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DISPENSARY INQUIRY BEGUN.
Winding-Up Commission Held Short
Session Monday-Very Little
Colum1bia. 'A'ay 1.-The reopen1in
of several jadzments in the claim
of whiskey uses. the post ponemeni
of lie case of fliselonann & ( un
til Thursday aniiid t1he ainouneemeiit o:
threc e a-ze.; io be lfezitd uioiliuv
mornin. woie the matters seItled ai
the short session of the winding-ur
eommission of the old State dispen
sary this afternoon. Today's sessioi
was the calm before the storm, as tht
commIssion will get down to business
in the morning, when the following
three cases will be considered: E. A.
Saunders & Co., Richmond: Big
Springs Distilling Company. Savan
nah; Strauss, Pritz & Co.. Cincinnati.
Col. Felder, of counsel for the State
asked that these three claims be con
sidered together, and also that, along
with the Fleischmann claim, the fol
lowing be postponed until Thursday:
Gerson-Seligman Co., Cincirnati;
Richards & Co., Washington; Belair
Distilling Company, Baltimore. It
was stated that it was desired that
these cases be heard together.
All the members of the commission
were present and a number of repre
sentatives of the various interests. Of
the well known Atlanta firm there
were present Messrs. Felder, Hill and
Anderson. As there were two new
members of the commission present,
Messrs. Wood and Brice, the claims,
as rostered, were not considered this
afternoon, as these gentlemen wished
to acquaint themselves with the de
tails of the commission's former work
in this connection. When the Fleisch
man case was called, it was announced
by Mr. Graydon, of Maxwell & Gray
don. Cincinnati, that his firm had at
the last moment been asked to repre
sent Fleischmann and more time was
requested to look into the case. This
was granted upon request of Col. Fel
der and upon motion of Mr. Brice, of
the commission. Chairman Murray
stated that the cases -had been put
down as the commission wished them
heard, and Col. Felder pointed out
that the wiskey concerns had full no
tice to present tooks. etc. Upon the
granting of the postponement in the
Fleischmann case, Col. Felder stated
that, because of ,their relationship, the
other cases mentioned above should
also be postponed.
Although t:he eases were not set for
today, Mr. Aycck, of the firm of
Weston & Ayeoek,,was allowed to of
fer motions for reopening of judg
ments in several -cases, which were
granted as follows: New York and
Kentucky Company, (there was no
judgment in this case before;) Clark
& Brothers Co.; Arthur Lehmna & Co.
But when the case of William Lan
ahan & Co., Baltimore, was called,
Col. Felder stated that he objeeted
to this being reopened, as the case
was eonsidered thoroughly and a
judgment rendered. Both sides will
-be heard later on this case to deter
mine whether it shall be reopened or
not. The original amount of -the Lan
ahan claim was $5,916.54.
Attnorneys were present represent
ing A. Saunders & Co., Big Springs
Distilling Company and Strauss,
Pritz Company, and these cases will
be taken up at 8:30 o'clock tomor
row morning when ithe commission
Mr. A. J. Carroll, former speaker
of the house of Kentucky, was one
of the attorneys present. (Reference
to records of the session of the com
mission last year shows that th-e judg
ment of the commission was that the
Belair concern. whose case comes up
tomorrow, was indebted to the State
in the sum of .$10,492, instead of be
ing owed .$6,386 by the State.)
It was further shown that the ad
dress of Richards & Co. and the Be
lair concern were one and the same.
Also that the president of these two
concer-ns was the same man, J. S.
Riehard. These are two of the three
concerns which will be consider~ed to
gether as to claims.
It -will be recalled thatt he commis
sion was interrupted by .Judze? Pritch
-ard's assuming jurisdiction, and there
were no judgments in a number of
The Graft Hunt Yet Going on.
Columbia State. 20t-h.
The commission winding up the af
fairs of the late lamented State ais
pensary had apparently a desnitory
day yesterday, but those who are on
the inside say that its effects will be
noted later. In brief the commission
went on record as insisting upon its
mandates 'being obeyed and the books
of original entry being presented as
There was a good deal of talk by
counsel and more or less skirmishing
which seemed unnecessary, but the
co,mmission finally r-uled that if whis
key houses really wish to get their
claims adjudicated. they must present
their books--or take their chances.
This was brought about by discus
sion of the -elaim of the New York
and 1entucky comjany. Tliis fie
same Concern which tiuried (ver to
Messrs. Lyon and Christensen a num -
ber of celebrated epistles, one being
from a conity dispenser who asked
for consideration at the hands of this
company on the ground that his (e
trine was "whose bread I eat. his
song I sing."
I had ben believed that the innl
actions by this com epany were a near
ly straight as possible under the old
Siate dispensary. and the claim was
about to be paid when Mr. Lyon ask
ed for the matter to be ield in sus
pense, for he is developing certain lin -
es of information which are Norlh
money to the State of South Carolina.
Mr. Cturiel. the manager of the New
York office, and others were present,
as was Mr. MeClain, his general coun
sel and law partner of Congressman
Perkins of New York. It was finally
decided to put Mr. Curiel under bond
to appear here and to require the pre
sentation of his books. Some remon
strance had been made that it would
require a freight car to bring all of
the books, but Col. Felder ridiculed
this idea. These people had not been
paid $22,500 which they claimed.
The attorneys for the State figured
out that $6,733.44 should be deducted
as the amount of graft in the case.
This cha-rge of graft was iepudiated
by the lawyers on the other side. How.
ever, they admitted overcharges and
claimed that th'.s was dne in part to
t! e freight being included.
Col. Felder 1 , a verv adroit ar
gument, sustaining Mr. Lyon's posi
tion. Both gentlemen declared that
the claim is filled with overeharges
and they would not accept the offer
by attorreys to accept the reduction
and withdraw from the State.
It is expected that today the
Fleischmann case will come up, also
that of Saunders & Son of Richmond.
Nelson. the sales agent of the latter
house, may be here today. Fleisch
mann was the mayor of Cincinnati. It
was his attorney that started all this
The case of the Green River Distill
ing company of Kentucky was submit
ted by the attorney, Mr. A. J. Car
roll. This company admitted "over
charges," about $2,500. "I can do
nothing for you.''
Alleged Letter M. A. Goodman;' Offer
ing Him a Commission of $5
Colmbia, May 18.-Working up
to a climax in the manner that has
caused him to be feared by represen
tatives of whiskey houses in days gone
by, Col. T. B. Felder this morning at
the session of the winding-up commis
sion of the old State dispensary
sprang the first sensation of the re
newed investigation by producing
from his pocket a letter from George
T. Nelson. agent of E. A. Saunders &
Co.. of Richmond. to M. A. Goodman,
now under indictment in the alleged
dispensary graft case, the letter set
ting forth the detai4~ of the transae
tion by which Goodman was to be paid
a large conmmmi:m 1' get .usina.s for
Nelson 's firm in this :State. The dis
closure was made during the examina
tion of the only witness before the
commission this morning, Mr. M. H.
Chambers, secretary and treasurer of
the E. A. Saunders Company, who
avowed that until the moment that
the letter was shown him he never
knew of any such transaction. "My
ees are opened,'' declared Mr. Chami
bers, "I shall not be surprised at
anything that you may show me
now.'" Mr. Chambers underwent a
.lose examination on the stand for
about three hours today, and many
interesting facts came out during tire
course of his remarks.
Under the fire of questioning by
Col. Felder. Mr. Chambers admitted
that he had not examined his letter
files for any letter to or from Good
man. as required by the mandate of
the commission sent out recenitly when
it was decided to give the whiskey
houses another <-hance to produce
their books, letter files and any pa
pers which might enlighten the com
mission as to the transactions during
the old dispensary regime. The let
ters brought by Mr. Chambers were
for the most p)art correspondence be
tween his firm and that of the Big
Srings DJistilling Company, of Sa -
vannah, with whom the State through
its at tornevs will show the Saunders
Company worked in conjunction in
the business done in this State, at
least in so far as the claims now un
der consideration are concerned.
Those who have followed this dis
pensary matter are acquainted with
the method of the whiskey houses and
their agents. All of this--in partI
as to details--eame out at today 's ses
sio aa-ain. And Mr. Chambers stat
ed that save in a conversation he had
had he never heard of M. A. (Good
man, who us said to have been the
-ivider ' o buisieniss, according to
Ithe evidence brought out by the com
mission and in the investigation.
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e L. A. Saunders Company's agent. sary dealings it is, of course, admitted
: was Goodman, who gave to this that tile difference in these two
ompany the $40.000 contract, whichi amounts might have been the commis
tis now trying to recover from the sions that were paid those interested
state. Mr. Clhambers says that lie ~in the dispensary business.
1ough1t-ntil the letter from Nelson I
was shown him today-that his comn- Could Lose Anytbhing.
aarv got the contract for this $40.- Philadelphia Record.
0 worth of whiskey by means of A newvly elected senator trom the
e regular printed b>id, which was west was on his way to Washington.
et. out in those days by the State He wvas thinking great things, when
ispensary officials. tire conductor came into the car with
The letter which opened the eves of his characteristic, "Have your tick
1r. Chambers, and which Col. Felder ets ready.'' The senator began to
;aid nothing about until he had ques- jumble in one pocket, then another.
ioned Mr. Chambers very closely as When the conductor came to him he
>o the correspondence between Good- was still looking f'or his ticket.
an and his comp)any, set forth that ''Did you have it when you got
3iodan was to b)e p)aid $5 p)er bar- on?'' inq(uired thre conductor, some
rel on bulk goods as 'his commhTission. what ihupa)tienitly.
\et Mr. ('inChmer had but a fewv mo- "Of courlse I did. This isn't my
en! before declared that lhe would fi:st trip.'
nsder s1.50 per harel a very g)ood "Then you ciouldn't have lost it '
umissilon. Where did this comnds- (Couldn 't have lost it ? '' replhed
ion go? In the light of developments the irate politician. 'k-, I lost a
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+ 'PHONE No.212+
Bethel School house on the 28th day ThNE SNNo0
of May, 1909, at 4 p. m. of the pa
trons of the school for the pu.rpose of PIE$O~
electing a teacher for the ensuing
year. Salary forty dollars per
month. All applieations send to the
J. C. S. Brown,
John S. Ruff,
I S. J. D. Price,
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR
tx parte, Ti rtn ahn
Cleora G. Speers, Leland Co.ppock isG dEoufo
Speers, Lucy K. Speers and HiramAnboy
Estae0f . Spers,Petitioners. IVSIAE I
Notice is hereby given that the 6 .RBNO,Aet
above named petitioners, Cleora G.
Speers, widow, and Leland Coppock
Speers, Lucy K. Speers and Hiram ________________
L. Speers. eihidren of L. M. Speers, ANALMTIG
deceased, have filed with me an ap
plication to assign and set apart to TestchlrsoteFams
them, as required by law, the home-OiMllwlhldhiranlmet
stead to whic'h they are entitled un- i"i h l or os t1
der the laws of this State in the realo'lcontehrdWneaybe
and personal property of which the igte1t fMy
said L. M. Speers died seized and pos- Alsokodr r re ob
Hi. H. Rikard, piaineet
Master for Newberry County. W .Bon
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, _______
COUNTY or NEWBERRY.
IN PROBATE COURT. Wnho olg
E. A. Griffin, as Administrator of SHLRHPadETAC
the Estate of Ben Dember, deceased, EAIAIN
and in his own right, Plaintiff,
Mary Dember, Lawson Dember, Teeaiainfrteaado
Henry Dember, British & Americanvantchorhipin itrp
Mortgage Company, Limited, E. A. Cleeadfrteamsino e
Griffin and B. F. Griffin, partners suet ilb hl tteCut
doing business under the firm name CutHue nFia,Jl ,a
of E. A. Griffin & Company, and 9a .Apiat utntb
Ert-4erry Company, Defendants. ls hn1 er fae hn
It is ordered, That all and singularthywlbe.addtohoemk
*the creditors of the estate of Benigthhgesavreathiex
Dember, deceased, be and they axe iain rvddte ettecn
hereby require'd t orender in and es- dt~sgvr4gte wr.Api
hereby required to rnder in and es- atfrSclrhpshodwie
in the above stated case, on or be-toPeintJhonbfrtee
fore the 20th day of May, 1909; and aiainfrShlrhpeaia
that all and singular the said credi- to lns
tors b)e enjoined and restrained from Scoasisrewth$0an
enforcing their demands elsewherefretionThnetssonwl
than in the above entitled action. opnStebr1.90.Frf
F. M. Schumpert, hrifrainadatlgea
*Judge Probate for Newberry Co.drsPesD.BJonn,RcHil
* 420-'O9tdhe S.WS C..