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Dr. Cromer Asks a Number of More
or Less Pertinent Questions.
.To the Editor of the News and
Courier: In an editorial this morning
-Dr. Cromer tells us that he is a
'loeal option Prohibitionist:' so are
It would be interesting to have you
tell your readers just what you mean
by "so are we.
Also, you say that you are a local
option Prohibitionist and that the
blind tigers in Charleston are local
option Prohibitionists. Are we to in
fer that you will vote against prohi
bition because the blind tigers are for
it? Besides. speaking of 'facts,' how
do you know that the blind tigers are
now local option Prohibitionists?
A few years ago the charge was
maide that a prominent .politician had
said that the preachers were in league
with the blind tigers and the devil in
order to defeat the dispensary, his
purpose being to discredit the opposi
tion to the dispensary. But the dis
pensary was defeated. Do you think
that your repe: .-d assertion that the
blind tigers ir, Prohibitionists will
discredit prol!ibition and cause sensi
ble men to surrender their honest con
victions? Shall I vote against what I
believe to be right, merely because I
find that a man of low motives is
voting for the same thing?
I did not mean for my hearers to
infer that in Charleston they put
blind tigers on the grand jury, and I
distinctly -emphasized the remarkable
fact that the present grand jury is
complaining that the city authorities
do not enforce the liquor laws. I have
no idea that the bright saying that I
was quoting was intended to be*taken
literally; I take it for granted t1hat it
was simply intended to contrast two
cities, in one of which public senti
went enforced the law, and in the
other of which it did not.
Bat why quibble over a word or
phrase I Was it not notorious a fewl
years ago that Charleston grand juries
refused to find true bills against blind
tigers? So far as enforcing the liquor
law was concerned, would conditions
have been any more favorable to vio
lators of law if the grand juries has
been made up of blind tigers?
You used the word "tax-dodging,''
not I. But I say of the proper+v
owners of Charleston precisely wias
I say of those of Newberry: If they
are going to resort to the liquor traffic
to get -the revenue to run their gov
ernent and support their s3chools
rather than pay taxes for these ob
jects, then they are not worthy tb
have either childr.z or schools. One
citizens of t-he next generation are go
ing to be no higher than the ideals
. that we fix for the children of this
Again, speaking of "facts,'' is it
true that there a.re 370 blind tigers in
Charleston. and that they are fined
$30 quarterly, the fine being in the
nature of a license fee? I do not
state that as a fact, but I have theard
it stated as a fact. If it is a fact, the
* taxpayers to whom you appeal should
have a very tender regard for these
blind tigers, for they also are helping
to reduce the rate. of taxation.
You get comfort out of my argu
ment that the people should pay taxes
.enough to support the Government;
and you expect the people to be in-I
fluenced in the election by the fear
that if the dispensary is voted out,
they will have to pay more taxes on!
their millions or taxes on more of
their millions. Would you mind pub
lishing the amount of money on de
posit in the banks of Charleston on~
the first of January, and the amount
- of cash listed for taxation? I do not.
sav as a fact that there are tax
dodgers in Charleston. Do you say as
a fact t'hat there are not?
Geo. B. Cromer.
Newberry, Jtily 23.
The Taxpayer or the Tiger.
Editorial in News and Courier.
We print to-day another interesting
letter from Dr. George B. Crome?r.
,He asks some questions, all of which
we shall attempt to answer, and for
* convenience we shall number them.
1. Dr. Cromer wants to know why
we said we are a local Prohiibitionist.
Because we are. As a matter of fact,
we are opposed to prohibition, but
to the extent that prohibition is 'a
question that ought to be settled uipon
tyhe thoroughly Democratic principle
of local option, we are in favor of
settling it in that way. At the same
time and for the same reason we a:re
a local option Dispensaryite and a
local option high license advocate; or
in other words, w~e are not a "crazy
2. "Are we to infer that you will
vote against prohibition because the
blind tigers are for it?'' Yes; that
one of the reasos why we shall vote
ainst prohibition; although we d
mind saying that we should vote
-prohibition for other reasor.s
for the reason that prohibi
tion will not Prohibit and nevr has
3. How do you know that the blind
tigers are now local option Prohibi
tionists?'' Well, among other rea
sons, because they are going to vote
for prohibition. Should they vote
against what they believe to be wrong
merely because other men of -high
motives are voting for what t.ev be
lieve to be right?
4. "Do you think that your re
peated assertion that the blind tigers
are Prohibitionists will discredit pro
hibition and cause sensible men to sur
render their honest convictionz?"' We
do not know how what we have said
will influence the action of "sensible
men," in view of the small impret;s
ion we seem to have made upon Dr.
Cromer; but, frankly speaking, we
have had some such thought in mind,
not that we would have any 'sensi
bl- man to surrender his honest con
victions,'" not a bit of it; but because
we have hoped that "sensible men,"
although "local option Prohibition
ists,'' would be able to regard the
present situation from the blind tiger
point of view and without any sur
render of their honest convictions
refuse to become the active if unwill
ing partners of t'e most vicious an
tagonists of the prohibition cause in
3. Shall I vote against what I
believe to be right, merely because I
find that a man of low motives is
roting for the same thing?" That is
a matter for Dr. Cromer to settle for
himself, but we should think that
something would depend upon where
he is going and what he is really try
ing to do. - For example, if it is his
purpose to promote the cause of tem
perance. and this can be done more
ffectively by regulating and restrict
ing th-a traffic than by its nominal
>rohibition. we should think that he
would be fully justified in the court
of conscience in surrendering "his
honest convictions" to actual condi
tions, which no "sensible man" can
afford to discount. Several thousand
ears ago practically the same ques
tion was submitted to a great teacher
by some querulous persons, who were
shocked by the behavior of certain
men, who plucked ears of corn on the
Sabbath Day to appease their hunger,
and we all know what the answer was.
There is also another very interesting
ld story about two men who went up
into the temple to pray.
6. "But why quibble over a word
r phrase?'' That is exactly what we
say. Why quibble about prohibition,
which will not prohibit instead of
standing for a regulated traffic which
will to some extent at least restrict
the trade in intoxicating drink?
7. "Was it not notorious a few
years ago that Charleston grand ju
ries refused to find trie bills against
blind tigers?'' We believe that is
true, but if the evidence submitted to
the grand juries was not sufficient in
their opiinion to warrant indictment,
does Dr. Cromer, who is a fine lawyer,
think that t'he grand juries ought to
bave found indictments against them
just the same? Would he have the
grand juries to indict persons for any
other offence alleged against them
upon what appeared to be insufficient
evidence? In our opinion, the grand
juries in this county have in a num
ber of cases failed to do their duty;
but is that any reason why the right
of trial by jury should be denied to
any person, even to the most hardened
f all the criminals of this county?
8. "Again, speaking of 'facts,' is
it true that there are 370 blind tigers
in Charleston, and that they are fined
$50 quarterly, the fine being in the na
ture of a license "fee?'' We do not
state it as a fact, but we have heard
it st.ated as a fact, that there are now
seventy-seven blind tigers on t-he list
who are fined $50 at regular intervals,
the fines paid by them being turned
into the City Treasury. We have also
eard it stated as a fact that the fines
,thus imposed are in effect. if not in
esign, in the nature of a license fee.
We do not state it as a fact, but we
ave heard it stated as a fact, that a
year or so ago there were 246 blind
tigers in this town, and "if it is a
at,'' it would seem that some im
provement has been made in the sit
ation. We do not state it as a fact,
but we state it as a probable result of
the election next month that there will
hs more blind tigers in Charleston
than there have ever if the local op
tion Prohibitionists in this town shall
vote with the blind tigers for prohibi
tion. and prohibition shall. prevail.
9. "So far as enforcing the liquor
law was concerned, would conditions
have been any more favorable to vio
lators of law if the grand juries had
been made up of blind tigers?'' We
do not know; Dr. Cromer can guess
the answer to that question as well as
we; at least he can answer it to his
own satisfaction better than we could
possibly hope to do. He appears to
have made up his mind about Char
leston on all questions, even down to
the question of taxation.
Dr. Cromer asks us for information
as to the amount of money o)n deposit
n thve banks of Charleston on the first
of January, and the amount of cash
listed for taxation. We do not know,
but there was a great deal of it and
taxes were paid on all of it either
directly or indirectly, except so much
of it as was deposited by the City
and the General Government, either
on the businesses in which the money
was invested or on the money itself.
Of course, Dr. Cromer knows that the
sixteen million dollars or so in the
banks of Charleston is not there in
actual cash at any one time; but that
it is outs at work, a great deal of it
in mortgages on real estate, in loans
to business men, in the varied activi
ties of industry and commerce, and
that all of it pays its share of tax
ation. We say nothing about the
property owners of Newberry, and
suggest nothing to their discredit. In
the matter of taxation in Newberry
we are a local op)tion taxationist, if
we may be allowed to coin a word for
the occasoin. We would never think
of going to Georgetown and St.
George to tell the people of those
communities that the property own
ers of Newberry were dodging the
tax-gatherer any more than we would
think of going to those communities
as a "local option Prohibitionist" to
discourse upon the subject of local
option in another town. Least of all
would we think of repeating a fable
as a fact for the purpose of embellish
ing a period or making a point, or
citing a horrible example without rel
evance to the local situation.
We are a local option Prohibition
ist, likewise and of necessity a local
option Dispensary advocate and a lo
sal option high license newspaper. We
are not a local option blind tigerite,
and. by the same token, we are not "a
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GOOD ROADS DEPARTMENT *
* By the Good Roads League. *
Good Roads Catechism.
.. .. .. .. (Continued.)
Can Newberry County get good
roads without borrowing money? No.
Will the present method of road
working get good roads? No.
What m:akes you say that? The
long, sad experience that the county
Does property pay to help build
In what ways can the county get
money for roads? It can levy a tax
to be used as it is collected or it can
If the bonds are not voted, will a
tax be collected this year on prop
What levy ? One mill.
How is this tax to be divided among
the townships? The act says: ''So as
to secure an equitable distribution of
work in the high,ways in each town
What will each township raise from
this one mill tax? No. 1, $2,602.00;
No. 2, $2,223.00 ; No. 3, $138.00; No.
4, $689.00:; No. 5, $269.00; No. 6,
$414.00: No. 7, .$329.00; No. 8.$256.00;
No. 9, $682.00; No. 10, $274.00 ; No.
11, $344.00. This does not include
Do you consider this one mill tax a
serious effort to build roads? No.
What can be accomplished with it?
Nothing, except in No. I.
Suppose this tax is made two mills,
what can be done? For most of the
townships nothing. Double the above
figures and decide for yourself.
Suppose you lump the total tax
and spend it all on one road, or all
near a certain center, could you not
in~ this way build some roads? Yes.
Why is not that a good plan? It
is alright for the people along the
particular road you begin on, or fo'r
the people living near the centre, if
you build from the cent-re, but what
are the rest-of the people going to do
while they wait.
What would they do? Kick and
kick, then send 'a delegation to the
legislature pledged to vote the tax off.
Could any one blame them for this?
Are these the reasons for saying
that the whole county can't get good
roads in any: othe'r way than by bor
rowed money? Yes.
Has any one ever figured out any
other plan? No.
Why don 't some opponent of the
bonds so? Echo answers, ''Why.''
All the opponents of the bonds are
in favor of good roads, are they not?
They say so.
1-ow many mills will it cost to get
$300,000.00 and repay it in 40 years?
How mue:h is that on the assessed val
uation of property? 20 cents on .$100.
I that all? Yes. And good roads can
be had for that? Yes.
By the way. did the court house bill
pr!oide that the Commission shouNR
get interest on the money while the
building was going on? No.
Did the Commission get interest?
Yes. Why? Because the Commission
Do the ood rads bill provide for
interest while the money i; being
spent? Yes. Here is the wording of
the act: "The said fund to receive
interest at a rate of not less than 4
per cent.. per annum, for the average
time it is on deposit."
Can the good roads Commission
cha!rge more than 4 per cent. while
the $50,000 or any part thereof re
mains in banks? Yes, if they can get
Which safeguarded the interest of
the County best on this point, the
court house bill or the good .roads
bill? That needs no answer, it is
Farmers' Union Picnic.
There will be a Farmers' Union
pienie in front of the parsonage near
Piney Woods church on Friday. Au
gust 20th. There will be speaking
by prominent men and music for the
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I will give a barbecue Aug 20, at
Mr. R. H. Burton's place six miles
from town, known as Mr. George
Sligh 's home, near Beth. Eden. Speak
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T. H. Cromer.
On the tenth day of August, we
will hold an election for cotton weigh
er at Prosperity. All applications
must be handed in on or before the
fifth day of August to the under
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panied with one dollar.
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church Friday, July 30, 1909. A large
attendance is desired.
A first class dinner guaranteed to
all who attend this barbecuie.
Come one, come all, and enjoy the
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signed on or before August 1, 1909.
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ANNUAL SCHOOL MEETING.
The annual school meeting of New
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1909, at 10 a. m. to hear the annual
report of the treasurer of the Newber
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