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VOL XLV NO, 6 NEWBERRY, S. C., TUESDAY. JANUARYTWCE A WER
OUR LEGISLATURE LETTER.
Review of First Week-Committee
at Work-Will Get Busy
Special to Herald and News.
Columbia, Jan. 20.-It takes a
least one week for the general assen
bly to get a start. This year the get
eral assembly met as late as it is pos
siible under the law for it to meet
the meeting is set for the secon
Tuesday in January, and the secon
Tuesday cannot fall later than th
14th, which was the case this yea
Then Lee's birthday, which is a lega
holiday, and always observed as suet
came on Sunday and was observed o:
Saturday, when the members went t
Winthrop college on a trip of inspee
tion, so that there was not much tim
for serious work last week. al
though the committees did do some
thing in the way of discussing meas
-ures that had been referred to then
This being the second session of th
assembly, there was no time waste
in organization, and as there is onl;
one election in which there is to b
.a contest there will be nothing mor
to divert the attention of the hous
-and senate when 'the elections ar
disposed of, which will probably b
done on Wednesday.
On the first day of the session
there was nothing done except ti
swear in the new members, electe
to fill vacancies, and to hear the read
ing of the governor's message. Th
senate however decided to send al
bills on its calendar back to their re
spective committees, so that the;
can be gone over again carefully 11
the light of the developments of thi
last 12 months. The house on Wed
-nesday took up " only unconteste<
matters." that is only such measure
as no one would object to, and in tha
way got to third reading, a numba
,of bills introduced and unaeted o
Tiast session, while others that ari
now out of date were withdrawn b'
their authors. The engrossing depart
ment has been kept busy enoug
"with the new bills, but 'has been abl
to keep pace with its work. Ther
,are no new bills of a startling natur
so far.'there 'being the usual numibe:
ret'ui-'i -ailroads and amendin;
the labor jaws and repealing th
lien law, and so on.
Mr. Nash has begun to fight fo:
his prohitbition bill, in whieh he hai
the support of many of the old Stat
dispensary faction. and the measur,
-was brought up for the first time o
Friday. when the house by a vote o:
49 to 45 declined to strike out the en
actinr words. 'There were 30 absen
tees when this vote was taken. si
that it dloez not necessarily follov
from this vote that the house is i'
favor of prohibition. -Th'e questio1
is apt to be mueh more fully discuss
ed before the session is over.
It is expected that the eleetioni
will be held on Wednesday or suoi
thereafter. The withdrawal of Hon
T. P. Cothran from the raee for as~
sociate justice of the supreme eour
~ensures the reelection of. Hon. E. B
G ary. There is a 'fervent . contes
for the position of judge of the see
ond circuit to fill the place vacate<
by the resignation of Judge Jast Aid
ric, the candidates being Solicitol
Davis, Col. 'Robert 'Aldrich and Col
Calude E. $Sawyer. There are severa
trustees and direetors of the Stati
insitutions to be 'elected, and Mis!
L H. LaBorde, State librarian. wil
be reeleeted without opposition.
'The two houses adjourned Frida:
to 'meet again on Monday night, bu
this will be only a formal meeting
and adjournment will quickly be tak
en until Tuesday morning. The mos
of the work during the early part o:
the session is done by the commit
tees. and it is not only not necessar:
but is not advisable for the sessions
of the houses '.o last very long, al
this leaves little time for the corn
mittees to meet. The more thorough
ly a bill is digested in committe5
the better prepared will the member.
e to discuss it and to 'explain o1
attack it when the matter comes uil
on the floor of the house. The tw<
committees of th-e house which have
most work to do are th-e committee o1
ways and means and the committei
-n jicary. These are however con
sidered the "star" assignments, as
a newspaper man would say, and
s i thou::h the members are hard-work
.2d they are in~ position to exert much
influence on legislation. The chair
of the ways and means committee is
Hon. J. A. Ba.1ks, a farmer and mer
m chant of Orangeburg county, living
at St .Matt.hews, and the chairman
iof the judiciary is Hon. T. B. Fraser'
.of Sumter, one of the most careful
-and conscientious lawyers in the
State. The two similar committees
.in the senate are the finance, of
which Senator Mauldin of GreenvilTh
-is the chairman. and the judiciary,
i.of which Senator Carlisle of Spar-:
i tanburg is the chairman.
n COMMITS SUICIDE.
Mr. A. E Da~rgan, Chief of Police of
Darlington, Kills Himseif Sun
Darlington, Jan. 19.-This morn
>ing at 10 o'clock the dead body of
Mr. A. E. Dargan, chief of police,
.was found in a room adjacent to his
*sleeping apartments. His death hasf
-saddened the entire community, a
e double sorrow being added to the
,deep sense of loss because of iie
ragie circumstances attending his
The body, when discovered, was on
the floor, a bullet hole was in th'
forehead, a revolver with one empty
chan ber was near and death seemed
to have occurred some hours before.
Mr. Dargan attended to his duties
yesterday as usual, though his sister,
.at dinner, told him he seemed very
tired acd that he should take some
much needed rest. As usual he was
up until 12 o'clock last night and be
fore retiring, Mr. Dargan instructed
t Policeman Fields to calW him at 10
r o'clock this morning. At this hourh
the dead body was di.covered in an
e unoccupied room across the passagei
from Mr. Dargan's room.
Mr. H. Appelt occupies a room ad
joining Mr. Dargan's and he says
Mr. Dargan was with him when they
e went to their rooms last night. About
e 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning Mr.
r Appelt thought he heard the report
of a pistol, but thought nothing of it.
eThe pistol found Velonged to Mr.
Dargan and was a Smith & Wesson
44-calibre. Although the attendant
circumstanees suggest that this was
suicide those who know Mr. Dargan
can not reconcile themselves to such
ani opinion. The coroner's jury at
the inquest this after carefully con
sidered all the facts and the autopsy
. has been held by Drs. Edwards and
> 00-rhall. The jury announced no
y verdict. but adjourned to meet againl
Thursday, in order to have full pos
session of all ajvailale information,
. before announcing their conclusion.
Circum.stances Indicate Suicide.
i There seerns to be'no real reason, I
I at least so far as is now known, why I
-the suicide theory should be other 1
-. than a matter of conjecture. The cir
cumstanees seem, however, to indA i
-eate that Mr. Dargan took his own~
Ilife, but no reason for this has yet
- been found. The funeral services will
i be held at the Baptist ehureh tomor
- row afternoon.
SMr. Dar.ean was a native of DarI
- nton and was 52 years old and un
married. For about the past 20 or
2 years he has been chief of police,
position given him practically by'I
the entire community. His tragic
death will carry sorrow wherever he
was known. Tt is not the enlogy of
one who knew and loved him to say
that in this man the :highest at.tribu
-te3 of noblest manhood found their
natural home. This is the literal
Itruth. His heart was loyal. steadfast.,
- Itrue. Duty was the watchword with
Shim always and to him the word fear
had no meaning. His couraste xas
splendid, making complete the cool,
- self-controlled man, capable oi meet-.
-ing any emergency, of being just and
fair to all. Love and sympahy.
lie n perfect blend in his daily
life and these characteriatis not on
l endeared him to his friends. but
)formed a bond between him and
those with whom he came in contact1
~!in' the diheharge of his official du
-Ta seeowa therea nmore g-eneronus
heart than was that which is now
He was "Rab" to his close friends
and to his contemporaries; this fa
miliar title of affection was his from!.
tho ladies of the town and this was
the term affectionately used by the
lit.tle children, none of these hesitat
i:r- thus to call their friend, who 1
wa; never too busy to show his af
fection for his little friends. And
of all his strikinrxly marked charae
teri-ties noie was more all-pervad
ing, none reigned with more complete
sway over this big-hearted, strong
man than did the rare gift of ma3eu
Brave, strI)ng. gentle and -rue, it
is hard to beli"ve tha a wthing could
have forced s-ach a man deliberately
to end his own life. Those who know
him can never reconcile themselves
to believe this and should this seem
at last to be true still will they keep
his memory in honorel love and
trust., saddened doubly because of
the thought that any 'nevitable trial
should have brought him fact to face
with such stern necessity.
J. E. Norment.
BRICK FOR ALE. Apply to L. W.
SUIT TPILED IN GREENWOOD.
Brought by Mr. F. H. Cothran
Against Promoters of New Rail
road to Saluda.
Greenwood,. Jan. 1S.-Papers were
eerved yesterday in what will result
n an interestinz law suit whan the
iseue is brouaiht to trial. The suit
s instituted by Mr. E. H. Cothran,
:he well known civil ensineer, against
R. W. C'n.rtis. W. F. T. Warren and
he Southern 0onitruetion romany.
ihe e beine the parties who have un
lertaken to build the Greenwood-Sa
a"la '-ailroad, this road being offi
ial1v know as the Middle Carolina
tnd Eastern railroad.
Mr. Cothran alleces in his com
laint that on June 8, 1907. he se
'ured an. option on the entire pro
erties of the above road. which he
~onveyed to the above named par
:ies. As a compensation for his work
n securing and turning over to these
arti.es the option, he was promised
S1e nmn of .$5.000 in cash or its
voivalenlt in ground floor stock in
:he riilroad. H> waited a reason
le thuee for tihe defendants to corn-1
sl with their screament and upon
-he'r faihure to d,o so. mpale a demand
Bor his compensation. Still failing to1
seure what he rega.rded as his d?ue
ad .iust definitelv promised him, he1
illeges. 'he has begun sit to recover.
Ee is renresen.ted in this aetion by
fr. T. C. Till'man of the local bar.
The defendanits in the case were
mt. of the cityv yestei-day and their in
entons could not he learned. They
a;v 20 da.vs in whicih to file an an
wer to the complaint.
President Finley tand Staff of the
Southern. Ci,t D)own Ten
un Fiier '-f' t-hr ~R,vnthern Raiilway 5
'on1en~l~ t a:ted tMis afternoon that,
ro ri"- of t,he fal1Tni off in business,
ai the hlre'eo in reven'ies.tt
,-- of the Soutbe,~ Rail
ny Comnany han determined, as a
sep in its program of rerheine cx
enses. to ont in to effet, as of Feib- i
nary 1. 190O8. a reduction -of ten ner 1
>ent in the pay of the president. vice I
~idente and the other general of- I
iers?r. and tiheir office forces.
Mt'onfh th'a mnsvuito anecializes
m veler f'ever andi imlaria and is
iiversallyv reeornzed as Pn enemy
o he fr'ht. outni'iht. seientists hav~
>r'o to "e~1rd t!'o comrmon house fly
s the mn.re dane-rons. The -nosqiuito
i, spread only one or two di.sea:ses. I
)t. the house fly spreads many. Ty- r
>hoid agerms. tuiberenlosis e:erme and (
hundred otiher germs are all th,e
BY THE COMMISSION
[IQUOR MBN, EX-COMMISION
ER AND EX-DIRECTORS.
Dispensary Commission Issues War
rant Eiarging Conspiracy to
AM. A. Goodman, liquor agent;
John Baack, ex-director; W. 0. Ta
;um, ex-commissioner; John Bell To-,
ill, ex-director, and Jodie Rawlin
;on, ex-director, have been arrested
inder a blanket warrant sworn out
>y the dispensary commission, charg
k:z "conspiracy to defraud tha
tate," and have been released or.
)ond. each in the sum. of $10,000,
yxcept Goodman, whose bond was
ylaced at $25,000.
The meatings of the commission
mnd the developments leading to the
wrrests are contained in the follow
.ng from the daily newspapers of the
vews and Courier.
Columibia, January 18.-There was
i. conference lasting several hours in
the attorney general's office today
)etween Aittorney General Lyon,
senator Christensen and Attorneys
elder, Anderson, Hill and others as
oeiated with Mr. Lyon in the prose- I
ution of the dispensary cases, but
>o far nothing has been given out
'rom the meeting.
Ex-A'tltorney General Bellinger,
,vho represent( Ex-Dlirector L. W.
3oykin, named in the warrant, said
oday that Mr. Boykin would come
n this afternoon or tomorrow morn
ng and give himself up. Arrange
rrents have alraady been completed
or Mr. Boykin to give bond. He
s said to be off on a hunting trip.
Former Direcitor H. H. Evans was
n the city today. Mr. Evans is not
me of the parties named in the
'Mr. M. A. Goodman, the represen
ative of Ulilman & Co., and the first
ne.' ar=ed, was on the streets
!in todlag after the commission
iad adjourned until January 30. H-e
s vr.der bNnd in the sum orf $25,000,
~t t'e eommision ha; wanted him
:o !V iv ome5 more testimony.
For9-en ' Ja'-.Th Wylie. also
iamed in the warrant..is expected in
:omorrow or next day.
Th'e ernstable who w nt to Charles
en to~ arres t Mr. James Farnum re
ored on hi; return here that Mrs.
anm said. Mr. Fanrnum was out of
he Sta'te. but would promptly re
~ort himself to the authorities at Co
umbia on his return, which would
Joumbia State, January 17.
Morton A. Goodman, once a liquor
alesman draiwing nominally $5,000
year with an unlimited expense ac
ont, was placed in arrast yester
ay at the instigation of Attorn4y
leneral Lyon apmd the special attor
eys representing the comrrission for
he winding up~of' the affairs of tie
tate dispensary. The charge -is eon
piraey to dafraud the. state. Hs
mbsequently offered a cash bond of
It is understood that others will be 'l
~rrested on the same charge. The1
ommisson is keeping its own coun
A, and it is not known where the axr
v'ill fail next.
The session of the commission yes
erday was long drawn out. There
were several matters which required
ime-the state.ments of Messrs. Ste
-rson and Mordecai especially. Not
nueh time was wasted on Get. 'B.
ester, wh undertook to manage af-'
'airs to suit his own notions. He
eft the office with more or less show
f pttishness. Then the commission 1
:ot. down to work and began its in- 1
estigations. Only one witness was I
mt up. 'He came voluntarily to es- 1
ablish his claim against the state. He
eft a prisoner.1
After being sworn, Goodman saidV
te had been a representetive of Ull
nan & Co. Hek deelored that his ae
ount against tihe dis'pensary is just 'I
nd is still due and no amount of it !
ad e pai. Goodman was then 9
1xaminedl y. Mr. Felder and interest
ing statements were brought out by
Witness said that he had eovere3
Ohio and a numiber of other states
for Ullman, including South Car
iu: . Had been with Ullman since
1904. Wa. formerly with the Com
monwealth Distilling company as
mnanager and president. Elected pres
ident in 1902. He did not remember
the names of any of the directors or
stockholders! The Commonwealth
company was incorporated in West
Virginia. Its head office was in
Lauisville. Owned by the ''trust."
[ts office was on Second street, Louis
ville. He saw the office several times.
It had desks, typewriters, files, etc.
Did not know the name of stenog
raphers. The capital stock was $250,
)O0 or $300,000. Of course, it was
possible he had met directors and
:toekholders and did not know it. In
NTew York he met Mr. A. Meyers,
who was general manager of what is
eommon:7' called "whiske. trust,"
wvho told him the trust owned the
Commonwealitih company. This, by the
way, was Goodman's company.
Mr. Felder insisted that Goodman
thould say where he made sales for
the Commonwealth company outside
f South Carolina. Witness said he
-ould not remember. except the Sav
nnah Grocery company, and did not
remember why he sold that company.
Did not sell it Henrietta rye. Could
ot say if he sold any one else Hen
ietta. Did not remember if he sold
Elenrietta outside of South Carolina.
E was asked if he knew Mr. B. Ehr
ich, and he replied that Ehrlich did
usiness in Atlanta.
In August, 1904, Goodman changed
iis base of operations from the Com
nonwealth company of Louisville to
bha UlIman company of Cincinnati.
Re admitted that he had been given
iis new position through the ageney
>f Ben. Ehrlidh, with whom he es
ablished a partnership. It was
)rought out that the Commonwealth
ompany existed largely upon letter
1ead3 and that it; :s wer maide
rom a wareht,u e in :.ca'sv_l', al
hough it claimed to be in the distill
ng business in Lexington.
Held Up the Purchases.
In the interim there was great
rotble brought to the heart of Good
man. He wrote to his friend and
partner. Goodman explaining that
the Commonwealth people wou!.d not
release him from his contract with
them and the awarding of purchases
it the South Cahrolina dispensary was
to take place before he could get on
ais job with the Ullman house.
H-e wrote U'llman a letter urging
that the dispensary board be prevail
> upon throurh John Black, not then
a. member of the board, to postpone
the matter of pardhases until Sep
tember as the Ullman bid's were
'very poor.'' The board for some
reason or other did this very same
bhing. No purchases were made in
Auerust. In the meantime, the Ull
inab company proposed a new bid in
which the prices on certain goods
awere raised. Fregn tihe time that
lod~man went with the Ullman comn
any until the dispensary graft was
nade public UJllman 's business was a
The Commonwealth company,
sihieh had been doing an enormous
usiness under Goodman's nominal
resideny, dropped to nothing. In
:he meantime Ullman sold t%e state
lispensary over $150,000 worth of
'ood'' thle first nine months that
ood~man was there, against about
10.00 for several years preceding.
Very Poor Memory.
Goodman yesterday exhibited a
terv faulty memory. The commission
ras moved to great sorrow (because
man of such apparent intelligence I
'mild remember nothing.
He denied that he had ever told
lack, Rawlinson and Wylie, the
hree ejected dispensary directors,
hat llhnan & Co. and the Anedhor
)istilling company were the same.
ind vet it was shofwn by Col. T. B.
delder that the very stationery of
he two concerns showed the same ad
Two rake Houses.
Suseqently it- was brought out I
hat there was a third concern,
trauss & Co., making bids to the]
t.te disen4 and that this Strauss
was a memtber of the Uliman com
pany. all three concerns, two being
"fakes," submitting "competitive"
bids to .the state dispensary.
Witness denied -having any written
contract witlh reference to his change
of business in August, 1904. (Subse
quently the contract was produced).
Ullman & Co. had a copyright for
mula on "gin phosphate." It was
proved that there was much graft in
this brand of goods. Goodman, under
oath, had, sworn to Messrs. Lyou and
Christensen that these goods had
been sold in South Carolina at a low
er price than anywhere -4lse. Col.
Felder yesterday put in evidence
Goodman's testimony to the effect
that higher pries were dharged in
South Carolina "in order to pay for
special advertising." In August, 1904,
before Goodman got his new job, gin
phosphate was listed at $9.50 per
case. In September the price was
$10. Five hundred cases were bought.
from Goodman at the advanced pri
ces. Retail d ealers elsewhere were
gcttin- it for $7.80 a case.
To prove tlhe weakness of Good
man's testimony Col. Felder put in
evidence a number of invoices, dis
proving the claim of Goodman that
small dealers might have received a
consideration on cash payments.
Col. Felder put in evidence the
contract between Goodman, Ehrlich,
Mannheim and Himmelbaum. Wit
ness denied that he had had any spe
cial pull to get him sales with Boykin
and Towill. "How much did you pay
Mr. Boykin?'" witness was rasked.
"Nothing,' he replied. "How much
Lo Mr. Towill?" "Nothing."
Did He Have a Pull?
H? admitted that he bad lied if
lie had ever written anything to tl.e
effect that he had a pull with these
direetors named. And Col. Felder lat
er exhibited a very singular letter.
Distillery, Lexington, Ky.
. A. Goodman, President and Mana
nr th Cor.mor-" -ith Distillery
Comy-. ~2.:r- . e Distillers,.
Office 2S EeUc:d Screet.
Louisville, Ky., Aug. 17, 1904.
My Dear Barney: I do not know
that I was ever in such an uncomfor
table and mean position, as tiere is a
meeting of the heard in Columbia:
Monday, August 22. 1 would like to
be there, but so far the company have
refused to let me off. I wired to My
ers to have them release me on the
15th, but he positively refused.
Now, I wa'nt you to go to Colum
hia. be there Monday morning early;
telegraph Maj. John Black, 1007 As
sembly street, to meet you at the Co
lumbia hotel and do everything you.
can to have th'em to postpone the
buying until next month. I enclose
you copy of Ullman & Co. 's 'bid and
it is such a poor one that there is
very little for them to lny of us,
but if they are going to buy get th.em
to buy of us the goodis I checked off.
I want you to tell Boykin parti
ularly my position and ask Black if
you should explain things to Towill;
now. tell Boykin on account of my
Leaving here on 'Sepit. 1 I .would be
unable to pay any commissions for
purchases they make from the Corn
monwealth,- consequently under no
ircustances buy anything from
Lhem. You might ask Boykin's and
Naj. Black's opinion if you should
say anything regarding this to To
I am also writing Blaek to meat
you and tell you what you should do.
YTou had best also show him this
etter in case I overlook writing him
ully about anything,
I would, above everything else,
ike to see them not buy and wait un
:il their next month 's meeting. Tall
Boykin to please, under no circum
anes, though, to purchase any Hen
det~ta, apricot brandy, or bott'led in
ond, and to save if possible, that
o us until we pnt in a new bid next
nonth. I wired him if he could pos
ibly come here 'before the meeting to
lo 'so, but not recei'vina- any reply
resume he was absent from home.
?lease tell him I shall come out to
1s home some day before the Sep
eme purchase and will let him
mow just when.
Now, if there is anything yon and
faj. Black don't understand, wire or
ll me unn I es if von want to