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brought nine cents above the marked :
price; had never received any con_Ven~
sation other than that allowed by law
and did his duty, not even threats having
deterred him; had charged up car
fare as other than legally allowed, as
shown by accounts; had had no part j
in any compromise and turned in complete
vouchers of everything; n.ever
allowed anyone to discuss the matter
outside of the commission room. Some
? . i
thing between $400,000 or $500,000 nas j
"been turned over to State as Ansel's1
commission report will show, said Mr. I
Patton Tells of Threats.
Mr. Patton, who was one of the best
known members of the Ansel commis?
i,?a onmofViincr ?shnnt thrpafc i
SilUIl, IICtu adiu ?? !
not deterring him from performing
his duty, and Senator Sullivan ques-i
tioned him at length about these
threats. Responding, Mr. Patton said
that information came to him that his j
life had been threatened, that Felder
had received an anonymous letter j
threatening his (Felder's) and Pat-,
ton's life; that the letter was postmarked
Newberry ,and that it was
said to have come from Governor, then'
Senator, Blease. He knew of no acts i
of the Ansel commission in violation I
lour on/1 -novdi> L'now fttia tr> oharse
v/i ia ? auu ? vi ivuv tt V44V -w w
for work he did not do. Mr. Patton
?poke of Attorney General Lyon's1
work and service to the State and of j
his sense of duty. He knew nothing!
of the present commission, except thej
summons to the Murray commission
to demand their vouchers which they
refused to surrender. He refused to
allow the Blease commission to invea-!
tigate them; had turned over about;
$28,000 to Blease commission, which
is shown by the report
Mr. Patton stated the commission
did not object to the Blease commis
?ion examining their Touchers, ana
that they even offered the Blease commission
copies of the Touchers, but
they refused to turn th? originals over
-tsr? thf>m After relatine the historv of
the fight which certain liquor houses
made in the United States court to
compel payment of claims and which
the State won the witness told of Folder's
fees how he received 10 per cent,
commission on salvage or overcharges
on live accounts, and on accounts
tirhiVh weirA "dead:" thos** for which!
the houses had already received their
money. He divided the alleged "graft"
into classes, one being those houses
which had overcharged against which
the commission had no money in hand 1
to hold on claims, and the other the
commission had money to hold against
the overcharge. Felder recovered? for i
tbe State, several hundred thousand
dollars, which was collected from
hcfuses which had overcharged the
Why Commission lVas Removed.
Mr. Patton said lie thought no one
but Felder could have obtained the
evidence showing the wholesale graft,
and replying to a question as to why
the commission was removed by Governor
Blease. Mr. Patton said it was
because the commission was doing its'
duty. He stated that the suit in the
United States court had prevented the!
commission from winding up its work!
<=*TliAr ihnt iviferrwl to the nromntness
with which the work had.been done,
once the suit was decided in favor of
the State. Witness said practically all
claims had been settled when the;
commission was discharged, except j
that of the Richland Distilling com-j
pany, which, he said, had overcharged j
me State some $o00,000, and the Jarolina
Glass company. He stated that;
the Richland Distilling company hadj
offered to settle it for $100,000, and
that the Bernheims, one-third responsible
for this overcharge, had paid
their part, some $35,000, before the
commission was discharged; that the:
rest had never been collected, and
that the Blease commission did not
collect that or any of the other moneys
due the State.
As answer to critics, Mr. Patton referred
to the fact that the United
States supreme court, and the State
supreme court had sustained the commission
in every single point brought
"before them, He then told of the view
tfce Ansel commission had taken, willing
to pay all just claims which the
State owned, and nothing more, told of
the recovery of money, through proving
overcharges, and thought the State
had lost money when Blease turned''
them out He said in almost every in- |
stance, the liquor houses, had comej
forward, admitted the overcharges, j
and he did not see where any one had j
any just complaint to make in the mat- j
ter. Mr. Patton said if the Ansel commission
had been the class of men
governor mease insinuated tney were, i
he never would have removed them, j
for then they would have been perfectly
agreeable to him.
Blease and the Dispensary.
Asked if there had been any testimony
tending to connect the present
governor with the dispensary affair,
Mr. Patton stated that the only testii
mony was that of Mr. Lewis W. Parker,
to the effect that Lanahan had
said that Blease represented his house |.
before the board of control of the die-!
i>JU\ VV . X". OlOTCIIDUU, ? iiu V? cto Ilia
attorney for tho Ansel commission,
gave a resume of the transactions front
the time the Ansel commission took
charge until they were discharged, I
covering the time the liquor houses
brought suit in the United States
courts, of the final victory of the State. <
He related the Felder contract in de- r.
tail, and told of the many other matters
now a part, of the history of the j
aftermath of the G. M. I. Referring to
the money, he had been paid, he said j
he received $1,500 as attorney for the'
commission in 1907, and about $3,000
for 1908, 1909, 1910. He received fori
litigation $10,000, but this money came1
from the liquor houses, and not from
"Atlanta was known as the clearing
house for rebates," said Mr. Stevenson,:,
.referring to the visits made there, according
to reports and evidence, by
certain ones periodically, so it was
claimed, to make collection. He said
he saw written evidence to the effect
that H. H. Evans was one of these, j
and had been told of several others,;
B. M. Wilson for one, had also done j
the same thing.
Air. Stevenson praised the work of;
Dr. Murray, and the other members of!
the Ansel commission, and referred to
their patriotic and loyal service to the
State in taking a bankrupt State dispensary
and saving over half a million
dollars for the State, as proof of j
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lUCi.1 U UOIUVUQ MVW4MVM.
Late in the afternoon, after an ex-1
ecutive session, the committee adjourned
to meet tomorrow at 10
o'clock. The members of the commit- ;
tee are Senators Carlisle, Clifton and.
Sullivian, and Representatives Cary,
Evans and W. L. Daniel It is said oel
good authority that subpoenas will b?
issued for J. S. Farnum, of Charleston
; T. B. Felder, of Atlanta, and others.
Brice and Murray.
Bitter denunciation of Governor
Bloase and strong denials cf charges
! made by him aginst members of tho
Ansel dispensary winding-up commis|
sion were the features of Friday'ii
hearing by the legislature's committers
investigating the affairs of the lat3
State dispensary. In strong terms Mr.
J. S. Brice of the Ansel board charged
that the governor was in sympathy
with the liquor houses and the graft
ers, and he repeated a former statement
of his when he said he considered
Mr. Blease the worst man who
had been in the governor's chair sine?
the term of Franklin J. Moses. Mr. j
Brice talked of Mr. Blease's statement
on the floor of the senate, when h?
was a senator, that he would stand -by 1
his friends, and acts of his since he
became governor, which show, Mr.
Brice believed, that he was on the side
of the grafters. Mr. Brice branded a?
false all charges made by Governor
Blease against members of the Ansel
Dr. W. J. Murray, the first witness,
? ^ ?,!
also denounced me governors tuaigwi
as false. Dr. Murray's accusations of j
the governor were not so definitely:
aimed, 'but it was verv evident whom!
he had in mind when making his re-'
marks. Dr. Murray said a man that;
would make such charges against the ;
Ansel board "is not fit to brush our
Mr. Brice did not mince his words. |
He said that prior to a meeting of the j
Ansel board, he had stated: "I consider
Blease the worst man who has
been in the governor's chair since J
Franklin J. Moses sat there. He was | :
not in sympathy with the work of the;
commission, his sympathies being al-; 1
together with the liquor houses and j
the men who had gotten graft out of j 1
the State dispensary." governor i
Blease in his masseage last year had!
charged that the Ansel board feared *
him. When he had told of Mr. Blease's 1
alleged sympathy with the graftei*
Mr. Brice said: "If you call that fearing
him, that's tbe truth as I said it |
at the meetings of the board."
Mr. Brice continued: "As to his 1
charge of incompetency, I did feel that
T was incompetent, but I did the beet ;
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! couia. rnis winaiiig-up was a. leui-;
ous job. The commission tried to end) ^
the work and get through, but it was;
impossible to close up the affairs un- |1
less it abandoned the work of collect-; 1
iug dispensary indebtedness.
"A* to the charge of dishonesty," j j
continued Mr. Brice, "the man making j <
the charges should substantiate them., 1
The governor has asked an investiga-1 '
tion and has turned around and tried j <
to prevent it" Mr. Brice added that, j1
personally, he was willing to be in- j 1
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Asked about the charges generally (
made by the governor against the An- | I
sel board, Mr. Brice said: "So far as j 1
I am concerned, Governor Blease's j j
charges are false and outrageous." On <
question by Senator Carlisle, Mr.
Brice further stated that as far as he
knew the charges against the other
members of the Ansel board were also
Mr. Tirice was asked to give the
source of his information that Gover
nor Blease had been insvmpathy with
the liquor houses and the grafters. He
said that he had heard Mr. Blease on
the floor of the senate state that regardless
of what evidence could be
produced against the members of the
board of control of the dispensary, he
was their friend and would defend
thein even if they were sent to the
penitentiary. Mr. Brice said he had
heard Senator Blease say the State
dispensary was not wrong and he
wnntPfi it rnrifirmed and did not want
any legislation that would alter its
Mr. Brice said he had read evidence
taken by the Lyon-Christensen investigation
commission, of which Governor
Blease, as senator, was a member,
and that his "acts and conduct on this
commission, some of which he had
seen personally, his spoken and written
words, caused me to believe that
his sympathies were with the other
side entirely. After he was governor,
and following out his declarations on
the floor of the senate, a man proven
eniilt.v bevond a, shadow of doubt had
O v been
pardoned." On questions by
Senator Sullivan, Mr. Brice explained
that this man was the one whom the
governor had said he would go to the
penitentiary with and wear stripes
with if he were convicted.
Adding a? reasons for his belief that
the governor was on the side of the
grafters, Mr. Brice said: "In the senate
when the proposition was made to
appropriate $15,000 for the prosecution
of these men for stealing, he
(Senator Blease) opposed it vigorously
resisted it in everv possible
v 9 - - way."
Dr. Murray on Stand.
Dr. W. J. Murray, of Columbia,
chairman of the Ansel winding-up
commission, was the first witness before
the investigating committee Friday.
He told of the organization of
the commission and the beginning of
the auditing of the dispensary's accounts.
He told of the disposition by
the board of the immense over-stock
on hand in the dispensary. He went
into details of the work of his board
in winding up tne anairs. rw bam
that every gallon of the stock had
been disposed of, being sold to the
Geer Drug company, of Spartanburg;
Bruce & Doster, of Greenville, the
Murray Drug company, of Columbia,
and the county dispensaries. He said
that in this transaction of a million
dollars there was no error, and he in?iniraotio-afnrQ
tn in?neof his
Tiw?u tut; 111 wou5%4bv?M w ?
accounts. Governor Blease, in a message
last year, had asked the investigators
to find out what had been done
with this alcohol.
Dr. Murray said that he had paid
out large sums in the winding-up business
out of his own pocket.
As to the governor's charge that
money had been received by the commission
and of Sunday work by them,
'lrv? r ? i-n nA +Vi rt f a clitrht
ur. iviun <xy tjAyiamcTj cum. n. vo?
mistake had been made of one day in
one of his vouchers and that Governor
Blease had taken this day to be a
Sunday. He offered an affidavit from
Mr. Thorpe, book-keeper for the dispensary,
showing that the money for
that extra day had been returned. The
error had been made by calculating
the month as having 31 days when
that month had only 30. The error
was fully corrected. No charge had
been made for Sunday work.
Dr. Murray spoke of the dispensary
as a "miserable affair" and said the
man who makes tne insinuation mat
any members of the commission had
acted wrongly in managing the affairs
of the dispensary "is not fit to brush
When read that portion of the message
of the governor as to a meeting
of the Ansel board at which, the gov
? o V>a ^Plaoeo^ Tia/1 hoon
cnivr Tjacixg'cvi) uc uuU ww/?*
discussed, Dr. Murray said that he
knew of no such meeting and "in the
first place he (Blease) was not worthy
Lo be discussed and the board had not
reason to discuss him. Governor
Blease had said in his message that
if the commission had done no wrong
tie saw no reason why it should fear
Slirn and he said their discussion of
lim and "fear" of him intimated that
'hey had done wrong.
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