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PUBLI SHED THREE rJ
WAI TS LIGHT
CoL Felder tails en Gov. Blease to Ton
i;i.a More Lig&t
BE RETURNS THE CHARGE
Felder Says That When Blease Has
Explained His Coarse in Senate
and .Execu tive Office There Will be
1 Some Further Queries As to His
The State has permission to print
' the following letter from Thomas E.
Felder of Atlanta to the Charleston
. News and Courier, the same being
called forth by an inquiry from the
Charleston paper whether Felder had
offered Tow?l immunity from prose
cution for $5,000. The Atlanta law
yer takes the occasion to propound a
number of questions to Gov. Blease:
Charleston News and Courier,
Charleston, S. C.
Dear Sim: I received last night
the following T. D.:
"'Reporte ! you offered Towill im
munity from prosecution for $5,000.
please wire reply:
"News and Courier."
To whicli I replied: "Statement
that I offered Towill or anybody else
immunity from prosecution for
000 or any other prosecution for
$5,000 or liny other amount, a base
and unmitigated lie."
I beg to confirm this answer and
to say that the next report, I take it,
will .be to the effect tha tTowill de
clined my offer on "advice of coun
sel," the advice coming from the gen
eral counsel of the plunderbund, Cole
On yesterday I mailed a communi
cation to'you for reproduction In the
columns of your paper. Ab I recall,
1 stated in. the article that I wouiu
not further trespass upon your space
until after the lapse of 30 days. Upon
reflection, !t feel that I should with
draw this proposition, so that I may
give to the people of South Carolina
through the columns of your paper
some reasons why "His Fraudulen
cy," Cole L. Blease, should, approve
the joint resolution creating a com
mittee to investigate the conduct of
the late wmding-up commission and
the agents and attorneys thereof, to
gether with the conduct of all other
persons wlf.o have had relations with
the winding up commission of the
. late South Carolina dispensary.
The people of the State are entitled
to know all the facts and the om>
possible way for them to acquire this
knowledge Is through the medium of
this investigating committee, but
fearing that the governor might ob
ject to the investigating committee
turning the .searchlight upon the con
duct of Attorney Blease, and that this
consideration might impel him to veto
the joint resolution, by way oi emu
lation of his example in having re
course to the public prints, as the
proper means for ventilating these
matters, I wish to propound to him a
few questions which, if they should
fail to impress him as being pertinent
"and relevant, will doubtless have a
contrary eKect upon the public mind.
They are as follows:
1'. During your incumbency as a
State senator, please tell the peopvt
of South Carolina what vote you cast
against and on what occasion you
spoke in opposition to any measuvt,
pending in that body, aimed at the
regulation or abolishment of the old
State dispensary as an institution, or
inimical to the interests of those who
managed Its affairs?
2. Why did you, as a senator, op
pose all measures pending, in that
body, having for their object and pur
pose the investigation of the conduct
of the affairs of said institution and
the honestly of the management
3. Why did you, as a member of
the committee, created by joint reso
lution, charged with the duty of in
vestigating the affairs of the said in
stitution and the conduct of the of
ficials thereof, use every artful means
and cunning device to stifle the inves
tigation and thwart the objects there
4. Why did you, pending the ses
sions of the aforesaid committee,
meet daily and nightly during the re
cesses of said committee with the dis
pensary officials, whose conduct was
under investigation, and discuss with
them and their friends who attended
said caucuses ways and means for se
curing for them a whitewash? Is it
not true that said caucuses were at
tended by divers liquor dealers, who
participated in your deliberations;
that at said caucuses the course to be
pursued by you as senator was agreed
upon and followed by you to the let
Senator for Grafters?
5. Is i~ not a fact that wnen the
resolution was pending carrying au
appropriation of $15,000 to be used
by the attorney general in the prose
cution of grafters, you opposed the
passage cf the same by youi >.%te and
influence, that in your opposition you
spoke frequently against it and re
sorted to every parliamentary device
to compass the defeat of the same?
If you should answer this question in
the affirmative, then I would ask if
the course you pursued in relation
thereto was not the result of au
agreement that you made with the
representatives of certain liquor
houses, who were on the ground re
sisting in every way possible the
passage of said resolution? Did you
TMES A WEEK.
SOUND AND GAGGED
WHILE HER HOME WAS ROBBED
BY A NEGRO ROBBER.
The Bandit Enters the Home in the
Heart of Charleston in the Early
The Charleston Evening Post '-ays
a negro entered, the residence of J.
E. Truluck, in Queen street, near
Meeting Tuesday night at about 7
o'clock, bound and gagged Mrs. Tru
luck, and proceeded to ransack their
fist. He got off with two gold nugb,
but nothing more, it is reported. Mr.
Truluck came home two hoars later,
and found his wife helplessly bound.
Fortunately she was not injured by
the intruder, who seems to have had
only robbery as a motive for his visit.
Detective Brennan was sent to the
residence of (Mr. Truluck as soon as
call for help was sent to the police,
and he obtained a description of the
negro. No arrest had been man*
Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Truluck
was lighting a lamp in her flat, when
the burglar suddenly seized her from
behind, bound a handkerchief over
her mouth, r?nd tied her hands viith
a necktie. Her feet were BPCifsd
with a small chain, and she wa<i un
able either to cry out or leave thh
Meanwhile the intruder proceeded
to search for valuables, and was
frightened off by a door beinfc
slammed in Dr. Rutledge's. office on
the floor below. He left Mrs. Tiu
luck bound and helpless, and she was
found in this state, almost overcome
with fright, but physically uninjured.
The police are confident that they can
find the burglar who committed this
outrageous robbery, and hope to land
him in jail soon.
The boldness of this robbery makes
it a remarkable incident. The flat j?
cupied by Mr. and Mrs. Truluck Is at
the northeast corner of Meetlrg anu
Queen street, in the midst of a busy
portion of the city, near the St John
Hotel, the fire station, and nest to
several residences. Had Mrs. Tru
luck been able to call for belr 'she
would have been speedily aided at
such an early hour in the evening.
not receive adequate compennatioE.
for your efforts in this behalf?
6. Is it not rue that between tno
date of your election to the governor
ship and the date of your messsuge in
which you recommended the rvdsinc
of the joint committee you had sev
eral caucuses with your criminal as
uociates whom you were under obli
gation to protect, when and where a
conspiracy was hatched to thwart the
efforts making for the punishment of
your clients who had plundered the
State, and is it not true that in order
to effectuate the object of this con
spiracy it was agreed that you Hhould
do certain things, which you have
since done? Coming from generali
ties to specifics, I will enumerate
To Control the Bench?
(a) Did you not agree that no spe
cial judge should be appointed to pre
side over any of the courts of the
State where the grafters were under
Indictment except of your own selec
tion: that you could afford to take
no chance of getting another j' dge to
try your clients like the one who
presided in Chester?
(b) Did you not agree, in these
caucuses, to pardon any cltteen of
South Carolina who might be convict
ed under pending or future Indict
ments, and that you would issue no
requisitions for foreigners?
(c) That you would dismiss the
wlnding-up commissica so that they
could not, under authority reposed In
that .body by the act creating it, con
tinue their investigations, and in dis
missing these commissioners were
you or not influenced by the .turtnei*
consideration that they had issued a
subpoena for one of your political
lieutenants in the State; that he had
ignored the same and they had issued
a rule nisi requiring him to show
cause why he should not be attached
(d) In these several caucuses,
when the difficulty in obtaining the
approval of the prison commission of
your State to the course to be pur-j
sued was under discussion, did you'
not advise your confederates that you
had at hand the means for overcorn-i
ing this difficulty, to-wit: ignoring;
the prison commission?
(e) Did you, or any of those wno!
were in caucus with you, suggest that,
on the theory that "the end justified !
the means," in effectuating the ob
ject of this conspiracy, you could:
with safety resort to any means, from ,
character assassination to personal
assa^'ination; that after so long a
time you "had the whip handle," or
wer 'in the saddle," or some phrase
of sinilar or substantial imv-ort?
7. What compensation did you re-!
ccive from the liquor dealers and
what "rake off" did you get from the
dispeisary officials when you wre
"senator at law?"
The Campaign Fund.
S. While perhaps not so p"rtinent,
I consider the following relevant:
What campaign fund did you have at
your command when you were a can
didate for governor? How much wa>.,
raised before the first primary and
how much between the first and sec
ond primaries? What liquor houses
or dealers, corporations or the agents i
of corporations, contributed tnis,
money? If you should answer'
(which I do not think you will, be
cause it is the truth) that very large
sums of money were raised, kindly'
JUST FELT GOOD
Goy. Blease Granted Several Pardons to
to Hake Others Fed Good,
PARDONS ALWAYS READY
Oar Genial, Good Feeling Governor
Says He Thinks Everybody Should
be Happy, and He Wants Only a
Reason From a Convict and He
Will Make Him Happy.
"I felt so good wlten I came down
town this morning that I decided to
grant three pardons." This state
ment was made Wednesday morning
by the chief executive and be later
extended clemency in two other cascb.
Since January 17 he has extended
his power of pardon to over three
score prisoners. He says he likes to
make people happy and that If a pris
oner can show any kind of a reason
tl at he will be pardoned.
Gov. Blease said Wednesday that
he would dismiss the members of the
State board of pardons but for tu*,
fact that it might humiliate them.
"The members of the board are of
no use to me," he said, "but If they
will resign I will appoint another
board and I will submit cases to the
men I will appoint.
For the purpose of restoring his
citizenship Gov. Blease Wednesaa>
pardoned T. D. Mitchell, who was
convicted some time ago in Lexing
ton county on the charge of conspir
ing to defraud in a municipal elec
tion held in New Brookland. A fine
of $75 was imposed on Mitchell.
The pardon was granted upon a let
ter addressed to Gov. Blease by
Mitchell, which read:
"I was convicted in Lexington
county several years ago for conspir
ing to defraud at a municipal elec
tion in the town of Brooklana ana
was fined $75 for thin offense, which
fine I paid. I now have the honor
to petition your excellency that you
do grant me a pardon in order that
my citizenship might be restored to
Charles Holloway, a negro, serving
a life sentence from Edgefield after
conviction on the charge of murder,
was paroled during good behavior.
The negro was recently transferred
rrom the State penitentiary to tnt
Edgefield county chaingang because
of his health. He was convicted lt?
1905 with his brother, Arthur Hollo
way, for killing Alex Barnes, another
negro, at a church row. Arthur Hol
loway was pardoned by Gov. Ansel
and died soon after leaving the pen
itentiary. S. McG. Slmpkins of Edge
field appeared in behalf of the negro.
George Robinson,1 serving a five
year sentence from Marlboro for
manslaughter, having been convictea
in 1909, was paroled during gooo i>c
bavior by the governor.
Geo. Robinson killed Sam Purvis.
Robinson's wife bad left him and had
gone to the home of Purvis, who had
married a sister of Mrs. Robinson. It
appeared on the trial that Robinson
had been convicted In Chesterfield
county for larceny of live stock from
a woman and had served his time.
IM. S. Taylor, serving a sentence of
five years from Spartanburg, having
been convicted in 190S on the charge
of assault and battery, was paroled
during good behalor.
A pardon was refused to George
Moody, serving a life sentence from
Darlington county on the charge of
murder. He was convicted in 1S09
for killing Henry Jones in a general
fight on the public highway. The
crime occurred in 1892, Moody escap
ing. He afterward returned to the
State, gave up, was tried and convict
ed of murder with recommence, nv.
The death sentence imposed upon
JacksoD Cunningham by the Green
wood county court was commuted to
life imprisonment by Gov. Blease.
The commutation for the negro was
granted upon the recommendation
of the jury and well-known citizens
of Greenwood county.
state whether or not it was us'.d to
debauch the electorate of your state.
In conclusion: You honored the
State of Georgia recently by paying
her an official visit. What ex-dispen
sary officials and liquor dealers en
tertained you in the city of Atlanta
and in the city of Augusta? What
conferences, if any, did you have with
them with reference to your future
Lastly, why don't you approve that
joint resolution that you demanded?
I understand that you say that the
senators appointed on the part of the
senate as members of the committee
are not satisfactory to you. Wouid
you be willing to approve that reso
lution if the names of all the 3eua
tors and all the members of the house
should be put into a hat or box and
shaken up and the names for mem
bership on the committee be drawn
When you have answered the above
and foregoing, T have a few more
?;uestions to submit for your consid
Yours very truly,
t. b. Felder.
Refused to Make Statement..
H. H. Evans of Newberry, former
chairman of the old State dispensary
board, was in Columbia yesterday,
but refused to make any comment on
the Felder-Blease controversy. u?
said that later be might have another
statement to give cut.
JBG, 8. C. ?A1UKDAY. M
HORRORS OF PLAGUE
rHB FANTASY OF THE ORIENT
ALS HELP SCOURGE.
Missionary Describes Ravages of Dis
ease and Crude Superstitions
Brought Out to Combat It.
Oriental fantasy that evolves weird
cures In the face of the mystery of.
sickness, holiday migration and sheer
Ignorance are given a& causes for the
spread of the plague in China by
Rev. Charles A. Leonard, a Baptist
missionary of Louisville, Ky., with
headquarters at Laichow Fu, China,
in a letter which he has. written to
Mr. Leonard's letter, posted Feb
ruary 8, at the height of the plague's
spread throughout Manchuria and
northern China, reviews the progress
of the deadly disease, then sets forth
a proclamation by a Chinese official
In which is contained Imperial advice
for balking the malady.
Here is one of the choice recipes
for avoiding lethal sickness at plague
time in that part of the Orient:
"After the opening of spring, boil
turnip juice and any kind of creep
ing bean vine. It is recommended
that all the family, large and small,
drink It when It Is warm. Thus the
plague will be avoided."
Here is rule No. 3 of the official
list of preventives:
"Take one piece of horse bone,
wrap It in red cloth, put In small bag
and wear it on the side of the body,
men on the left and women on the
It is to be supposed from the tone
of receipt No. 5 that the plague has
no chance at all. It follows:
"Use of the thunder pill. Ingredi
ents: Take rhubarb, gold leaf flakes,
cinibar and alum in about equal
quantity, all ground fine and made
into pills. Take with water. Dose,
one-fifth of an ounce."
During the reign of Kien-Lun (this
was in 1850), the plague devil was
driven out by thunder pills Into hid
ing in Klangsu and Chow-Fu, dur
ing the Chu Pu's magistracy. An
who gave the prescription were able
to avoid the plague and those who
lived by it were beyond numbering.
Mr. Leonard mentions these re
cipes, among others, apparently in
qualification of his declaration that
"officials are bound down by heathen
religion, superstltltlons and customs
until they are wiiolly unprepareu,
spiritually and Intellectually, to cope
with such a crisis as is now on."
Mr. Leonard's assertion of the
seriousness of the plague and the pit
ifully inadequate measures resorted
to as a means of checking it might be
taken to indicate danger to Euro
peans and Americans in north China
and Manchuria. The missionary goes
on to tell, however, that all missions
which are surrounded by walls have
set up a rigorous quarantine and that
danger to Occidentals has been re
duced to a minimum.
Mr. Leonard in his letter says that
the plague began its ravages in north
western Manchuria. The germs took
up their abode in the fur of a small
animal, much like the marmot. Toe
disease was passed on to the Chinese
and Russians. Just at this stage of
its development there came the ex
tensive traveling from working place
to him, incident to the Chinese new
year, and by this means the plague
spread with remarkable celerity.
The letter describes deplorable
conditions. It tells of hundreds of
corpses piled in indescribable con
fusion in innumerable towns and
cities. The plague's fleadliness Is ap
parently pictured in the statement
that all hospitals were quarantined
GIRL KILLED BY MULE TEAM.
I Took Fright From an Engine and
Ran Away in Columbia.
The State pays struck by a runa
way team Wednesday in the western
I section of Columbia, Annie May Har
iris, a negro girl, 12 years of aye, was
! killed. Jule Robinson, a negro driv
? er for the Palmetto Fertilizer com
pany, left a two-horse team steading
'in front of the fertilizer mills In
j charge of his son, Moses Robinson,
i The animals became frightened at a
! passing railway engine and ran
away. The girl was in the road and
i the team ran over her, breaking her
neck. The negroes were taken to the
i police station, but Tuesday night the
! desk sergeant declared that they were
. not locked up. This probably means
Itheir release, as it was brought out
I that the boy tried to stop the team
and was not to blame, according to
Bloodhounds from Lancaster wen
early taken to Gahanna, Ohio. Tues
day morning to attempt to trace the
five robbers who early Tuesday dyna
mited the postoflice safe and secured
a small amount of money and seven
ty-five dollars' worth of stamps. No
trace of blood was seen Tuesday fol
lowing the battle with a posse of cit
izens during which it was thought
one of the robbers was wounded.
The further experiments to be
made with the ship will be confined
to attacks on the armor belt and tur
rets No effort will lie made to raise
the San Marcos. It would cost sev
eral hundred thousand dollars to float
the ship and restore her to her orig
inal condition and she is not worth it.
[AUCH 25, 1911.
Ao Old Veteran's Petition Tamed Down
and Brand, d as False.
WANTS HIS PENSION
A. S. Salley, Jr., State Historian,
Writes an Article in Which He
Cites His Unbcanded Faith in the
Honor of the Gallant Old Confed
Confederate veterans .ought to be
chary indeed about disputing claims
made for pensions by others, more
especially when their only reliance
fer such action is upon their mem
ories, after the lapse of nearly half
a centur; So thinks Secretary A.
S. Salley, Jr., of the State historical
commission, who cites a recent n
stance where the State board of pen
sions, guided wholly by the personal
recollections of a member, disap
proved an application for a pension,
when examination of the records
showed the applicant to have made
a statement entirely truthful, even to
have undervalued his own military
service; for he did not mention in
his papers the fact that he was cap
tured and kept for several months in
a Federal military prison.
The applicant was Private J. W.
Crook, now living near St. George,
who claimed that he served In Com
pany H, 11th South Carolina Volun
teers. After his application had been
disapproved, a member of the boaid
who served In the 11th regiment hav
ing declared he remembered no such
man in that command, Mr. Salley
wrote to Washington for informa
tion and was advised that such a
person had been a member of the
company and regiment as stated In
In reference to the pension contro
versy, the following signed article
has been given the preBS by Mr. A. S.
As the Confederate records of this
State are in my custody as secretary
of the historical commission of South
Carolina, and as I am engaged in
working them Into shape for practi
cal use, I feel that I should have
something to say in the matter of the
controversy now going on in the
newspapers, over the condition of the
pension rolls. It has been alleged
that there are men drawing pensions I
who did not render service in the
commands whlc* they claim on their
pension papers io have served in. In
every case officers or men who are
known to have served in those com
mands swear that the applicant did
eo serve. Therefore, if the claim Is
false the appllrants have perjured
themselves. I do not believe thai
such is the cas*. No evidence bui
the memory of individuals sustains
the charge. I have been engaged in
historical study now for over tweni>
years and for over 12 years historical
work has been my chief business oc
cupation. . My experience teaches me
that the memory of man is a very
treacherous thing and that the hu-l
man mini rebels at accuracy. An
old soldier can not possibly remember
a man as being in his own company
if that man was not in that company,
but if the man was in the company
and one of his former comrades does
remember him then that feat of rnem-j
j ory is a much more reasonable feat |
of memory that that of the man who |
does not remember any such com-;
rade, yet is willing to assert that no
such man was in his company or reg- j
iment. I have Just done a little In
vestigating on a case that came to i
j my attention when the pension board!
met last week and the result of It is I
an excellent illustration of the frail-j
ty of the human recollection of such
j matters. A member of the pension'
[board for whom I have a strong per
sonal liking came into my office with
an application for a pension from J.
W. Crook of Dorchester county, and
said to me: "Now, here Is a man
from Dorchester county who sayss he
was a member of Company H, Elev-,
enth regiment, and I will swear that
; there was no such man in that com-'
; pany, for 1 was a member of that re<?-,
I iment and I don't remember any such
man. Let's look on your rolls and;
see if his name (here." T replied: I
"My friend, t^ese rolls were com
piled from memory after the war by I
'survivors of the various commands,
j and the people who handled them
before I took charge of them were;
untrained in such work and they are,'
; not tq be relied upon." We looked!
on the troll of Company M, Eleventh
regiment, and, sure enough, Mr.
Crook's name was not there. Thai
convinced my friend of the pension
board that Mr Crook's claim v.as
false, but it did not convince me. I
pointed out the fact that two men
whose names were on the roll in my!
office had sworn that Mr. Crook had
se rved in their company, but it seems
that their sworn statements would
not be received against the r.jll in my
office, which was compiled froinj
memory some j ears after the war,
and in which both the elements oi
clerical and typographical errors are
to be reckoned, as the application Is
[marked: "Disapproved. Can't find
name in historian's office." here i.;
a special act oi our statutes which'
gives me the authority to enter upon
; the roll of any company In my office
the name of any man when two oth
ers known to have been of that com-!
pany make affidavits that such man
was in their company. Therefore, if
SENATOR OWEN SPEAKS IN THE
The Senator Declares Time Has Come
to Root Out Corruption From Pol
itics of Nation.
It was given out on Tuesday at
Springfield, 111., that United States
Senator Owen, of Oklahoma, might
be prevented speaking there on the
initiative and referendum in the
House of Representatives in the
State House as it had been announced
he would do. Lee O'Neill Browne
and others on the Democratic side
and a number of Republicans de
clared Tuesday they would not coun
tenance the appearance of Senator
After what Senator Owen said in
Washington about certain members
of the House in the Lorimer case,
whom he mentioned individually,'
said Minority Leader Alschuler, "I
can not understand how he expectB
courteous treatment here." It is
possible that serious clashes will oc
cur Wednesday afternoon and that
Senator Owen may be subjected to
open insult, if not to a personal at
Despite these assertions, which
have been telegraphed him, Uniteo
States Senator Robert L. Owen of Ok
lahoma Wednesday delivered a taiiv
on the initiative and referendum at
a public meeting of the house judici
ary committee, at Springfield, 111.
Senator Owen was not interrupted
during bis address to an auaienc?.
which packed the old supreme court
room in the State house.
He was suffered no open discourt
esy, although a number of members
of the judiciary committee, mostly
friends of Senator Lorimer, refrained
from attending the meeting.
Tho meeting was held by the com
mittee to hear arguments for and
against a bill to enact the initiative
and referendum In Illinois. Senator
Owen delivered a brief eulogy of
Abraham Lincoln and then explained
that the initiative and referendum
was a fight between organized greed
and the people.
The time had come in this country
to put an end to bribery and cor
ruption and to machine politics.
"We understand the machine poli
tician," said Senator Owen. "He Is
playing the .game as he sees it and
we're playing the game as we see it.
I understand the game of machine
politics and that is why I am here to
advocates these principles.
"I call Tammany Hall a band of
mercenaries carrying the Democratic
Senator Owen said that the great
wealth that individuals were acquir
ing was leading thousands of families
to ruin and decay.
He continued that the Initiative
and referendum, would cure "this
false and unwholesome condition."
ficient proof to me that Mr. Crook's
claim was false and I wrote the fol
lowing letter to the adjutant gen
eral, war department, Washington,
who is the custodian of the Confed
erate records captured in Richmond
and who has for years been engaged
in making those records available tor
"I have the honor to respectfully
request information as to whether or
not the name of J. W. Crook appears
among the records of Company H,
Eleventh regiment, South Carolina
Volunteers, Provisional Army of the
Confederate States, in your custody.
This man is now drawing a pension
from this State, said pension being
based upon affidavits from two men
known to have been of the above
named company, but it is claimed
that the pension is obtained fraudu
lently. Our records here arc far
from complete and 1 do not thina
such a charge should be sustained
upon the showing made by them. A
reply will be appreciated."
To this the adjutant general re
plied March 17, indorsing the follow
ing on the back of my letter:
"The records show that J. W.
Crook, private, Company II, Eleventu
South Carolina infantry, Confederate
States army, enlisted June 11, 1S63,
at Coosawhatchie; that he was cap
tured near Town Creek February 20,
1865, and that he was released at
Point Lookout. Maryland, June 26,
1SGI). on taking the oath or allegi
Upon comparing that record with
that given on the application for pen
sion I found that Mr. Crook stated
that he had enlisted at Coosawhat
chle, but he failed to make as good
a show for himself as the official rec
ords in Wash: nut on made for him.
I suppose, like all of the poor old he
roes, his memory is bad, or he did
not regard details as essential. These
exhibits show that an injustice has
been done Mr. Crook and the two old
soldiers who swore to his services
and in almost every case where some
man tries to put negative evidence
dependable upon his recollect ion ol
something thai happened over forty
years ago against positive evidence,
even though the latter he dependent
the two men who swore to Mr.
Crook's record had made their a/n
davits for me I would have entered
Mr. Crook's name on my roll ana
then the pension hoard would have
found it there and would not have
had that ground for disapproving. 1
said that the absence of Mr. Crook's
name from the compilation in my of
fice, which I did not make myself,
I want it understood, was r.oi: suf
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WANTS A TRIAL
"Hab" Evans Says He Desires to Be
Con aided or Vindicated
WANTS HiS CASE CALLED
Ex-Dispensary Chairman Declares
Thomas B. Felder Held Up Bis
Trial &a a "Lash" and That He
(Evans) Demands That a Jury
Pass on His Case.
"Hub" Evanri declared Thursday
that Thomas 13. Felder, the Atlanta
attorney, had heiid up his own trial
as a "lash," and that he is demand
ing trial. i .)
"1 will tsike no nol pressing of ray
case," added Evans.
"I want to be tried and convicted
or vindicated, as. the case may b%V
further declared the Newberry <;i
chairman of the dispensary board.
Evans declared also that he did
not ask for any immunity from any
one. It was stated a few days ago
by Governor Blease that Evans bad
not sought immunity from him, nor
had he promised any Immunity for
the letter signed "T. B."
As to the other letter, Evans said:
"Well, if a mutual friend of ours
found it and carried it to Cole, it's
all right with me. I looked every
where for the letter and could ;aot
"Why didn't you give up these let
ters before?" Evans was asked..
"Well, I had turned over all my
letters to my attorney, and the first
letter published was one of them. I
let the Investigation go on. I told
them at the very jump that I wo urn
put nothing. in their way. If they
could find anything against me i
wanted them to do it. When I
learned that Felder was holding my
trial as a lash I determined to give
up the letters."
Evans was standing in the outer
office of.the Governor when he made
these remarks to several listeners.
He talked freely of the dispensary
situation and reiterated much that he
had said in previous statements.
.. He reiterated".. especially his. re-,
marks, quoted a few days ago, that
if the dispensary houses were guilty,
of wrongdoing in State dispensary
days they are now guilty of the same,
as the county dispensaries are still
buying from many of the same
houses. "A perusal of the published
lists will show this," added Evans.
Evans said: "The county dispen
saries are now buying the same li
quor the State dispensary did, paying
the same prices, and higher. You talk
about a firm turning over $30,000
the other day. Well, then the county
dispensaries pay back $100,000 for
At the time also Evans said:
"Felder did send for me to come to
Atlanta. When we were In the room
together I said to him: 'Open that
door,-you, and let the Attorney
General hear everything I have eoi -t*
say.' This was in reference to a
meeting Governor Blease referred to
in asking for an investigation in his
message to the General Assembly.
"Hub" Evans came in today from
Newberry and went, direct to the Gov
ernor's office, after running up to a
j local hotel and putting his suit case
I up. He was in a jovial mood.
In a few minutes John Bell Towill
? entered the office. Governor Bleaae
! was engaged at the time- and the vis
itors chatted in the outer office.
I It so happened that Mose H. Mob
] ley, now dispensary auditor, who was
j chief bookkeeper in State dispensary
? days, was in the office at the time.
Evans wants to be tried, he said.
i He will not permit the case to be
dropped. "If you were indicted for
ja crime wouldn't you like to be tried,
I so that, if innocent, you could be vin
dicated?" said Bvans to those around
, upon recollections extending back to
j the same time, the same sort of in
justice will bo done, or gross his
Itorical mistakes and myths will be
From the examples I have seen of
records obtained from the Confed
erate papers captured in Richmond
and now in Washington I am satis
lied that a pretty near complete set
of records were captured, and all
stich questions as have been raiseu
recently in regard to the truth or
falsity of the claims of certain pen
sioners can be settled therefrom w?tn
reasonable certainty, and 1 submit
I that it is unjust to the gallant old
soldiers of this State to reject, their
claims on the negative recollections
of other old soldiers when the oi
ficial records are extant to settle
such questions. The old fellows had
hardships enough during the four
years of terrible war to immune them
now in their old age. I don't be
lieve that there are many men in
South Carolina old enough -:o hivo
been in the war who would ergage in
fraud for the pitifully small sum giv
en as a pension, and I believe that
the number of bona fide Confederate
i soldiers who would swear to a lie to
aid some one else to perpetrate a
from charges of perjury and fraud
fraud is smaller than one of those
pensions. A. S. Salley, Jr.
! Columbia, S. C, March 21, 1911, J