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VOL. XLII. NO.82 NEWBERRY, S. C.. FRIDAY JANUARY 27, 1905. TWICE A WEEK, $1.50 A YEAR
BIG QUESTIONS STILL
HELD IN ABEYANGE
NEW BILLS CONTINUE TO
Senator Blease Disagree on Compul
sory Education-Meeting of
Columbia, Jan. 26.-The legislature
is closing the third week of the ses
sion. Both houses are now getting
down to hard work. None of the big
questions have yet been tackled. The
constitutional amendments, the dis
pensary, the marriage license bills,
the tax questions, are all still in abey
ance. And still the new bills continue
to come in. The engrossing depart
ment a day or two ago 'had caught up
and I thought the rush of new meas
ures was over but yesterday the
flood gates seemed to open again and
new bills are still being ground out.
The list now reaches something over
four hundred. Of course this does
not represent the exact number be
cause some of the bills are drawn in
duplicate so as to permit the intro
duction of the same bill in both hous
The senate calendar of yesterday
for instance showed forty two new
bills and the house caiendar -f the
same date ninety nine. Of course
there are many more bills in the
bands of committees and a few been
passed and a few killed.
There have been only eight bills
passed and ordered enrolled for rat
ification. The act ratified was a few
days ago and was a local measure in
reference to holding court in one of
the circuits. The other seven are
ready for ratification.
A good deal of time has been taken
up in the senate, discussing the com
pulsory education bill of Senator
Raysor. It was up again yesterday
and the indications are that it will
pass the senate but may meet a diffen
ent fate when it reaches the house.
Senator Blease of Newberry op
poses the measure and made a speech
against it yesterday. His brother E.
S. Blease, who is a senator from Sa
lua made a speech in favor of the
measure yesterday which has been
very highly spoken of by those who
The investigation resolution of
Senator Cole. L. Blease was passed
by the house yesterday some amend
nments which it is claimed by those in
position will make the resolution al
most impossible of passage. Just
what will be done in regard to the
matters no one seems even willing
to make a guess. Some of the amend
ments proposed by the house will
scarcely be concurred in by the sen
ate and the whole thing may fall
* * *
The dispensary bills have not yet
been up for discussign and as I have
said before there are so many diver
gent views on this subject of chang
ing and amending the law that I am
inclined to believe it will remain at
least for another year just about as
it is now. The dispensary investiga
tion resolution of Mr. Blease being
in for conference committee the
chances are that it will not pass. If
each house insists upon its amend
ments and the committee fails to
agree on a compromise why the reso
lution is dead.
At a meeting of the Newvberry dele
gaion held a few nights ago New
berry matters were discussed. The
proposed change in the magistrate
law as to Newberry was published in
my Tuesday's letter. It should have
been eleven magisrates instead of
twelve. The changes made are to
increase the salary of the magistrates
at Newberry to $300oand to require that
salary of the magisrate at Prosperity
to be $ioo; at Whitmire to be $ioo;
the other magistraes in the couny aV
to receive a salary of $36 dollars each
The constabes all receive the same
salary as the magistrates.
* * *
The delegation also decided to leave
the salary of the sheriff at $14o0 as it
is now. The delegation had never
discussed this matter and the propo
sition to reduce the salary of the
sheriff as I state was made by Sena
tor Blease. Sheriff Buford was pres
ent and a statement from him explain
ing the work of the office and the ex
pense connected with it it was decid
ed to let the salary remain.
The matter of salary paid the su
pervisor and the clerk and attorney
of the board of commissioners was
also discussed and it was decided to
make the salary of the supervisor
$goo instead of $750 and to pay the
clerk and attorney for the board $250.
The matter of increasing the auditor's
salary was also talked of but no ac
tion was taken on this subject for the
* * *
The matter of indexing and ar
ranging the records in the office of.
the clerk of court was also dnscussed
and the necessity of this work and
of having it done at once was appar
ent to the entire delegation so it was
decided to arrange for the expendi
ure of $750 for this -work and the
county commissioners are to let the
contract to the lowest responsible
bidder and to require bond for the
faithful performance of the work so
that the amount shall not exceed
* * *
The graded school bill has passed
and has been enrolled and is ready fkor
ratification. Its provisions are. already
known. Senator Bease says he has
received a number of letters from
many ctizens in Newberry endorsing
the action of the delegation on their
action in having the bill passed and
the charter changed.
The bill to abolish the commission
ers of public works and devolve this
duties on the aldermen of the city
will pass the senate this week and it
will then be up to the members of
the house to say what they will do
about it. Mr. Earhardt hays he favors
it but does not want the bill to pass
before next year as it will give Mayor
Cromer an opportunity to make a
better showing than he, Mr. Earhardt,
made. I do not see how this could be,
but if the measure is opposed in the
house, of course, it cannot get
through, being purely a local
matter. Mr. Higgins is also opposed
to the change so he says, without
further time to investigate the mat
ter. I have had no expression of op
inion from Mr. Taylor on the sub
ject. The~ bill simply provides for
doing away with the commissioners
of public works and to devolve their
duties upon the board of aldermen of
the city. Nearly every city in thec state
in which there are commissioners of
public works has abolished the
boards and turned the management
of these public utilities over to the
city council. Mr. Blease says he has
received a number of letters from
Newberry requesting that this be
done as to Newberry.
The bill to fix a uniform price for
cotton seed wvas discussed in the
house yesterday and killed
The senate took a good portion of
its time yesterday to the discussion
of the compulsory education bill of
Mr. Raysor. Mr. Blease of Newber
ry made a speech in opposition to the
bill while his brother Senator Eu
gene S. Blease spoke in favor of the
bill. The speech of the young sena
tor from Saluda has been very highly
commended. The bill will probably
pass the senate but its fate in the
house is doubtful.
The bill of the Parr Shoals Power
Co. to ratify their charter granted by
the secretary of state and to give ad
ditional power passed the senate and
had a favorable report from the
house committee but when it came
up for second reading was recom' -
teed without opposition.
The ceremonies of inauguration
took place yesterday and were sim
ple and short. The speech of Gov.
Heyward taking only about ten min
A great many Newberry people
were in Columbia this week to at
tend the opera. The weather here has
been freezing for several days.
E. H. A.
THE COTTON CONGRESS.
Farmers of the South Gather in New
Orleans-First Move is to
Reduce the Acerage.
New Orleans, La., Jan. 24.-By a
unanimous vote at the close of its
first session today the Southern In
ter-State. Cotton convention, by gen
eral agreement the largest and most
representative that has gathered in
the South, declared that reduction of
acerage and commercial fertilizers is
the paramount question to be con
sidered at the convention, and it must
be settled before any other busineess
is undertaken. Eleven hundred and
thirty-five delegates, representing the
thirteen cotton growing states and
territories, had registered when the
convention was called to order. Even
that number did not represent the
full strength of the convention.
The foresoon and early afternoon
xere devoted to compromising all
differences that existed as to organi
zation, the central idea being that the
work of-*t convention should go to
the coufftr -with the stamp of har
mony- and.Praatical unanimity. The
result was that former Congressman
Catchings' name was withdrawn and
all opposition to Harvie Jordan's se
Washington Artillery Hall, seating
two thousand people, was crowded to
the doors when the convention met.
As president of the Southern Cotton
Growers, Mr. Jordan called it to or
der. He said in part:
"We are al agreed upon four gen
"Frst. We ipust tie-up and take
care of the surpus of this crop and re
move it from the markets of the
country until next fall, and hold the
balance of the crop absolutely in our
possession until the price advances.to
Second. We must reduce the cot
ton acreage and use of commercial
fertilizers under cotton at least 25 per
cent. under that of 1904.
"Third. We must arrange for a
general system of bonded ware hous
es, under local co trol of the people
throughout the south.
"Fourth. We must at once proceed
to organize the producers of the
south in every cotton growing county
on a business basis to carry into op
eration a permanent system of relief
and protecton for the futurt."
Judge E. B. Perkins, of Dallas,
nominated former Lieutenant Gov
ernor Jester, of Texas, for temporary
chairman, and he was unanimously
elected. Concluding a brief, but ef
fective. address. Governor Jester
"Two reforms must be inauguratea
by the Southern farmers:
"Diversification of crops that will
reduce the production of cotton, and
better facilities for the storage of
cotton that will give lower insurance
and interest and better protecion."
J. A. B. Lovett, of Bluntsville, Ala.,
Richard Cheatham of Mississippi and
J. H. Whyte of New Orleans, were
The question of representation im
mediately arising Governor Varda
man moved that every properly ac
redited delegate should be entitled
to a seat on the floor and a voice in
tion provoked considerable debate, it
On motion of J. A. Brown, of
North Carolina, a committee on per
manent organiza:ion of one delegate
from each state was named and pend
ing its report welcoming addresses by
Mayor Behrman and President San
ders. of the Progressive Union, were
listened to. There were responses by
Walter Clark, of Clarksdale, Miss.,
and J. Pope Brown. chairman of the
Georgia railroad commission.
Mr. Brown said it was the number
of bales which regulated the price of
cotton and the present price would
not advance until it was known that
the production this year was to be
curtailed. Eight million bales would
be an ample crop to raise this year.
With the four million of surplus held
on to, it would give precisely the
crop the bears desire. He believed
the south could whip in the present
W. D. Nesbitt of Alabama, present
ed the report of the committee on
permanent organization. . It provid
ed for Harvie Jordan as president
from each state, and for the three
secretaries named by the temporary
organization. It fixed the represen
tation on the basis of one vote for
every ioo,ooo bales of cotton raised
during 1903-1904, as follows:
Alabama io, Arkansas 8. Flordida I,
Georgia 14, Louisana 9, Mississippi 14
Norh Carolina 6. South Carolina 9,
Tennessee 3, Texas 26, Oklahoma 2,
Missouri i and Indian Territory 3.
These committees were provided
Reduction of cotton acreage and
use of commercial f9rtlizers witR one
farmer one banker and one merchant
from each state. .
Permanent organization of farmers
with three farmers, one merchant and
one banker from each state.
Financing and holding balance of
the present crop until legitimate
prices are secured, with 'one farmer,
one merchant and one banker from
Ware housng and financing future
crops. similarly constituted.
Vne direct trade between farmers
On resolutions to consider matters
of a general nature otherwise provid
"Reduction of acreage and com
mercial fertilizers being of paramount
importance we recommenid it be made
the first order of business and be set
tIed before other business is under
taken," was the conclusion of the
committee's report, which was unan
The convention adjourned until to
His Frst Attempt.
Kansas City Times.
They were in a carriage going to
a ball. He was just of age and was
wearing his new dress suit. It was
his first attempt at "doing things up
in style." Never before had he
worn a dress suit or taken a girl to
a social function in a carriage. He
had dressed in nervous haste, and yet
he had tried his best to see that his
raiment was absolutely faultless.
As they were driven rapidly to
ward the hall they talked of the fine
time they expected to have. Sud
denly the girl stopped talking and
gazed intently at the bottom of the
hack. The youth noticed that she
was apparently interested in some
thing down there, and he asked:
"Mary, what's the matter with you?
What makes you so quiet?" "John,"
she replied, "perhaps I shouldn't ask
you such a question, but isn't there
something wrong with your feet?"
The young man looked down. He
was still in his old carpet slippers
Truth may be held under water for
a while, but it's bound to bob up some
The misletoe has gone out of fash
ELECTIONS BY LEGISLATURE.
Judge Ernest Gary Re-elected Fifth
Circuit-H. E. Hydrick Elect
ed Seventh Circuit-Other
Special to The Herald and News.
Columba, Jan. 26.-The elections
held today by the general assembly
resulted as follows:
For judge fifth circuit Ernest
For judge seventh circuit-D. E.
For superintendent of penitentiary
-D. J. Griffith.
For board directors penitentiary
A. K. Sanders, Jno. G. Mobley, J. H.
Member board of trustees colored
Judge Ernest Gary, of course, was
reelected without opposition. There
were three candidates in the seventh
circuit; Senator D. A. Townsend, anc
didate for re-election; Senator D. E.
Hydrick, of Spartanburg, and Repre
sentative C. P. Sanders, of Spartan
burg. The vote was, Townsend 6q,
Hydrick 78, Sanders 15, putting Hy
drick in by three votes. Col. Griffith
who was reelected superintendent of
the penitentiary, was without oppo
sition. A. K. Sanders and J. G. Mob
ey, on the penitentiary board, were
reelected, and Mr. Kirby representa
tive from Cherokee, defeated M. 0.
Rowland, of Spartanburg. Mr. - Ar
thur Kibler ,on the colored college
board, takes the place of Senator Cole
L. Blease, resigned.
Military Have St Petersburg Under
While the military evidently have
the situation in St. Petersburg and
other centers well in hand and no dis
turbances have occurred, today's ad
vices say that great excitement ex
ists throughout the country. Gen
eral Trepoff. the new governor gen
eral of St. Petersburg has been given
absolute authority over the military
and police and even vested with the
power of exile. and it is evidtnt that
the government is dealing firmly with
the situation. Many persons have
been arrested, among them being
Maxim Gorkey. the author and re
form leader, who, the Associated
Press is privately informed, was tak-.
en into custody at his home in Riga.
A notice was posted today at all
the works in St. Petersburg giving
the strikers 24 hours to return to
work and intimating that those who
do not comply will be deported to the
Dispatches from Moscow which to
day's advices indicate as the possible
storm center, say at Riga and Revel
troops are marching the streets and
the strikers are being fired upon.
At Saratoffi the men in the railway
shops and other establishments have
gone out, but no disorder is reported.
The improvement in the situation is
reflected in a generally firmer tone
on the European bourses.
Dispatches from London to the As
sociated Press say that the British
foreign office and the press take a
gloofy view of the situation.
St. Luke's Church.
Divine services will be at St. Luke's
(Episcopal) church next Sunday the
29th inst. at I i a. m. and 7.30 p. m.
Subject at night-"The scarlet line
in the window."
Al! persons cordially invited.
Detroit Free* Press.
"Honest, now, Jones, did you see a
buglar in your room when you called
"No. My wife had shifted the mir
ror in m., ..onm, and I didn't know it."