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lis Lead. But he took the pvnion
that the bond issue was dangerous for
Mr. Blease referred to the railroad
bonds for the construction of tihe rail
road from Spartanburg, via Union,
Newberry and Edgefield to Augusta.
Good men had urged the voting of
thcse bonds. and yet where that rail
road was to be free negroes are plow
inz. cotton and corn, and the town
sips are paying the taxes to retire
the bonds, No. 8, 3 mills, and No. 1,
Once bonds were issued nobody
could stop the payment on them.
A few years afterwards there arose
a voice from Slighs, that of the Rev.
J. A. Sligh, for the building of the
C., N. and L. The railroad was built
-with the aid of bonds voted by the
townships, and while the road was to
day making money and putting large
dividends into the pockets of its own
ers, the townships were still paving
taxes and were getting not a cent of
Mr. Blease then took up the act un
der which the election would be held,
saying if he had been in the senate it
Would not have passed. He-said that
nobody was fighting the commission.
Jno. M. Kinard was a good man. Jac
ob S. Wheeler was a good man. J.
E. Norwood was the best financier
-who ever lived in Newberry county,
and when J. E. Norwood came to vote
bis vote would read no. Geo. B. Crom
er was a good man. Z. F. Wright was
a good man. J. L. Keitt was a good
man, and when he came to vote he
would vote no. Geo. W. Summer, Jno.
X. Suber, Joe B. Derrick and I. M.
Smith were good men. He was -not
:ighting the commission, butthe com
position of the commission. If the tax
was to be voted every township should
have been represented. Why should
one bank be given a majority vote?
Why should one township be given a
' All were agreed on good roads, but
the $300,000 would be spent and the
county would not be in much better
<-ondition *han it was today, except
for a few miles outside of Newberry.
They would tommence at Newberry
and build out, and possibly when the
farmers got within a few miles of
Newberry they could prize their wag
ons up and go on.
The act was for forty years. None
of the commission would be living
then. Who would float the bond-ed
indebtedness when it became due?
(5hildren yet unborn, and the people
couldn't tell who they would be.
There were people in Newberry today,
he said, fighting Clemson on account
of its life board who were advocating
this borid issue with a life board to
*\.ndle $300,000 for forty years. Who
had' chosen the board? Not the peo
ple, but a few men gathered together
at Newberry, and the people must let
this commission 'handle it or not have
it. When the meeting was called ev
ery township ought to have been rep
resented and every township ought to
'have been represented on the commis
sion. Had Kinard, Norwood. Cromer,
Wright, Summer, Suber, and Smith
ever traveled the roads in No. 10?
How did they know the needs of No.
It had been said by the advocates
of the measure that the commission
* could not spend the money except on
the roads. If anybody would convince
him of that he would write an article
in favor of the bond issue. The clerk
received as compensation such sum as
miaht be fixed, not to exceed $300,
from the funds provided for in the
act. The compensation of the mem
bers was $3 per day, not to exceed
twenty-five days per year. and mile
are, to be paid from,.the funds of the
commission. The chairman, in addi
tion to 'his per diem and mileage, re
eeived $500 annually for forty years,
to come out of the fu,nds provided for
in the act. Who was to be chairman?
He had asked the commissioners in
the newspapers if t-hey would refuse
to serve in order that one man from
each township might be placed og the
commission. None had answered, be
cause at least six of them wanted to
be chairman. If an unscrupulous man
was elected chairman 'he could ride
all over the county in an automobile
and pay for the automobile with his
mileage and sit at home and draw his
salary of $500 a year. The people of
Newberry county had in years past,
* he said. elected to office some who
they thought were as good men as
there were in the county, and yet
some of those men vwhom they had al
most worshipped had gone down to
their graves as defaulters. It had
been the same wit-h some State offi
He then took up the matter of
bonds for thie commission, saying that
the county officers paid for their own
bonds. but the bonds o2 the commis
sioners were to be paid out of the
The bonds were to bear interest at
fou and a half per cent.. mat urmy
4)n-half in thirty years and one-half
in forir y ears. and the p' ple e.:uldn 't
ze rid'of them before t-hat time. even
ifthey had the money. The funds
we1*! to 0c a OUL 01on a N'zrran11 SIn1
ed by the chairman and treasurer and
at least five other members. Why?
Who were the other five? At present
Messrs. Kinard, Norwood, Cromer,
Wright, and Summer, all of the towa
of Newberry. It had been said it was
too far to send out into the county to
get a majority every time it was dc
sired to sign a warrant. If they
could find anybody further from town
and on a worse road than Jno. M. Su
ber he would like to see him. Mr.
Smith was on the Laurens line. The
reason they didn't choose a man from
each township was because they want
ed to control it, and they would con
trol it, and every dollar of it would
be put in the Commercial bank at four
per cent., even if obbe banks bid
more, because a majority of the com
mission were from that bank.
And why deposit t-he money to the
credit of the commission, instead of
to the credit of the county treasurer?
You vote the bonds, he said, and
you put the money in whose hands?
You don't know, because none of t4e
commission will live forty years.
The money would be put in the bank
at four per cent., 'nd th;e people would
go there and borrow their own money
at eight and ten per cent. The com
mission under the act was to have the
right to invest in Newberry county
real estate. What do you want with
somebody to buy property for you
Prof. W. K. Sligh interrupted at
this point to call Mr. Blease's atten
tion to the fact that the act said real
Mr. Blease said that meant lending
the people their own money on their
own farms. If the bonds wer3 voted
every foot of land in the county
would be liable for them. What right
have the commissio. to invet your
mon-ey? he asked. How could they
build roads with money loaned out on
Under the act every foot of road
had to be surveyed and laia. out for
permanent improvement? Who paid
for it? An engineer w*s to be em
ployed at any salary the commiss:on
pleased, and he is to have su-h as
sistant eigineers as be desired.
Somebody in tE-1 a,iFen.e at :.his
point asked tho question: "What do
they want with an engineer?"
Mr. Blease: "Somebody wants a
The roads were to b~e relocated and
surveyed, and the people had to pay
for it. Pretty maps were to be drawn,
and t'he people had to pay for them.
There was not only to be a salary for
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It -bad been urged that no mony
would be paid out until the roads were
cumipleted. and yet the commission
were allowed to employ day labor or
C1)nviet lablr if they desired. Who
ever beard of keeping such labor
working until the job wa. eompleted?
A government expert had come to
Newberry, he said. and built a piece
of road where it never had been bad.
The Rev. Mr. Whitaker had said he
had been driving over it all his life,
and the other day, after a rain, was
the first time he ever drove over it
when he couldn't trot. The govern
ment expert had left clay haud instead
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The act providei that no road was
to be paid f:>r in full until it was pass
ed upon by the .engineer. What a
place for graft! Why, it would be
the simplest tbing in the world for
the contractor and the engineer to
Mr. Sligh requested Mr. Blease to
read the whole section of the act here.
Mr. Blease said it went further and
also said, and approved by the com
mission, but the engineer would be
the agent of the commission and when
he accepted a road the commission
could be sued for the work, because
the engineer would be the agent of the
Mr. Blease said that, while he had
never heard .him say so, he believed
the man who put the bill through the
senate would vote agaimst it. Who
favored it? He had heard of only
three farmers, Jno. M. Suber, Jno. C.
Neel and A. D. Hudson. It was fav
ored by the automobile people and the
scout cars. If the bonds were voted
the first man who came to him and
told .him there had been any work
done on the road between Jno. Neel's
and the church, he would give him a
Stetson hat. The people had been told
that the rich people in town .wanted
to give the country people something.
Well. it had taken them a long time.
If store rent went up in town wha
paid for it? If taxes went up in the
town of Newberry who paid for it?
If clerk hire went up in the town of
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prices went up. He gave .the financial
condition of the county today: In
debtedness for ordinary county pur
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