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RAILROAD MILEAGE BILL PASS
Measure Makes it Obligatory for
Passenger Train Conductors to
Accept Mileage on Trains.
News and Couriar.
Columbia, February 20.-The sen
ate, by a vote of 10 to 20, today re
zfused to indefii4tely postpone the
section ot the railroad rate bill re
ferring to mileage being accepted on
trains, and the bill, as amended, was
ordered to tiird reading. And amend
ment was adopted to the effect that
the provisions of the bill do not -
fer to lines under fifty miles
Senator Ca!rlisle. favoring the mil
eage feature of the bill, stated that,
inasmuch as a majority of the rail
road committee had favored this part
of -the measure, there was good reason
for its passage. He referred to the
nuisance and bother of having sto ex
change mileage for tickets. That very
often a man has only a few minutes
at -his disposal to catel a train, and
after getting to the station finds that
there are about twenty-five people
lined up for exchange of mileage. He
might, under these circumstances,
lose his chance to get the ticket, and
would have to go on the train, and
maybe, pay the extra 15 cents de
manded by the roads.
'Senator Mauldin stated that he was
in favor of that part of the bill
which provided for a 2 1-2-cent rate,
inasmuch -s this would, naturally,
benefit the masses of the people. But
why, asked Senator Mauldin, legis
late a system of business for the rail
roads? They are able to take care
of their own business interests. If
the railroads have not the sufficient
number of men to accommodate its
patons in this mileage exchange,
make them get more men, but don't
tell them how to run their own busi
Senator Laney stated that he was
in favor of this section of the bill, in
that not only 'the drummers are in
convenienced, but the whole travelling
Senator Black stated that he saw
no reason why the mileage section of
the bill should not pass. It would oc
easion no hardship on the railroads,
and would be a great convenience to
Those people living close to trains
may wait until the wdistle blows and
rish to the depots and catch -the
trains if they 'have mileage which can
be taken up by the conductors, but if
they 'have to exchange for tickets they
would have to sro down t - the depot
at least fifteen minutes ahead of
time, and sometimes wait on the train
nto arrive if it be late.
Senator Appelt proposed an amend
ment to the effect that Section 3 of
the bill be so amended as to provide
that a rate not exceeding 2 1-2 cents
shall 1be enforced for thre mileage
books. This amendment was tabled
upon a viva voce'vote.
Senator Weston stated that hea
would vote for the bill if an amend
ment was adopted so as to make pro
vision for interchangeable mileage. It
'had been stated by the railroad offi
cials at the 'hearing on this matter
that in the event of the passage of
the rate bill the interchangeable mil
eage might be ta.ken off.
The amendment of Senator Weston
was as follows:
"Provided, the railroads shall put
on sale an interchangeable mileage
book a't $20, and that passengers shall
have the privilege of exehanging these
The chair ruled that this amend
ment had been killed the evening be
fore, and that only a motion to re
.consider the table would be in order.
.Senator Weston moved to consider
the motion whereby the amendment
ia& ~ n laid on the table, and the
y d as follows:
Yeas-Appelt, Bass, Clifton, Kel
ley, -Lide, Mauldin, McCown, Mc
Keishan, St.ewart, Summers, Walker,
Nays--Bates, Black, Carlisle, Croft,
C'rosson, Earle, Forrest, Graydon,
Hardin, Harvey, Johnston, Laney,
SMntgomery, Otts, Rainsford. Rogers,
So the senate refused to reconsider
the Weston amendment and the sec
tion remained as before.
IThe G4ravdon amendment, which
merely made the third section of the
bill correspond (as the first and see
ond sections of the measure had been
stricken out) passed.
Senator Williams proposed an
amend.menit to the effect that t,he pro
visions of the bill shall not apply to
lines in this State of less than 50
miles length. Senator Kelley moved
to amend by making this 45 miles.
The vote on the Kelley amendment
resulted: Teas. 8: nays. 143.
Upon the Williams amendment th1e
voe stood: Yeas. 15; nays 1.
Senator Earle wished to add to
this amendment "unless otherwise
ordere by the railhoad commission,"
])Iut I;IIS Wzl- 1 t cousidered.
Senator Clifton stated t"hat it
would be equally as nuch trouble for
a man 1to exchange mileage for a 50
mile run as for a longer ride. But it
was pointed out that the smaller
roads do nct sell mileage.
Upon Senator Mauldin's motion to
indefinitely postpone th;e bill the vote
Yeas-Bass. Carpenter, Clifiton,
Kelley, Mauldin. Stewart, Summers,
Townsend, Waller, Weston-10.
Nays-Appeltt. Bates, Black. Car
lisle, Croft, Crosson. Forrest. Gray
don, Hardin, Harvey, Johnstone,
Laney, Lide, McCown, McKeithan,
Montgomery. Rogers. Sullivan, Rains
The bill was then ordered to third
The Bill as Passed.
"That in case any railroad com
pany or companies shall put on sale
,any form of mileage book at a rate
not exceeding 2 1-2 cents a mile the
presentation of the current number
of miles by the short route, out of the
said book to the conductor or other
officers authorized to take up tickets
on trains, 'shall entitle the person
holding said mileage to travel on the
trains of the railroad company sell
ing said. mileage, and on the trains of
all other railroad companies on which
by agreement tie- said mileage book
is receivable in exchange for t-rans
portation. And upon presentation of
his mileage to any agent of said com
pany or companies to 1have his bag
gage checked as now provided for by
This is thre bill as it now stands on
third reading. Of course, there may
be amendments on te third reading,
and the senate may, or may not, then,
affirm its action.
The railroad rate bill -has created
muoh discussion in and out of the
general assembly. The measuire has
been mue'h talked of on the streets
and at the capitol.
The first section of the bill which
was stricken out by the senate pro
vided: "That from and after the
first day of April, 1909, the legal
maximum rate for carrying passen
gers in this State by all railroads
over forty miles in length in this
State, shall be 2 1-2 eents per mile,
computed -by tfhe shorest oute, and
Those members of the senate who
voted against this 'section of the bill
did so, for the most part, because
they fek that this would not be in
keeping with the tacit agreement
made at the last session of the leg
islature with the railroads. The leg
islature, it was felt, by it's non-action,
has agreed to the proposition offered
'by the roads which is in effect until
April 1, 1900.
Hard Fought Bill.
The main propon:ent of the bill was
Senator Graydon, of Abbeville, who
made some strong arguments in its
favor. He conmtende'd in part, that
there was no agreement of any kind
made at the last session by which the
senate should feel bound.
Senator Walker made the principal
speech against the railroad rate bill.
Mr. Walker's remarks were directed
in the channel that the legislature
had made a moral contract with the
railroads last year, when -the gover
nor and the officials of the various
railroad companies had conferra t to
gther, and the governor had sub
mitted this recommendation for no
legislation to the general assembly.
Mr. Walker also argued that it was
not right for the leg'islatuIre to inter
fere with the business methods of .:he
railroads in the mileage section of the
The drummers have got what .they
asad for, that is to say. thereafter,
ided there is no further changes
Ae in the bill, mileage must be tak
en upon :the trains, ii=tead of it be
ing necessary to exci!range mileage
for tickets. The railroads may and
can withdraw mileage books altogeth
r if they cannot sell it under such
restrictions as they think proper/">
Also the senate stood pat upon .the
implied agreement with the railroads
and have not legislated a 2 1-2-cent
Third Reading Senate Bills.
Columbia. February 20.-The sen
ate today accomplished tihe passage
of ~several measuwres, including the
railroad rate bill. and, after going
inito executive ses.sion for the par
)ose of the confir'matiin af a.ppoint
ments. adjourned at 12.30 until Tues
day evening at 8 o 'clock.
The following bills passed third
Mr. Moseley: Requiring county offi
ers of Spartanburg to make month
lv statement-s and publish the same
quarterly, and to provide for failure
ito do so.
Mr. Brice: To amend Section 2.456
of the code relating to the .rec'ording
of deeds and mortzages, and other
like inst ruments limiting time to
twenty days after the first of May,
This bill had been tihreshed ourt on
tie t( )1't --(a i in I,t afIS DioW 1111Ided.
,,it of tlhe code. liowever. an amid
mient wazs )ro)sed by Mr. Carlisle to
day giving ten days. and this amend
ment was returned to the house with
Mr. Daniel: To fix the time. for
holding the courts in the 11th judicial
Ways and means: To enable the
sinking fund to -loan certain money to
townships in Newberry county.
Seve'ral local measuk-es were ad
vaneed from second to third reading
Several of the senators took the
midday trains for their homes. No
session was provided for tonight in
as much as the senate will reconvene
Tuesday. Monday is -a legal holiday.
The Man Who Succeeds Judge D. E.
Tihomas Sidney Sease was born in
Newbery county, August 25. 1867. Af
!er preparation in the public schools
of Newberry he attempted the South
Carlina college and graduated in
1891. Studied law and graduated
from that department in 1892. At
college received medal for declama
tion and one for debating. Began
practice at Newberry and was at once
elected clerk -and attorney of county
boa.rd of commissioners. Chairman,
of Newherry county Democratic par
ty. Master in equity for Newberry
county. Elected solicitor of the Sev
enth circuit in 1896 and reelected in
1900, 1904 and 1908 without opposi
In July 1893 he married Miss Lula
Caughman, of Edgefield county. Mr.
Sease has made his home in Spartan
burg for several years, and as a mat
,er of fact has been cut off into a new
circuit, apart. from iis home county
i Since he has been solicitor he has
made a State-wide reputation for
himself by the very able manner in
which he has represented the State in
the cases that came up for trial. Sav
eral have been causes of unusual im
portance, in which public interest all
over South Carolina was intensely
aroused. A few of the successful leg
al battles in which !he -has represented
the State have been the cases of
George Hasty, .convicted of murder at
Gaffney for shooting two showmen;
Aibbott Davison and Milan Benn'ett;
the James Gallma'n case at Union, in
which Gallman was convicted of the
murder of Sims Gilmore; the W. H.
Mills ease at Gaffney, where Mills
was convicted of tthe murder of Frank
Deal, and several others that attract
ed for Mr. Sease munh favorable
Solicitor Sease 's legal abili:ty was
shown in marked degree by his prose
ction in the W. T. Jones case just
concluded at Union, when .the de
fendant, a white men of wealth, was
convicted of the murder of his wife.
That Judge Sease will make an hon
est,' impartial and thoroughly com
petent presiding officer goes wit'hout
He will don 'the official 'robe on
April 15 in Columbia. At the time
tihe general shift of places occurs,
Judge Hydrick will be 'holding court
in Columbia, where he will be suc
eeeded by Judge Sease.
Mr.. Sease is a resident of Spartan
burg, having lived in that city since
1897. He is a member of the law firm
of Sease & Atkinson, Mr. J. Buford
Atkinson being associatred with him
in the practice of law. As 'solicitor,
Mr. Sease has two more courts to at
tend, at Gaffney, and at Spa;rtanburg.
The court 'at Gaffney commences Mon
day, the 22nd inst. Mr. Sease will be
tbe youngest judge on 1the South
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