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YOLUME XLIX, NUMBER 10. -EERI,SUHCAROLINA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 31,1911. TIEAWE,seAnx
REVIEW OF THE WOR
OF ENERAL ASSEMBLY
-WHAT HAS BEEN DONE DURING
Confronted by Few Matters of More
Than Ordinary Importance, Leg
islature Has Jogged Along.
Columbia, Jan. 29.-The legislative
machinery is moving along steadily
and without friction. There has been
no jar, no breaks, no sudden orders tc
stop and no red flags. It has been a
quiet and steady gait-one that accom
plisftes results without excitement or
friction. If there is ony one thing that
has thus far distinguished the present
session of the general assembly it has
been the equanimity and poise with
which it has met conditions and with
which it has executed its work.
Caused no Excitement.
nWhen Governor Blease sent 'in -his
compound investigating message there
-was hardly a ripple; yesterday when
he sent. in another special message,
relative to d6ubl- office tholding, that
affected members, the message was
quietily referred and that was about all.
Nothing seems to have excited the
general assembly and it has gone
along, plodding with the mass of
measures that it has before it.
- The indications are that -there wi.ll
be but little general legislation enact
School Law Bill May Pass.
The general revision of the school
laws may be accomplished. The bill
proposed by the special commission
has a favorable report, both in the
house and in the senate, and this
would indicate favorable action, but
there have been some indications of
disapproval and it has not been de
veloped how serious these objections
-may be. If the vote came up tomorrow
the bill would pass.
Sentiment as to Clemson.
It is manifest that there is a feeling
of unrest with regard to the privilege
tax and Clemson college. Mien whc
lhave never before suggested that
Clemson was getting too much fromr
the privilege tax have dared 'to get up
and say so, and say so in commi.;thee
and in conversation. The prospect is
that the fund will remain intact this
z'year, so far -as Clemson is concerned,
~but the real friends of Clemson col
ege had better hefed this feeling and~
~* und'ertake to get the college 'in closer
touch with the people. Clemson has tc
do more than education6.1l work with
in its coll-ege wal-ls.
The Browning Bill.
The Mitchum bi.l1 and others along
this line, limiting the amount that
Clemson should receive, did not fur
nish the:real basds for the fight that is
coming. The Browning bill is the
message that Clemson will 'have tc
-watch. This bill providies that all the
priv.i-lege tax should go -direotly into
the State .treasury and be appropriated
from there, as other funds are.
Inbkeritance Tax Bill'
The most important matter passed
by the house dyring the present ses
sion is t$~beritanlce tax" bill, pro
pose y Mr. Remb ert. 'The bill met
Wid some strong opposition in the
o'nse, but members generally approv
ed it and it is now before the senate,
. and, of course, 'there is no telling what
will be the fate before tbe more criti
c-al and smaller body.
30-Day Session Sentiment Growing.
The smate some time ago passed a
resolution fixing the 10th of February
as the day for final adjournment. This
would provide for a -thirty-day session.
There is a growing sentinient on the
~-bouse side to adopt this resolution; d
what can h~?' done up to the 10th, pass
tthe general supply and appropriation
bills, quit and -go home. with the sat
isfaction that "the least done the-soon
est mended" is a good rule in legisla
Members are making their lans tc
gect away at this time. Of course. there
may be a material change in the situa
Associate Justiceship Election.
The associa.te justiceship election
has not yet been scheduled. The house
an~.d senate think they have passed the
necessary legislation, but the election
has not beten definitely scheduled,
chiefly because Gov. Blease has not had
the opportunity of app)roving the nec
court. It is expected that he will have
approved the act by Monday and the
tiie for holding the election can then
be agreed to. The house has indicated
Wednesday as being agreeable for the
election, and this time may be selected.
Too Many Bills. .
There have been more bills intro
duced during the present session than
in many previous years. It is curious
that so many bills are introduced when
there is little or no hope that they will
be enacted. The observation of the
most experienced miembers is that
those who introducel one or two bills
and concentrate their energies on
these measures accomplish -the real
results. Members with twenty or thir
ty bills- have difficulty in concentrat
Given Good Advice.
One of the most distinguished law
makers who ever came to Coluqnbia
was Solicitor J Monroe Johnson of'Ma
rion. He prepared the celebrated ori
ginal dispensary law and knew how to
draw bills that held 'n the courts.
He met a young member on the. step9
of the State house whom he knew very
well and undertook to give him some
friendly and fatherly advice. In a
word, it was that the best 0ing he
could do was to introduce no birrs, un
less they were absolutely necessa.ry,
help to kill nine-teiths of those that
were proposed and go home as soon as
Appropriation Bill Nearly Ready.
The ways and means committee has
practically completed its work on the
general appropriation bill, and the an-,
nouncement was made by Chairman
3rowning that it would be presented
on Thursday. If this should be done
the -house can~finish on this important
bill by the end of the week, as there
need be but little difficulty in accept
ing the house bill, as the committee
has worked with such care and exact
ness in' getting the bill in the best and I
most economical shape.
Railroad Bills-"Merger" Resolution.
There have been a great many bills
proposed affecting the railroads and
the business of that branch of activi
ties. The Callisle-Dixon bills, relative
to .the -pulling of mileage by -the con
ductors on the selling roads, has not
yil.t been taken up in esither branch.
Bothi of these bills have divided comn
mittee reports.' -
The senate resolution providing for
the discontifiuance of the "merger"~
suit has been referred to the house*
judiciary committee. A -similar reso
lution, by Dr. Saye, has been acted up
on by the railroad committee, where it
has received a practically unanimous
report -in favor of thie adoption of the
The sentiment of the house is in fav
or of passing the resol-ution 'and stop
ping the appeal.
For Highway Comimission.I
There is a strong lilcelihood of a
highway commission bill passing andI
becoming law. The only difficulty is
in getting together on some one defi
nite plan. The sche. : is to raise the
fund fo-r the support of the engineers
and the work by a direct tax on auto
"'d~es. The idea is that a graduated
tax on automobiles, based on the horse'
power, will -raise considerable money.I
The plan is to havie the tax begin at
$10 for all automobiles of 20-horse
power or less, and for' this entire fun d
to be used in the employment of corn
petent engineers and exclusively for
highway road work, and not on the!
general road work of the county.
The house has passed the bill pro
viding for 'the distribution of the sal
vage- from the old State dispensary.
The fund will run between $400,000
The general appropriation bill will
probably run more in the aggregate
than in previous years. on th.e ground
that the State is growing. One thing
has be:&n settled, and that is where the
general assembly will go on Lee's
birthday of next year. The Institute
for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind and;
Spartanburg have been the early bird's.
Mitchum Bill Killed.
On a yea and nay vote tebill to
limit the income of Clemson from the
priviil'ge tax to $17~>,000 was killed by
a vote of 73 to 24..
IHouse Passes Notary Bill.
Notaries public who may be appoint
ed to fill the places of those now serv
ing who r.ommissins become vacant
proclamtion, will serve for ten years,
instead of "at the pleasure of the gov
rnor" as heretofore, will register with
the clerks of court in their respective
::ounties and will pay $2 each for their
-ommissions, under the aniended Mow
?r bill, as passed today by the house of
representatives. Several -hundred ap
pications for appointment as notary
public have already been fi-ed. The
present fee is $,3.25.
The Winding-up Commission.
The senate has not acted on Mr.
Kibler's concurrent resolution to ap
point a commission to investigate the
winding-up commisiDon of the dispen
mary suggested by Governor Blease.
rhe senate has discussed the matter
.reely and seems ,to favor the appoint
m-ent of a commission under a joint
resolution, which would give the com
:nission greater power, and the judi
iary com'nittee of the senate has pre
pared a joint resolution to that effect.
In the title it is explained that the
investigation shall covier the acts of:
1. The State dispensary commission.
2. The acts and doing of the attorney
eneral in connection therewith:
3. The acts and doing of thb. com
Enittee of the general assembly ap
pointed under a concurrent resolution
>f the general assembly dated, Jan-u
ary 31, 1905. -
4. The acts and doing of any other
person, or persons connected with the
ffairs of the State dispensary aind the
nvestiAtion and winding up thereof.
Quoting the governor's -message, the
Aill provides: That whereas the attor
aey general and thli winding up com
nission have also asked for-an inves
That a committee consisting of three
members of the senate to be appointed
Dy the president of the senate, three
nembers of the house to be apponted
)y the speaker of -the house "to inquire
-to the things set forth in the gover
a-or's message" and to investigate the
persons named above.
The bill gives the committee power
z investigate any doings of the com
mittee appointled to investigate the
ispensary in 1905.
The committee may -elect a marshal.
May arrest and imprisonAny person
wo s-hall fail to obey any legal order
f the committee.
May arrest for contempt. -
May require attepdance. -
May pl-ace in contempt those per
sons refusing to answer questions..
May require production of books and
May 'administer oaths.
Section 6 provides that, first of all,
after organization theldomlmittee sha,1l
require the go'vernor to furnish it with
1 information 'in his possession or
kno ledge of whatsoever nature to
estaF lish any or all charges as well
is ,~ y riformation in his possession
:hat in.ay throw light upon the matter
*n'd hings, r:eferred to in message or
fat may hav'e any relation.
The co.mmittee would go forward
md complete -the same as soon as pos
A per -diem of $5 per day for the
3mmittee is provided while engaged
.n te work. -
The -act would be somewhat like, in
act, almost identical as to powers
with the original investigating act.
WARRANTS IN SE)INOLE (CASE.
Hessrs. (Clark and JIones, of Columbia,
Are Served With Paper Fromt
Dolumbia State, 27th.
W. A. Clark and Wilie .Jones were
erved with warrants yesterday by
Bheriff Cokon'a-n and appearing before
lagistrate Fowles gave bond.- in -the
mr of $1,000 each to a:nswer to the
harge of cous-piracy. The warrants
ivere sworn out byv L. L. Clyburn, of
ershaw, before Magistrate Jlordein,
n account of the relation of Mc'ssrs.
31a.rk and .Jones as t.rusjees of the
seminiole 'Securities company, said
c-ompay 'har.ing sold to Mr. Clyburn
stock( amounting to $1 ,500. Mr. Cly
jurn is well kn.own in Columbia.
The warrants were received by
sheriff Coleman throu-gh the mail yes
:erday morning and he at once made
irangements to serve them. Both Mr.
Dlark and Mr. .Jones at once made ar
r.ngements for the bonds and the trial
ill be call&d for as soon as possible.
\.agitrte .1ora ha nuthorized th e
DEPOT SAFE BLOWN
OPEN AT LAURENS
SAFE-CRACKER WAS DISCOVERED
WHILe AT WORK.
Secured Nothing of Value, But Made
Good His Escape-No Clue. to
Information received in Newberry!
yesterdiay was to the effect that the
safe in the union freight depot of the
Oharleston and Western Carolina and.
Columbia, Newberry and Laurens rail: en
ways bad been bloWn open by a safe- th
cracker, the attempted roibbery, how- W
ever, being prevented by the discovery w
of the man at work between 5 and 6 F4
o'clock yesterday mirning by a clerk d(
who was going on duty at that time. t
It seems that the robber was delayled ra
in his work 'by drilling the first hole at
the wrong place. He then drilled a
second hole 'and blew off one of the 01
doors. The cash drawer, however, was at
behind the other door, and the robber el
was at work cutting through the wood
en partition to get to the cash drawer
when he was discovered.
It is stated that when the clerk en-s
tered the office he was asked what he -ly
was doing in there, and then a dark
ilantern was fiased in his face and 4e
was told to get out. The Clerk, it i:3
reported, went for assistance, and u
on returning to zhe office with assis tv
ance the would-be robber rad made b4
good his escape.
It was dark when the clerk entered
the office, -and there is no -clue so far to
te identity of the man.
Just two years ago there was a pis
tol duel in the freight yards at Laur
ens between Policemen Stone and
Walker and two yeggmen, Policeman
Stone being shot to deeth and one-of I
the yeggmen being killed -by Police
man Walker. The oth'er yeggmag made.,,b
his escape. -
MILLER LEAVES STATE COLLIEv.
Resignation Requested by Goy. !Blease .w
on Grounds of "Pernicious Acti-, th
rity in Politics." ..
Columbia, Jan. 27.-On the grounds je
of "pernicious activity in piolitics" and
general complaints f.rom- I'egrces .of It
the State as to his conduct in the1 d(
manegement of the'ins'titution, Gover- s
nor Blease 'today orequested the resig -
nation of Thonias E. Miller, as, presi- I
dent of the State negr'o college, whijeh y7
is located at Oraingeburg.- The req1udst o )
was mnade as chairmani of the boar~d of
trustees of the institution, and without i
reslution. Fol-lowing the request of etj
Governor Blease that Miller resign JR
within 24 'hours, the board of .trusteesti
passed a resolution'- asking the im- bel
mediate resignation of Millerm Miller .t
The resignation of Miller will take ' Si
effect on June 30, in order that Miller in
may be permitted to wind up the af- ;'fa
fairs of the institution. th
The board of trustees, which he.ld a th
meeting in the office of Governor I
Blease, decided to hold another meet- Ito
ig shortly after the. adjournment of 1
the 'general assembly, for the purpose th
of selecting a successor to Miller. The ar
negro has been 'pr%sidenbt of the insti-.s
tutioni for a. number of years. Hi's
salary is $2,000. , .
It i's understood that the (robability
is that ,Prof. C. N. Nix will 'be named fo
to succeted President Miller. It will si;
be recalled that these two 'had a fight;e
last yea.r, about some matters connect- fo
ed with the college, and an official in- te
quiry was had. President Miller re- tr
tires in JIune. There were some obli
gations he had assumed and 'the board to
thought it best -for him to be'retainled Ish
until the end of the 'ses'sion. I
Miller Writes Resignation. ti<
Following the request for resigna
tion. Thomas E. 'Miller, the president se
of thei State negro college, located. at "I
Orangeburg, sent a letter of resigna
tion to Gov. Blease.
The le?ter of resignation follows:
H-on. Cole. L. Blease, the governor of
South Carolina, Columbia, South
"Dear Sir-BecauF' I opposed your
election to the chier office indthe gift
of our beloved State. you have de-'
manded my resignation, 'stating that
you will not permit the Sta-te Colore.d M
college to do any business until my N.
resignation is in your hand. In an- Ph
t the Stroke of Twelve So
Won the Handsome Pit
Prize to Be Awa
25,000 Bonus 0
Time for R
Do you rea-lize there are only sev
teen days left in which to work for
e grand prizes? You want the piano.
'ell the only way to get it is to work,
)rk, work from today until Monday,
bruary 20. See that your friends
their ipart, too, don't hesitate to ask
eier help now, for you are in this
ce to win and win you must.
The balloting this week discloses
me surprising jumps and Tecalls the
d adage "the battle is not to the swift
td strong, but he who endures to. the
d." Who will be thie wiffer is a
testion no one can answer for as it
ten occurs in these kontests, the
ndidate wfho lags behind for weeks
.ddeuly for.ges to the front and final
taries off the prize when some other
supposed to have the lead that can
>t be overcome. It is all 'a question
For some time the heavy voting be
epen the three leaders apparently has
en a test of strength, but none of the
:re has shown the. extent of her
sources. And their resources so far
we can tell are not yet seriously
The conflict is waged - with deteT
ination and -Onergy and the end no
te can tell. Miss Julia Smith is stead
r pushing forward, and has made up
veral thousand votes this week.
de-from these four the voting has
en light this week blt heavy firing
ay be expected all along the linie
ttil the end, which is so close at hand.
.Some one is .going to 'win this. hand
me Cote piano, in fact each one will
In something. But we are all after
i piano. Lets work to that end. Take
the end of thie fiscal year, June
'th, as 'the day for my resignation.
be effective. I thgnk yott over mc,
ar sir, fo~r this leniency, the more;
beau'se I am guilty of having beg
4d the 'voters not- to vote for you.
counted the cost before I opposed
u, hence I am prepared for the blow:
your official act.
It wilLV' be 15 ye'irs, 'June 10th,
ace I was elected to .my. present po
don, having been indorsed"' by .the
publican, and Democratic organiza
s, the judiciary, 'most of the mem
er of the constitutional convention,
e State legisilature, State. officials,
mbers of congress ang two United
ates senators. In response to they
dorsement, I have put 15 yeaTs of
ithful service in this work. I now
ank them for .the grzat confidence
ey reposed in me.
"'y official acts have gone into his
ry; jI d not fear the judgment of~
r beople, white and black, upon~
em: My opposition' to you was not
,official act and I alone am respon
yle to my country and to God, fol
.ving oppos~ed your election to yout
"Honored Sir, I n'ever slandered you
r ther was no malice in my oppo
:ion tc you, I felt that your announc
poy against the negro was not
uinded upon justice and th'e best -
rest of the State; for that reasonI
Led to bring 'about your defeat.
"Wishing for you an administration
unded upon wisdom and statesmfan
i, peace, prosperity and 'happiness,
hereby tender you this, my resigna
m, to go in effect June 30, 1911.
"Very respectfully, your obedient
rvant, Thos. E. Miller>
Tresident of the State Colored Col
TO TURN ON LIGHT
trney General Lyon a.nd Mfembers
of Dispensary Commission to Gen
Attorney General J. Fraser Lyon and
assrs. W. . Murray, J. 5. Brice, A.
Wood, Johni McSween and Avery~
Lttton, conposing the dispensary comn
L'i - ct to th'e gener"l pyambly*
rOth, At Noon
rne Voung Lady M ill Have
no-Summer & Hipp's
rded T+ ednesday.
a high aim while you are at it.
Public Sifrlted Merchants.
The furniture 4ealers, Mesrs. Sum
mer & Hipp, are always to be depend
ed upon in any progressive, up-to-date
venture, and have made many friends
by theiv splendid offer, the Reed r9ck-,
er to the -kontestant securing tle lIg
est nunber of new one year subscriip
tions between January 13 and Febrn
ary 1. Much hustling sbould be d'ne
before Wednesday to secure this ex
ceptional prize. We have another
splendid- offer from these popular mer
chants which we will announce a Frin
Twenty-five Thousand Bonus.
For every fifteen dollars sent in
Thursday, February 2, will secure 25,
000 addtion!a,l votes. This is an op
ortunity worth while-so get busy.
Standing of Kontestants.
Prosperity, S. C.
Miss EllIen Werts. .........597,640
Pomaria, S. C.
Miss Annie Koon.. ......-606,880
Kinard, S. C.
Mrs. J. A. Domlniok ......587,090
Chappells, S. C.
Miss Julia Smith.. .. ......p870
Newberry, I.' D.
Miss Joe Caldwell......-1147
Whitmire, S. C.
Miss kKate Hargrove........68230
Newberry, S. C.
Miss Annie Laurie Lominack.. 52,050
Miss Lossie May Booier.. .. .. 9500
Mrs. G.o. Alexander.........5,300
Miss Eula Darby... .. .... 1,000
Miss Annie Bouknight.......1,000
Miss. Eunice Abrams.. .....-.7,000
Miss Amelia Klettner.. .. . 1,000
calling for prompt compliance wit.
the. governor's suggestion for an. In
From,Dispensary Commission. .~
The communication from thie com
mission is in the form 'of a resoluton~
signed by all the members - of the
"Whenteas, the governor of this Stats
hs seen fit to address a special mes
sage to the genera.1 assembly seriously
criticizing the imanner. in which this
commission 'has performed its duties
and suggesting 'an invi-stigation of its
"Be i-t, therefore, resolved, That tlie
geneal assembly of' this State be, aind
is hereby, earnestly requiested by this
commission, bi 'the appointment, of a.
committee or other appropriate mes
ure, to make an immediate and search
ing investig' ion into 'all -the acte and -
doings of' 'the itispensary winding up
emmission ,sines its creation until
From the Attorney General.
.Attorney General Lyon's commu.nl
cation is as follows:
"To -the General Asadmbly of tbh ,J
State of South Carolina:
"In a recent message sent 'to yodr j
honorable'body by the governor .of
this Sta>te he offered insinuations as
to improper conduct on my part and' -
criticisms as to.the manner in which
I have discharged my duties as attor
nly; general in connection with wind
ing up 'the affairs of the late State dis
peisary; as to the disposition I have
made of certain criminal cases, and
also as to the manner in which I dis
charged my duties as a member of the
legis-lative committee appointed to in
vestigate the affairs of the State dis
pensary. In view of the insinuatids
and charges contained in this message,
I join the request of the governor that '
my conduct be inquired into and thor
ughly investigated by your honorable
- "J. Fraser Lyon,
"Columbia, Jan. 28."
Mrs. J. "A. Dominick is stilal going
afiter voss in the right way, and her
votes- are still pilng up accordingly.
Good for you Mrs. Dominick, work
means win now-so just keep the good