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TOLUME XLIX; NUMBER 103. NEWBERRY, SOU9TH CAROLINAk FRIDAY, DECEM1BER 29, 1911. -TIEP5 ER
BASE ON WILAMS
WATSON AND HUDSON
STATES HIS POSITION FULLY, AN
What the Governor Wrote Mr. Watson.
Time Enough When Watson's
Term is Out,
When asked while in Newberry
Thursday as to the report that
Ira W. Williams of the gov
ernment farm demonstration work,
has been transferred from this State
to Georgia, "supposedly because of on
position of the governor," and tLdt
Commissioner Watson is to be displac
ed when his term expires, and that the
place had been offered to A. D. Hud
son, of Newberry, Governor Blease
"I have seen the article in today's 3
State to which I suppose you refer. I I
was informed some time since that
Ira W. Williams was to be transfVred
from this State. To what point I do I
not know. Mr. Williams supported me I
in the campaign of 1910, so I have i
been reliably informed, and he and I i
." are the best of friends, and I am sorry
that he is going to leave this State. t
The statement that he and I ,are at <
ienmity, or that he is leaving on ic- c
count of any feeling between himself 2
and myself, is absolutely and ui
qualifiedly false. I would be glad if
JiMr. Wifliams would stay in the State,
and if he will stay I will ask the leg
islature to keep up the appropriation
for lis department, and do next year,
as I have done this year, all in my
-power to assist him in his demonstra
tion work. I have never offered Mr.
Watson's position to anybody, but
-merely stated on one occasion to John
Richards that I was sorry he accepted t
the railroad commission position, be
cause I expected to appoint him com
missioner of agriculture, and the re
port that I have offered Mr. Watson's
position to one or two others is abso
lutely false. As to Mr. Hudson, he t
told me emphatically on two occa- i
sions that he did not want Watson's I
position. I am. informed, however, i
that he would accept the position held I
- by Sviliams.
"As to the letter to CommissionerC
Watson, I wrote'him that my under
Sstaning was that he was appointed t
Scommissioner of agriculture for South
SCarolina, and not the United States, C
4a and that if he left the State again '
iwithout my permission, I. would de- I
elare his office vacant, and put some
con-e in it -who would stay at home~ and
:attend to it. I meant that and shall
carry it out to the letter. Copies of -
,my letter and his reply are on file
in my office, to which the newspapers 3
sre welcome, as there are no secret-, t
in the governor's office. Everything
that is done there is open and above
board, is placed on the public files, I
and there are no secrets from the peo
"As to the next State farm demon- I
jjjagent being acceptable to the
goVey-net ab I understand, this is a I
matter in the- *jtands of the United C
States dep&ftinenlt, Wigh which I have ~
~.nothing to do. I know notiiing of Mr.
Baker's candidaCy f61y the position- I
.shall uphold the departinient of agri
ouIture and the far* Adenfstration
ork, and do everything within my
wer to make it a success. And if I
been consulted this year.ig regard
the departments, I think I could
ave -given some very valuable sug
estions, and possibly saved some
p'ople from putting thiemselVes in
-very awkward positions. But as I
hla'ek not been consulted in regard to
'any mnatter, I am in no manner, shape
or ftn responsible for the turn af
fairs have taken.
"When Mr. Watson's term expires,
it will then be time enough for me to
conside'r whether I shall reappoint
him or give the position to some one1
else. I understand that the constitu
tion forbids life tenure of office, and
I do not presume there is any excep
tion made in the case of the commfis
sioner of agrioulture."
As to Pardons.
Asked as to the charge that his com
mutations and pardons were a slap in
the faces of judges and jurors, the
I ha paroled, pardoned and com
nuted a good many people. It has not
)een intended as ai reflection upon any
mne. In many instances, judge, soli
itor and jurors have signed the peti
ions, the records are public, and are
>n file in the office, and open for in
pection to all parties, and the reasons
or each will be properly transmitted
o general assembly at the right time,
,s required by the constitution. How
,ver, if any one has been hit, I have
io apologies to make and no excuses
o give. I have done what I conceiv
d to be my duty. I presume that the
>ther officers have done likewise."
Statement of Mr. Hudson.
Mr. A. D. Hudson requested that the
nterview given out by Governor
3lease be read over to him, and Mr.
Tudson gave out the following state
"In my interview with Governor
3lease some days ago, the subject of
he commissioner of agriculture was
nentioned only in the connection that
Le felt that the present commissioner
vas not -doing successfully the work
utlined for him. The question of my
eing a candidate for the position was
Lot discussed, even remotely, and he
a no way tendered me tne position;
n fact, stated that unless there be
ome change in the present poicy of
he office, that the office would be dis
ontinued. I am in no sense a candi
late or applicant either for Col. Wat
on's or Mr. Williams's position."
CHRISTMAS CLEMENCY TO 30.
Ilease Grants Pardons to 8 and Pa.
roles to 22-All Sections of State
Columbia, Dec. 23.-Thirty prison
rs were givien their liberty today as
Christmas gift by Gov. Blease, eight
eing granted full pardons and twen
y-two paroled, of the number being
ine who were serving life terms for
urder and eight se-rving terms for
One of the life-termers, Henry Da
is, sent up from Williamsburg coun
y for murder, must leave the State
vithin 12 hours and never return. A
ike condition is imposed on the pa
'ole of George W. Ennis, sent up for
ife from Barnwell for arson, only he
s given 24 hours in which to get out
pf the State. This is sail to be the
argest number turned loose at one
line in a number of years;
Those among the number granted
lemency who were at the penitentiary
were released this afternoon and will
e able to eat Christmas dinner with
The Newberry cases are as follows:
Marion Dawkins, convicted before
udge Izlar, at Newberry, in. March,
890, of arson, and sentenced to 25
ears imprisonment in the State peni
entiary, was pardoned.
Fed Hodge, alias Fesd Hopkins, con
icted in July, 1888, at Newberry, of
~urglary and larceny and sentenced
y Judge Witherspoon to life impris
nment in the State penitentiary, was
Will Johnson, convicted in Newber
y county in 1907, before Judge Gary,
f manslaughter and sentenced to five
ears' imprisonment, paroled during
Church of the Redeemer.
(Rev'. Edw. Fulenwider, pastor.)
The following program of divine ser
ces has been arranged for the Luth
ran Church of the Redeemer next
11 a. m,1 The regular morning ser
ice. The pastor will preach on the
uject, "The Rock of Destiny." Old
~imeon speaking of Jesus soon after
tis birth said, "Behold, this child is
et. for the fall and rising again of
any in Israel." In the holy Scrip
ure Jesus is often spoken of as a rock
gainst which many shall dash to
ieces, as well as a rock on which
na.ny shall find refuge against the
eating storm. The Christ, whose
irthday we have just celebrated with
;reat rejoicing, is the rock set in the
nidst of the stream of history that
lone can- pass without having their
lestiny affected. Some important les
ions looking .to the new year will be
presented in the sermon.
4 p. -m. The regular meeting of the
7.30 p. in. Union services.
A cordial invitation to all the ser
ice is extended the public.
HAS FATAL RESUI
LUTHER BLEDSOE DIES FROM G1
Mayor B. M. Havird Charged With t
hilling-Mayor Havird Was
Silverstreet, in this county, was t
sce&ne on Saturday morning of a d
ficulty in which the mayor of the toN
was engaged, and in which the may
and another citizen of the town, Lut
er Bledsoe, were wounded, Bledsoi
wounds later proving fatal. Bieds
died early on Christmas morning, a
Mayor Havird was lodg-d in j:
Christmas day. Mayor Havird w
shot by Will V. Bledsoe, a brother
Luther Bledsoe, after Mayor Havi
had shot Luther Bledsoe. Will
Biedsoe was arrested, and is out
bond. Mayor Havird's wounds are n
regar,ded as very serious.
The trouble, it appears, started
a personal difficulty between Mayor
M. Havird and Mail Carrier Du,
Sheppard. In the fisticuff whii
ensued, Mayor Havird dropp
I some keys and possibly oth
articles, out of his pockets. It seer
that Mayor Havird after the difficul
went out and secured his gun. Luth
Bledsoe, who was in the store of H.
Lake at the time of the fight, picked i
the articles which Mayor Havird h
dropped out of his pocket, and w
later offering to return them to May
Havird, when the mayor shot Luth
Bledsoe, the load from the shot gi
taking effect in the calf of the leg.
is said Mayor Havird thought Bleds
was drawing a weapon upon hii
Then,,it appears, Will V. Bledsoe sh
Mayor Havird with a pistol, the bi
let penetrating the hip.
Drs. W. E. Pelham, Jr., and Jam
K. Gilder were called and went to S
verstreet on the early train. At th
time Bledsoe was very w-cak froni t
loss of blood, and there was very litt
hope of his recovery.
Sheriff Buford went to Silverstre
on Saturday, and placed Havird ai
Will V. Bledsoe under arrest, and th.
were released on -bond. When tl
news was received here that Luth
Bledsoe had died, Sheriff Buford r
turned to Silverstreet and broug
Havird to .iail here. Havird is repr
sented by Zugene S. Blease, Esq.
Luther Bledsoe, the deceased, w
about 23 years old. He was the s
of James B. Bledsoe, of Saluda cou
ty. He was buried at Hickory Gro
church, in Saluda county, on Tuesda
Coroner John Henry Chappell we
to Siiverstreet rn Tuesday and he
an inquest. The verdict waS to tl
effect tha.t Luther Bledsoe came to b
death from a gun-shot wound at tl
ands of B; M. Havird.
Following is the testimony taken
"H. C. Lake, sworn says: Mr. Havi:
spoke and said, what in the devil a
you having such a man as Mat Ber:
laying around you, and you holding
prominent position as you are holdi:
-you are no better than he is. Abo
that time one or the other called t1
other a damn lie. At that mome
Duke Sh.eppard struck Mayor Havi
side the head with his first and knoc
ed him to the floor. Mayor Havi
rose and struck Duke Sheppard; th
ther clinched each other. Sheppa
got Havird's thumb in his mouth, al
Bl Bledsoe and myself tried to pa
them. We could not part them, ai
Luther Bledsoe rai in and caug
around Mr. Havird, and we - pull
them apart. Havird fell back on t
floor and Luther Bledsoe helped hi
up. I tried to push Havird out of t
door. Havird's money, keys and kni
fell on th.e floor,. and Luther Bleds
picked them up. Bledsoe first hand
him his knife. When he saw Du
Sheppard with his knife, Havird th
opened his knife and made back
Sheppard. Havird then said, get c
of the way, I will cut his damn gi
t. Duke Sheppard ran out of t
Ftore. Havird followed him on o
Sheppard went across the street,
tie opiro~te side. Havird We
straight to his house. Sheppiard wE
nP near y ormosite Havird's house a
T1 SPENT IN PROSPERITY
N MANY VISITORS ADDED TO JOY
OF THE SEASON.
fe Social Affairs Delightfully Character
istic of a Delightful Town-Per
he Prosperity, Dec. 28.-Prof. and Mrs. 1
if- Laurence Sease, of Clemson college,
n are spending the holidays with Dr. G.
or Y. Hunter.
h-. Miss Julia Matthews, of Ninety Six,
is is the guest (, tie Misses Werts.
oe Mrs. J. P. Mahon and daughter, Re
ad becca, of Newberry, spent Wednesday
til with Mrs. E. E. Young.
as Mrs. Kenneth Baker, of Greenwood,
of and Miss Mae Lee Barre, of Chatta
rd nooge, are visiting their sister, Mrs.
V. E. W. Werts.
Dn Misses Nell Kohn and Kathleen Mer
ot chant, of Columbia, are spending this
'week with Miss Mary Lizzie Wise.
in Mrs. C. L. Pitts has returned to
B. Silverstreet, after a visit to her aunt,
ke Mrs. G. M. Able.
:h Miss Minnie Hentz, of Pomaria, is
ed spending a few days with Miss Julia
ns Miss Isoline Wyche has as her guest
ty Miss Florie Bates, of Orangeburg.
er Prof. W. E. Monts has gone to An
c. derson to visit friends.
p Mrs. M. C. Morris has returned home
4d after a visit to her mother in Lykes
or Mr. E. G. Counts and family are
er spending this week in Spartanburg. -
m Misses Bertha Morris, of Lykesland,
It and Alma Haynes, of Spartanburg, are
e visiting Rev. S. C. Morris.
n. Mrs. B. L. Wheeler, of Columbia, is
ot visiting h-eT parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.
.l- M. Counts.
Dr. .C. K' Wheeler, of Columbia,
es spent Monday in town.
- Prof. E. S. Werts has returned to
at MEmphis, Tenn., after a visit to Mr.
he J. M. Werts.
:e Messrs. 0. L., F. H. and H. B.
Schumpert are spending the holidays
et with their mother, Mrs. Fannie Schum
3d pert. ..
ey I Mr. J. P. Cannon and Mr. and Mrs.
e IH. Sam Cannon, of Columbia, are vis
er iting their sister, Mrs. M. H. Boozer. I
e- IMessrs. R. P. Luther, of Atlanta, and
t J. D. Luther, of Columbia, are spend- a
'e- ing this week with Dr. and Mrs. R. L.
s Mr. J. L. Wise left Monday for St.
>n Louis, to -purchase a car of mules.
.. Miss Lucy Wheeler, of Augusta, is
e visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.
at Dr. Arthur 'Black, of Charleston, ist
d pending the week with his brother,.
e Mr. A. L. Black.
is Mr. .Charlie Epting has returned toI
e Leesville, after spending, a few days t
with Mrs. G.. M. Able.j
aMr. T. H. Thompson spent Christ
itmas day with his father, Mr. J. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cook, of Mont
d gomery, Ala., are in town.
e Mr. and Mrs. Pat Kennedy, of Due
' West, are guests of Mrs. Alice With
g Misses Lena and Laura Lester spent
Ut Sunday in town, returning on Monday
t Mr. L. G. Fellers has retaurned to
k- Sheppard was opposite Paysinger's
rd house, I heard a gun-shot about Hav
ey Ird's house. I heard Mrs. Havird hol
rd lering and saw Havird coming down
:id street with his gun in his hand. It
.rt was a double-barrel shot-gun. Havird
ad came on to his store, and Bill and Lu
ht ther Bledsoe were about Bill Bledsoe's.
ed Bill and Luther Bledsoe and myself
he went out to meet him. Havird said,
im where is Duke Sheppard? I told him1
e he had gone to the depot. I said, go
[fe put up your gun. Havird replied, I
oe will shoot the damn -- - - --
ed Luther said, Mr. Havird, he has done
ke gone. Havird said, what have you to
en do with it? Luther said, I have noth-'
at ing to do with it, I want to give your
ut keys or mo~ney (I don't know which).
ts Luther Bledsoe ran his hand in his
he right pocket, and I told him to go
ut. back to his store. About that time the
n gun fired. Havird fired the gun that
nt it P'edsoe in the leg.
nt "This happened in Newberry county
nt! th 2rd oM lcember, 1911.
Vinnsboro, a"ter a .,isit to the hom
Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Bedenbaugh, o
Ltlanta, are guests of Rev. Z. W. Bed
Miss Annie Wheeler is spending thih
veek in Peak, the guest of Miss Ros
Dr. J. A. Hunt, of Statesboro, Ga.
vas registered at Wise hotel Monda
Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Hunter, Mrs
arah Fellers and Miss Della Welch
)f Newberry, attended the Bowers
4unter wedding Wednesday evening.
Rev. E. W. Leslie will preach Sun
lay morning in Grace church, and ii
he afternoon at Mount Tabor.
Again the charming bride-elect, Mis
3owers was given a linen shower b:
4[iss Hattie Groseclose, at the hom<
)f Mr. L. A. Black, on Monday af
ernoon. The guests were receive4
)y Mrs. L. A. Black and ushered to
;he cloak room by MIsses Addie Wert,
Lnd Ethel Counts and there receivei
>y Miss Davis. There a lovely scor
:ard on which was stencilled Cupii
vith all his arts, was given eacl
,uest, and a most original and uniqui
)rogressive game was played. At th<
irst table was the wedding bell, sec
)nd. hearts, third traveling bag, an
ast the bride flowers-which were al
iand painted and very 'beautiful. Th4
rize was won by Miss Ellen Werts, i
)ottle of toilet water, which Mis
Verts very gacefully presented ti
iss Bowers. Then a delicious tw(
ourse luncheon was served. Afte
his tempting course Miss Bower
-obbed the mails, where she foun(
nany useful and dainty articles.
As a souvenir of the afternoon Mis:
3owers was presented with a boo]
vhich contained a toast from eacl
MISS RUSSELL TO TALK.
Tintbrop's Superintendent of Rura
School Work to Address Newber.
ry Teachers in January.
Mr. E. H. Aull, who will assume thi
luties of county superintendent o
ducation some time early in January
ias received an acceptance from Mis,
eila A. Russell, of Winthrop college
f an invitation extended Miss- Russel
>y Mr. Aull to address the teachers a
he county at their regular montlt
neeting to be held in January.
Miss Russell is superintendent o:
he rural school work of the college
nd will .probably tal-k on a subject ii
e with . the work which she is ii
harge of. She is doing a fine work 11
he interest of the rural schools, and
Ler address -will be of .value to th'
eachers of this county.
The meeting has been postpones
rom Saturday, January 13, to Satur
ay, January 20. It will be held ii
he Martin street high school build
It is earnestly desired that ever:
eacher in the county and as many 0
he trustees as can, will attend this
eeting. Mr. Aull is looking forward
o a great deal of help in his wonl
rom these monthly teachers' meet
ngs, and he believes that if the prope:
terest is taken in the county asso
iation it can be made of a great dea
if value to the teachers and to th<
chools of the city and county gener
1ly. With this idea in view, he wante
o enlist the active interest, not onl:
if the teachers, but of the trustees 0:
he various schools of the county.
The January meeting on the 20th o:
he month, is scheduled to begil
romptly at 11 o'clock.
tlantic Coast Line Railroad Companl:
Holiday Excursion Rates.
Account of the holidays, the Atlan
ic Coast Line Railroad offers specia
-ound trip excursion rates between a]
)oints, good on all trains scheduled t<
top at respectivie points.
Tickets on sale December 15th, 16th
L7th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th. 25th~
Oth, 31st, and January 1st, 1912.
Final return limit January 8th
For rates and other information, se
ca.l agent, or addess
T. C. White,
Gen. Pass. Agent.
Wilmington, N. C
W. J. Craig.
'as. Traffic Agent.
Wimington, N. C.
UNLESS HE GETS MORE
LIGHT WILL NOT PARDON
GOVERNOR BLEASE ON THE GAR
LINGTON-YOUNG PETITIO N.
Thinks All the Facts 'Have Not Been
Candidly Stated by the Convicted
While he was in Newberry Thursday
Governor Blease was asked it he had
yet reached any conclusion in regard
to the petition for pardon for Garling
ton and Young. Governor Blease
"I am waiting for a reply to my
5 letter to the Seminole trustees and
receivers, which I suppose will be
forthcoming before January 1. But
witb the present light before me, I
shall not interfere with the sentence
as imposed by the courts. While my
deepest sympathy goes out to these
young men and their families, still I
am satisfied that they are concealing
matters which belong to the public,
and I do not think they are entitled to
any clemency for themselves as long
as they are helping to conceal the of
fences of others."
Governor Blease, when asked in this
connection as to the statement made
to him by Garlington, said:
"Iam satisfied that Garlington told
a good deal of the truth, and I am
equally well satisfied that fie conceal
ed more than he tok."
NEWS OF EXCELSIOR.
Annual Christmas Tree of Excelsr
. Sunday School-Other News of
the Holiday Season.
Excelsior, Dec. 28.-We had a quiet
Christmas, but a wet, muddy one.
We missed The Herald and News on
Tuesday and couldn't feel right with
Miss Marie Polatty, of Columbia,
spent Christmas with Miss Eunice Ale
Miss Lucy Wheeler, of Augusta,
Ga., spent Christmas with her par
Miss Pet Dominick, of Newberry,
spent Christmas at her home here.
1Mr., and Mrs. Aumerle Lorick, of
EIrmo, spent Christmas with his p'ar
rents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Lorick.
Dr. R. C. Kibler spent Christmas
with f,riends in Laurens.
Mr. Ernest Alewine, of. Peaks, has
been on a few days' visit home.
Mrs. B. L. Wheeler, of Columbia, is
visiting her parents, Mr. and -Mrs. A.
Mr. Jacob Singley, of Clemson col
lege, spent Christmas at his home
IProf. Aumerle Singley, principal of
the Saluda school, is spending the holi
days at home.
, Miss Rosine Singley, a student of
the Orangeburg school, is at home for
'Mr. Lee Roy Bradley spent a few
days of last week with his folks in
Mr. Pearl Watts, of Columbia, is at
his mother's for the holidays.
-Mr. Oscar Pdterson, of Newberry, is
visiting Mr. J. C. Singley's family.(
Messrs. Arthur Lee Wheeler and ,
-Elon Stone came up from Columbia
and spent Christmas at home.
Mrs. T. L. B. Epps and children, of-'
SUnion section, are visiting her sister,
Mrs. J. D. Stone.
Mr. Enos Counts, wife and children,
are spending this week with relatives
Excelsior school had their Christ
mas tree Monday afternoon, and not
withstanding sthe wet weather, there
was a large crowd present to enjoy
SMiss Rosalee Wheeler, the teacher,
had her pupils well trained. The Pu
pils assembled on the outside and
came marching in singing a beautiful
song appropriate to the occasion,
along with the sweet music of the or
gan. The exercises consisted of a
speech by each of the pupils along -
with a few nice songs, all appropriate
to the Christmas season. The tree
was filled with nice presents, which
were distributed and all present en
.joyed the occasion. Santa Claus wI;
present and amused the audienge on
much. May all present live to e.ijr
a nter Christmas s-3asonl.