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Co'/eroM Blease Say: fle Was M Rade
to Yoaag Lad7 at ?eltoa
SAYS THE EDITOR LIED
Editor Willis Com -s Back With Af
fidavits Substax elating What He
Published Abo a: the Matter, and
Intimates that ! he Governor and
Not the Editor did the Lying.
There is now a row on between
the Editor of the Jelton Times, -who
is Hon. J, Archie Willis, a. member
of the Legislatu e from Laurens
county, and Cove nor Blesse. The
trouble was start ad by an article,
wihich appeared In the Times on Fri
day morning, A igust 4, charging
that Governor BJeise had been rude
to Miss ary J. R >gers, ticket agent
of the Southern railway at Belton,
while buying a I icket to Columbia
from Belton. T ae following is an
extract from the rticle published in
Article fron The Times..
The Blue RIdgj railway's train
comes into Beltca in the afternoon
at 5:25, just 10 minutes before the
train coming froi i Columbia gets In
to the station h -re. At 5:30 the
Anderson trolley car comes in. Both
the Blue Ridge railways tialn and
the Anderson trc .leys bring a great
er or smaller nu aber of people who
want to buy thei r tickets and board
1 the train from Columbia going to
wards Greenville, and when the num
ber is unusually arge, as it was Sat
j urday afternoon Miss Rogers, the
ticket agent had difficulty in selling
tickets to all w xo 'apply for them.
The train going to Columbia from
Greenville igets ere at 6:20 in the
afternoon, and p issengers who come
over on the Blue Ridge have 55 min
utes in wihich to buy their tickets.
"Saturday af ernoon when| the
Blue Ridge trai:. pulled in at 5:25
and the trolley cir followed at 5:30,
somethng like a lundred people, men
and women rus* ed into the station
to get tickets fo: points up the road.
There were num >ers of ladies stand
ing around awf iting their turn to
get a ticket for 3ome point north of
Belton. A tal , black-haired man
walked up to ?he window, handed
Miss Rogers, th < acoomodating tick
et agent, two nileage books that
were nearly ust 1 up and asked for
a ticket to Colu nbia. There was not
enough mileagf fin the two books
so he asked he? to tear the mileage
out of both hex ks, subtract it from
the number of miles to Columbia
and he would > ay the difference in
cash. Miss Roi.ers very kindly ask
ed him if he wk uldn't wait until she
had sold the tickets for those ladies
and gentlemen who were going to
catch the north bound train. She ex
plained to him ohat he had until 6:
'20 to get his ti ket.
"Instead of ,'iving place to those
who ought cei ialnly to have been
given place at ;he window, the man
straigthened hinself, and in a most
Insulting mann r informed Miss Rog
ers that she'm ist not know who she
was talking to. He further inform
ed her that 'I am Cole Blease, the
governor of Sc ith Carolina; I've got
a right to bu; a ticket any time I
call for it, an.. you've got to sell it
to me.' He toe k occasion to tell her
that if he did l't have to, he would
never had rid< en on 'her old South
ern road.' He also Informed Miss
Rogers that fc 3 was going to 'write
her up' to he? Superintendent.
(Mr. James G. Harris, of Belton,
one of Govern ir Blease's friends and
supporters, w ote and asked him if
the article wi s a true statement of
the case, and he governor replied in
c most posith e manner that the ar
ticle was not true. Here is what
Governor Blej se wrote Mr. Harris in
Blease Denies Charge.
Aug. 5, 1911.
"Mr. James ( . Harris, Belton, S. C.
"Dear sir: Your letter of the 4th
just received In reply I beg to state
that on my ' ??ay home on Saturday,
July 29, I -walked up to the ticket
office windo' ? at Belton, laid down
two mileage jook covers, with some
strips left, 1) it not enough to bring
me through o Columbia. I did not
know at wh t time either train ar
rived at Belt >n, but was of the opin
ion that I nade close connection.
When I presented the milegae books
I asked the young lady for a ticket
tc Columbia. She replied, 'I have not
time to wai on you now.' I said,
'Well, I wan . to go to Columbia and
1 want a ti ket.' She said, 'I have
not got tim ! to compute this mil
eage and n ake the calculation.' I
smiled and said, 'Very well. I will
tell you who I am and you will please
remember. 1 am Cole L. Blease.' (I
did not say governor of South Caro
lina' or mer:ion the fact that I was
governor'. I told her who I was be-j
cause it wai my intention to get on
the train v ithout a ticket, present
the mileag? and state why I did
not have a ' icket. and if the conduc
tor declinec to accept the mileage,
I was goinf tc sue the railroad for
damages, ar i I wanted the young la
dy as a wit less, to remefnber that I
had applied to her for a ticket, pre
senting th< mileage and that she
had refusei it. When I told ber
who I was, I said, 'I will report this
matter to j our superintendent.' She
then took i iv mileage, quickly made
the calcula ions, told me that there
was 70 cen s due, which I paid very
promptly. She handed me back the
ticket with the two vacant slips and
said, 'thank you.' I said, 'I am Yery
much obliged to you; you may keep
the two old covers, as you may wish
to send them in.' She said, 'No, you
might need / em to show the con
ductor wh/ *^asks for your tick
et.' I replie o>right, and picked
them up and away.
"I showed no"% ></-tesy whatev
er to the young t y^J was ex
ercising my right ab*o. & <tnger on
the road and told her f$ ^f^as, as
I have stated, for the pot* ^ have
stated. I showed no discou ?f[but
treated her the same that 'i would
have if every relative of hers In the
world ihad been present. There were
two young men sitting behind her
In the office at the time and an old
Confederate veteran standing by me,
with badge on; The conversation
did not even attract their attention,
which shows that there was nothing
whatever about the matter to have
caused anyone to write a lie about
it, such as has been written by the
dirty sourrilous little editor of the
Belton Times. I do not know who1
he is, have never seen him, but from
this article I am satisfied that he is
only another pimp of the newspaper
combination that is continuously ly
ing about me.
"I thank you for your letter and
for this opportunity of explaining
the matter. Very respectfully,
Cole L. Blease,
The Editor Hits Backs.
Editor Willis; when shown the ar
ticle published in the Anderson In
telligencer, which included Gov.
Blease's letter to (his friend, Qlr. Har
ris, he proceeded to get the proofs
that the article published In The
Times was true in every respect. He
secured the sworn affidavits of peo
ple who witnessed the conduc. of the
governor that his paper's article was
absolutely correct and wrote Gov.
Blease the following letter enclos
ing the affidavits:
Belton, S. C. Aug. S, 1911.
"Hon. Cole L. Blease, Governor of
South Carolina, Columbia, S C.
"Dear sir: I lhave just read copy
of your letter to James G. Harris,
published in this morning's Ander
son Intelligencer, in which you ac
cuse the editor of the Belton Times
with having lied an the published ac
count of your ungentlemaaly con
duct in the railway station here on
Saturday afternoon, July 29. As to
the remaining contents of your let
ter, you have called so many edi
tors in this state 'dirty, scurrilous
little editors that it must appear to
you the joke has grown rather stale.
"The facts in the article referred
to were published precisely as stated
by the young lady of whom you
bought your ticket, and I atn inclos
ing you herewith her sworn affi
davit to the effect that tiho article
was true In every respect. I am go
ing to the further trouble to accom
modate your excellency, and am in
closing you also the sworn affidavit
of James M. Alexander, the well
known superintendent of fee Pelzer
mills, who witnessed the incident,
that the incident happened exactly
as reported dn the Belton Times. So
with this evidence in your hands, it
must appear very plain to you that
you must go further than" accusing
the editor of The Times with having
lied, If you wint to prove yourself
innocent of the charge which the
young lady has lodged against you.
You must do that which no gentle
man "having, the high sense of honor
which you claim to have would do,
and must accuse the young, iady
with 'having perjured herseif. At the
same time, my dear Bir, you must
prove the sworn statement of the
gentleman who witnessed it, and who
has made sworn affidavit that the
article published in the Belton Times
was a true account of wha;. happened
to be a lie also.
"And now, my dear sir, out of re
spect for the governship o" my State,
a meml>er of whose general assembly
I bave the honor to be, I refrain
from telling you what I know you
are, and put It up to your constit
uency to judge as to wnetner or not
you are the one who has lied about
J. Archie Wlilis,
Publisher of the Belton Times."
The Affidavits Sent.
Inclosed with the letter Mr. Wil
lis included the affidavit of Miss
Rogers, the ticket agen'., and also
the affidavit of James M. Alexander,
superintendent of the Pelzer mills.
The following is Mr. Alexander's af
fidavit, which he sent to Editor Wil
The controversy between Gov.
Cole Blease and Miss Rogers as
printed in the Belton Times, is cor
rect. I was present trying to get a
ticket for the train goine to Green
ville and heard the conversation.
Would not have known the man if
he had not said, 'I am Cole Blease,
governor of South Carolina.' etc.
(Signed* "Jas. M. Alexander,"
"Sworn to before me this 8th day
of August, 1911.
(Seal). J. H. iMerritt,
"Notary Puiblic South Carolina."
The following affidavit was given
Editor Willis by .Miss Mary J Rogers
the young lady to whom it was.
charged the governor was rude to:
To whom it may conee-n:
This is to certify that the account
of Gov. BJease's conduct in the Sou
thern railway waiting room at Bel
ton Saturday afternoon, July 29,
whioh the Belton Times published
Friday morning, Aug. 4. was a true
account of what happened.
(Signed) Miss Mary J. Rogers.
Sworn to and subscribed before
me the 8th day of August, 1911.
(Seal) John A. Horton,
Notary public South Carolina.
CLASH OF WORDS
SHARP PASSAGE BETWEEN" UN
DERWOOD AND JAMES.
Both Withdraw Remarks and Then
Peace Once More Settle Down in
the Democratic Camp.
Democratic harmony in the house
was momentarily ruffled Wednes
day, when O. W. Underwood, Dem
ocratic leader, and Ollle James, who
have been close friends, became In
volved In a heated exchange of words
J In tne discussion of a bill providing
for the improvement of Black War
rior River, in Mr. Underwood's dis
trict Eoth. men withdrew remarks,
a<nd the incident was amicably clos
The bill provided for the building
of a dam to improve navigation on
the river. The construction of the
dam would create' a large amount of
water power, the rights to which,
?under the bill, would be leased for
50 yearn to the Birmingham Light
and Power Company. Mr James and
others opposed this provision, as
serting the term of the lease was too
Mr. Underwood, declaring that he
cared nothing about the water power
feature of the bill, but was much
interested in the navigation feature,
said that if the bill were held up
work on the Black Warrior would
go ahe&d as originally contemplated
at an expense of nearly $250,000
more than the proposed dam would
Mr. James as?ed If it was fair to
argue that unless the house passeci
the bill, giving a half century lease
to a coporation without limitation
of its charges to consumers, certain
work would be done costing the gov?
ernment $200,000 than if the right
were given away.
"My friend from Kentucky," re
plied iMt. Underwood, "has just come
out of a successful campaign for
senator where a play to the igallery
has purchased votes, J>ut I will say
to him that to claim water power is
a monopoly, to answer me with the
proposition that I am pleading for a
monopoly, is not fair tc me."
Mr. James responded that he
would have expected "a statement
more considerate of the people of
Kentucky among whom the gentle
men (Mr. Underwood) was born."
Then Mr. Underwood, explaining
?that he spoke nnder provocation,
withdrew his remarks, Mr. James
withdrew his, too. The house ad
journed without acting on the bill.
Witness: J. O. Meredith.
Editor Willis after seeing the let
ter of the governor published above
stated that since matters had taken
the turn they thad, he would produce
the evidence, w.hich he has done dn
the affidavits publirhed above, to
prove that The Belton Times' state
ment was correct in every respect,
and that then the people of the State
might judge as to whether Gov.
Blease had stuck to the truth In de
nying the. correctness of the article.
The Belton Times has in its pos
session other affidavits to show that
the igovernor did treat the young la
dy at the ticket window discourte
ously and further affidavits stating
that the article published in The
Times was a true account of what
What They Say.
A dispatch from Anderson to The
State says J. H. iM'erritt, superinten
dent of the Pelzer Manufacturing
company's mills, Nos. 1, 2 and 3,
at Pelzer, said over the telephone
Thursday night that he received the
letter revoking his commission on
Mr. Merritt said thiat he had
nothing whatever to do with the
incident at Belton, that he was not
in Belton at the time. His connec
tion was merely taking the affidavit
of J. M. Alexander, who was present.
Mr. Merritt said Mr. Alexander
came to him voluntarily and asked
that he swear him and accept the
affidavit and that he complied with 1
the wish and that the affidavit was
forwarded to the Belton Times.
J. M1. Alexander, who is superin
tendent of mill No. 4, of the same
company at Pelzer, said over the
phone Wednesday 'light that he was
present at the time Gov. Blease pur
chased his ticket from the lady at
Belton; that he voluntarily went to
Mr. Merritt and asked him to swear
him and take the oath and that Mr.
Merritt complied. As to any state
ment further he had nothing to say
other than that he would bow to
the will of the governor. He has
not received his letter of dismissal
Another Hale New Cotton.
The first bale of new cotton for
Lee county, and the second bale of
this season's crop to be harvested
in South Carolina , was sold in Bish
opville Wednesday by W. W. Wheel
er of Lee county. The cotton was!
graded as strict middling, and was
purchased by O'Donnell & Co., cot
ton buyers. The bale weighed 490
pounds and brought 1- 1-2 cents.
A Big Whale Sighted.
A Portsmouth, N. H., dispatch
says passengers on the steamer Mun
natauket from the Isels of Shoals
Wednesday saw directly in the
steamer's course and only a few feet
away a whale floundering in the
ewell and baving the appearance of
a large piece of wreckage in the fog.
The whale was not less than thirty
five feet long. > 1
B?RG, S. C, SATURDAY, A'
The Governor Revokes tbe Commissions
of Three Notaries
SLAPS AT THE EDITORS
The Removals Made Because One of
the Notaries Made An Affidavit
Against the Governor and the Oth
er Two Attested Affidavits Made
Publication of affidavits corrob
orating the charges made by the Bel
ton Times of rudeness on the part
of Governor Blease toward a young
lady, employed as ticket agent in the
Southern railway station at Belton,
was followed on Thursday afternoon
by the summery revocation by Gov.
Blease of Notaries Publics J. Ml. Al
exander, J. H. Merritt and J. A.
Horton, all of Belton. /,
The crime for which Mr. Alexan
der was removed was making affi
davit that the article in the Belton
Times concerning the Governor was
true, and the crime for which
Merritt and Horton were punish
ed by decapitation was attesting af
fidavits in the same case. To each
of the three notaries Governor Blease
sent the following letter:
"Some time since you were com
missioned a notary public by me,
under the constitution and the laws
(during the pleasure of the gover
nor.) Your commission is hereby
revoked, and any further act per
formed by you as such offflcer will
be Illegal and in violation of the law.
A copy of this letter has been filed
with the secretary of state, and al
so with, the clerk of court, who has
been requested to cancel your com
The Columbia Record says Gov
ernor Blease was asked what moved
him to revoke these commissions. He
said he had not intended to volun
teer any statement, but in anticipa
tion of such an inquiry had dictated
to his stenographer an expression on
the subject, and had the copies be
fore him. He said he wished it un
derstood that hiB language applied
only to the "editors of the newspa
pers that have taken part in this
business." The statement was as
"I have no further comment to
make on i he Belton matter, at this
time. What I stated in my letter to
Mr. Harris is absolutely correct. I
was perfectly sober; feeling
good; had just left a large crowd
of my friends, was on my way home
in the best of spirits and remember
very distinctly what took place. Any
man or woman who lives in South
Carolina that does not know that I
am governor Is indeed in the lowest
mire of ignorance; hence, when 1
say to anyone that I am 'Cole L.
Blease,' it is absolutely useless to add
that I am governor of South Caroina
and I did not say so on that occa
sion, if my enemies do swear to it.
"I have cancelled the commission
of the three notaries publicB taking
part in this dirty transaction and
some other people will hear from it
later. Everyone who nas known me
from my childhood up, both men and
women, will certify to the fact that
1 have at all times ano on all occa
sions been polite and courteous to
everybordy, and particularly so to
ladies; and this is the first time in
all my life that I have ever been
charged or accused of showing the
slightest disregard to any lady, and
I am satisfied that my friends do
not believe that I was aisrespectful
on this occasion.
"My enemies, of course, will say
they believe it, even if they don't,
and the liars who are editing the
newspapers of South Carolina will
endeavor to use it to injure me, be
cause they will go any depth in the
filthy bog holes of vituperation and
abuse to do me harm. However,
the people know me and I am gover
nor, the pimps and shunks, who use
the pens for newspapers to the con
trary, notwithstanding, and I'll be
rtelected in spite of their lies. Watch
The Columbia Record says Mr. Al
exander is understood to be super
intendent of one of the Pelzer Mills
at Pelzer. He was commissioned on
the recommendation of Senator Geo.
W. SuOHvan, of Wiliamston. Mr.
Merritt was commissioned on the
J. Belton Watson. Mr. Horton who
is mayor of Belton and president of
a bank there, was commissioned on
the recommendation of Representa
tives J. W. Ashley and J. W. Jack
son. The owner of the Belton Times
is Representative J. Archie Willis
.Made Happy at Last.
Columbus Spradley, of Aiken
county, S. C, the young man who
was held up and beat Wednesday
last, and Miss Gussie May Holstein,
the young woman whom he swore to
marry in spite of the protestation of
father, brother and cousin, were
married at 6 o'clock Tuesday after
noon at Rev. A. D. Echols, pastor
of Asbury '.Methodist church.
Whs Painfully Hurt.
Guerdan Tarbox, while making a
flight with his aeroplane Wednesday
morning, came down in the marsh
on Richmond plantation and was
painfully injured about the face by
the guide wires as the machine
struck the mud and turned turtle.
?GUST 12, ftlf
DR6E0 TO HOLD COTTON
ADDRESS IS ISSUED BY SUMTER
Argument by Committee Giving Rea
sons for Sending Appeal to People
of South Carolina.
In an address issued to the farm
ers of South Carolina a committee
of the Sumter County Farmers' un
ion urges the holding of cotton un
til a higher price is obtained. The
address is prepared by a committee
consisting of E. W. Dabb?, president
of the State Farmers' union, and J.
M. Brogden and S. N. Welsh. It
is as follows:
"To the farmers and all the busi
ness interests that are affected by
the price of cotton:
The Sumter County Farmers'
union at its last meeting unanimous
ly directed us as a committee to call
your attention to the serious condi
tion that confronts us in the outlook
for low prices for this crop of cot
ton. Thirty or forty days ago cot
ton sold in Sumter for 15 1-2 cents
(spot). Today a holder who would
not. then sell was glad to get
12 1-2 cents. These are actual sales.
Wihat has brought about such a
slump in this short time after cotton
had held steady for nine or Hen
months at 14 to 15 cents? They say
because there is a prospect of over
14,000,000 bales. It is not more
because the world, judging by the
ipast, thinks it can stampede the
farmers and the merchants, and buy
below 10 cents before Christmas.
The men who are predicting such
prices are working with might and
main to bring about 10-cents cotton
by telinglL.Jddl Ixzflflff ,.:;? (
,by telling, their farmer friends that
the crop is the largest on record.
'You ought to sell as fast as you
can, for cotton is bound to go low
er.' Apparently not knowing that
this is the very -ay to bring about a
lower level of prices.
"Now we have no quarrel with
the Northern and foreign spinner
who wants low-priced cotton. It is
only a part of his business to get
the raw material at the lowest pos
sible price and it is also part of his
business to sell his finished pro
duct at the highest possible price.
But how any Southern man, even
owners of mill stocks, can wish to
see low prices for cotton, or can in
any way give aid and encourage
ment to the enemy by joining in the
hue and cry that 'prices are bound
to go lower,' is past our comprehen
sion. For every business man and
every cotton mill in the South is In
evitably bound up in the general
prosperity of this section.
If Southern mills would seek out
new markets for the manufactured
goods, and learn from the successes
of foreign mills to cater to the de
mands of the world's trade in the
fabrics the world wants, put up In
the| kind of packages the| world
wants, they could join hands with all
the business interests of the South
and fix and maintain the highest pos
siblte price for cotton and cotton
"That the mills will not do this
is abundantly proven by the history
of recent years when our own mills
kept out of the market while the
farmer was falling over himself to
sell his cotton, and later paid more
for their stocks than the foreigners,
with freight and other charges add
ed. We may expect the same thing
to happen this fall. Hence we leave
?the Southern spinners out of the
"But we do call on every mer
chant and every fertilizer manufac
turer and every banker and every
railroad man to join with the Farm
ers' uuion in urging every farmer
to hold back his cotton until the
world is willing to (pay a living
price for it. Such a course can
hurt no one, and it will help every
one; the merchant by giving him
cash customers for his goods, the
fertilizer plants by increased use of
their .goods, the banks by larger de
posits on more imported goods than
our people will have the money to
buy, and every profession, and call
ing by the increase in the circula
ting medium brought about by the
j larger flow of foreign gold in all
the arteries of commerce.
"There can be no question that
this will be the result of higher
prices for cotton. If it were not
true, from whence conies the present
prosperity of the South? It is 15
cents cotton that has done it. As
surely as the sun rises in the east
and sets in the west, just so surely
will there be stagnation and want,
distress1 and! bitterness, in thous
ands of homes in the South, and they
j will not all be farmers' homes, if
I we let this crop of cotton sell for
I 1 0 cents or less.
"With the world's stocks of cotton
i almost depleted, with the automobile
j tire industry alone taking hundreds
of thousands of bales of cotton an
nually, increased consumption on
every side, this crop can be market
ed at 14 or 15 cents per pound just
as easily as last % ear's crop was, if
we but hold out for it. This is not
merely our opinion, fellow farmers,
but it is the opinion of as shrewd
business men as the ones who tell
you that cotton will go lower. Be
sides 'there's many a slip 'twix the
and the lip,' and the drought is not
yet broken over large areas where
cotton is burned up; in other sec
tions the young crop can not make a
half yield under most favorable con
ditions. And all of it has to run
the gauntlet of excessive rains, if
WILL BE IN THE RACE
GOVERNOR BLEASE WILL RUN
FOR A SECOND TERM.
Says He Will Ask Reflection On
His Record.?Criticises State Col
leges and Attacks Lyon.
The State correspondent says the
picnic at Easterville Wednesday,
under the auspices of the Literary
club, drew 1,500 people from Fair
field, Chester and Union counties and
many from Columbia. The feature
of the day was the speech of Gov.
Blease, who was the invited guest
of the occasion. Gov. Blease criti
cised the work of the State colleges,
advocated lynching for one crime,
and took occasion to announce that
he will run on his record for another
term as governor.
W. C. Clayton presided over the
meeting and Introduced the govern
or. The governor complimented the
community on the opening of the
I club. Touching on education, the
I speaker mentioned the higher State
institutions of learning, saying their
I support was becoming a burden, ow
ing to what he called extravagant
appropriations by the legislature,
and stated that they were favored
at the expense of the rural schools.
He compared them to the denomina
tional colleges. He deolred that the
denominational colleges were fur
nishings the judges and the men in
high office in the State.
He said he was not opposed to the
State colleges, but was in favor of
more money being given to the rural
schools. He stated that he had not
gone through college himself, but
that after he had fought the world,
the besh and the devil for 20 years
the people had honored him with the
j office of governor. He cited this as
an example to show that it was not
necessary for a boy to have a college
j education to succeed.
Touching on his pardon record,
j the governor said he had no apolo
l gles to make for the ciemency he
had exercised. Referring to the
paroling of Otis Hilton, the white
man from Chester, who was sent to
the penitentiary for life for killing
a negro; he said that he bad affida
vits from men whose word he did not
doubt concerning the facts in the
caue, and that both from these and
from the testimony he did not hesi
tate to parole Hilton, and he would
always do the same where a white
man is involved with a negro. He
declared his business was to take
care of the white ntople; that he
was not an enemy to the negro, ,but
that the negro must stay in his
place. Turning to lynching, he said
he favored lynching a negro when
ever he committed the nameless
crime against a white woman, and
that if this was standing for lynch
law he stood for it.
He denounied the hosiery mill in
the State penitentiary, calling it the
"tuberculosis factory." He said his
enemies were saying he was opposed
to "Yankees" because the promoters
of the hosiery mill were Northern
men. He said he was not opposed to
Yankees, but was trying to rid the
State of this "tuberculosis factory,"
and relieve the poor wretches from
I their position. The governor referr
ed to J. Fr?ser Lyon, attorney gen
eral, saying that if Lyon wasn't
wanting to be governor himself he
would have stood with Blease in
his fight against the hosiery mill.
;"Let him run for governor himself
and I will give him political tuber
culosis," said Gov. Blease. After
this Gov Blease announced that he
would be a candidate for re-election
to the office of governor; that he ex
pected to run on his record, and
that if he could not be elected on
this he would be satisfied. Gov.
Mease spoke more than an hour,
[ and he reiterated many of his prev
iously stated sentiments.
j they ever start, and of the many
insect pests, and climatic changes
that make a late crop so uncertain.
"In concjusion your committee
would urge, with all the insistence
of calm and deliberate judgment,
that every one who can do so hold
his cotton off the market either in
his own strength, or with the assist
ance of his creditors and the banks.
Pick it dry, gin it dry, put the bales
away under shelter dry. And if you
must borrow money on it, do not
borrow more than 2." or 30 dollars
a bale and for not less than six
months. Thirty-day cotton ' loans
and loans close up to the market
value are worse than seling out
right. We call on all the unions in
! the cotton belt to join us in this
j light. Shut down on cotton now and
! for the next 60 days and the fight is
; won. Paper contracts do not run
"Yours for Southern prosperity,
"E W. Dabbs,
"J. M. Brogdon,
"8. N. Welsh,
Wagon Driver Killed.
Sam Anderson, a negro log driver
for the Betts Lumber Company, was
killed in the Black River Swamp,
Sumter County, where he was haul
ing logs on Monday, by being hit by
the tongue of the log wagon while
he was loading, a loz on it.
Huge Peach Crop.
The peach crop in Connecticut
will be so large this year that a
special train will be added to the
Hartford-New York schedule dur
ing the harvesting season to ship the
TWO CENTS PER COPY,
By His Conscience and Confesses lo Po
lice That He Htld Up Man.
SAYS HE CANNOT SLEEP
He Told the Officers That He Had
Robbed the Manager of a Broad
way Restaurant at the Point of a
Pistol and He Wanted to Be Lock
ed Up. , j
"I want to see the man in change
here/' said a well dressed young
man as he approached Lieut. Main
lands desk In police headquarters at
11 o'clock in New York Wednesday
"I 'happen to be in charge of part
of Police Headquarters," replied
Manian. "I'll attend to anything
"Well," the man answered, "I
want to be arrested for a robbery I
committed three years ago. I have
never known a good night's sleep
since, and my conscience has driven
me to the police. I should be sent
to prison for what I did and am wil
ling to go."
Manian thought the man was
craz} and looked him over carefully.
Then he motioned to a poHceman to
"Wbat robbery did you commit?"
asked the lieutenant.
"I went into a Broadway restaur
ant three years age?I think it was
In September, 1908. I held up the
manager at the point of a revolver
and rifled the cash drawer of $30.
Is not that a prison offense?"
"It certainly is," Manian replied.
"Now, tell us wiho you are."
The man stid that he is Freder
ick J. Hall, twenty-eight years old,
married, and that he lived at No.
160 West Thirty-sixth street.
"I am willing'to take my medicine
in any sort of dose, my conscience
i? killing me," he continued. "In
prison I can learn a trade and when
I come out I will be able to earn a
living for myself and wife."
"Have you no trade now?" Mani
"No; but I'm a clerk and a good ?
one," was the quick answer. I
could earn a fine living were it not
for this conscience."
He refused to tell where he was
employed and Manian began to look
up the records of 1908. He found
that on the night of Sept. 7, that
year, a young man had entered a
restaurant at No. 2245 Broadway,
and after holding up Antonio Cas
sara, the manager, at the point of a
revolver, bad taken $30 from the
cash drawer. ,
"Is that the trick you pulled off?"
"I suppose it is," Hall replied.
Hall was locked up charged with
STEEL COMMITTEE BACKS DOWN
Decides Not to Force George. W.
Perkins to Answer.
George W. Perkins, director of
the United States Steel Corporation,
and former partner in J. Pierpont
Morgan & Co., was net ordered be
fore the bar of the House by the
House Committee of inquiry into
the affairs of the Steel Corporation.
Neither will he ba
After a heated executive session
of the committee Wednesday, in
which was discussed the refusal, on
advice of counsel, on Mr. Perkin's
part to answer questions regarding
contributions of corporations to
campaign funds, the committee
reached an understanding whereby
all threats were waived.
The committee, in executive ses
sion, was induced by Representative
Littleton to reconsider the action of
Tuesday, in which the Chair was
sustained in ordering that the wit
ness answer questions as to his per
sonal campaign contributions.
STEAMER (JOES TO BOTTOM.
Nearly One Hundred People fJoes
Down With Her.
The French steamer Emir found
ered Wednesday five miles east of
Gibraltar and ninety-three persons
The ?hip sailed at three o'clock
Wednesday morning for Morroco.
An hour later in a dense fog she
collided with the British steamship
Silverton bound from Newport, Eng
land for Taranto, Italy.
The Si her ton's crew was rescued
and twenty saved of the Emir's crew
The Silverton later put in hero
with her starboard bow stove in and
her fore peak full of water.
The Emir was floated in a few
minutes after the collision. Sixty
nine passengers and twenty-four of
the srew went down with the ship.
Fifteen passengers and twelve of the
crow were saved. AH passengers
were French, i he Emir was a ves
sel of 1,291 tons owned by Com
pagnie de Navigation Mixte at Mar
Cut Down His Corn.
Vandals, supposed to be moonshin
ers, went into the field of a farmer
in the Dark Corner of Greenville
county a few nights ago and cut down
every stalk of his corn. Raiders bad
suspected the farmer of informing