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VOL. XLII.NO. 76 NEWBER'Y. S. C.. TUESDAY -TUNE 13, 1905. TWICE A WEEK. $1.50 YEAR
THE DISPENSARY SIDE.
A Card From State Senator Cole. L
Blease to the People of
To the Voters of Newberry County:
In view of the fact that the effort
is being made to vote out the dispen.
sary system in Newiberry county, I
take this opportunity of presenting to
you some facts in regard to said law.
It has been charged frequently that
at the election in 1892 the people of
South Carolina voted for prohibition,
and that the prohibitionists asked for
:a fish and were given a serpent. This
statement is not true. At the session
of te legislature of 1892 the prohibi
tionists made a strong fight for the
Childs bill, which was passed by a
.good, safe majority through the house
of representatives. When it reached
the senate ex-Governor Evans, then
senator$'moved to strike out the
Childs bill and insert thle dispensary
law as an amendment. That was pass
ed by the senate and ret.urned to the
house of representatives. The prohi
bition leaders, notably Mr. S. A. Net.
tiks, who is now a Methodist minis
ter, and who had been making' a stren
tvous fight for the Childs bill, arose in
his seat and begged the prohibition
members, whose leader he was, to
vote for the senate amendment, which
was the dispensary law. Now, if the
prohibitionists were strong enough in
the house to pass the 'biIl, were they
not strong enough to hive defeated
the dispensary amendment? Certain
ly they could have done so if they
had combined with the anti-prohibi
tionists, who did ask them to help
them kill the dispensary amendment.
You see, therefore, tibat the prohibi
tion majority is responsible for the
passage o fthis law, and not the anti
You all remember the old bar.
room system, with all of its evils,
which are so numerous that I need
not mention them. You also remtma
ber that when the courts closed th+e
dispensaries for the time being, what
the condition of affairs was from orig
inal package houses and blind tigers.
Do you wish to return to either of
these systems? The dispensary law
provides that no whiskey shall be sold
between sunset and 'sunrise; no w.his
key shall be drunk on the premises:
no whiskey shall be sold to a minor or
habitual drunkard: no person shall be
allowed to purchase whiskey but once
in a day: no whiskey shall be sold ont
credit: no whiskey shall be sold in
less quantity than one-half of one
pint; and no man pays a cent to keep
up the dispensary except the man who
buys the whiskey. A revenue is re
ceived from the sale and is divided be
tween the to. n and county. For the
year ending November 30. 1904. the
net profit of the state dispensary,
placed to the credit of the school fund,
was $171.377-73. Int our own county,
Newberry. we received $13,504-18.
From our county dispensaries the
county received last year $6.ooo and
the town received $6,ooo.
Now, if the dispensary law should
be voted out, it would necessitate
the raising of the tax levy from two
and one-half to four and one-half or
five mills. In addition to this, the
schools throughout the entire county
would be materially injured. We all
know that schools which' used to run
three and four months are now run
ning six and seven months: that the
teachers are receiving higher salaries;
that the school houses are being im
proved. and that new equipment, such
as desks. maps. etc.. are being added;
and a surplus yet remainse
credit of the schools.
it has been said that it was a sin
for the state to receive this money
from the sale of whiskey. Which is
the greater sin. for the state to sell
the whiskey and receive the profits,
or to sell a li:-ense for the sale of
whiskey and to receive the license
menev? Is it more evil to sell w'his
key and receive the profit than it is
to license anoiher man to sell whis
key and you receive the license? Is
it more wrong to sin than it is to en
courage it, and license others to do it?
Because, in either case, it is money
received from the sale of whiskey.
It is liquor money just the same.
The dispensary system is not re
sponsible for bad management, and
should not be voted out because some
are violating the law, any more than a
city should be condemned and boy
cotted because it has some disrepu
table parts. For instance on Sunday
I noticed, while people were going
to the opera house to hear the bacca
laureate sermon to the graduating
class of Newberry college, that a
crowd of negro boys were under the
court house piazza on the public~
square playing a mouth organ,
dancing, laughing, and talking loudly.
The same thing was going on during
e service and during the time that
. people were leaving, returning.
home. Should Newberry be shut up
and the charter taken away from th'e
town because of this? Yet people
say the dispensary must go because
some )bad management has been
What means this- combination
among prohibitionists, the blind
tiger element, the moonshiners and
those who favor open barrooms. It
the dispensary is voted out, what are
we to have? Prohibition? No;
Because it would never be enforced;
the attempt would be a failure, as it
always has been everywhere, and as a
result it would soon become a stench
in the nostrils of the people, and then
we would hear the other side crying
out, Give us the- old bar-rooms, and
that is wy they are today swith the
prohibitionists and endeavoring to
kill the dispensary. Do you want the
old ibar-room system in the back end
of your drug-stores? If so, vote to
kill the dispensary and to establish
These are only a few thoughts
which I wish to call to your attention
and ask you to consider. If the
election is asked for, before it is held
I hope that the-e will be arranged
meetings in the county, where the
question can be presented fairly and
without prejudice to the people. I
stand ready to defend the dispensary
system, and at the proper .-ime will
invite a joint 'discussion with the
leaders on the oth'er side. Then the
matter can be presented, and the fight
can be made and to the finish.
In conclusion, let me call your at
tention to the meeting of Saturday
and to those who were leading it.
Does it remind you of certain other
conventions held in our county? Is
this another political movement in
disguise to help some body get office?
Cole L. Blease.
Constable Eison To Be Tried.
State Constable Julius R. Eison,
through his attorneys, Messrs. Eu
gene S. Blease, of Saluda, and Cole.
L. Blease, of Newberry, requested the
solicitor to hand out an indictment
to the grand jury of Richland county
in the case of the killing of a negro
by Mr. Eison in' Columbia on Monday
of last week. The presiding judge
was also requested to instruct the
grand jury to return a true bill, which
was done, and the case has been set
for trial this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
Mr. Eison will be defended by
Messrs. Blease and Blease.
Magistrate C. G. Blease also went
to Columbia yesterday afternoon to
attend the hearing of the case.
Who Are Entitled to Vote.
Those wvho are duTy qualified for
voting undler the constitution and
lawsof the state of oSuth Carolina and
registered in the town of Newberry,
are entitled to vote on the bond issue,
election to be held at council chain
tbers. June 16. 19o5. polls open at 8
MR. EDWIN A. CARWISLE.
Etected Cashier National Bank to
Succeed J. W. M. Sim
At a meeting of the directors of the
National bank held on Saturday Mr.
Edwin A. Carlisle was elected cashier
to succeed Mr. J. W. M. Simmons,
deceased. Mr. Carlisle is a son of
Mr. M. A. Carlisle, president of the
He is a graduate of Newberry col
lge in the class of 1893, and a grad
uate of the Eastman fbisiness college
of Poughkeepsie, New York. He
taught school for a couple years and
then was made business manager of
the Carolina Manufacturing company,
which position he filled for several
years. He has been for the past two
years the South Eastern represen
tative of the Springfield Metalic Cas
ket company, of Springfield, Ohio,
traveling the states of Virginia, North
Carolina, West Virginia, South Caro
lina, and Florida. He will not assume
his new duties actively until the first
of the coming month, as he is now on
a trip for his company. He is just
thirty years old and a young man of
good business qualifications, good
education, fine character, and pleasing
Death of Mrs. Geo. Dickert.
Mrs. Geo. Dickert, eldest daughter
of Col. D. A. Dickert died at her home
at Brainlbridge, Ga., on-Sunday. Her
remains were brought to Newberry
yesterday for interment. Funeral ser
vices were conducted at the home of
Col. Dickert yesterday afternoon at 5
o'clock by Pastor W. L. Seabrook.
Besides her husband and other refa
tives she leaves three children.
A Contract Maker.
And also a contract breaker is one
Loomis Vance who was cgptured in'
Saluda county last Friday night by
Sheriff Buford. There are six cow. i
tracts in existence which he made for 1
work in this year, four of them in
this county. He was working on Mr.
Jake P. Long's place when captured.
He is now in jail awaiting trial for
the violation of his several contracts.
The court of general sessions for
\1ewberry county will convene on the
26th, with Judge J. C. Klugh presid
ing. There are several murder cases
and several for other offences and
the probability is the court will last
for the entire week.
The following jurors were drawn
to serve for that week:
Enos G. Counts.
0. Clifton Dominick.
0. M. Jameson.
Jno. W. Monts.
R. H. Swittenberg.
J. C. Leitzsey.
T. S. Hudson.
James W. Hartman.1
P. T. Livingston.
J. S. Floyd, Jr.
J. C. Salter.
J. A. Hartman.
Robt. T. Boland.
T. S. Reed.
James M. Bowers.
Ira A. Miller.
Geo. P. Hill. I
R. C. Maybin.
Geo. S. Dickert.
Ben Y. Abrams.- 1
B. T. Marrow.
J. T. Baker.
J. Hilliard Hipp.
Franklin L. Lorick.
J. N. Feagle.
A. W.T Monts.
C. D. Buzhardt.
WVillie P. Crumpton.
J. B. Derrick.
J. H. Dominick.
E. L. Cook.
R. P. Huffman.
T. C. Longshore.
T. Hayne Chalmers.
u Dn Derrick
NOW BEING IGITATED
MASS MEETING IN COURT
HOUSE ON SATURDAY.
Petition Adopted For Circulation t
Among Qualified Electors-Com
In pursuance of a call issued in the ti
newspapers s+gned "Many Citizens," 1r
a mass meeting of the citizens of li
Newberry county was held in the court v
house on Saturday morning to consid- tt
er the advisability of circ'ilating pe- D
titions among the qualified electors a
-f the county requesting the supervi- tl
sor to order an election upon the
question of "d'spensary" or "no dis- ir
pensary." . A petition was adopted ci
as the one to be circulated, and com- ti
mittees were appointed from various ir
townships to take the matter in
charge. The township committees i
were authorized and requested to ap- ti
point one executive committeeman e;
each from their respective townships,
the selection of executive committee- tl
men not to be confined to members fr
)f the township committees. On mo
tion of Mr. W. H. Walrace, the com- no
mittees were requested to make all t<
possible dispatch in gettingtherequis- w
te number of signatures to the peti- h
tions. All preliminary arrangements tl
looking towards the effort to secure 'I
the election were left to the executive e:
ormittee, but it was expressed as it
the sense of the meeting that the elec- e:
tion be held as soon as practicable. it
-The meeting was attended by about ho
three hundred voters representing
nany sections of the county. Mr. R. h4
r. C. Hunter called the meeting to ir
rder, and Mr. W. I. Herbert was a:
:hosen chairman. Mr. Herbert thank- fE
d those present for the honor which m
iad been conferred upon him, because k
ie said, he thought it an honor to as- ti
ist in an effort to put down the evil w
;nd uphold the good. Mr. 'Arthur H. t h
Kohn was chosen secretary. a
Mr. J. C. Neel stated the object of p
he meeting to be to take action look- le
ng towards the circulating of 'peti- ti
ions upon the question of "dispen- P:
tary" or "no dispensary." i2
On motion of Mr. Arthur Kibler, B
the act of the last general assembly, ir
mnder which the meeting was to take P:
iction, was read by Dr. Geo. B. Crom
er. This act was published in full Vn
n the last issue of The Herald and al
Sews. and its provisions are well al
(nlown by the people of Newberry P
county who are interested in the t<
-novement now on foot to vote out a
:he dispensary. ~t
Dr. Cromer stated that the meeting r<
vas called to get up petitions asking tl
he supervisor to submit the question si
>f "dispensary" or "nso dispensary" to E
:he people of Newberry county, these h4
>etitions to be presented, provided it
they were signed by one-fourth of ti
:he qualified voters. The supervisor u
.vould have no choice in the matter, tI
1e said, if the petitions were signed g
)y ,the requisite number, and if the ti
lection should be ordered every qual- s
ied elector in the county would be ti
entitled to vote. h
Mr. Kibrer stated that this was not g
an occasion for speech making. Those
iere had come here for the purpose si
f getting rid of one of the greatest fi
evils in the state. He believed the ci
lispensary, no matter how honestlyn
t was operated, or how honest were rr
:he officials in charge of it, was one sI
>f the greatest evils which had ever
een placed upon the people of South a:
arolina. He believed, if the people
vould go about it in a business way, p
~he dispensary in Newberry would a.
~oon be a thing of the past. t
Dr. Cromer stated that it would be ti
vell to keep in mind that there might t<
>e those present who were not in fav- lk
r of voting the dispensary out. And ti
thre mig-ht be some precsent who n1
ere in favor of an election simply
test the question.
Mr. J. C. Neel stated that he had
Liked around, and that he had seen
ly one man who was in favor of
te dispensary. He believed that
wenty-five out of orre-hundred peo
e in Newberry county were in favor
voting the dispensary out. He
iought it a good idea to make the
reachers members of an executive
>mmittee, and for them to get the
iembers of their churches to sign
ie petitions. He thought by these
eans, at least one-fourth of the qual
ied electors of Newberry county
rould soon be secured. He moved
iat the preachers of the county, with
r. Geo. B. Cromer as chairman, be
pointed a committee and circulate
Mr. W. I. Herbert who was presid
g over the meeting thought that the
)mmittees ought to be selected from
te various townships. He was not
favor of Mr. Neel's motion.
Mr. A. C. Jones moved as an amend
ient or a substitute to Mr. Neel's mo
on, that a committee of one from
tch towsship be selected.
Mr. W. H. Sanders wanted to have
ie committees composed of three
om each township.
Mr. A. C. Jones stated that he was
t opposed to having larger commit
es, but that he thought possibly the
ork might be better advanced, by
aving only one in each township,
ran by having larger committees.
he motion was to have one from
tch township, and that the ministers
t that township be made members
c-officio. Let each township select
s own members, and appoint them
-re today, he said.
Dr. E. P. MWcClintock stated, that
believed that he expressed the feel
g of all the preachers in the county,
id when he stated' that he was per
ctly willing to pledge himself at this
eeting to work industriously and
yally in every reasonable way fo'
te movement, but personally he
ould prefer not being a member of
e committee, or any part of it. He
as very well acquainted with the
reachers of Newberry county, at
ast he thought they could be safely
usted to do their part-all that a
-eacher of the gospel, who is a cit.
en of Newberry county ought to do.
ut he did not like the idea of hay.
g any committee connection as a
Rev. WV. L. Seabrook said that he .
as also opposed to Mr. Jones'
nendment. He was here today not
a preacher, but as a citizen, he ex
ected in connection with this 'work,
act not solely as a preacher but as
citizen of South Carolina. Anything 2
at he might be able to do he was
ady to do. But that he did not
ink that the fninisters ought to ::
and in this movement as a class.
very christian citizen of this state,
said, should be as much interested1
this work, as the ministers, and
iere was just as much responsibility
pon every citizen of the county, as
iere was upon the ministers .of the
ospel. He was shirking nothing. On
ze other hand he was probably as
lining more by taking that position,
ian by hiding his personality Ibehind
isofficialposition as a minister of the
Mr. Arthur Kibler moved as ~a sub
itute, t.hat committees be appointed
'om the various townships to be
>mposed of five members each from
Limbers one and nine, and three
tembers each from the other town
lips in the county.
Mr. Jones accepted the substitute
-id the motion was carried.
Dr. Cromer called attention to the
rovisions of the act of the general
isembly requiring that when a coun
votes out a dispensary, an annual
Lx of one-half mill shall be levied,
be used in the enforcement of the
w if necessary, and to remain in the
easury of the county if its use shall
ot abe found necessary for the en