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MAJOR BLACK AND
IR. J. F. LYON
Full Account of Lyon-Black Affair;
Develops That Committee Has
Been Repeatedly Threat
oned. Appeal to the
A ftill accouti of the Black-Lyon
affair, whlich oceurrel Fri(lay, is con
tained in file 'ollowing dispatch from
Tiints are getling red hot about
the lisn'isary inivesti-ating commlit
tee. Tle sulb-comimittiee. Messrq.
Lytoin :11141 ('bristenisen, today felt it
their dhti to tell the lcommittee ald
the w.I.l t' the tlreats that hmd
been imiaie w_ainst their lives and the
lives i4l otlhers colilected withl tihisA
Alajor .John Jol ack, a member f the
pr-ent hi:n-d of control . this 1morn
inl.tv is crelitel by Mr. I,yol 'Witi hav
ing. usedI verv violent lanuagle to
w.an1s him 11141 then rounlinil. off
thing--s by telliini- him that lie "1lbad
a itltim then and there to shoot and
blow him Iup on tle spot.'' Fortul
ll1tiI I om 14 11. Lyoll. Major IlIek
'111l all e leernle<l. there was l1o pis
tol 11raitice. headse citizens are
too lll-d to _et and there is 11o Ilee'l
to break intl0 the harm1oNy of tiintgs.
M11ajor llack was apparently pro
voke4 by a letter wich i he had got
tenl fromI his Icimler lioie. in whlich
it was evidently suggested that Mr.
ly4u was there working up testi
mlanliV. Major lIlack slated tiat lie
resen;ted aNy prving into hlis personal
Mr. L.yon. if tlie Committee. stated
that he did go to Walterboro an(I
that ihe purpose otf his visit tihere
wAs I,1 imiire into a ruinr that lie
h:4 liv hea.d which-11 was to tle effeet
that AbaiIjor Ih-ak 11141 11. 11. Evans
Iad Ihbed i Iember1 of tIe eneiral
-wInIbly v. IivN.inII , a t A tr o a ndIv - )1
it wa, s n this wtork tlit lie ha.d gone
Mr. Lyoi did nlot 1 o into (etails
ith regarIl to the result of lis in
vestigation on tis particular- ques
The committee evidently wished
the situation uniderstood by the peo
ple of the state and then they asked
Governor lIev;vard to take such no
tion as lie tioullghit best.
When the statements were heard
Cimii1an IIlay m1ade a suggestion,
abotit remloval. The collmliIt e welt
into executive session and11 it is un
Itrstoid that at first suchi a sugges
tion ais madle inl committee thit the
gIrnVC10, he asked t 1 remove Ma,ior
Black fillr his demonstratiin. It was
thenthohtinl comlmiltee thlat it
ihit le lisvoirttos to suggest to
thei pnvernotr whlat lit shiould or
shonl not do4 and14 s4me' oft the' rnm
mitte ('4 eveni toughit it goinhg a hit
fart inl suggetst i g t 1a~t thle goivernor1
had the rightl 441 r'emolOi1.
TPhiis i neideit was Ite motst st rik
imte anid impor4titanit of thet sess51ion.
Wh len t he 144ad me iitt this mo rniing.
Fraser Lyxon aroste and wit h onie hand
on thle harige Iab1 le in fronit of him,
antd withI the' utmost del iberat ion
anid -liness, mnade' this stat ement:
"I 'nt to say this: that I do not
kniow m.w" the comumittee feels about
a thing o-f t his sort. hut as tar' as T
*am1 iindi v idul con1Ieiicerned. I shall
coninue 14 investigate Mr'. Black
antd Mr. Evans, and anybiody else
whott is on Itere, and it' it. is nuecee
sary' to be' bilown upi ini this matter,
M%!r. llIick orn somuebotly will ha ve it
The chiairmn. St en atoir lay, said:
"'Is t here anyit.hinig youn suggest- It
seemis to mite thiat it might he eca1lld
lie is a mneimber of the, state board
of contro1 aiid lhe ( the governior) has~
a right toi remoive himl fromi olice.' '
Mr. L yon-"'Tbhis Ithing hats betr
going on foriu some time. I did not)
know that it had taken such a violent
shape, b)ut it lias been report.ed ti
Senator Christensen that witnesses
who testified that any one had i.e
coived graft or had stolen anything
would be shot. I was warned l)ya
gentleman in Wright's Hotel, vow
ing vengeance against Senator Chris
Mr. Christensen-"'Mr. Chairman
I regret very much to have to take
any notice of the matter of threats,
but they have been going on for
long time, and it strikes me that it
view of the culmination that haE
been reached today, something ought
to be done. As long as your sub.
* committee had to deal with sub-ds*
pensers we had no trouble of thai
kind. They took the matter very
philosophically, but just as soon a~
we approached tihe hligherofficials,
great pressure of various kinds had
been brought to bear and witnesses
had been made- to understand that
violence would be done them if they
testified. The former -cbairman of
the board, H. H. Evans, came to ic
in Wright's Hotel last winter, and
told me that if Mr. Klingenberg, who
was assisting us in investigating
should ask questions of what Mr.
evens considered his private affairs,
lie would shoot him on sight, and he
came to give the warning. I did not
pay muh attention to it at the time,
but just before the investigation in
the supreie court room. Mr. Evans
called me off and reminded ic that
het made these threats and that hie
wished it undI'erstood that if any wit
nesses got on the stand and said that
he (Mi'. Evanls) had got ...onley
Or Irraft, that he would settle with
such personl on the stand.
"Now, various matters along this
linte have been reported to ie for
ont-1ths, but you knillow the sub-coi
Imlittee has not deemed it wise to bring
the matter to the attention of the
comm1ii1ittee and the public.''
Mr. Lyon-''"Mr. Chairman, there
was a matter come up this morning
that I deemed my duty. though un.
pleasanit. to call to the attention of
this coiiittee. I also will state that
the part of it that affects me person
ly I do not consider, but. that part
of it that affected the welfare of our
"For this reason I do it, and I
deem it important to the final partic
uilar determination of our investiga
ti1n that it he broughit forward to
tle attention of this committee.
"This morning in my coiing from
my room, which is above the store of
'irardeau & Marshall, I was stopped
by Nir-. Solomon. who is tle agent of
the lBig Creek Distilling Comipany, of
Savaialih, Oa. He was talking to
me about some accoluts whlicli coml
mittee has held up. These are ae
colints (die by tile dispensary. We
have had somie conversation about
titis matter before, anI lie reinewed
tle con11versaion ther'e. anl wished
ite to give hill some defillite in formnna
tii aboit when we could reach it.
As I was stamding there talking to
him. Nlr. Black, of tle dispensary
board of directors, appeared before
me. I really could not state from
what direction lie came. I could not
say whether from the back or rear.
I was intent in going on with my con
versation with3 Mr. Solomon. Mr.
Black's face showed decided anger
a anI he used soie vry insultig lan
guacge towards ie. He said that lie
mulderstood that I had been spying
o it on him on his private life and
thiings of that kind, and it was his
piurIose to kill me on tlie spot. I do
not vare to use any of the particular
lan.Iguage he used on that occasion,
hut lIe said that lie had a notion then
and ther'e to..shoot me and blow me
upl1 onl the spot, tol use his expression.
Thee asin his comnpaiiy a per'son
that I do nt knowv to have seen be
hore. Mlv r'ec'ollec'tio s111 t hat thuere
was a persoin mi his comnpany wih a
striaw hait,. blue suit of clothles, and
r'ed in' nust ache.
'''While lie wuas making his
threats against mec aiid daring me to
inivestigaite his affairs, lie also used
v('ry violenti language against Senator
( 'hr isten'lseni, whuiqh I suppose5 wer'e in
the nature of a rebuke to ine for at
tending such a pers5on abiout the
streets. I remarked that therie wvere
three of them there, that I did not
c'are to discuss the matter with them,
that I was investigating the dispen
saryv and expected to continue to (10
so. HIe was so iimpetuous11, thbough,
that I scarcely had any opportunity
ofi Putt ing" ini a word, and believ'ing
hat he intended to make an at tack
oni i' me,mand his running his hands
a bout his person, anid tha hiiIle intend
ed to do violence, I t urnied and walk
edl hack to my room1.
''I(e used ver'y unplleasat epi it he
towam'ds me, and1( told me I might go
anid arm myselft. 1 returned to my
room and shortly afterwar'd returned
to Wright's hotel. As I p)assed thme
Columbia Hotel I did not see Mr.
Ilhack or the gentleman with him, I
priesumne, Mr. Chairman, that Mr.
Black exhibited or attempted to ex
hibit a letter from Manning, which
I undei'stand wvas from Mr. Black's
former home, Walterboro.
''I found it necessary to go to Wa!
terboro, a fewv days si'nce for the rea
son that I had heard and I can roe
ognize the difficnlties that it is like
hy to laco us in, and I heard that Mr.
Black and H. H. Evans had been
p)arties to bribing a member of the
general assembly, who lives in the
towvn of Waterboro. I do not kigow
the facts in that case. I had some
information along that line, and I
wvent thiere to get some additionat inae
formation ini regard to the matter.
That was the object of my visit to
Walterboro, and I presume that Mr.
Black has been informed by those
of whom I inquired there' of the pur
pose of my visit.
"I wish to say this: That I di
go to Walterboro for the pl4rpose c
investigating Mr. Black and II. 1
Evans and this member of the ger
eral assembly, whose, name I do nc
care to mention, as he is not a part
to this transaction.
Letter to Governor.
The committee adopted this lette
which will be sent to Governor lle
"To His Excellency, P. C. Heywarl
"Dear Sir.-The committee appoin
ed to investigate the affairs of 1
state dispensary would respect full
call your'attention to the followinl
testimony, taken before the conini
tee. (Testimony attached).
"Tle committee would request th.
you investigate this matter and tiL
such action ai iay appear to you I
b- proper. the control of the dim(-4
tors of the %lispensary with abstlt
power of removal of such offlicers. 1),
ing in your hands.
All of the papers- will be ready i
be turned over to Governor Heywar
upon his return to the city. Ile i
nlow on his plantation in Collelo
county and will no doubt take up il
matter as soon as it is formally pri
sented to hiin.
Major John Black Talks.
Major John Black, this afternoo
after hearing what Mr. Lyon state
to the board. said that lie had nevc
heard anything about the allegatio
that lie and Evans had attempted t
bribe a representative from Waltvi
boro. Hle said lie was incensed 1
Mr. Lyon because it appeared to hi
Mr. Lyon was atteipting to bon
him down, and blacken his person"
character because he had refused t
allow Mr. Lyon to run the state di
pensary to suit himself.
When lie went. to the dispensar
lie found the institution a half ai
lion dollars in debt for whiskey ft
which it had no use. Ie viped tit
a large amount of 1his debt by f6rn
in, a number of houses to take 1ac
their unsalable whiskey, and hn
done this against tle protest of Li.y
and Christensen, which they tel
graphed froim the West. They wan
ed the whiskey kept to suit their v-i
venience. liey also had been ui
able to force him to buy at a loss I
the state, from firms they favore
He had blocked their little game I
force the board to buy from the
henchmen and let them usurp tI
powers the legislature had giveu
the state board.
When they found it impossible
get anything against his oileial re
o'd to gratify their spite, they e
deavored to blacken his person
character. le had a copy of ti
taking of testimony in Cincinnati
which this attempt was maide and
which theyN attempted to blacken s
pieie court j ist ices and eiriu
courvt judges of this state by askii
if they had received presents
whliskey or' oIlher thiin.gs from
house lie had onice r'epresenited in
Major Bhac'k said lie had alwa;
tred to live a clean life, and his of
eiaul r'ecord as sher'iff., may~or aiid
o,ther' capacities would show lhe hii
never. do(ne anything dishonest in hi
life. Hius character was his proude
possin and the best t hing I
couldl hand down to his childr'en wa
a cleani name. He had no initenti<
of. permitt ig anybody to blacken
to grat ify theiir per'sonal spite.
The letter' referred to was fro
his brother', H. W. Black, .Jr.,
Walterboro, in which lhe said:
am told that morning, that Lyon
lhe inuvest igatinlg commit tee, was lie
Sat urday, last. From what I ci
learn lie was trying to find oat soml
thing about a conver'sat ion Whit
had with his wife over' the long:di
a ance phione thle niighit of you r ele
lion.'' Tlha4i conv'ersat ion was a.-p(
feety IvPrivate conlver'sation betwei
a man and his wife, in which tl
former said lhe was glad that Bla
was elected, as lie was a friend at
had helped him and wvould help hi
with his personal influence in cn
lie r'an for solicitor.'
Major Black said this was a put
ly peirsonal and private conversati
in which lhe had no part and wvh
lie heard that Lyon was inquiring I
to such matters, it confirmed his 1:
lief that Lyon wvas willing to go ai
length to try and find 'out some m1
to put on his personal chiaracter.
Major Black said lhe -was perfe
ly willing for the fullest investig
tion of his record as. a public serval
but would never permit any attem
to besmirch his private charaet
As a member of the state board
had not tried to please Lyon, but
do what was right, and Chairi
Hay and Governor Heyward cou
both testify that lie had consult
them and was earnest in his ende
vor to know and -to do the rig
thing. Mr. Mobley, the clerk, h~
ibeeni sent,\to see Chairman Hay abo
soenm of the probiems of the stn
i board and his advice had been taken
r Major Black said the board was will
L. ing to do anything for tie investigat
ing committee as a whole, but the;
t were elected to investigate the die
y Iensary, not run it. The direetor
were elected to run the state dispen
sary, and were not going to turt
, over the running of the instittio1
to either the whole .investigatinj
committee or a part of it.
Won Suit for Mutilated Venus.
The late Congressman David 3
Ienderson, of Dubuque, some year
ago addressed the Dubuque people a
NaM day festival.
tThe Ex-Speaker., apropos of ignor
"Tho wtot case of ignorance
cau tell you o' oceurred in '69 in
Ieilote section o our co unitrNy.
There was a man who suddeni
becameo rich and built anl enormonv
house. 1le deciled to adorn thl
house with sone statuary and so 11
wrote to Italy for a copy of th
The copy inl due tine arrived. I
was executed inl Carrara marble ver;
"But Io sooier did le receive i
than the millionaire sued the railroa<
it for $2,000 for nutilat ion and. wliat.'
1 more, he won t le suit.
Wanted a Raise.
Among tle (harities of Marshal
Field was a penlsionl list of person:
o Ill wim a stated sum was sent cael
L lmItlh. With these lie was generous
I hut he disliked being imposed upon,
O'Ie uall. who had ill some way im
pressed Mr. Field with his deserts
had a cheek each thiry days for $25
S Ilie had goe l'r from lMr. Field'
1memory, but remained on the list.
r His petision made him quite ''ai
(ligible II rty inl the circle in whict
he lived. and at last le vieldied to thI
k b1mdlishmienits of his laiidladv, an el
I Ierly. prosperlois widlow. and marrie,
Now. Ilenry,' sle said to hlir
next day. ' we'll just he having you
pIy IIraised. Yoii cai't keep two a
1 easily as vot can one. Mr. F ield i
o i a rich man, and lie will understan
1. that. You go down and tbll him yol
n niced $50 a month now.'
ir Away went Henry, and after mue
ic argument and pursuasion obtaine
to access to the inner office of the grea
merchant, where lie stated his cas
'o Mr. Field became interested at one
''A widow, elh?'' lie inquirei
- smiilin. ''Did she ask you or yo
e ''\ell, sir,'' staminered Henr;
n ''I guess she lead tip to it.''
i ''How old is site?'
-- 'Ahott forty, sir.''
it ''Did she support herselrf?
Ig ''Yes, sir. She has a big boardin
>f~ house. T b)oarided with her. I d1o ye
a ''Alt, yes,'' said Mr. Field. ''E
.you watnt a raise. (do you? Let ni
a' see. How mtich was your p)ensioil
I- Twentyv-five dollairs? WVell, you won
[n hatve to pay any, board now, so sui
Cd pose0 we make it twelve antd a half
is That will keep you in spending mom
st ey. ''-Yoith 's Companion.
He Is Very Dense.
it M. George WV. Perkins content
that it is not a crime to help the ri
mpuiblian party with insutranee fund
It seems to take the gentleman a lou
time to tundeirstand that his er in
consists in being caught at it.
- Real Estate and Insulranc4
Do you have Real Estate to sell<
-rent wvhich you do not care to hat
-advertised to the general public?:
r-so, place it in otur hands and we wvi
mgive it our personal study and attet
.k We have standing buyers for cc
id tain kinds of land.
m Do you want to buy Real Estat<
se If you mean business come to seei
-for we have some property for sa
e- that might greatly surprise you
m well as interest yotu.
n,If yen don't mean business con
n- to see us anyway and we will tell y<
e- all wve know about the weathe
y We undertake to sell no properl
id before we have inspected i't and a:
proved the price.
t- Loans negotiated on approva
t, Rents and accounts collected.
pt We are agents for the Aetna Li:
r~. Insurance Company. It will pay y<
lie to see what this old reliable and cot
to servative company has to offer befot
m placing your Insurance.
1,a More and more men are beginnir
ad to understand what this statemei
lit Office over the Commercial Bank
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D''Did you ever know Bilkins to
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''When was that?"p
I 'I lent him $5, and he said he'd
1 be eternally- indebted to me.'
tI Made a
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AL MEDICIN C.9 HICA 0, ILL.
GUMIE & WEEKS.
Making Nineteen TENESE
and While it Lasts to
Best Patent $5.(
Best half Pat. $4
Best Meal. 80c. I
Best Grits $1.75
Don't pay any more, don't be s
- along, save money and buy from ui
4 Our immense stock of spring go<
4 ties and fancy goods and staples, c
ing novelties in millinery. Come r
right thing in prices, style, qualit3
ply cannot beat us, we don't mal
a you up on balance, people getti
t and looking out more for No. i. i
'j Forty years experience counts so
- don't you forget it,
Of the condition of the Exchar
~the close of business May 41
e Loans and discounts .. . $127,779.52
'7 Overdrafts.... .. .. .. 3800.93
't Furniture and Fixtures .. 3,363.15
,s Due from Banks & bankers 10,881.48
'7 Currency .. .. .. ....4,217 00
.Silver, Nickles and pennies 1,748.34
Checks and cash items . .5,031.85
Before me came M. L. Spearman
a~ being duly sworn says that the above at
edge and belief.
g Sworn to and subscribed before me t
J. D. Davenport,
Edw. R. Hipp, ~.Diretors.
'* Geo. B. Cromer,
~For tije. Ne:
ui WE 4
~AT $4.00 F
S. S. Bi
HAVE YOR ATCU
W. B. RIKARD
is now !n The Herald and
News Office where :he will do
your work promptly and under
Give him a trial.
indred Barrels of that
FLOUR Just Received
)O Every bbl.
witched off by argument, come right
)ds arriving embracing all the novel.
ur Mrs. Moseley in the North select.
mnd see us, we are prepared to do the
, &c., for an all round bill you sim
te a cut price on one thing and burn
ng educated and opening their eyes
.ome and see us and be convinced.
mething, we will treat you right and
tITY, S. C.
ige Bank of Newberry, S. C., at
Undivided profit less ex- $0000
penses and taxes paid . 4,605.89
Due to banks and bankers 698.51
to checks.. -. . . . 71,441 87
Cashier's cheeks .. . . '. 76.00
Bills payable---. ... 30,00.0
Cashier of The Exchange Bank, who
atement is correct to the best of his knowl
M. L. Spearman, Cashier.
biis the 12th day of May, 1906.
W. B. Wallace,
N. P. for S. C.
dt Ten Dais