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Blease Asks I
TO USE THE PROBE
INTIMATES IRREGULARITIES IN
Asks Some Questions of a Sensational
Nature and Wants Them All
Governor Blease sent to the general
assembly Tuesday afternoon a mes
sage which startled the legislators
with an urgent demand for a thor.)ugh
investigation of the dispensary -wind
ing-up commission. Numbers of spe
cific transactions supposed by the gov
*rnor to have been made by the com
mission are mentioned, with the in
sistent recommendation that each be
carefully looked into.
The message in full follows:
To the general assembly: Just after
my nomination as governor, I noticed
in the papers (and as I have noticed
no correction, I take it to be true)
that the commission for winding up
the affairs of the State dispensary had
a meeting at which I was freely dis
cussed, and expressed fears as to
*hemselves, when I became gov'ernor.
If they had done no wrong, I see no
reason why they should fear any harm
from me. If they are guilty of wrong
doing, it is up to you to investigate
I would like for you to investigate
them fully and find out for the people
*f South Carolina what did become of
the large amount of alcohol that was
*n hand at the time this committee
took charge; to whom it was sold, at
what price, and what was the regular
price at that time, so as to see if the
State w1s not a heavy loser in that
transaction. Also, what salary, or how
much fees each member of that com
mission has received, since ae has
served on the board, and how much
per diem they have received for their
services on the Sabbath day, particu
larly The chairman, and if he rendered
any services on that day; if car fares,
railroad fares and other expenses have
been charged against the State which
were not incurred by the member re
ceiving payment therefor.
Also how much actuat cash has been
turned over to the State treasurer;
how much has been paid out and how
much is left as profit to the taxpayers.
What criminal cases have been com
promised and what were the condi
tions of the compromise? Has the at
torney general received any money,
and if so by whom was it paid and for
what? Why the commission k.ept the
Clarke lot of whiskey after Governor
Ansel had dismissed the former mem
bers of the board of control for buy
ing this same whiskey? Did Clarke re
bate the 'present commission? If so,
where is the rebate money? How
much more than $5,000 did Farnum
pay and where is it? What werie the
conditions of the Goodman compro
mise? What were the conditions of
the Fleisc'hmann compromise ? If
money was paid in these transactions,
where is it? What was the agreement
had with ex-Governor John Gary Ev
ans and ex-State Chairman H. H. Ev
ans, for information given by them at
conference held in Atlanta, between
th.ese. gentlemen, Attorney General Ly
on and Attorney Felder? Why were
other members of the various boards
of control not indicted? What became
of the report of the detectiv:es to the
committee of certain members of the
house and senate and why was this
report not made public? What were
Felder's fees, and why was *he not
prosecuted, when it was known that
!he was attorney for a liquor house
and was favored with purchases from
dispensa ry boards and rebates were
paid for these purchases? What crim
inal proseutions have been brought,
who ha:: bee'n convicted and what has
it cost the State? ~
A thorough investigation of this en
tire matter, gentlemen, will give a
great deal of satisfaction to your con
s.tituents. There are those who be
lieve that the State has lost more
through the winding-up commission
than it has ever lost through the State
dispensary system. Whether this be
true or not, it is not for me to say.
I hold my 'belief as to corruption, but
the people of South Carolina are en
titled to the fullest and freest inves
tigation on your part, before the re
port of these men is received and they
are discharg-1 as public officials.
South carolina is paying bonds to
day for the debts made by scalawags
and carpetbaggers, for things which
her citizenship never received the
benefit therefor. Under her Demo
cratic government, she bought whiz
key at a price and sold it, made a
prcfit on it and now repudiates the
debt made by her sons, white men and
indehiedneo with im11,unfity 'a' with
she not repudiate the debt of thieves
and scoundrels who were not her own
I repeat, gentlemen, laying aside po
litical feeling, laying aside personal
feelings and animosity, and as true
citizens as you are, who love your
State, love her past traditions and are
proud of her future prospects, should
thoroughly investigate this entire mat
ter, clear up suspicion against those
who are innocent and prosecute those
who are guilty, whether they be mem
bers of past boards or present.
Cole. L. Blease,
Columbia, Jan. 24. Governor.
House for Investigation.
At the night session of the house
Tuesday night, which lasted only a.
few minutes, Mr. Arthur Kibler intro
duced a concurrent resolution provid
ing for the investigation of the wind
ing-up commission, as suggested by
Governor Blease in his special mes
sage. The concurrent resolution, as
"Be it resolved by the house of rep
riesentatives, the senate concurring,
That the speaker of the house of rep
resentatives and the president of the
senate appoint three members of thie
house and the president of the senate
appoint three members of tho senate,
to inquire into all of the matters and
things referred to in the governor's
message of the 24th instant, relating
to the investigation of the dispensary
by the legislative conmittees appoint
ed in the years 1905, 1906 and 1907,
and as to the acts and doings of the
State dispensary commission and also
why the attorney general has not made
"Section 2. That the said commit
tee shall have power to summon wit
nesses and to require the production
of books, papers and documents. .
. ISection 3. That the committee here
in provided for be permitted to sit dur
ing the session of the house and sen
ate and shall report before the ad
fournment of the present session."
The resolution goes to the senate
tomorrow for concurrence.
Statement From Felder's Partner.
Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 2;.--Olifford L.
Anderson, law partner of Thomas B.
Feader, in' the latter's absence from
Atlanta, today made 'a statement in
reference to the Associated Press dis
patch from Columbia, in which Gov.
Blease is quoted as inquiring why
Felder "was not prosecuted when it
was found that he was the attorney
for a liquor house and was favored
with liquor purchases and rebatee
were p)aid for these purchasies."
'I he statemernt is' as follows:
"Since the Goodman and Fleisch
mann compromises referred to werte
also made under the advice and
through the instrumentality of Mr.
Felder, I assume that the governor's
reference to these matters and demand
that they be inquired into, is likewise
an attempt to reflect upon M.r. Felder.
"Throughout the entire oourse of
the investigation of the South Caro
lina State dispensary and the dispo
sition of the matters connected there
with by the winding-up conmmission, I
have been closely associated with Mr.
Feldelr, and am familiar with all the
facts connected therewith.
"Mr. Felder is out of the city, and
in his behalf I desire to say that the
charges and insinuations contained in
the governor's mesage, which refer to
Mr. Felder, are absolutely untrue and
without foundation in fact.
"If Gov. Blease has been informedI
by any persons that there are exist
ing facts giving foundation to thesel
charges he 'has been wilfully misled
by designing person's, who probably
have felt the weight of the law, grow
ing out of their own nefarious trans
action's with the State dispensary, and
seek this method of revenge."
Evans Says He Was Sent For.
Columbia, Jan. 25.-"Yes,'' said H.
H. Evans, of Newberry, once chair
man of the State 'dispensary board of
directors, whose name was yesterday
mentioned in Governor Blease's mes
sage to the general assembly wit'h
reference to a meeting in Atlanta,
"Felder did send for me to come to At
lanta." T'his was in reply to a ques
tion about the meeting. Mr. Evans
continued: "When we were in the
room together I said to him, 'Open that
door, you, and let the atorney general
come in and hear everything I have
got to say.'"
"Then what did you tell?' "I told
him even if I knew anything I would
not tell it to him," and Mr. Evans con
cluded, with his words just a bit
stronger. The former dispensary
chairman was shaking hands in legis
lative circles today. He talked freely
to newspaper representatives, as is his
stand there would be some "hot stuff."
He continued: "The county dispensar
ies are now buying the same liquor
the State dispensary did, paying the
same prices and higher. You talk
about a firm turning over $30,000 the
other day, well, then the county dis-!
pensaries pay back $100,000 for that."
11,254,115 BALES TO JAN. 16.
Report of Cotton Ginned Issued by
Cotton of the growth of 1910, ginned
prior to Jnnuary 16, according to the
report of the census bureau was 1,-I
254,115 bales, counting round bales as
half bales, compared with 9,787,592, in
1909, and 12,666,203 in 1908. The per
cent. of the 1909 crop ginned prior to
January 16 was 97.2, while that of
the 1908 crop was 96.8.
Round bales included this year are!
110,815, compared with 146,37S in
1909, and 232,510 in 1908.
Sea island included was 86,411 bales,
compared with 92,191 in 1909, and
90,287 in 1908. . -
By States the number of bales gin
Alabama, 1,174,651; Arkansas, 766,
247; Florida, 64,770; Georgia, 1,779,
966; Louisiana, 242,612; Mississippi,
1,158,267; North Carolina, 718,389; Ok-I
lahoma, 906,186; South Carolina, 1,
178,895; Tennessee, 297,610; Texas, 2,
912,244; all other States, 74,278.
The distribution of sea island cotton
was: Florida, 28,782; Georgia, 45,436;
South Carolina, 12,193.
Col. J. B. O'Neall Holloway.
The Columbia correspondent of the
News and Courier says:
J. B. O'Neall Holloway, deputy or
ganizer and special field representa
tive of the State Farmers' Union, will
work this week in the southern partl
of Lexington county. He is arranging
to organize a local union at Swansea
and will probably secure some other
organizations in that part of the coun
On Monday, January 30, he will com
mence a campaign of two weeks in
Fairfield county. The work of the un
ion has been lagging somewhat in this
county, and a revival is desired. W.
R. Elliott, of Winnsboro, will assist
Mr. Holloway in making out his sche
dule of appointments and will accom
pany him for part of the c.am.paign.
On Monday, February 13, the C4es
ter county ca,mpaign will begin. Thiv:
will be arranged for 'by G. L. White
and C. C. McAliley and will continue
for two weeks, after which York coun
ty will he taken up.
Schedule of appointments will be
published from time to time as soon as
Mr. Hol,loway's work for the union
is making a good impression, and is!
producing good results. The work re
ently in Bamberg county has put the
rganization in bietter shape in that
LUKE LEA WINS SENATORSHIP.
Election of Editor Breaks Tennessee
Deadlock-Head 'of Nashville
Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 23.-Striking
t the psychological moment today
won for Editor Lea, of the Tennes
en, the United States senatorship, in
the fight before the legislature over
the seat soon to 'be made vacant by
Senator Jas. B. Frazier. At 1 o'clock
Vonday morning Mr. Lea said he
would not allow his name to be used -,
oday. At 11 a. mn. Monday the Fusi- m..
mists had decided to vote solidly for
me candidate, but whom they did not
now. At 11.30 they had decided to
.rp B. A. Enloe, whom they had been
supporting, and go to Mr. Lea, who
id just given 'his consent to being
ut in the race. He was nominated at!
Lacked One, Got Three.
When the last name had been called'
m the roll call- of the joint session, he
[acked one vote, but a member who
a.d refused to vote wen:t into the Lea
olumn and later two were changed,
~iving him two more than the neces
ary sixty-six to' elect. Mr. Lea is
b.irty-two years of age, and will have
Lhe honor of being the "ba>y" senator
nd holding his first public office. His:
election came on the eleventh ballot.
dcMillin polled forty-eight votes.
Women Joined In.
When the final vote was taken the
a1 of repreentatives was jammed
with people, 'as were the corridors
leading to it. When it wa s announced
L.ea had won, an animated scene fol
owed. The many women in the crowd
vied with the men in the noise mak-'
ng and filling the air with almost
nything they could throw.
The victory of Lea is one for prohi
iton and a distinct defeat to the Pat
:ersonl wing of the party. Though ner
r holding an office, Lea has been a'
lard fighter for prohibition and has
:ken p)art in local fights on the side
f what was usually termed the re
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY OF NEWBERRY.
Court of Common Pleas.
Joseph L. Crooks, Plaintiff,
Jason Jones, Defendant.
By an order of the Court herein, I
will sell at Newberry court house, at
public auction, to the highest bidder
therefor, during the legal hours of
sale, on Monday, the Gth day of Feb
ruary, 1911, being salesday, the fol
lowing described property, to wft:
That lot of land lying in the town
of Newberry, in the section known s
Graveltown, in the county and State
aforesaid, containing one-fourth of an
acre, more or less, bounded on the
Miss Kontestant, work while slug
east by Philip street, on the south by
lot of Aurelia Lomax and on the west
by lot of Carrie , on the
following terms to wit:
One-half of the purenase money to
be paid in cash and the balance en a
credit of twelve months, with interest
from day of sale, the credit portion
to be secured by bond of the purchas
er and a mortgage of the premises
sold, with leave to the purchaser to
anticipate payment; the bond and
mortgage to provide for attorney's
fee of ten percentum of the amount
due in case same is collected by in
attorney with or without suit. Pur
chaser to pay for papers and for re
H. H. RIKARD,
Newberry, S. C., Jan. 16, 1911.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY OF NEWBERRY.
In Court of Common Pleas.
The Exhange Bank, of Newberry, S.
M. Louisa Werber et al., Defendants.
By virtue of an execution to me di
rected in the above cause, I have le
vied on and will sell on the 6th day ofi;N
February, 1911, the same being salel'
day, within the legal hours of sale, in
front of the Court House for said
county, State aforesaid, the life estat
of the Defendant Mrs. M. Louisa Wer
ber in all that lot of land in the town
of Newberry, said County and Sta*,
containing 2 1-2 acres, more or~ les,
bounded by lands of Tench C. Pool,
estate of James Gauntt, Calhou
street, and by lot of land heretofone
set off as the homestead of the salt
Mrs. M. Louisa Werber, and levied om
as the property for life of the said de
fendant, Mrs. M. Louisa Werber.
Terms of sale: Cash. Purchaser t
pay for papers.
K~ KL Buford,
Sheriff Newberry County, S. C.
Sheriff's office, Jan. 11, 1911.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY OF NEWBERRY.
By Frank KL Schumpert, Esquis
WHEREAS, I.M. KBuford made suit
to me, to grant him letters of admin
stration of the estate of and effects of
Mr. S. A. Buford,
THESE ARE THEREFORE to cib
and admonish all and singular tH -
kindred and creditors of the said MrS~.
S. A. Buford, deceased, that they be
and appear before me, in the Court of
Probate, to be held at Newberry, S. C.,
n the 6th day of February 'next ai
ter publication thereof, at 11 o'clock
in the forenoon, to show cause, If anl
bey have, why the said administratica
should (not be granted.
GIVEN 'under my hand this 18th day
f January Anno Domini, 1911.
Frank IL. Schumpert,
J. P.N. C.
FORMIA TION' OF PARTNERSHIP.
The corporation that existed as the
Saluda Supply Co., has been dissolv
d. The pirtne5hip between J. C.
Drafts and J. T.'Qeleman under the
irm name of Drafts and Coman, has
been formed, and will continue the
general merchandise businessMt. Sill
erstreet, South Carolina, as suc
ors of the Saluda Supply Co.
J. C. Drafts.
J. T. Coleman.
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT.
Notice is hereby given that I will
ake final settlement as administra
or of the estate of J. C. Moore, de
eased, in the probate court for New
erny county, on. Wednesday, Febru
.ry 1, 1911, a t11 o'clock in the fore
oon, and immediately thxereafter3.ap
py for letters dismissory as adnif
~strator of said estate.
ML. C. Morris.
I will be in the auditor's .office eacly
saturday during January for the pur
K)se of preparing pension applications.
Ll persons interested are notified to
W. G. Peterson, ~