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INTO THE DISPENSARY
A VOLUME OF TESTIMONY DO
INGS OF DISPENSARY.
The Committee Wanted to Hear
Mayor Rhett But He Was Ab
sent-Members of State Board
At one Time Had "Opening
Nights" says Capt.
Sumter, September 7.-There is a
good deal of significance, particular
lv between the lines, in the evidence
brougIt out at the dispensary hearing
here today. It touched in the high
spots, as the small boy woul say. ,
Today concluded the hearing at
.Sumter. The committee was exceed
ingly anxious to hear from Mayor
Rhett, of Charleston, and Chief
Holmes and others were here to testi
fy after he had been heard, but no re
ply had been received from the tele
gram Chairman Hay sent to Flat
Rock, N .C., where it was understood
Mayor Rhett was at this time. He
~ Will be heard later.
The committee adjourned subject
to the call of the chairman, and it will
likely be several weeks before the
conimiEtee can reassemble.
The particular desire is to have an
expression from the supreme court in
the Farnum case before the commit
tee meets again, so that the commit
tee will know definitely what its
rights are. Whe-rher it has the right
to imprison for contempt. The mem
bers of the committee think that at
the next hearing, at which several
parties have been- asked to be heard,
there may be occasion to ask some
embarrassing quesUions, and that. in
the event of a refusal to reply, it is
best for all hands to know exactly
what the law is and w'hat rights the
witnIess and the committee have.
E. D. Smith-not he of cotton
fame, but a former dispenser at Mays
ville-testified that, while M. L. W.
Boykin was a dispensary inspector, he
represented and sought business for
Ullman, Boykin & Co., the Acme
Brewing cotnpany and Garrett & Co.,
all of whom sold to the dispensary.
A Most Amazing Statement
by Mr. Smith was that Mr Boykin
to>ld him th'at he'ought to buy liberal
ly of Acme beer because the Acme
Brewing company of Macon, expected
to put up $5-ooo jn the interest of the
election of Mr. Leon 3. Williams, then
member of the state board, and pros
pective candidat.e for governor. Mr.
Windham, of the Sumter dispensary,
said unequivocally that Mr. Boykim
made him no such overtures and that
while 'he did talk to him about the
Acme beer he certainly said nothing
about this company putting up $,0
for Mr. Williams's election. He went
on further to sag that while Mr. Boy
kin represented liquor firms, it was
not while he was an inspector nor did
he have any connection with the dis
Mr. J. B. Blanding was on the wit
neSs stand for a moment or two. Hei
told of an agent w~ho came here try
ing to place Wideman's beer, of New
port. Ky.. and he told Mr. B,landing
that he could not get his beer into his
state, although it was wanted, "be
cause the state, board -
Wanted Too Much Rake-Off."
Capt. L. E. D. Farley told chat
when Mr. Miles was chairman of the
state board he made frequent visits
to Columbia. as a newspaper man,..nd
that he often sold liquor tO the board
as a matter of friendship to certain
houses. He gave a graphic picture
of what he ~called the "opening nights"
that the members of the board of con
trol would have for their friends.
From his descriptions it would ap
pear that these "opening nights
would be nothing more than
Drinking Feasts And Debauches.
He said that liquor drummers sup
plied the liquor. and that the mem
bers would have open ,roornis at the
-hotels and invite their friends. At
one of these frolics he told of a mem
ber of the board being paralyzed
from what he called "alcoholic pOis
oning." He declined to name the
member, but said that they all had
"opening nights." This, he said, was
while Mr. Miles, Mr. Willams. Mr.
Jones and Mr. Cooper were members
of the board of control.
Mr. E. B. Miller, a zealous and ac
ienesaper man, related how he
'tred In vain to get any of the state,
county or court officials to do any
thing towards having the provisions
i of the dispensary law carried out.
State And County Boards Refuse To
All seemed to appreciate the truth
and merit of the formal complaints of
Mr. Miller, but the result was a series
of goose egl:s. Nothing. no~thing,
and so on to the finish of the game!
Mr. Miller's testimony ought to go a
very long ways in showihg the diffi
culty of having the sta::e board or the
county boards do anything, even when
proper appeals are made to .them.
Mr. Williams wrore that the state
board had no right to make any rules
where the law was plain. Then the
matter came back to the county board
and that august body simply voted
down the motion to have the dispen
sers use the request books or have the
labels cancelled upon the making of
each sale on the ground that it was
not done elsewhere. Mr. Miller wait
ed, and when the personnel of the
state board in Columbia changed, he
made another appeal. The local au
thorities appeared in Columbia, and it
is said swore that they were using the
request books. Mr. Evans, however,
told Mr. Miller that he did not be
lieve their statements and added that
he did not care what they did in Sum
ter, as he had never got'Een but one
vote from this county as a member of
the board. and t'hat it was not their
business to wa7rch the dispensers any
way. Mr. 'Towill, whp was engaged
here at one time in Y. M. C. A. work,
it appears, had a little resolution pass
ed calling upon dispensers to use re
quest books, and this resolution was
sent here more than a year ago, but
it might as well have gone in the
The county board and the dispen
sers insist that they are not going to
use request books and bother with
what Senator Tillman claims is the
only real check on the dispensers,
and give as their main reason that
these* books are not used in other
A Curious Development
here today was t,hat Mr. Sanders, who
was retired from the county board,
seemed to have the impression that he
was left in the cold because of his
desire to have the law enforced. The
members of the Sumter delegation,
all of whom were in the court house
at the .tirne, did not like such an im
pression to be made, and they one and
all testified that Mr. Sanders was noti
reelected simply because they thought
they had selected a. better snited
member of the board, and that they
Ireally did not know how Mr. Sanders
stood on issues in the board, and if
he thought he was left off the count'y
ooard because he had tried to enforce
the law, it wvas all a mistake and that
thyv were all in favor of the enforce
ment of tihe law. Mr. Fraser, it ap
eared, heard of the suggestion and
promptly advised Mr. Lyon so that
4he might look into the matter. It is
evident that Mr. Sanders' impres
sion due to the fact that he -nade ef
forts while on the county board to
have the request books used, and that
he could nort even get seconds to his
motons to have no plain a provision
of .the law enforced.
Bribery Charges H otly .Denied.
Dispenser Wiiidham was- on tche
stand several times today and insist
ed that it was a fake about his being
influenced by the approaches made to
him. He insisted that he got no
money; that Capt. Gailliard apologiz
ed to him for having broached the
subject, and that he never voted for
Raffield, in whose behalf the offer
was alleged to have been made. Mr.
Windham grew mad when Mr. Miller
suggested that Capt. Gailliard had
told him that he felt that Mr. Wind
ham would have taken the money ii
it had really been tendered. Mr.
Windham did not believe that Capt.
Gailliard ,had eyed told Mr. Miller
*such a thing.
Mr. Raffield insisted that he had
never authorized any offer being made
in his behalf to Mr. Windham, while
on thexboard, and that if any offer
was made it was unauthvorized by him
Mr. Raffield, however, did say that
when a committeeman of the grand
jury visited the Windham dispensary
ro look around, that Dispenser Wind
ham offered free liquor, which all of
the members of the comn1ittee. ex
ept ,himself, accepted. It appears
thatMr. Wi~rham was presented to
the court for infrations of the law,
the non-use of request books, not can
celling labels and such things., but that
there never was a tr*al and that wazs
as far as the matter ever got.
.\Mr. Sanders tes:ified that he had a
direct ofler from M1r. Warren for a
division of pay if he would vote for
Varren. and that an effort was made
to get him to vote for Raffield on
condition that his brother be made
a clerk. He declined to have anything
to do with such offers, and Mr. Raf
field swore that he was not a party
to such a proposition.
The first witness -this morning was
Dispeilser Windham, who does not
seem to be fond of talking and who
only answers what he is asked.. He
was examined by Mr. Fraser Lyon,
who conducted the entire examina
tion during the Sumter session, witih
mu h satisfaction. Dispenser Wind
ham was asked if any of the whiskey
or wine houses shipped him directly.
He said he received only a few com
plimentary cases, but no shipment of
stock goods was made him. He was
quite sure no goods had been shipped
him directly. Mr. Lyon showed him
a bill of lading for three cases of wine
from Garrett & Co. to make up a loss
in shipment. There was a letter rela
tive to a shipment of five barrels to
Dispenser Windham direct from
Weldon. This, he claimed, was not
shipped him personally, but was ship
ped him for the dispensary and was
Mr. Windham's Bad Memory.
He remembered Mr. L. W. Boykin,
now member of the board, when he
was an inspector. He represented
some liquor house, but he did not re
member the house 'Mr. Boykin repre
sented. He did not remember*if he
represented the Acme Brewing com
pany or the Westmoreland liquor.
Then Mr. Lyon led up to the alleg
ed $5,ooo proposition for a campaign
fund and as1ced Mr. Windham:
Do you remember whether he rep
resented some beer or whiskey houses
when he was inspector?
Yes, the represented one house, I
don't remember the house and I don't
think I handled any of the goods he
You don't remember anything abou'r
the Westmoreland Club whiskey?
I remember that brand of whiskey.
Don't you remember his represent
I can't say that I do. I have sold
some of the Westmoreland whiskey,
but don't remember whether he repre
sented it or not.
.You don't recollect that he repre
sented the Acme Brewing company.
No. I don't remember whether he
did or not.
Do you recall Mr. Boykin coming to
Sumter while he was representing
ohose whiskey houses and requesting
you to put in an order with the Acme
Brewing company for the reason that
the Acme Brewing company was to
furnish $3.000 for the election of Mr.
L. J. Williams, if he should run for
No. I don't remember anything of
Didn't Mr. Boykin have a conver
aton with vou in regard to t.at?
No. I didn't think so. I have no
recollection of that conversation.
You heard of that being done, did
No. it is news to me.
You handle the Acme Brewing
company's beer 'here?
Yes, a great deal of it.
And Mr. Boykin represented it?
No I don't remember that he did.
I thought it was represented by Mr.
B. M. Wilson.
You knew Mr. Boykin did repre
sent some whiskey houses while he
No not while he was inspector. I
don't think, not to my knowledge.
dter he left the office of inspectot
then ,he represented the whiskey
houses, but I (don't think he did while
inspector, at least I don't know that
There is a sample of how the oft:.
cals prosecute alleged defaulting dis
pensers... Mr. J. M. Reams was elect
ed for the term for which Mr. Raffield
was a candidate and in telling of his
short tenure Mr. Windham said he
served for only five months because
he went short. The inspector said
the shortage amounted to $6oo or
$70. When asked if the shortage
has been paid he said:
u culd' ell yo. I left the board
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