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R. A. RICHEY REFUSED CLEMENCY
Abbeville Farmer Must Serve Ten
Year Sentence-Convicted of Mis
treating Girl Under Statu
Columbia, April 14.-Governor
Blease today declined to interfere with
the sentence of the court in the case
of the State against R. A. Richey, the
well-known Abbeville county farm.er,
who was sentenced to serve 10 years
for statutory rape. The solicitor, R.
A. Coopcr, did not recommend execu
tive clemency. He expressed the hope
that it would not be granted the pris
Richey will be brought here tomor
row, according to information 'at the
governor's office. He will be placed
in the penitentiary to stay for ten
Pitiful Case of Victim.
Solicitor R. A. Cooper spared no
words in his picture of the prisoner.
He said that he had been informed
that this was Richey's third crime of
the kind. "The case of the young girl
is indeed a pitiful one," writes the so
licitor. "Left an orphan at the age
of 6 years and taken to the home of
Richey as one of the family, she look
ed upon him as her father. Before the
trial I had several conversations with
the girl and urged upon her to tell
only the truth. I realized at the time
that it was a serious matter and that
the case was fraught with terrible
consequences, both to Richey and to
If Guilty Should Suffer.
That the well-to-do can not escape
the result of their crimes is the view
of Mr. Cooper in these lines: "It is
suggested in the petition that the hu
miliation and the expense which Rich
ey has been put to is sufficient pun
ishment for him. I shall not argue
"If he is guilty of the offense
charged, and the jury has so found,
then, in my humble judgment, the law
does not provide too much punishment
for him." The solicitor speaks in no
uncertain terns also of the resort to
technicality in this case.
A Broken-hearted Mother.
The solicitor went 1beyonid the line
of duty to appeal to the governor when
he says-: "And to have come into con
tact smit~h the jpoor l4roken-hearted
mother as I have, is calculated to pos
sibly bias me against the petitioner."
Richey was convicted before Judge
Dantzler in the spring of 1910. His
case was recently affirmed by the su
p,reme court. In the petition for par
don much wa.s said about the techni
cality as to the girl's age. This was
urged strenuously as a basis for par-'
don. The'supreme court ruled firmly
in the case when it was before that
A Pathetic Situation.
Richey's case was one of the most
sensational cases in recent years in
this State. He is wealthy and has in
fuential friends. A pathetic incident
of the whole matter is the faithful
aess with which Mrs. Richey and her
young daughters have stood by the
igher. They have held out that 'he
If ever there was a case that came
before a governor with tears and1
pleadings this was one. Yet Governor1
Blease today declined to interfere
with the court's sentence. He is sorry
for the family, but he feels that the
mandate of the law must be carried
Sister Brings Parole.
A pathetic scene was enacted at the
~penitentiary late today, when with
tears streaming down her face a wo
2nan, the sister of the noted prisoner,
Earl Rochester, of Oconee, bore to him
a parole from Governor Blease. Just
.a few minutes before she had stood
before the governor and thanked him
for the granting of her plea.
Earl Rochester was serving a life
sentence for murder. Rochester was
indicted at the term of court, in 1904,
for the killing of Walter Mills. He
was convicted and given a life sen
.From Late Judge Dantzler.
In the list of papers connected with
This case is one of a unique nature.
It is from the late Judge Charles G.
Dantzler, and, in a measure, excuses
the taking of human life, or mitigates
the sentence, in the judge's opinion,
for the applying of mere words.
Just before the tragedy, Judge
Dantzler writes, Walter Mills. speak
ing to Rochester, applied -the word
"dirty" and another worse word to
the wife of the defendant. No words;
can excuse the taking of human life,
says Judge Dantzler, but this circum
stance should have great weight in
the exercise of executive clemency.
Wanted to Kill Two More.?
Another remarkable document is the:
following affidavit from W. M. Kay ,
shieriff of Oconee county, who on oath
says: "Earl Rochester, while in jail
for the killing of Walter Mills, told:
him he hoped to live long enough to~
get out of the penitentiary; that there
wre. two moe men that he wanted
to kill. W. M. Kay." This is sworn
There have been numerous petitions
in this case. Once in 1909, a juryman
wired from Nebraska that he would
sign the petition for clemency.
Senator Earle's Opinion.
Senator Earle, of Oconee, writes,
that: "Mills was passing along a
neighborhood, where Rochester was
at work, going for cabbage plants. As
he returned, Rochester having his gnn
in the field walked a few steps to
ward him and shot him dead in the
road. One woman was an eye-witness.
The evidence pointed 'indisputably' to
a deliberate killing.- Senator Earle
does not recommend clemency.
Rochester was convicted in 1905, but
was granted a new trial by the su
preme court and was again convicted
in April, 1906. There were numerous
ly signed petitions for Rochesterls
pardon. The solicitor, Mr. Julius
Boggs, did not recommend clemency.
The governor today paroled Rochester
during good behavior.
Cherokee Negro Won't Hang.
Governor Blease today commuted
the sentence of a negro in Cherokee
county who had killed a white man.
Governor Blease himself mentioned
the incident as rather unusuai.
The negro, who was to have hanged,
but whose sentence today was com
muted to life imprisonment by Gov
ernor Blease, is from Cherokee, and
was convicted of the killing of Rob
ert Davidson. The negro's name is
Senator Hall's Version.
Senator W. S. Hall points out the
circumstances as follows: That the
negroes were having a Thanksgiving
celebration 'at one of their churches;
that the white men came in and ming
led with the negroes. All the white
men had guns and liquor; of the white
men, Davtdson and Jim Hayes were on
bad terms; some of the negroes were
armed; another white man and the
negro Luther Corry got into a scrap
and Corry's gun was taken away and
Davidson drew a gun on Corry at this
time. The long and short of it was
that a general mix-up followed. On
trial the jury abquitted the white
man, Hayes, and found one Gaither
and Amos Byers guilty .of mnanslaugh
ter. Corry was found guilty of mur
der. Senator Hall does not think the
negro should hang and requested the
governor to act.
Governor Blease today commuted to
a fine of $100 or twelve months at
hard labor, the sentence of $300 fine
or twelve months at hard labor, im-:
posed at Laurens by Judge Watts last
month on T. S. Johnson for adultery.
Governor Blease today paroled Ro
land and James Waites, white, sent
to the reformatory by Judge Mem
minger, sitting at Columbia in Sep
tember in 1906, for larceny and given
ten years each.
Two Petitions Refused.
Pardon was refused to Andrew J
Gosnell, of Spartanburg, sentenced by
Judge Wilson, January 7, 19~11, to one
year on the chaingang for larceny of
Pardon was refused to John Jack
son, of Chesterfield, sentenced by
Judge Klugh, in April, 1900, to life
imprisonment for murder.
BABCOCK CHOSEN CHAIRMAN.
New Asylum C.,mmission Holds First
Meeirg-.Au 11 Secretary.
Columbia, April 14.--At the first
meeting of the new asylum commis
sion today, in the governor's office,
Dr. James W. Babcock was elected
chairman, and Elbert H. Aull, of New
The governor called the committee
to order and stated that much had
been said and written in regard to
the asylum commission; that he con
sidered that the other commission had
been appointed for a certain purposa;
that they had accomplished that for
which they were appointed and done
their work well, seemingly satisfac
torily to all parties.
He said that this was an entirely
new commission; that the governor
had not refused to appoint any mem
ber of the old commission, but had
simply followed the act and appointed
a commission of good, true, hon1est,
competent business men, and the work
is now in their hands; that he had no
comments nor suggestions to make
and no favors to ask; that the mat
ter was in their hands and to pro
ceed with their work.
Dr. T. WV. Babcock was unanimously
elected chairman, and Mr. E. H. Aull'
unanimously elected secretary of the
commission. They then retired to the
ways and means committee roe:n 'o
take up their duties.
Dr. Babcock announced tonight that
the next meeting of the asylum'r co:n
mission will be held next Friday at
9 o'clock a. m. Messrs. Floyd a:.d
Payne, the members of the commas
sion, who had not yet visited the
tracts of land bought for the asylum,
went out there this afternoon wi'h
ORANGEBURG'S PROBATE JUDGE.1;
Blease Petitioned to Hold Up Com
mission of A. C. Dibble.
Columbia, April 14.-Governor
Blease was today asked to hold up the
commission of Andrew C. Dibble, the
new'ly elected judge of probate ot
Orangeburg county, on the ground
that the act creating the office of mas
ter for that county devolved the duties
upon the judge of probate and that
this act is unconstitutional. A strong
constitutional argument was submit.
ted. Governor Blease nas not yet been
called upon to issue the cominission
in the case of the new juige of pro
bate, so there was no action for him
I By an act of 1S90 the office of master
was abolished in Orangeburg, and the
duties devolved upon the judge o1
Two reasons are assigned as to why
the act is unconstitutional.
1. That the legislature sought to en
large the jurisdiction of the probate
court and- to increase the powers of
the probate judge, as such which is
defined and specified in the consti.u.
tion which can neitner be enlarged
nor diminished by the legislative pow
er of the State, which is itself the
creature of the constitution and con
trolled by the provisions of that in
strument which constitutes the fun
2. That the act which creates an6
nominates the special referee creates
an office and defines the public du
ties and powers of that office and pro
vides as compensation for the perfor
mance of those duties by the special
referee certain fees and :rovides fur
ther that the probate jud;e of Orange
burg county, a constitutional officer,
shall perform the duties of the office
of special referee, and to collect cer
tain fees therefor, tiereby authoriz
ing and directing that one offcer col
lect the fees of each office as compen
sation for the performance of those
public duties and powers distinct and
separate, the one from the other con
trary to the constitution of the State,
In addition to these reasons the
whole matter is fully gone into.
Senator's Daughter to Wed Jersey
Lawyer April 26.
Washington, April 14.-Senator and
Mrs. Tillman have issued invitations
for the marriage of their daughter,
Lona, arnd Charles Summer Moore, of
Atlantic City, April 26, at the Church
of Our Savior, Trenton, S. C. o
Mr. Moore is a lawyer of prominence I
and is from 'one of the oldest families
in New Jersey.I
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NOTICE OF SPEC[AL SCHOOL -
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, d
COUNTY OF NEWBERRY. j
ln consideration of a sufficiently e
signed petition from the voters and ir
freeholders of school district No. 58. o
known as Silverstreet school district. o:
asking for an election to vote a special p
two mills tax to be used for school p:
purposes in said district, the election
for the said purpose above named is
school house of said 1strrict, conduct
hereby ordered to be held at the J
ed by the trustees of the district as
managers, on the 7th day of April, -
1911, beginning at 8 o'clock a. in., and
closiing at 4 p. mn., a registration cer-I
tificate and poll tax receipt being:s
necessary to vote in this election. All 2
voters favoring the tax will vote Ic.
"yes," against the tax "no." c
J. S. Wheeler, i
S. J. Derrick,
E. 0. Counts,.b
County Board of Education.
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT. N
Notice is hereby given that on the
6th day of Mlay, 1911, at 11 o'clock si
a. mn., in the cffice of the Probate fr
Judge for Newberry county, S. C., I C
will make a final settlement of the C
guardianship estates of George R. D
Koon, Mattie Koon, Mary Koon and cc
David Koon, and immediately there- as
after apply for a final discharge as li:
such guardian. r
MARY F. KOON, is
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otice is hereby given tnat on Fri
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-r commissioners for Newberry
auty, S. C., will at 9 o'clock a. in.,e
the office of the Clerk of Court,
1eny and publicly araw the names
hirty-six men who shall serve as
tt jurors at the court of common
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ICE OF ELECTION IN SCHOOL years and bearing
DISTRICT No. 14. . ceeding the rate o
nconsideration of a sufficiently annum, payable an
ed petition from the voters and The said bonds
eholders of School District No. 14, the sale thereof,
nty of Newberry, State of South funds in hand of c
>rlina, known as Prosperity School be applied to the j
srict, asking for an election, in ac-. ment of outstandi:
rance with an act of the general School District.
mbly of the State of South Caro- The election for
,approved on the 14th day-of Feb- above named is he
iay, 1911, to decide the question of held at the town he
ing coupon bonds to the amount C., in said School I
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OISE OF A THOUSAND THINGS M
ary, payable in five Itax receipt being necessary to vote i
interest at not ex- jthis election.
six per cent. per The following named personis ar
nually. o'clock a. m. and closing at 4 o'cloc
r the proceeds of p. m.
together with any A .registration certificate and pol
ounty treasurer, to hereby-appointed to conduct said elec
ayment and retire- ftion: E.'W. Werts, W. T. Gibsonau
g bonds of said M. H. Boozer. All voters in, favoro
new bonds vote "yes" agaist .new
the said purpose bonds vote "no."
reby ordered to be Geo. Y. Hunter,
.1 in Prosperity, S. J. L Wise,
ietrict, on the 18th R. T. Pugh,
,beginning at 8 JTrustees of School District No.14