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VOL XLII. NO. 140 XPlJWBERRY. S. 0. T-VE4SDX--Y, DE(''-MB-)EB- 19. 190- 5.TIEAXEKS)0kYR
M. BLEASE SWORN
ASKED TO BE PUT ON WITNESS STAND,
Dispensary Committee Met in Columbi
Yesterday anI Adjourned Untill
Special to The Herald and News.
Columbia, December 18.-After
hearing a sworn statement from
Hon. Cole Blea'se, of Newberry, a
memb'er of the committee, and au
thor of the resolution passed by the
legislature which created it, the dis
pensary .investigating committee,
which met in Columbia, at Wright's
hotel. today' at noon, adjourned to
meet in the senate chamber at 3
o clock p. m. on January 10. At the
next meeting all the testimony nec
essary for the report to be submit
ted to the legislature will be taken,
if possible. If for any reason the
committee should not be able to se
cure all the other testimony at this
time. it will continue its sessions
during the session of the legislature,
getting its report in shape before
the adjournment of the general as
At the session this morning Mr.
Bleae asked to be placed on the
witness stand. and was sworn by
Chairman J. T. Hay. Mr. Blease
stated that he 'wanted to give his
statement 'made at Spartanburg, be
fore the committee while it was in
session-there; in order that it might
get in the record, and that he want
ed also to add a few lines to it. Mr.
Blease's statement before the com
mittee at its meeting in Spartan
burg was published in full in The
Herald and News at the time and
it is -unnecessary to give more than
the substance of it here. It will be
recalled that it was made while L.
E. Farlev, a witness, was on the
stand. 'Mr. Farley testified that he
had been assisting the marshall of
the committee in finding witnesses,
and \that he had seen Mr. S. J.
Cathcart and asked him to appear
before the committee, and Mr.
Cathcart told him they couldn't
force him; (Cathcart) to appear
that Mr. Toland had seen Mr.
* Blease "and I don't know wvheth.er
I will come or not." While -Mr.
Farley was on the stand in Spar
tanburg Mr. Blease arose and sta
ted that he had heard his name
brought into the matter for ma
licious political reasons until he was
tired of it, that Toland had had no
conversation at all with him about
the committee or its examinations,
and as to representing the Atlanta
Brewing and Ice company, he had
represented the company in one set
tlement in Spartanburg, the matter
being purely a business transaction
between the Atlanta Brewing com
pany and John H. Morris. at that
time a beer dispenser in Spartan
burg, and tha,t Mr. Blease had been
brought into the matter in a purely
business way at the request of Mr.
Dunwoody, of the company, whom
he happened to meet in Spartan
burg while attending. the May fes
tival there. That when this trans
action was over his connection with
the Atlanta Brewing company, eith
er as attorney, or otherwvise, ceas
ed,and that he had not since been
coimected with the Atlanta Brew
ing and Ice company in any man
Mr. Blease repeated this Spar
tanburg statement in full before the
committee to.day, and stated fur
ther, adding to this statement, that
he did not now and had never rep
resented the Atlanta Brewing and C
Ice company or Mr. Dunwoody as
attorney or otherwise except in the
one settlement above referred to,
and that in that settlement. he did s
not mention the name of the com- t
mittee or any sub-division of it to
Morris arid did :hot know that any
member of the committee had ver
[seen Morris, and he. had- never him-1
self seen him until fhat day. That
.wvhen Morris told bim he had paid
$25 to the dispensarf newspaper
fund, he said to him: Did you pay
that money with the promise of be
ing reelected? Morris said, I did.
Mr. Blease stated that he then told
Morris he thought he had been
treated damn dirty .and that he
would demand his monev back and
advised him to demand his money.
Mr. Blease said that Morris told
him he didn't know how to get it,I
and Mr. Blease told him he would'
write an order' for him, and he
wrote the note because he thought r
that Morris should have his money
back; that he had never' mentioned
the matter to any one who had the
money or was supposed to have the
money., and had never made any ef-s
fort to get the money for Morris.
As to Toland he had not seen him
or had'any conversation with him in
the past four or five years except
the one referred to in the Spartan
burg statement. the full'details of
which were given by Mr. Blease to
the committee at that time. Mr. t
Blease said that Toland's own evi- a
d (ence before the committee showed t
that he did nothing to Jkeep Tolandl
or any one else from appearing be
fore the committee or to keep from
the committee anything that he
knew. The Spartanburg conversa- t
tion with Toland referred to by Mr.
Blease as'the only one he had had
with him in the past four or five~l
vears was when .Toland came to
iim and told him if Charley Smith
would give him (Toland) one hun
dred dollars he wouldn't appear be- ~
fore the committee and Mr. Blease r
told *Toland he didn't have anything
'to do with Charley Smith and (lid
not want anything to do with To- t
land, and walked into the hotel. .
Mr. Blease said fhat he had
written Senator Hay about the
work of the committee, and had said
to him that he had heard complaint'
of the way Lyon and Christensen:
had been acting in securing testi
mony, and he didn't receive thiss
complant from Morris or Toland
and he had made no complaint of
the methods of Lyon and Chris-q
tensen. b)ut on the contrary turned
over to them letters which he had 1SI
recevedl in regard to their part of
Ithe work, and one of those letters
was from Smith to the Newberryv
dispenser. He had never said a r
word or done one thing to hinder
in any manner the committee fromat
getting all the proof that it could,
but on the contrary had done his
full duty as a member of it, and thie tb
record would show that he by reso
THE FARNUM PAPERS.
atch of Papers Represented to 'e the
Farnum Papers Given to
Spe:aI K The I-Ierald and News.
Colubia,, December i8.-In re
ponse to the order of the supreme
:ourt recently passed, in the matter
)f the Farnumi papers, the long
ought papers, or a batch of papers
-epresented to be the papers
ought by the dispensary investiga
i' committee, were handed to the
up'rene court this morning by Far
ium's attorneys, The papers have
iot -:t1heen, examined, and it is not
:ndwn vhat the 1::kage contains.
It vXill -be .recalled that a sub-di
'ision: of the dispensary investiga
ing comniittee, while in Charles
on, demanded some papers of Mr.
S. Farnum. The demand was re
used, and the matter was carried to
he supreme court. The supreme
:ourt without passing upon the
nerits of the contention, ordered
he papers to be produced for ex
miination by 'the court.
Three Dollar Gold Piece.
A three dollar gold piece is a very
are thing. In fact we do 'not re
all ever .to have seen but one and
at one is in the possession and the
roperty of ir. Lambert W. Jones.
t was made in 1865. It is about the
ize of a $5 gold coin ekcept, of
ourse, it is not as thick.
The members -of the West End
aptist church have called the Rev.
.uther B. White,. of Clyde, N. C.,
> become their pastor and he has
ccepted. He will take charge on
be first of January.
Mr. White is a South Carolin
mn, being formerly of .Johnston.
tion adlded a number of questions
> the original resolution, and these
uestions led to other lines of in
estigation. Mr. Blease referred to
is speech at Pomaria last summer
ren he advised the people to
rait for the -repo.rt of the investi
ating committee, and promised to
esign his seat in the senate if it
as not an honest report. He would
~ave it to the people of South Caro
na to judge from the record as be
veen Morris and Toland and him
elf. "I have no fear but that all
air-mir ded and unprejudiced men
ill sav- that 1 have not clone any
iing to justify the criticisms which
'ce people and newspapers have
~en fit to make on account of per
>al or political animosity, or p)os
bly both, as it is wvell known that
iy political position on some of the
iestions before the people and in
ie general assembly for the past
everal y'ears have made many ene
ies among a certain faction of
eople and newspapers. Let the
eople read the record and pass
.idgment fairly and I don't fear the
esult." Mr. Blease warmed up dur
ig his statement. When' referring
> his Ponmaria speech lie said this
ras a nmonth before the Spartan
urg nmeeting, "when I first knew of
1s dirt scheme on the part of some
REV. u. W. '-iETON
VS. MEH. CONFERENCE
PRESIDING EL')R AND MR. CREIGE
Chgrges Preferred --Mr. Creighton Avows
His Readiness to Meet His Accusers
and Sift the Matter to the Bottom.
Spartanburg, December T4.-A
sensation was developed at the ses
sion of the Methodist conference
this morning immediatelv after
Bishop Candler called the twenti
eth question to ex-amine into the
character of ministers.
When the name of the Rev. C.
W. Creighton. edito- of the Chris
tian .\ppeal. published at Green
wood, was -called, the presiding el
der of Cokesbury district arose and
preterred charges against the min
ister in the following words: "That
Mr. Creighton. while editor of a
paper, was guilty of uttering state
ments false, slanderous and unbe
coming a Christian minister." Mr.
Creighton replied coolly as possible
under circumstances, saying: "I do
not know. Bishop, but I suppose
these charges grew out of the edito
rial management of the Christian
Appeal of which I was editor and
owner tor more than two years. I
am a lovaI Methodist and I ask
only for fairness, and I propose to
go to the very bottom of the.charges
so that my course and conduct may
be justly set forth. I shall ptiblish
every line of the testimony."
Mr. Creighton spoke with deep,
suppressed emotion, but outwardly
I was calm and cool. He perhaps
succeeded in: purging his manner
of anything like defiance. but spoke
like a man who would see the mat
ter through to the finish. He has a
reputation of being a hard fighter
for what he believes to be right.
Mr. Creighton was asked to leave
the church whlile the conference act
ed on his character. The Bishop
stated that the church was very
stricf on such matters, and the con
ference decided not to vote on char
The following committee was ap
pointed to investigate the charge
preferred against Mr. Creighton:
Revs. M. L. Carlisle. R. WV. Barber
and T. C. O'Dell. A record of their
finding will be made as soon as pos
A heated discussion of the case of
Rev. C. WV. Creighton was precipi
tatedl when the committee through
the chairman. Rev. M. L.. Carlisle.
mrade his report.
The committee report was to the
effect that they were. unable to de
cide the case and that more time
was needed than was available dur
ing the session of the conference
and recommended that the matter
be referred to the presiding elder
in charge of Mr. Creigh ton during
the coming year.
Then the discussion was brought
on, when Rev. J. WXalter Daniel
arose and said: "Brethren, I am
here to appear for Mr. Creighton. I
consider this rather remarkable re
port and I do not understand how
the conference can adopt such. Not
only is his character held up but he
seft/ without work for another
year. the procedure appears irregu
"toreover. I an it iformed the
matt(r vas brought up before the
mneetig~of the presiding elders this
week andi his character arrested and '
if fhere was evidence to arrest his
character surely there ought to be
something definite. I do not see
how charges can be brought for im
morality and slander when he has
been under the eve of the presiding
elder for two years when these
things are alleged to have taken
place, and when nothing was said"
Mr. Daniel said that the black
est criminal is supposed innocent by
the law until he is proven guilty and.
he did not see hoW the charge could
rest over Mr. Creighton and he be
made to suffer, next year by having
his work taken from him and the
accusation resting against him when
the committee says nothing definite t
and it is not known that he is guilty.
A motion to pass the character of
the defendant until a trial or further
iinvestigation could be held was kill- "
ed by the conference.
Chairman Carlisle of the commit
tee- said that it was recognized by
them that it would take more tine
than was available for them to et.
all the evidence and do justice f6 the "
defendant and that for this +eason
the committee had taken the atien6
they had reported.
The bishop stated that the report
neither convicted or vindicated the .
defendant-that it was non-commit
Then it was moved that the same- .
committee: take the matter in hand
again and report back to the con _
ference definitely whether a trial".
was necessary or not.
This motion was carried with.
few dissenting votes and the com
mittee has again taken up the mat
ter of a trial for Rev. C. WV. Creigh'
Rev. Mr. Daniel stated to the
conference that if a trial were ren
dered they would ask for the mm
utes of the presiding elders at the
time they held up the character .of
the defendant in their ,neeting. The
bishop stated that this meeting~ was
not an integral part of th1e confer
ence but was a matter that inter
ested the presiding elders only.
The entire discussion evoked .a
good deal of excitement and inter
est and every member of the confer
ence displayed the deepest concern -
in th outcome.
The case against Rev. C. W.
Creighton, against whorp- charges
were mare by his presiding eider
fr making false and slanderous
statements against presiding elders
f the church has been postponed. It
s thought the matter will be allow
ed to drop.
A Star Attraction.
The managers of the opera house
y special inducements will have
oe of the three big attractions trav
elling the south at the opera house '
on Saturday night. It is not often
hat an attraction like "Robin
Iood" will take in a town the size
f Newberry. It is up to the
musement loving public to say by
he encouragement given this at
raction what we shall have the next