportunity for graft in tho dis
ponsary system. Suppose tho cheap
liquor houses paid from 12 to 20 per
cent., as Mr. Bristow testified, to got
orders. How muoh would the rebates
amount to? Take the low estimate oi
12 per cent. Last year the dispensary
bought $1,750,000 worth of liquor,
Twelve per cont of this would bc
$210,000. If tbe board of directore
did not get this, who did?
The most sensational testimony WOE
given Friday when a reliable mac
from Newberry said under oath that
he had been told by Chairman H. H,
Evans that the board had an arrange
ment by which the several liquoi
houses were to be provided for in thc
award of purohases, and that whet
Mr. Evans' friends were not lookec
after properly he fixed up a plan bj
which, while standing upon a table
he saw money passed to the otho:
members of the board, Boykin ant
Towill. This witness was Mr. C. C
Davis, a builder and contractor. H<
swore that on several occasions Chair
man Evans had displayed wads o:
money and said that he had receivee
it from his friends, meaning the whis
key houses, presents, including mon
ey. There were on the outside ol
these wads bills of the denominador
of $1,000. Mr. Davis had tried to BOC
how many bills of this donominatiot
there were, and he had onco soot
as many as throe bills of th<
value of $1,000 each. Mr. Evans had
said that be had taken oaro of hit
friends and had at the same time rep
resented the State of South Caroline
properly. Mr. Davis also swore thai
Mr. Evans had reoeived a oar load ol
furniture as a Christmas present fron
Bluthenthal & Biokert, of Atlanta
the firm whioh has figured so oonspiou
ously all through the investigation at
one whioh has sold adulterated liquoi
and had bribed the county dispensen
by putting extra paokageB in the ship
GOVERNOR HE Y WARD ACTS.
When these evidences cf ccrruptic:
were brought out by the investigating
committee Governor Hey ward notifi?e
tho Attorney General to prooeed witt
criminal prosecutions against dispen
sary officials suspected of misoonduo
in offioo. His instructions to Attor
ney General Youmans are as follows
"I see through the public prints that
as a result of the ruling of the Su
Ereme Court, evidenoe was produce?
efore the investigating committee
charging former members of th<
board of directors of the dispensary
with malfeasance and corruption ii
the discharge of their official duty,
direot this matter to your attentioi
to the end that you may prcmptl:
cause suoh prosecution to be institu
ted as shall be proper and necessar;
to vindioate the law." The Governo
has aoted with commendable prompt
ness and firmness for the good nam
and reputation of the State.
The* sub committee, consisting o
Messrs. Lyon and Christensen, is t<
ba commended for their suoeeesfa
fight upon the graf tera in the fase o
opposition from members of the oom
tait tee of whioh they are a part.
The work of investigation shoul
prooeed without interruption anti
every grafter, high and low, is place
The dispensary system has been
purse and a disgrace to the State. I
is the basis of a strang political me
chino, almost as corrupt and Bhamc
less in its operations as the notoriou
organization of political thieves i
Reconstruction times. The dispen
Bary is doomed, and we believe tba
she next legislature, representing th?
will of ao outraged people will strike
tho corrupt aod corrupting law from
the statute books.
- Sixty anarchists alleged to be
from Baltimore, are believed to bo in
- Seven persons were killed by
lightening near Stanford, Ky., and
seven others were drowned as a result
of a storm.
- Out of forty-one criminal cases
tried in Riohmond County, Ga., supe
rior court lsBt week. tL^rd was not a
- Twenty convicts made a desper
ate dash for liberty at Birmingham.
Guards opened fire and stopped all but
six, who got away. Blood marks were
left, showing that some had been
- William Akers, white farmer liv
ing near Trousdalc, Tenn., attacked
his wife and child with an axe and
j then shot himself in the mouth with
! a pistol. Ho had been unbalanced for
- A monster reception will be given
William .fennings Bryan in Madison
Hquaro Garden, .New York, on his re
turn to this country about Aug. 1st.
Thc entire country will bo invited to
- il. A. Guimarin. an ongineer of
Atlanta, applies for a divorce, charg
ing that he was made to marry his
wife, to whom he was not even engag
ed, by her aunt, who held a isvolver
at his head.
- Scott Town, a village of 200
peoplo 20 miles north of Ironton, G.,
was completely washed away by high
water on Tuesday, 5th inst, .not a
house boiog left standing. The inhab
itants, exept MTB. Sayres and her
daughter, escaped drowning.
- At the meeting in Now York of
the American fire inauranoe companies
a resolution was apopted which sets
forth the attitude of tho underwriters
in regard to liabilities at San Francis
co. The rules adopted affect about 75
per cent of the insurance carried by
the American companies and explicitly
denies liability for puroly earthquake
damage. It is now believed that the
settleroeht of many of the San Fran
cisco iosBOB will entail long legal fight.
- Charged with participating in the
lynohing of John V. Johnson, a white
man, oixteon men were arraigned be
fore Judge Walter Neal of the supe
rior court in Wadesboro, N. C., and
were released under $5,000 bail eaoh
to appear at the next term of the su
perior court in Union county, which
adjoins the county in whioh the lynoh
ing ooourred. Tho men wero bound
ovor upon "probable grounds" of be
ing guilty of lynohing a prisoner.
- A Central of Georgia train crash
ed into the roar of an Atlanta and
West Poiut excursion train Wednes
day night in Atlanta. Ono man waB
killed and Beveu or more injured, some
seriously. The fire department was
called out to chop the viotims ont
of the wreok from the rear of a
oar of. the Wost Point train.
Tho Contral engioeor olaimod he had
no signal to slow down or stop and waB
running into the station at the usual
speed when he crashed into the train
m m o?
f\a Salesday in July, 1006,1 will sell at
"public auction before the Court House
door to the highest bidder for cash, ten
(10) shares of the capital stock of People's
Bank, Andereon, S. O., par Taine $50.00
per ahare^and one share of the stock of
jreopiirs r ara??ur? Company, par value
S. W. Wtlllford aa Executor of the
W1U of W, Hr Wlliiforl, deo'd.
Bun? 13, 1006. 52 st
Notice of Dissolution of Part
N otlco ia hereby given tbat the part
nership heretofore- existing between
Julius H. Well, A. Loaser and Simon
StrouBo. under the firm name of Julina
H. Well A Co, ha? thia day been dis
solves, by mutual consent, A. Lesser
?i?-? ??j? sole! bis interest in tbs business
t? Jouas H. Welland Simon Strouso,
who will continu? the business ander
the name of Julina IT. Well A Co. All
obligations due to the old arm moat bs
paid either to Julius H. Well or to
JULIUS H. WEIL,
Anderson, 8. C., June 0, 1906
J?nela, 1006 62 4
Notioo to Creditors.
ALt persons haring demands against
the Estate of J. T. Johnston, deceas
ed, are, hereby notified to presen t them
properly proven, to the undersigned;
within the time pres cribed bylaw? ano
those indebted to make payvrie&t.
a M. JOHNSTON, Adm'r.
?uflg 6,1006_ 61_3
Notice of final Settlement.
THE undersigned, Executors of
the Estate of 8. O. Dean, decoyed,
hereby give notice that he will on
Friday, the 6th day of Joly, 1906, apply
to the Judge of Probate for Anderson
County, 8. 0" for a Final Settlemont of
said Estate, and a discharge from his
office aa Executor.
L. A. DE AK? Executor.
June6.1906 61 6
Just to clean out a lot of short and odd pieces in sum
mer Lawns, Batistes, Dotted Swisses, etc., wo have
arranged on a conter table several thousand yards
of these goods. Nothing in lot worth less than 5c.
Most of them worth 7 1-2, 10, 12 1-2, and some of
them worth 15c, but to clean up the lot we have
marked them at ONE PRICE
TILL LOT IS SOLD
Only 5c Yard
We are selling Val Laces 25 to 40 per cent lower
than you can buy them elaewherer We buy them
in case lots direct from importers and save 25 per
cent on our purchases.
CL UL BASLES,
A. yftv A A ^> A A A ,A, A^A^^A.^^Aa
4 DO NOT FORGET THE BIG
$3.50 Bay State Shoes at $3.00
$5.00 Cushion Shoes ?at $4.
This sale will last fifteen days. $
Everything sold for Cash only toing this sale.
Tours for business,
THE BOSTON SHOE STORE
S?ABT?N SEMGMAHj Proprietor.
LT wo doorsifrom'Farmers and MerchantsBank?
Myq^y ny <y '^1 gp
Come early or you are going
to get left.
Men's Black Clay Worsted Brits, worth $6.75, go at - $3.60
Men's Fine Fancy Worsted r*nd Serge suits, worth
$10.00 go at.- - $5.00
Men's Fine Black Thibet and Granite suits, worth
$12.60, go at -.$7.5$
Boy's suits, made of fine Worst ed, worth $4.50 go at - 81.89*
Men's Working Shirts - . . . - - V 19e>
Men's Fine Dress Shirts, ? . . - ? - 35?
Men's Gauze Undershirts and Drawers worth 85c, each 15^
Men's Silk Neckwear - - . - - - - 16ey
Men's Fine Straw Hats, - - ? - - ? . 25c
Men's Elastic Seam Drawers - - ? ? ? 38&
Men's Diamond Mesh Underwear . . ? ? 83c
Men's Shoes &nd Slippers, - - . ? - . $1,2$
Our entire stock has to be closed out
COST DOES NOT FIGURE IN' THIS SALE.
Try and see if you can match any of
the above items?
JULIUS H. WEIL & CO.
113 Granite Bow*
TO ARRIVE THIS WEEK,
Place your orders with ne.
Wo treat yon fair and appreciate your trade. p|
J. h. HcGEE. ?hone 132. ; ; ;- :^?^^0?^^\
We are holding the price down to $1.25 SmsML
BY CLINKSCALES & LANGSTON.
ANDERSON, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13.1908.
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