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if one of you, whether you be my pol
tical friend or not, believe that Cole.
Blease would insult a woman without
cause or provocation, be man enough
to hold up your hand, if you please
I want you to do it if you believe
that." The only response was in the
mature of remarks to the effect that
he ought to know the people of New
berry did not believe any such thing,
and expressions of confidence in the
governor. Governor Blease said:
"My friends, I thank you; God knows
I do." That charge, he said, had!
hurt him when none of the others
could, "because," he said, "I had as
good mother as any boy ever had, and
I had as good step-mother as God ever
gave to a family of children, and
whenever I stoop so low or get so
cowardly as to insult a woman I hope
God will paralyze my tongue."
Negro Secret Soc&ties.
In congratulating the Red Men -up
on the fact that there were no negro
lodges of the order, the governor said:
"And, my friends, in this connection
a great many of you belong to the
farming class-permit me to call your
attention to a matter that deserves
your serious thought, and that is the
organization of secret lodges amongi
the negroes, 19f South Carolina. I
have in my possession tho positive
proof that there are a man and his
wife living In a distant State who are
organizing throughout the - Southern
States among the colored people a
secret society which claims to pay
benefits in cases of sickness, in cases
of death and in casies of distress, but,
mark you, before a negro can become
a member of that society he has got
to sign an oath that he will not work
but eight hours a day, he has got to
sign an oath that he will obey the
mandates of his superior officers, and
he is being taught In those societies
ftat be Is the equal of the white man
along social lines. Now, my friends,
I have made this statement before and
have been. criticised for it, and they
have charged me with being unfriend
ly to the negro. -But I tell you, you
. white peoplle, you may sleep if you
please, in your quiet beds; you may
rest, if you please, quietly at home,
and when you ask the watchman
upon the watch tower, What of the
mi1ght? he may answer that all Is
quiet; but I tell you that It Is not all
quiet in South Carolina. Why? Be
eause, my friends, so long as you can
get white women 'and so long as you
can get white men to tolito the
school houses of this country and
teach negroes and associate with them
side by side, so long you twi11 have,
along the lien of your secret orders
among that class of people, trouble,
and it will become serious. Not long
since in passing by an instituticn In
South Carolina a very Jhandsome white
woman-no slouch, no piece of Ignor- j
ance, no bundle of humanity coucheO
In dirt, but a handsome, Intelligent 1
woman-was walking across the cam
pus of that negro school with one
arm around a iiegro boy and another
aroyinda negro girL That happened
Sthe city of Colmla-teaching to
them that thbey are your equals, teach
ing to them that they have a right to
-' stand upon the face of this Carolina of
ours In social equa:!ty with the white
people. . And when 1 call attention to
that I am told that' I am stirring up
strife, and that I am one~ who is fight
ing the negro race. I cell It to your
attenion, my fellow-citizei- s, not only
of Newberry but of all the c'unties of
South Carolina, and tell you t4. watch
what you are doing. I expect ta rec
ommend at the next session of sour
legislature the passage of an act 'poo
!hibiting any one to tea.ch in the scho.ls
of this State who has not reeeive& a
certificate from the State superinte ad
-ent of education and the governor "
Governor Blease in speaking of thle
work of the Red Men in the interests
of suffering humnanity, spoke at some
little length of his pardon record,
"Right here I want to branch off
just a minute. I have spoken to you
of humanity. I have been taugnt it-,
and now I am being criticised for ex
ercising it. I have b sen criticised for
pardoning so many people. Why, my'
friends, whenever anybody criticises
me for .pardoning anybody, I always
think about what Ben Willman told
this little sawed-off drummer up here
at Ninety Six. Tillman was speaking,
and this fellow was leaning against a
tree way back yonder. He looked up
at him and says, Didn't you pardon so
and so? Tillman spoke right on and
didn't pay any attention to him. Di
rectly the little fellow sang out again,
Didn't you pardon so and so? Till
man turned around and says, Yes, I
pardoned him, and if it had not been
for the pardoning power of Jesus
Christ you would have been in hell
long ago. Now, whenever a man crit
icises me for pardoning I want him to
stop and ask himself, does he want
pardon from his Saviour for his sins.
And if he says he has never sinned
him, because the Bible says so.
"Along this line I will only men-i
tion one or two simple cases. I have
mentioned them all over this State.
I have spoken this summer to be
tween 35,000 and 40,000 people-more
than I have ever spoken to in a State
campaign. I have been down among
the people, face to face, hand to hand,
word to word and mouth to mouth,
and talked to them and asked them,
what their will and pleasure was, and
I have tried to do it.
"Not long ago a little girl came
walking into my office dressed in a
homespun dress-a little cotton mill'
girl. Her dress struck her just about
half way between her shoe tops and
her knees, and she had on a little
bonnet. She came in and pushed 'her
bonnet back and said, "Is you the gov
ernor?" I said, "Yes, what can I do
for you?" She says4 '"Governor, I
want Bubber." I said, "Where is
Bubber?" She said, "Bubber, Gover
nor, was about J5 or 16 years old,
and he committed, some little trifling
crime, and they sent him over here
to the State Reformatory until he is
21 years old; Governor, when he went
there mother was a strong, healthy
woman, mother was able-bodied: I
worked and helped her make a living,
and she worked and we' made a liv
ing; but, Governor, mother is paralyz
ed now, she Is lying on her bed in.
Camden and hasn't struck a lick of
work in two or three months, and I
can't work In the mill and make'
enough for me and mama's living, and
when I am away from the -,ouse
mama hasn't anybodb to get her a
glass of water or a piece of bread,
and I want you, Governor, to give us
Bubber." My friends, my home folks,
I investigated that case, and I found
that little girl told the truth, and that
her brother had only committed a lit
tle crime, and I told her I would give
her -Bubber. I wrote his pardon and
I sent him home to his mother to help
make bread for her and that little
girl. And when I am criticised for it
I want you fathers to stop and think,
where would that little girl have gone
if that -bread and meat had #not been
supplied-In a town surrounded by
vices, surrounded by thie evil,- sur
rounded by the ever-ready panther
looking for the virtue he .ay destroy.
I wrote'that pardon, and I sent that
17-year-old boy back to Camden to
make a livig for that old n'other.
And that night, ,when that boy got
home, if that mother put her arms
around his neck and said, I thank
God for my boy's coming home, and If
she sent up a petition for me' in her
prayers, I would rather have had that
than to be governor of all the States
in the American Union.
"On another occasion a woman came
into my office with one little child in
her arms and leading asnother little
child by the hand. As she walked in
the door the little thing patted her
cheek and says, "Mama, bread." The
little thing on the floor said, "Ma'na,
I am hungry." The woman was rag
ged and dirty. I ran my hand in my
pocket and gave one of those children
a piece of money and she patted her
mama on the face and says, "Mama,
bread now." I handed the other little
one a piece of money and he jumped
around on the floor and said, "Get
somjething to eat." Strong man as I
claim to be, I had to turn my face,
and I said, 'Go and feed those child
ren and come back." She did. Her
husband was in thel penitentia,ry for a
small offence, and had served all his
sentence but about six or seven
months. The next day I went to
preaching and I heard a preacher get
up in the pulpit and say, "We are
going to take up a collection today;
half of what we get is going to negro
schools and thie other half is going to
foreign missions." They took up a
collection and there was $800 put in
the collection box, in the Episcopal
church, In the city of Columbia-$400
for negro schools and $400 for for
eign missions. And yet, right under
the very shadow of the tower of that
church there were a woman and twol
children starving to death, in Chris
tianized South Carolina. In a few
days I saw in the paper that that
same minister that took up that col
lection for free negroes and foreign
missions was in a magistrate's court
with a habeas corpus proceeding, try
ing to take that same woman's two
little children away from her and
send them to an orphan school, and
to put the woman in jail for vagrancy
in the city of Columbia. I went to
work and I gave that woman her hus
band, and I gave those two little
children their father, and today they
are in old Chesterfield. and that fath
er is making a living for the wife an
children, and they are a happy family.
"L.et them criticise. I have no apol
ogies to make to any man for what I
liave done. I am exercising that
clemency which I believe is right.
"Now, if you will ask me to go to
some other case I will do so.
"Solicitor Cooper wrote me-Your
solcitr.-and said a murder had been
committed, and the only witness he
had to use was a negro who had been
accused of some petty theft in 1905
and that he could not convict this
murderer without a pardon for that
negro, who had served the sentence
long years ago, and asked me to par
don her in order that she might tes
tify. I did so. The paper came out
and said, "Executive clemency, tne
governor today pardoned so and so,
total number so and so," without ever
giving you the reason why. And some
people go home and read the paper
and say, "Pardoning too many peo
ple," and yet they are paying a
preacher $900 to $1,000 or $1,500 a
year to beg Jesus Christ to pardon
"Now, take any case; if there is any
man in this crowd who seeks an expla
nation I will gladly give it. Or if
he will send to my office or come, he
shall have every paper in connection
with it, to look over them. Right here
in your community lives a brother of
a man I granted a parole to-Burr
Stockman. His brother was sent to
the penitentiary, and he had not done
a bit more than many of you would
have done. When I was elected and
went in office they came down and
asked me to pardon him. They pre
sented to me a petition signed by
hundreds of the best people of Lex
ington cbunty, presented to me a pe
Columbia, S. C., j
Account the above occassior
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From Laurens $1.50
" Newberry 85
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Account National Negro,Busines
Tickets sold August 14, i5 and 1
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Account of Sovereign Grand Lod
Tickets sold September 14, 15 an<
September 28, 1911.
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Account Appalachian Exposition
Tickets sold September 9 to Octol
later than midnight of the tenth<
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than October 7, 1911.
Monteagle and Sewanee, Tem
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Tickets sold August 11, 12 and 18
Oklahoma City, Okla., and r
Accot6nt Eighth Annual Encamp
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Account United Confederate Vet'
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Reduced fares to many other pla<
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J. L. MEEK, A. G.JP. A., F:
tition signed 1V some of the jurors
and others connected with that case.
Now, I ask you. if I ara b.ss, or if I.
am servant. The man who gets public
office and thinks he is the. people's
boss is a fool, and will soon be kick
ed out. A public officer is a public
servant, and it is his duty to carry
out the will of the people. I paroled
Sam Stockman on condition that he
be of good behavior and drink no li
quor, and today he is at home making
a good citizen. There are other cases
I could discuss with you if time and
the occasion would permit."
G-vernor Blease concluded his ad
driess as follows:
"My friends, I thar^ you for your
kindness and your consideration in
the past, and I want to say to you to
day if there is anything you think I
am doing wrong write and tell me.
If you think I am making a mistake
write and tell me. If you see some
thing coming up in your community
that you think ought not to ge done,
write and tell me, and I will obey your
wishes. God knows it is the'height of'
my ambition to make for Newberry
county a good, clean governor, so
that when my body is laid to rest in
that cemetery at Newberry, no New
berrian will ever pass it who can not
say there lies the body of a man who
was true to his State, his county and
kug. 22-23, 1911
the Columbi'a, Newberry. &
low round trip rates from all
r sale Aug. 20, 21, 22, and 23,
ding August 26.
From Clinton $I-30
" Prosperity 75
om other points.
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LIVINGSTON, S4 A.,
Columbia, S. C.
. ........ ... .$30.30
SLeague, August i6-18, 1911.
, good returning August 22, 1911.
e, I. 0. 0. F., Sept. 16-23, 1911.
1 .6, good returning not later than
....... ..... .. .. ...._ $8.35
September 11-October 1, rejr1.
~er 1, inclusiv~e, good returning not~
ay, but not including, from date of
limited to reach starting point later
., and Return..... 312.45
f1 Institute, July'23-Aug. 30, 1911
good returning September 5, 1911.
ent, United States Spanish War
ickets sold August 17, 18 and 19,
~A. R., August 21-26, 191r.
1d 20, 1911, with final limit return
turn _........- .. ..._ 4 9
d Religious Assembl'es, July 1 5
d August 1, 4, 8, 9, 12, 15 and 19,
orld, Loyal Order of Moose, Au
August 18, 19 and 21, 1911, with!
............................... . 85~
~rans' Reunion of South Carolina,
d August 20, 21, 2; and 23, 1911,
es now on sale daily until Septem
911. The Southern Railway offers
, Pullman sleeping cars and South
all through trains. For detailed
call on nearest Southern Railway
ANK L. JENKINS, T. P. A,,
NEWBERRY, S. C.
J. HENRY -HA RMS, President.
A Standard College. Thorough Courses. Classical,
Scientific, Technical, Laboratories and Modem Equip
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Deparcment, fitting for Freshman Class. Next session
opens September 2ist. Write the President.
Annual Smmer Excursion, Wednesday, August 16, 1911
Convenient Schedules, Superb Service, Pullman Sleep-,
ing Cars, and Southern Railway Dining Car Service on all
Round Trip Fares fr6m Newberry, S. C., as foilows
Washington, D. C.....$12.40 Norfolk, Va....... $9. 00
Spartanburg, S. C...... 5.50 Richmond, Va.. 9.0*
Tickets good returning to- each original starting point
on or before September 2, 1911.
There will also -be. very low round trip rates to other
mountain and seashore resorts.
Special trains leave Columbia 6:05 p. m. Wednesday,.
August 16th, arriving Washington 8.30 a. m. August 17th.
For detailed information, Pullnian Reservations, etc.
call on nearest Southern Railway Ticket Agent, or
John L Meek, A. G. P. A., Frank L. Jenkins, T. P. A.j
Atlanta, Ga.- Augusta, Ga\
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August 16, 1911
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ROUND TRIP FARES FROM NEWBERRY, S. C;
Beaufort, N. C.........$9.20. Richmond, Va....... ..9o
Morehead City, N. C....9.00 Spartanburg, S. C..... ..5.50'
Norfolk, Va..... .......9.00 Wilmington, N. C. .,.........- 6.0o
LIMIT-Tickets good returning to reach original starting point 03
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There will also be very low round trip rates to other mountain anId
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Annal Seashiore' Excursio
August 16th, 1911'
Atlantic CoastLine B
To Norfolk, Va., (For Seaside Resorts)............ 9o
To Wlmigton N.C.,(Wrightsville Beach)
To ilinto, . .'(Carolina Beach )'.. $60
To Washington, D. C.---------- --...$12 00
- Corresponding rates from other points. Final return lImit
up to and including Septemnber 2nd, 1911.
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