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VOL XLIII. NO. 30. NEWBERRY. S. C. FRIDAY. APRIL 13. 190. TWICE A WEEK. $1.50 AY1AR
FOR E. S. BLEASE
THE SENATOR FROM SALUDA
EXONERATED BY JURY.
The Trial Tok But One Day-The
Defendant Swooned as He Left
the Stand After Telling His
Saluda, April 10.-When eourt was
called this morning a rush was made
to the court room, and soon every
available seat was occupied, and the
aisles were filled.
It was known that the case against
Eugene S. Blease, charged with the
murder of Joe Ben Coleman on the
streets of Saluda, in September last,
would be called for trial. The defend
ant, accompanied by his attorneys, by
his aged mother, by his sister, Mrs.
Eison and by his brothers, Cannon
and Cole, and by his little seven-year
914 4aughter, an only child, Saluda
e, reached the courtroom in a few
nside the bar sat Mr. G. W. Cole
man, Sr., the.aged father of Joe Ben
Coleman, 'while nearby was .1Ws
brother, William Coleman, and his
kinsmen, M. A. Coleman, W. L. Cole
R. W. Coleman and others.
At the request of Solicitor Cooper
Judge Prinee granted a half-hour in
wich to allow Mr. T. S. Sease, coun
sel for thep rosecution, to arrive. He
-reached Saluda promptly at 10
o'clock, and after a few minutes of
consultation with Solicitor Cooper,
the State announced ready. Mr.
Blease was immediatelyt arraigned, a
deathly stillness pervAding the court
room during the arraignment. With
emphasis and with a steady voice-the
pisoner answered, "I am not gal
g.""How 3ill yoube tried?" ask
ed the clerk.- "By,,ard-my-e0un
-try," was the answer, in a firm and
distinct voice. The,- following jury
was then placed in charge of the ease:
H. P. Shealy, A. H. Stephens,. George
W. Long, R. B. Bouknight, B. D.
Leopard, B. J. Waits, W. D. Holston,
W. R.. Quarles, J. A. Bledsoe, J. L.
Grigsby, A. B. Hallman, J. P. Bodie.
* The State exhausted its challenges.
Defendant made four objections. The
selection of a jury consumedl just 20
All of the jurors are maried men.
*B. D. Leopard is the oldest member
of the panel, and the only one above
50. Mr.. J. P~. Bodie was appointed
foreman. The following are the
counsel in the case: For the prosecii
*tion, Solicitor Cooper and Mr. T. S.
Sease, of Spartanburg; for the de
fense: Messrs. J. William Thurmond,
N. G. Evans, C. J. Ramage, E. W.
Able, Daniel & Daniel and B. W.
Dr. J. J. Kirksey, who held the
post mortem examination, was the
frst witness sworn. He testified as
to the entry and direction of the
-wounds. One would in the right side,
and another in the shoulder. Bullets
penetrated the lungs. Wounds caus
ed death. On eross-exantinationl
that the wife of Joe Ben Coleman
bad long illnes at Blease's home and
died there. ..Bease.and.golemanl mar
and Blease was 'the closest I .ever
2knew not to be brothers. Soon after
shooting, witness reached the.- deceas-.
ed, and deceased said, "Doctor, he
has killed me-has shot me through
the bowels." Deceased was con
sious up to a short time before death.
The State objected to the inquiry as
to whether the deceased at any time
made any- statement about the cause
of the shooting. The objection was
overruled, and witness said deceasedI
never alluded to the cause of the'
shooting. I(e only said, "Doc, go out
and get him and let him come and fin
ish me. I wish he had killed me on
-the spot and kept me out of this suf
fering." Coleman knew Mrs. Blease
used morphine, and Coleman knew
Mr. Blease objected, and treated Mrs.
Blease for a number of years. I ob
jeted to giving Mrs. Blease mor
-phine. Witness stated that the use
of morphine would cause one to lose
their will power."~
DediretWitness testified that he
infored Blease that his wife was
contrating the morphine habit.
Blease appeared not to like my mak
ing such as tatement. Coleman knew
of my making the statement, which
was six months before the homicide.
C. C. Mathis testified to hearing the
shots, saw Coleman fall at the cor
ner of Smith Brothers' store: did not
see Blease at the time. Deceased fell
on his back as he turned the corner
went around Coleman and fired twice
at deceased. At the same time Cole
man- pulled something from his pants
pocket and present hand-so (indica
ting), and then threw it. Very small
weapon Coleman had. Two reports
at first, said witness, and I think
four more. Pointed weapon at Blease.
Remember nothing said. Too far to
distinguish statements. Heard Blease
tell sheriff few minutes afterwards,
''Come here, sheriff; I am ready to
give up." Did not see deceased when
the first shots were fired.
The Principal Eye-Witness.
H. G. Crouch, who is a brother-in
law of both deponent and deceased,
having matried a sister of Mrs.
Blease and Mrs. Coleman, testified as
to seeing Blease on afternoon of trag
edy. Soon saw something was wrong'
with defendant from expression on
face. Witness inquired if defendant
was drunk. Answered, in negative.
Defendant then inquired if witness
was a friend to him, and whether a
better friend to him than to.Joe Ben
toleman. Defendant then tdM me his
ife haid made e6nfession of her in
timacy with JoeBen Coleman. Told
witness that defendant's suspicions
were aroused months ago and he had
brought the matter to Mrs. Blease's
attention. She denied all. Deponent
farther told me of finding a note in
wife's bedroom reading,. "Dear Lu
die: I cannot get you any more of
that stuff. You know I would do any
thing 'I could for you." Deceased's
name was signed to note. Defendant
stated, that he had gogne to. Coleman
a&. told him f ti- note and that if
he 'wanted Ludie to take her and,go.
Defendant had whiskey and stated
to witness that . it had no effect on
him, that he had drunk a quart a Jay
trying to drown, trouble.
Witness insisted that defendant not
do anything rash.' Blease was raging
at times like a wild man. At other
times was quiet. Defendant told
witness that he would take his wife
into his home but not as man and
wife, provided she would never speak
to Joe Ben. Defendant asked witness,
'If I kill Joe Ben will you help me
out?'' Witness urged him not to do
When witness reached store of Joe
Ben, he saw deceased and .defendant
talking. Blease said, ''Joe Ben, I
mean what I said. If you don'!t leave
and never come back I'll kill you.''
Coleman then said, ''Rather than take
life or lose life I'll leave, but I will
not leave tonight.''. -Blease asked. de
eeased if he was armed and pulled,
out small Derringer and threw it
down to Joe Ben, and put his himds in
poket. Defendant became fereited,
wild and was raging. Witness caught
defendant and told Coleman to run.
Thought Coleman gone 'and . turned
Blese loose. Defendant reached door
and shot once, then advanced and shot
again. Coleman turned corner of
Spith:Bros. Blease shot at Coleman
on ground two or three times and
threw pistol down, saying, ''I shot
him about my wife.''
The Derringers were exhibited to
witness, and identified and condi
tion of them described, it appearing
that Coleman had one of theni. This
one showed loaded cartridge and that
it had been snapped on but not ex
The Colts magazine pistol used by
Mr. Blease was exhibited and identi
fied by -wiVess. Itk is an awkward
shaped looking affair.
Deceased had three children. He
did not say he could not leave on ac
count of his children. These children
are from three to about seven years of
Rev. J. A. Carson also noticed some
thing unusual in defendant's appear
ane when he saw him in store just
before the shooting. Described man
ner of shooting and said defendant ran
after Coleman. He recalled nothing
that defendant or deceased said at
tim e f or ar the shooting Did
not see Coleman draw pistol. Was
about 50 yards away at time of shoot
ing. Saw Coleman on ground. Wit
ness noticed Blease more particularly
than he did Coleman. Did not see be
ginning of difficulty. -V
D. N. Smith's testimony developed
nothinc new. Saw Coleman pass my
store door running or walking rapid- I
ly. Blease followed and shot at de-,
ceased twice after he fell. Coleman's
right side was towards Blease while'
on ground and head against the brick
wall. Found Derringer on sidewalk
near Coleman after shooting. Blease T
looked wild. Paid no attention to me.
Father of Mrs. Blease. C
After examining Mr. Ralph Grant, p
the State had Mr. J. W. Herbert, fa- tt
ther of Mrs. Blease, put on the stand. b
He is probably 65 years of age, and a o:
man of commanding appearance tl
though modest and very reticent. The tl
casual observer could no,tice that he si
labored under deep feeling but held
himself under complete control. ; M
Mr. Herbert, testified that 'his V
daughter, Mrs. Blease, made in his T
presence to her husband, a full con- m
fession of her intimacy with Joe Ben o
Coleman. Mr. Herbert said that this b
confession was made at his home and v
that it was not extorted by threats or A
any other compulsion. E
Mr. Humphreys testified merely to w
the fact that he vas with the deceas- w
ed nearly all of the time after he was o:
shot until he died. Coleman stated f2
to him that hq didn't think'Eugene
would have sh6t him. Coleman real- 1M
ized that he was going to die., I
The only witnesses for the defense ft
were: H. C. White au'd the defend- t<
ant,'E. S. Blease. White testified to. a
wildness of manner and appearance tl
of Blease at time of the shooting. n
No more dramatic scene has ever d
been witnesses in a court house than c
when Eugene S. Blease told in tears d
and sobs of his friendship and love
for Joe Ben Coieman, their associa- ci
tions for many years, his exertious ti h
secure Coleman a position and then h
of the ruin of his home and the ap- b
palling weight of shame and dishon- ei
or the information of his wife's in- w
fidelity brought him. At the conclu- p
sion of this dramatic scene the.situa- t<
tion was rendered even more dra- w
matic when the defendant swooined as a
he was leaving the stand and became
limp as death. He had to be carriedq
to the jury room, where he reitnamed
during the entire time of the argn- c'
ments, attended by his physician- a
The argument was opened by So- o
liitor Sease for the State. He was b
followed for the defense by Messrs. ti
B. B. Evans, B. W. Crouch, N. G. $
E7vans and J. W. Thurmond. Solic- 1i
itor Cooper closed for the State. The
argument. consamed five hours at the
conclusion of which Judge Prince de- tj
livered the chai*e to the jury. It
waiS*ter eight o'clock when the jury E
retired and after supper was served ~
to them, they returned to the court
room at 9:30 o'clock with a verdict of
Dots From St. Philip's. li
St. Philip's, April 13, 1906. C
Several .of our farmers are through c,
planting corn. h
St. Philip's school, which is taught
by Miss Essie Pearson, closes today. ec
Miss Essie is one-~f'.the best teach- a
ers that wve ever had and w's hope. .
that the trustees will eleet' her again. 7
She will present those on the honor n
roll with .a nice book-.t
I am glad to know that the people
are taking more interest in fruit trees n
as there are several of our neighbors a
who have purchased a lot of trees r
for their orchard. c:
Mr. G.'P. Hill is going *to bore a
well for Mr. W. L. Kibler, which will tl
add much to the comfort of his home.
Mrs. Lizzie ~DeWalt has' returned
hone, after a visit to Mr. and Mrs. t
Miss Ethel Clinton from Newberry
college spent Saturday and Sunday
with her aunt, Mrs. W. B. Kinard.
Mrs. Josephine. Sligh is visiting at
tehome of Mr. W. B. Lominick.
Miss Ethel Halfacre is visiting herd
sister, Mrs. G. W. Setzler, of Pomaria.
Some men are so shortsighted they
wouldn't be willing to pay the inheri
tnce tax if they ot the chance.
. EIGHT HUNDRED
TILL SPEND $25,000 ON EREC
rION ANOTHER DORMITORY.
nprove'ments to be Made-Central
Heating and Power Plant to
Be Erected at Cost of About
It is the purpose of the trustees of
lemson college to increase the ca
Rcity of that institution so that at
te opening of the term next Septem
r the school will accommodate 800
7 850 boys. The board of trustees at
ie meeting yesterday decided upon
t4 expenditure of about $70,000 to
,cure this additional equipment.
The following were present at the
eeting: R. W. Simpson, chairman;
. D. Evans, of Cheraw, Dr. J. E.
indal of Summerton, J. E. Wanna
aker of St. Matthews, B. R. Tillman
E Trenton, G. D. Bellinger of Co
unbia, M. L. Donaldson of Green
ille; Ivy M. Mauldin of -Pickens,
lan Johnstone of Newberry and R.
. Bowen of Pickens. The absentees
ere: Mr. J. E. Bradley of Abbeville,
ho is very siek, and Mr. W. K. Sease
I Newhei-ry, who has sickness in his
Col. W. D. Evans, Dr. Tindal and
[r. Wannamaker, who were in Co
mbia last night' gave the State some
iteresting information. The dormi
>ry equipment will be enlarged to
-ommodate 200 boys additional to
ke 660 now 'in attendance. This 'is
)t te exceed $30,000 in cost and the
Dtails are left with thd executive
)mmittee, Messrs. Donaldson. Tin
l, Bradley, Johnstone and Bowen.
-Another important step was the de
sion-f:the board to concentrate, the
stir&ind powe plts: These
ve' been scattered, - and . are now
%rely adequate. Some of the boil
-s have been in use for 15 years. It
as decided to build a central power
tant at a cost of $25,000 in addition
using the available'material. This
ork also will be under the manage
ent" of the executive committee.
An act of the last legislature re
fires the inspection of cotton seed
eal used for foodstuff. This in
eases the amount of privilege tax
ad also increases the -work exacted
the department. Therefore the
aard has decided to erect an addi
onal building at a cost of between
5,000 and $6,000. The entire ferti
zer inspection plant will be remoyed
rom the chemical laboratory. The.
>mmittee in charge of this work .is
ie regular fertilizer committlee, J. E.
'indal, J. E. Wannamaker, W. DT.
vans, G. Duncan Bellinger and B. R.
The trustees were much pleased
ith the general work of the inXstitu
on. The class room work is,excel
nt and the deportment and* discip
ne exemplary. The work of Capt.
lay of the, United States army, the
>mmandant of the institution, was
A beautiful state flag was pur
1ased by the trustees recently and
s presented to the regiment on the
aradegrounds yesterday afternoon.
his is' a -blue flag with the white pal
etto tree and crescent emblazoned
It is also stated that the college
>w has a teaching force adequate for
school of 1,000 young men. There is
>om in every* department for in
eased attendance and the new dor
itory is all that will be needed in
e way of space.
There are 250 :boys in the agricul
iral department. ..The building of
ie agricultural hall and the require
ent that the study of agriculture be
part of the regular curriculum has
en new interest to this department.
he Southern Cotton association's
ork and the revival of interest in
irm work has also helped a great
sal. In the mechanical departmentI
rery member of the graduating class
ready has profitable employment
romised and there are not enough
en to fill the vacancies offered.
Under the recent act of congress
ie AdAams fund, suentanry to
the Hatch fund, will give the experi
ment station $7,000 for experimental
research. Next year this will be in
creased to $9,000 and each year there
after it will be increased by $2,000
until 1910, when the appropriation
will be $15,000. From that time it
will remain a fixed amount. Clemson
now gets $15,000 from the Hatch
fund for the experiment station and
$12,000 from the Morrill fund. The
additional $7,000 this year will be ap
preciated on account of the improve
ments to be made. The principal
source of revenue for the college is
the privilege tax on fertilizers which
this year will show an increase of
$25,000 over last year. The figures
for the last few years from this tax
The current year shows an increase
of $10,000 to date over the entire re
ceipts of the whole of 1905. The ap
propriation for the University of
South Carolina, the Citadel and Win
throp would not equal- the amount
which Clemson receives in a year
from the "tag tax."
The board has not yet settled the
claim for damages from farmers on
adjoining estates who claim that the
dam that the college authorities built
on the Seneca river damaged other
farms with baek water.
CRSSING THE DESERT.
Six Newberry Tyros Initiated.
The nobles of the Oasis Shrine of
the Carolinas held their spring con
clave in Columbia Tuesday nigt. One
hundred and ten candifates were
initiated. Among the tyros initiated
were: Governor D. C. Heyward, of
South Carolina and Lieutenant Gov
ern'or Winston of North Carolina, and
thd following Newberrians, Messrs.
J. Y. McFall, H. H. Rikard, Jas. P.
Wilson, E. E. Williamson, H. T. Can
non, and J. C. Duncan. Among the
nobles: Hon. G. S. Mower, Messrs.
A. C. Jones, F. H. Dominick, Harry
Dominick, J. G. Daniels and A. J. S.
Langford, of Ne,wberry, and J. L.
Wise and Dr. G. Y. Hunter of Pros
The following from the Augusta
Chronicle with relation to last night's
conlave is interesting by reason of
the fact that a Newberry boy on the
staff of that paper is credited here as
On Wednesday next, 11th inst., the
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Oasis
temple, Charlotte, N. C., will hold a
convocation at Columbia, S. C., which
about fifteen Augusta Shiners will
In more than one respect this con
vocation gives promise of being re
corded as a red-letter day in the his
tory of the order. Word has gone out
that 125 weary pilgrims will eross the
hot sands of the desert on this mem
orable occasion, and hosts of nobles
from all over the two Carolinias, as
well as the brother Shriners from
Georgia, will:be on hand to see them
safe across the dreary waste.
Governors Glenn and Heyward,
chief executi.ves of the two sister
states respectively, bQth enthusiastice
candidates, will, travg hand-in-hand
with the caravan.
- Years ago there occurred a moment
ous event in the"history of the Caro
linas-a circuxmsEance perhaps better
known to the great American masses
than even the story of George Wash
ington 's disastrous venture in the
lumber business, an episode emblazon
ed in words of fire upon the brighest
pages of our country's annals, and
destined to go. sounding down the
countless ages until the glorious
light of Anglo.-Saxon supremacy
shall be but as the dim flicker of a
lightning bug's tail on a foggy even
ing in a wet June. On this well- re
menbered occasion immortal words
were uttered, before which the elo
quence of Patrick Henry is stricken
with the death for which he asked in
preference to bondage, and in com
parison with which the flowing elo
quence of Demonthenes seems due to
the attempted mastication of a Balti
more cobble-stone rather than a peb
ble Th word then spontaneously
uttered are echoed, in a certain sense,
even by the hungry babe at its moth
er's breast, and are quoted more or.
less correctly on all possible or im
possible occasions by a majority of
the male population of "the land of
the free and the home of the brave."
Said the governor of North Carolina
to the governor of South Carolina:
"It's a d-d long time between
Breathes there, a man with soul so
dead that he has never in all his life
thrilled with sympathy for those two
thirsty executives? If such a one
lives let him pray the prayer of Kip
ling's British Soldier:
"Ship me somewhere east of Suez
Where a man can raise a thirst,
Where there ain't no ten- command
And the best is like the worst."
But the same old thirst seems to be
pretty, widely -acquired, without the
need of a trip to the Orient. It is a
good deal like the poor who are "al
ways with us."- It is fortunately no
respector of persons 'or classes, and
makes its abiding place with rich and
podr alike. Mount on the golden wings
of graft- to the palaces of multimil
lionaires where champagne flows like
Niagara: it is there. Deseend to the
lowly hut of the South Carolina son
of Ham who sells another man's
mule and spends the money for "Fust
X" at the state Grog-shop: it is
there. You can't get away from it.
Usually you don't want to.
This is!snot the least off the subject
f the convocation of the Shriners at
Columbia next week. For at this
meeting will be wrapped in oblivion
forever the portentious remark re-'
Ferred to above. If the merry tradi
tiris of the Mystic Shriners are
founded on. verity, the present gov
arnor of North Carolina will have to
amend the saying attributed to the
old governor, and if on this occasion
there is any time at all between
drinks it will be a pow'ful small.fra
tion of'-ai- undergrown minute.
The Telephone Girl.
The Birmingham Age-Herald.
"While it is.possible the telephone
girl'has her faults, she does not de
serve all the adverse criticism to
which she is some times subjected,''
said an old telephone man yesterday.
"It is of course trying to be inter
rupted in the midst of a conversation
by having the line 'cut in on,' getting
the wrong connection, bad connections
and all those little things that try
one's patience, but we should remem
ber that the telephone girl, like every
one else, .is liable to make mistakes
and that all the troubles are not
chargeable to her.
For instance, it is often charged
that the telephone girl claims that a
certain line you want is busy when it
is not. Now, as a matter of fact, the
telephone girl can more easily give
the desired connection than report it
busy. Making the connection is an
easy matter and if you notice, when
ealling for a number you can tell
whether she has made an effort to
ive you the number you want. If
he niumber you call is busy you will
hear a distinct rattle as she attempts
to join the lines.
"The t'elephone operator has many
things to 'tyr her. nerves and it is a
woner she is -really as good natured
as she is. The position being so try
ing it is absolutely impossible to avoid
all the annoying little things that
bring abuse on the head of the tele
Colonel Holden, of the Fort Gibson
Post, who sympathizes with every
body in hard luck, printed this letter
from Richard Benge, a Cherokee,
whose pack of trail hounds has often
made music among the Fprt 'Gibson *
ills: "Will you please let 2ne have a
small space in your paper? I won't
write much. I just want to tell you
old 'Drum,' my good old dog, is dead.
He died of I don't know what-only
he just sick and died. Poor old
Drum is dead and gone where all good
dogs go. I feel sorter lonseome since
old Drum died, for I've only old Spot
and Mues left. Old Drum was the
best. When he barked, you knowed
it was a 'possum or a coon. Old
Spot is all right, but he won't bark,
jus was his tail.''