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VOL XLIIY,.3 NEWBERRY.S C. tVIKDX. JXNAl 9. XTKTIEAWEK 15AYA
ASKS MORE POWER
WHY THE GOMMITTEE HAS HAD ONLY
The Committee not Invested with Sufficient
Power to Compel the Attendanee of
Witnesses and Force them to
Columbia, January 4.-The pres
ent session of the dispEnsary in
vestigation has been giveh up. The
committee has not sufficient power
to carry out. its important work of
inquty. Such has been appreciated
as being the case a4l along, but yes
terday and today it became so pain
fully evident that the committee de
cided to suspend operations until
they can get the desired power.
Senator Christensen, near the
close of today's meeting, said: "We
have sunfmoned witnesses to appear
here, and they have not. appeared.
They have testimony of the utmost
importance, and we have no .power
to compel them to attend and testi
1y. Under the concurrent resolu
tion under which we are working
-Section 5 says, 'That nothing here
in ,:ontained shall. be construed to
-deny the said committee the power
to apply at.any time to the general
-assembly for such other power and
authority as the circumstances ars
ing during. this investigation .may
seem to require.'
I therfore. move that this ses
sion be adjou.rued .and that we ask
the legislature fbr power to compel
the witniesseg to: testify."
Mr. Lyon offered to amend this
tesblutio by adding.,'that we- ask
the Jegislature for such instruction
as may seem proper; - and other
-powers as. seem neCessary.' Mr.
'hristensen accepted the - amend
,inen a the resoltion was passed..
Ab6t twenty witnesses had been
-sumnioned by the committee to ap
-pear.at the present session. Some;
of thein w.ere unavoidably detained
by sicknesf or service on grand ju
A ries, but in~sdme of the cases it was
only too evident that they did not
care to face the committee, *and so
-simply ignored the summons.
It was useless to go on without
these important witn.dsses, and -use
~less. under the circunistances,. to .try
to force themi in. At the first day
.i the new assembly, next Tuesday,
a bill will be presented asking fore
the desired power.
' The only work done this morn
ing of any importance was the hear-f
ing given to Mr. L. WV. Boykin,
former inspector. Mr. Boykin
wanted to answer charges that had
been made against him by C. D.
Smith. the Sumter dispenser, in
which Mr. Smith said that Mr.
Bovkin had tried to influence him
to push certain brands of liquor.
Mr. Bovkin said. through his coun
sel, that he was not aware of the
testimony offered by Mr. Smith at
the time so has not replied until
Mr. Boykin said:. "Mr. Smith
-said that I representedI three liquor
companies giving their names; I.I
want to offer the affidavits from the
Acme Brewing company, of Macon,
the Maryland Rye Whiskey Man
-ufacturers, of Baltimore, and the
Garrett Wine company, of Norfolk.
These were sworn to, respectively,
by A. Bloch, for the Acme Brewing
company ; WV. A. Boykin, for the
Baltimore firm, and C. B. Cole, of
the wvine company.
Mr. Boykin then offered another
affidavit from a gentleman who had
accompanied him when he called on
Mr. Smith to ask about the charges.
The affidavit was from lames Can
tv, now an invalid, and who could
not appear in person. The follow
that .\r. Boykin had gone to Sum
ter in company with Mr. Canty,
after the investigation in that place.
"Have vou done this through ig
norance or through malice?" asked
Mr. Boykin, referring to the tes
timonv Mr. Smith had offered at
the investigation prejudicial to Mr.
Bovkin. Mr. Bovkin followed this
question, according to affidavit. by
asking: "Did you think I represent
ed any whiskey houses while I was
inspector ?" Mr. Smith replied
that he did not. "Then I want a
written statement saying so." This
statemeit Mr. Smith would not
give, saying that he had made his
statement already and could not go
back on,it. To a threat that Mr.
Boykin would go before the com
mittee and tell them Mr. Smith re
Y' I can't help it."
>#r'. Boykin produced an affidavit
from Mr. G. H. Charles, -Who was
clerk of the board of directors, giv
ing dates when he was appointed
inspector, and when he resigned;
April 4, 1889, and -December i,
ioi, respectively. He further
showed: affidavits t6 ~ 'show that
though he. had represented whis
key houses, it was not during his
incumbency as inspector.
"The only reason that I know
why Mr. Smith should have told
these things," said Mr. Boykin, "is
that he was a clerk in the Sumter
dispensary when L. was elected- to
the board. After I was elected he
persecuted me with letters asking
to be appointed an inspector. I
saidI didn'f know Mr. Taturn tvell
enoug.to .ask hin to .do. it., ard if
I did thgre were o.ther men who had
a keati- claim on me than he had.
That's the -qnly reason I know."
..Nr. Bellinger asked in behalf of
his friend. Mr. Gunter, who is very
ill, that Mr. MCGowan, who was to
have~ been. a- witness here, should
appear at son'time known to him;
so he could examine him. It was
promised that whenever he should
be called iustice would be done Mr.
-The only other interesting matter
was the examination of Iuspector
R. WV Nichols. 'Mr. Nichols was
the inspector who visited the Beau
fort dispensary and found it in a
deplorable condition. Senator Chris
tensen examined the inspector as
Q. Hoiv lonig hive you been an
''A.; -.Nearly two years..
Q. You checked the accounts of
Mr. T. F. Walsh; of'Beaufort ?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. State the circumstances.
A. I had asked M\'r. Walsh to be
present when I called to look over
his accounts. I wanted to see them
ten. He said that he was in ill
health and run dlown. and wanted
me to defer the examination until
the next afternoon. I told him if
it would accommodate him I would
wait, but T wanted to check up and
go on. Then he told me that he
was $2,ooo short in his accounts.
and he almost broke down. I told
him to meet me the next morning
and I would see what could be done.
Q.. Wasn't it after you told him
you would have to examine the
stock? How do you know that the
boxes are full in such cases ?
A. We take a man's word for
it, if the seals are unbroken. The
reason for the recent instructions
was that empty cases were found
in Charleston and Fort Motte. Yes.
e seemed a good deal disturbed.
and he agreed to meet me the next
rorning. I found that there wvas
bout $2,400 due the state.
0. What was the nature of the
unerstad(ing- that you had with
Mr. WValsh ?
\. T wen1t to Por.t R'oval and
YemPaSee,( and( his son wired(ro
avanhi:f that he wouA. be over
lefcit good. He came the next af
tvrnoon and gave me a New York
exchangre for the amount. The
father wanted to resign immediate
ly. but. as it was near the end ot
the month. it was just as well for
I him to stav. They wanted to avoid
plublicity, in the matter. The son
said he didn't know how, it was that
his father got short.
Committee - on Arrangements Gives Out
The general committee on mak
ing arrangements for the semi-cen
tennial for Newberry college, met
on Friday to hear the report of the
special committee which was ap
pointed at a previous meeting to
submit plans of organization and
The following constitute the
work of the committee as handed to
us by the secretary Mr. J.. B. Hun
The committee met ifi Dr. 0. B.
Mayer's office. Those present were:
Maver; Scherer. Wheeler, - Sligh,
Bowers, Hunter, Cannon, Powell,
Kicklighter, Derrick and Setzler.
The meeting was called to order
by the chairman, 0. B. Mayer. J.
B.- Hunter was appointed secretary)
pro tem. Minutes of last meeting
were read and approved. The re
port of the executive committee
was then considered and adopted
after amendments. The -report as
amended is as follows:.
Programme. for - commencement
Monday, 10 a. m.-Welcome and
'responsive 'reetings from the col
Monday. 8 p. m.--Or atorical
Tuesday. 10 a. m.-Alumni cel
Tuesday, 8. p. m.-Celebration
'of literarf societies.
Wednesday, 1o a m.-Com- 1
Wednesday, 8 p. m.-Banquet to
be arranged for. by the committee
on ibano netttsubject to appitoval by I
The following committees' were
Finance-O. B. Mayer , WV. K.'1
Sligh, A. T. Brown, 0. Klettner
and A. G.' Wise.
Publication and Publicity-E. B.
Setzler, A. J. Bowers, S. L. Powell, S
Rteception and entertaiiment-0.
B. Cannon, 0. L. Schumpert, G. B.
Cromer, E. A. Carlisle, A. C. Jones,
0. McR. Holmes, J. S. WVheeler,
W. H. Hunt and Z. F. Wright.
Banqiuet-S. J. Derrick. G. S. lI
Mower. G. B. Cromer, Kicklighter I
and T. M. Kinard. I
Inivitation-J. A. Sligh. J. A. B.
Scherer and TF. B. Hunter.1
Class Reumion-J. B. Hunter, J. ~
S. WVheeler and . D. Kinard.
Decided that all speakers were to C
b)e chosen undler the supervision S
andl with the approval of executive C
committee. The executive corn
mittee were authorized to give Dr.
Scherer such help as he may need
in carrying out the duties required f
of him in making arrangements for a
The chairman was instructed to
confer with the town council, and I
request them to appoint a commit- c
tee of three to act as advisory
members of the committee. t
The finance committee wvas char~-t
ged with the duty of electing a
treasurer and approving all bills.
The secretary was instructed toq
give the action of the committee to
at Dr. 0. 1B. Mayer's offce Tucs-K
day. Fbruar 13t. at 7 :30 o'clock
p. mn., at wxhichi time e'achi coimmit
WAS NOT EXAMINE
[HE COMMITTEE FOR SOME REASOP
IS FIGHTING FOR TIME.
day Want Additionai Power--At th(
Meeting Yesterday All of the Mem
bers of the Board were Preseut.
Mr. Towill's Declaration.
[he State, 4th.
The dispens*y investigating
:ommission yesterday examined bul
)ne witness-R. B. Lewis, dispen
;er at Ridgeway. Senator Chris
:ensen had the marshal to see il
he witnesses summoned had arriv
A and it was found that all of the
Spartanburg witnesses were noi
)resent, so it was deemed advisabl(
o defer the examination of Capt.
. R. Fant of that city until this
Mr. Christensen ran briefly over
he correspondence picked up ir
lispensaries in Greenville and sta
ed that the dispensers in that city
ad received the usual amount ol
orrespondence, such as that show
A up in other counties. In addi
:ion to this the committee found
etters asking for financial suppori
or the Vidette, a weekly paper. a
ample of these letters being print
The one witness examined told a
tory of a dispenser whose scintil
ating genius played the Richland
listillerv -to a standstill. R. B.
ewis testified that on the T5th oi
iovember, 1904, he was elected
lispenser at Ridgeway. He took
:harge on the ist of December fol
owing. Between the time of his
Jlection and the time he took charge
is predecessor. Hollis. had order
d and received a stock of $8.ooc
)r $10,000. The dispensary never
:arried a stock of over $2.ooo. He
iad never placed an order for more
han SI.400 worth of liquor at one
When Lewvis took charge of the
lispensary he found that all oi
hese goods had been received in a
~ortnight-invoicedl at over $8,ooo.
kll of the shipping cases-had beer
pened and the former dispense:
ia'd removed therefrom one or twc
xtra bottles, the umber sent tc
he* dispensers personally in ship
nents of Peaceful Valley. Old Tomr
rin' and Old Rabbit. This was
Lbout. the time that . the Richland
istillery was paying 25 cents each
or all empty cases returned. A
~reat many of the cases were re
urned by the former dispenser.
Lewis got on the train at once
nd reported Hollis' shrewd trick to
he commissioner. All that could
>e (lone was to return the liquor.
-e sent back all of the large ship
nent-minus the bottles which
lollis had taken out as per instruc
ions. and even these did not pre
-ent the stock remaining from
hecking up properly, for the
cheme was to put 50 bottles in a
ase when 48 were order ed and the
wo extra were to go to the dispen
er for his personal use.
Commissioner Tatum had ex
laed to him that the authorities
t *the state dispensary did not
nowv that H-ollis would go out of
tis office and that it was not an
nusual matter to ship $8,000 worth
f liquor to one disp)ensary in 15
avs. He admitted. however, that
was a matter sufficient to attract
e attention of the authorities at
ie state dispensary, as he had nev
r heard of the Ridgeway dispen
ary receiving that amount of li
or before or since. Hollis is still
rotndl Ridgeway and has not been
nortedl hv the grand juryv. which
Said1 to l)e waitinig on the dispen
ar1 inestigatingZ co4mmit tee to fmh
;h its work.
uation. Mr. Christensen read an
affidavit from Jas. T. Wiliams, the
former mayor. charging that the
beer dispensaries there are and
have been nuisances. During his
term of office there had been one
homicide and numerous assaults of
a serious nature in these places.
The beer dispensaries were regular
loafing places for rowdies.
Chief Becknell of Greenville gave
an affidavit corroborating Mr. Wil
liams' statement. The police have
no jurisdiction around these places
except to abate nuisances. S. W.
Richardson's place had given the
most trouble. It had been kept
open in disregard of dispensary
Senator Christensen presented
an affidavit from Dispenser Batson
of Greenville, charging that C. 0.
Smith. chairman of the Spartan
burg county board, had been intro
duced to him by R. Y. Hellams,
chairman of the Greenville county
board, and that Smith had presen
ted to him the merits of Congress
Dispenser M. S. Scruggs had
given a similar affidavit in which
he stated - that when Smith ap
proached him in behalf of the Con
gress Hall whiskey, they had some
The investigation will be resum
ed this morning at 10:30-.
Carolina Tea Tables.
Dr. B. T. Galloway, chief .of the
bureau of plant industry, gave me
a Christmas present yesterday. It
is a little bOx of tablets. They are
about the size of gun wads and look
something like the ordinary "frog
in your throat" which simple mind
ed people put into.their mouths.vith
the idea that it will cure hoarseness
or. tickling in the throat. But these
tablets are neither gun wads or
"frogs in your throat." They are
tea tablets, and they come from the
only tea producing state in the
Union. which is South Carolina.
These are the only tea tablets ever
madle, these made at the Pinehurst
tea farms in Summerville, S. C. It
is a newv invention under the sun,
and it enables one to carry around
in very small packages the material
for making gallons of the very best
tea. T can take one of my little tea
"frogs in your throat.''drop it into
a cup of hot water and in exactly
four seconds have a delicious cup of
tea, and South Carolina tea at that.
There are 20 .cQf these tablets in a
box, good for 20 cups of tea, the
price of the box is 10 cents. A per
son can go fishing, take one of these
boxes in his vest pocket, make a fire
heat \vater in a tin cup or a camp
kettle and make tea enough for a
party of 20. The American army.
[ believe does not dIrink tea to any
great extent. Coffee with the sol
diers is the favorite drink, as it is
with so many American people who
are not in th'e army ; but tea is good
d (rink and is more pop)ular today
than it used to be. D)r. Galloway
thinks that this new invention of the
tea table, allowing tea to be carried
isuch a convenient and compact
form. wvill induce the army to use it
more instead of coffee.
IThe annual report of bureau of!
lant industrv will be issued in
bout two weeks, and in that, wvhile
here is only a short chapter on tea
ulture, the farm at Summerville
s reported as progressinn with en
ouraging results. There is- only
ne other tea farm in the country.
That is in Texas, at Pierce, Whor
on county. This is not bearing y:t,
wwever.~andl South Carolina still
:njoys the (distinction of b)eing the
oly tea producing state. The bureau
f plant indlustry cooperates with
D r. Shepardl. the owvner of the Pine
mrst tea farm1. and dutring~ the gath
ring~ seas5on had Dr. Rodd(e IH.
jI'ne of the 1hnrelaul stationedC( I n
rily interested in the tea plant, has
been much interested in this be
cause he desires the commercial suc
cess of the tea growing industry.
Tfiere's no use for him or any of the
others to devote so much attention
to the sudy of the plant unless some
demonstrates that it will be com
mercially valuable to the country.
And this tea tablet is distinctively,
an example of American comercial
methods. It is what one might call
a typical American-stunt. The Chi.
nese wil likely go on 2,000 years
making tea, and selling it, like they
did before America was discovered.
News From Excelsior.
-Excelsior, January 4.-Christ
mas passed off quietly in this sec
tion. The weather for Christmas
was all that could have been de
Miss Lora Nates is spending two
weeks with her sister at Granite
Sunday was a wet, disagreeable
day, snow, sleet and rain fell dur
ing a portion of the day.
Prof. J. S. Wheeler spent Thurs
day in Columbia on business.
Miss Dosia Epps, of Newberry,
spent a few of the holidays witli
Miss Maggie Stone.
Mrs. Caroline Cook is visiting
her daughters near Prosperity.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Watts,- of
Newberry, spent Christmas day,
with his mother's family near here.
Mrs. P. S. Cook and. children
have returned to their honie in Co
lumbia, after spending s.ome time
with' Mrs. J. C. Cook's family.,
Now is the time to make -good
resolutions for the new year and
then stick to them. .
Some of the public roads are in a
bad condition and some. have not
been. worked in a good long while.
Through the kindness of Prof.
J. S. Wheeler' we attended service
at Mt. Tabor church on last Sun
day for the first time in several
Mrs. J. C: Cook and Mrs. H. T.
Kinard are spending a few days
with Mrs. G. B. Dominick's fami
lv near Greenwood.
Mr. A. H. Miller and daughter,
Miss Mattie, Joseph Hartman and
wife, and Mrs. J. M. Wheeler, of
Prosperity, . spent Tuesday withi
Prof. J. S. Wheeler's family.
Our school opened again- on
Monday morning after enjoying the
Mr. and Mrs. J. WV. Hartman
have been spending a few days wvith
Mr. WV. M. Werts' family at
Mountville. S. C.
Mr. John B. Cook and 'family,
of Newberry. have moved back to
his farm, here.
Miss Lucy Wheeler, who is teach
ing school near Jalapa, spent the
holidays at her home here.
Mr. L. C. Singley and family, of
Garys Lane. have been visiting rel
atives in this section.
Miss Julia Shealv, of Little
Mountain, has been visiting Miss
Miss Alva Waters, of Jalapa,
visited Mr. J. C. Singley's family
during the holidays.
Mr. Joseph Matthews, of near
Ninety Six, visited relatives in this
section during the -holidays.
Mr. Arthur Lee Wheeler spent a
few of the holidays with relatives in
Miss Lucy Lake. of Peak spent
the holidays with Mr. J. H. Domi
nick's family. Miss Pet Dominick
accompanied her home to spend a
Misses Janie Kinard, of Lees
ville. and Bettie Werts, of Saluda,
are v'isitingZ Mr. and Mrs. H. T.
Si I ( )i LI D b on the sid1eboard?.