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T0LU3TE I, JfUMBES 58. KEWBEKEY, SOUTH CABOLDTA, FRIDAY, JULY 19,1912. TWICE A WEEK, fLSf A Y1AE.
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S. J. Nichols 7
NO AGREEMENT FOR
MONEY FOR BLEASE
SAYS SCOTCH LIQUOR HAD PECULIAR
Denies Blease Was to Shart in Any
"Profits"?Believes Bleasc Could
Not be Bribed.
Columbia, July 18.?S. J. Nichols, of
Spartanburg, was the tirst witness to
take the stand before the dispensary
investigating committee in session
? here today.
It was read into the record mat Mr.
Nichols had requested that Detective
Reed be present at the hearing, but
> that the latter would not come into
In a dispatch from Spartanburg this
morning it had been stated that Chairman
Carlisle, of the committee, had
been notified that Detective E. S. Reed,
-of the Burns Detective agncy, would,
not appear Derore me commiuee 10
confront Mr. Nichols. That, dispatch
said that Felder and Reed had made it
known they believed their lives would
be in danger in coming into South
Mr. Nichols corroDorated certain testimony
that had been takdn by the dic*
tagraph at the Spartanourg hotel. He
denied that he had said the governor
ihad received anything lor the signing
of the interurban bill, but had represented
to his excellency that if he did
not sign it, it would hurt the Piedmont
section of the State.
He said that when he went into
Reed's room there were two quarts of
v Scotch whiskey on the dresser, and
that he became intoxicated, and now
can't say what took place. He declared
the whiskey had a peculiar effect
on him, and that the dictagraph
testimony did not represent his "sane
moments" or the facts in the case.
He denied that he had evei been offered
any bribe for anything or by any
one. He denied he had represented
. Green in securing a pardon.
The telegram he sent to Reed read:
."Things don't look good; come to
^^Spartanburg at once."
The original was placed in evidence.
* Considerable amusement was created
when Nichols was asked what a dictagraph
is. He laughed and remark
"I don't know, but I have hearn tell
His lawyer elicited the fact thac
stenographers can change their notes
in transcribing, creating the impression
that later this will be specifically
* charged. The stenographer's notes
were never sworn to.
That part of the dictagraph record
where Nichols referred to the governor
sharing in the "profits" for the Deford.
pardon, he said was erroneous; that
Sims, of Spartanburg, and not the governor.
was the one referred to. It I
was charged the stenographer had in-1
serted the word governor to make the
. record "miscarry."
George W. Wickersham's magazine
* article, wherein it was stated that
Burns had used improper methods in
investigating certain 'jases, was read
hy Mr. Nichols.
u- x*:_i ~ + ^J ? I
ivn. .NJtuuig nauv siaicu, ujjuu quco- j
tion by his attorney, that he had never
made any agreement to receive any
money for Governor Blease and that
lie did not think the governor would
receive a bribe if offered.
Mr. Nichols said that if he had made
the statement that he would accept
ttioney to be used in connection with
\ Governor Blease's campaign that he
was under the influence of whiskey at
> He denied that he had done "much
pardon business," as alleged by Detective
Reed. He stated that in several
'"jcac V>a VioH tiAon /-kffprpil lnrorp fppc tn
U\/ 11MU UVVU v/l*. ^ * "'V* O v -WW vv
secure pardons, but bad refused to
At the conclusion of Mr Nichols'
i testimony the committee recessed unL
til 4.15 o'clock this afternoon, when
several witnesses who are here from
I Pharletsfnn will he pY,1;Tlinf-r] in the
The library room, was crowded thismorning
when Mr. Nichols gave his
testimony. He was frequently interrupted
by applause. Mr. Nichols returned
to his home in Spartanburg
Denial From Got. Blease.
governor tfiease announced today
that he would issue his reply to the
Felder and detectives' testimony, from
the State house steps, tomorrow night
at 8 o'clock, at which time he had
been invited to make an address. This
address will be separate from the regular
campaign meeting 10 be held in
the opera house at 10 o'clock tomorrow
Spartanburg, July 15.?"At my re
'quest Senator Howard B. Carlisle has
| consented to call a meeting of the
J dispensary committee, to be held in
! Columbia probably some time this
week and at that time I will go on
the stand and tell of the dictagraph
conversations which are alloged to
: nave tasen piace Between myseir ana
Mr. Porter, the Burns detective," said
Samuel J. Nichols, the Spartanburg
attorney, so prominently mentioned
in the testimony before the committee
in Augusta. "Until that time I have
no statement whatever to give out,"
continued Mr. Nichols. "What I say I
want to say on the witness stand and
after being sworn, so that it will become
a part of the record. If I talk
now, it would merely be a statement
and I must refuse to say anything
Only Expected Fee, Says Nichols.
He did state, however, that he was
acting in good faith with the "Chicago
attorney" and was only exDetcine a
fee for the services rendered. Mr.
Nichols was in the governor's mansion
in Columbia on Sunday morning
when the papers came and the flaring
headlines were the first intimations he
had that he had been trailed by a
Burns man. "It was all news to me,"
he said, "and I was as much surprised
as anybody when I read the testimnnv
" TTo nnt csv woof f>nmmont
Governor Blease and others present
made about the matter.
C. P. Sims, the other Spartanburg
attorney, who drew up the petitions
for the pardon of the Gus Deford and
circulated them in Spartanburg and
obtained a number of signatures, said
ne naa notnmg to say of tne matter
today. He expressed the opinion that
at the time he did not believe Porter
was an attorney but rather sized him
up as being another yeggman, a pal
of the prisoner, and he said he knew
that these fellows often paid big fees
to secure a pardon for one of their
Don't Fear Blease's Threats.
Mr. Nichols is anxious that the committee
meet on Thursday, but Chairman
Carlisle said he did not know the
date of the next meeting of the committee.
It will be held in Columbia,
probably this week. Mr. Carlisle did
not know whether or not. any more
testimony from the Burns men would
be introduced before the committee.
"Xo, we are not very nervous over
the threats of the governor," continued
Senator Carlisle, "and wc will confirm
p to nrohp into thp affairs nf
recent State dispensary regardless of
the governor." Mr. Carlisle stated
that he had heard criticism of the
committee for spending the State's
money in order to employ the detectives.
He stated that these expenses
were not being paid by the State, and
also said that he knew Mr. Felder was
paying tne Burns men.
Refrained From Pressing Probe.
'"The committee has been abused by
Blease," continued the chairman of the
committee, "but we refused to take
advantage of the situation and retaliate
by allowing testimony which
tended to throw light on the private
life of the governor. Col. Felder
wanted to introduce this testimony,
but the committee refused to hear it,
as it had no bearing 021 the dispensary
situation." Mr. Carlisle refused to
divulge the nature of the testimony,
but it was stated from another source
that it was concerning the conduct of
Governor Blease while at the Southern
Commercial congress in Atlanta ]
in 1911. The act for which Felder
says he will have Blease indicted is
alleged to have taken place in Atlan- 1
ta at this time.
"Mr. Porter" a Good-looker. ]
On his triD to Washington and Bal- )
jtimore Mr. Nichols was accompanied 1
'by the News and Courier coresp'Md- <
lent and others. The party met Mr. <
I Porter in the Altaraont hotel in ^lal- <
timore. He came triero after the con- i
versation with Mr. Ni;?io'!s in the >'ew 1
Willard in Washington. Mr. Nichols 1
had already been in Baltimore and 1
then went back to Wasb'ui rton to hold I
the conversation with Porcer, which <
is alleged to have been recorded by (
the dictagraph. t
Mr. Porter, or rather Mr. Por-teer,
with the accent on the eer, was a '
1 J onnaona/1 5 mm iicp- ^
llcUiUSUUi^ mail auu ajfp&aivu uuuvuwo
ly wealthy. He wore an English walking
suit and carried a cane. He was
at the Altamont only a short tiim. \
Por-teer visited this) city on two occasions.
He met a number of the
Spartanburg men and, as :>ne of fiiem
said, "He had manners like a wh'skey
BLEASE ISSUES STATEMENT.
Will Prore the Charges False, Says i
the Governor. i
Columbia, July 15.?The following <
was carried by the local afternoon i
newspaper as a statement from the 5
governor's office: i
"The governor dictated a statement 1
in regard to the recent testimony be- I
fore the investigating committee, f
which sat in Augusta, in which he said s
he would in the future take up each t
item of the charges agaiast him and
make a denial and present proofs that
the charges* were false. The gover- s
nor's statement is as follows: I
" 'The entire transactions as brought c
out in Augusta have been done at this 1
time in the campaign for the purpose T
of injuring me, thinking as we passed *
over a half of the State that it would 1
be impossible for me to reach the peo- 1
pie again. That whole thing is a tis- i
sue of misrepresentations and wilful s
lies, which I will show the people of i
the State at the proper time, with the c
proofs. I have received numbers of
telegrams, letters and telephone rues-' j,
sages from my friends throughout the v
State and from parties who have here- j
tofore never been my friends, in which j,
they denounce the committee for the z
action it has taken ana assuring me ^
of their undivided support. I am sat- a
isfied they have done me no injury, v
but have materially strengthened me j
with my friends and all other South f
Carolinians who love their State and v
who will resent the manner in which c
this cowardly character-thief and de- f
bauchee and pimp has attempted to
injure the chief magistrate of this t
Stale with the assistance of this com- n
"Referring to W. J. Burns, the de- i:
i.1,? ?'i t\ in V nniTl- T
tilC V C<1 llUi *11, au j vjf *" I *
ion, Burns proved himself unworthy d
of belief and a cheap hireling, as he t
has in other of his transactions.' 11
>0 Comment on Incident. c
"The governor said he did not care a
to make any mention of the incident r
of yesterday when he ordered J. N. L
King and 0. W. Watson out of his res- 6
idence. He quoted one of these men o
as using in his home words of very c
ungentlemanly character. v
"Sam J. Nichols, who was connected ^
with the alleged pardon bribery c
scheme as related by the Burns detective.
left, vesterdav afternoon for his j s
home in Spartanburg. i]
"Governor Blease said today that t:
Nichols had never mentioned anything 1
to him about a pardon for Gus Deford, 0
and that no such pardon had been is- *
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? Chinese Chorus Girls. _ . c
In some Chinese theaters the stags c
manager has an economical custom
of employing dummy figures cut out
of cardboard and the like, to swell s
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me raiiKs ui me cuorus wiuiyui ai tiic
same time swelling the salary list- s
Obviously, such a device would never p
do in this country, for a cardboard e
chorus girl would h dly satisfy the Q
matrimonial requirements of our gilded
youth. In China it is most unusual
for women to appear ?n the stage, and b
the feminine roles are taken by boys, t
SCHOLARS AS PRESIDENTS. <
H>n of Accomplishments Hare Often <
Occupied the White House.
Boston Transcript. 1
This is the season of omens. The i
politicians, tired by the strenuous ex
? ? i
periences of the Convention weens, <
lave fallen back on the study of
>mens, which is not too exciting exer- i
:ise for warm weather. Most of the
:>men collectors appear to be operat- ,
ng for Wilson. They have found out
:hat candidates whose surnames end ,
with the syllable "on" liave generally ,
been successful, and this discovery
jives them much comfort. Inevitably,
is Governor Wilson has been president
>f a well-known university, we are
:reated to as many essays on the j
'scholars in politics" as if the title ?
md subject had not become a little
In the matter of scholarship our (
)ublic men have always stood well in ;
comparison with the statesmen of <
)ther nations. Governor Wilson does *
lot tower in isolated grandeur because
of his learning, nor because of
he high educational positions ne nas
'illed. Many of our Presidents have
eceived liberal educatio-is, and sev>ral
of them have been scholars in
he wide sense of the word. These
lave not been pedants, but they have
iad at their command varied leaning.
Jefferson was a man of many accomplishments;
Madison was a
earned Hebraist; John Quincy Adams
veemed to take all knowledge for 1
lis field of relaxation. To the last of
lis life he delighted in the classics; '
Monroe possessed acquirements; Gar- 1
ield was a student. No less than i
ieventeen of our Presidents received 1
he benefit of what we call "college !
education." The two Presidents, how- 1
>ver, whom all the world agrees were 1
supremely great, Washington ana
Jncoln, never saw the interior of a
allege as students. They were ed- 1
icated in the great university of the '
vorld. Their early book learning'came ]
rom reading and rereading the best
English writers, not so much of their !
ime as of their fathers' times. Washington
and Lincoln each formed a *
plendid English style. <ind Lincoln,
n the Gettysburg address, rose to
:lassic purity of diction.
As for college presidents and col- i
ege professors, John Quincy Adams
vas professor of rhetoric and belles .
ettres in Harvard, and the lectures t
le delivered .in that capacity had
i great vogue in their time. That
vas long before he was President,
.nd he was appointed to the cha4r 1
vhile he was still this side of forty.
Lmong Garfield's honors may be
ilaced the presidency of an institution
yhich since his time has grown to
ollegiate dimensions. When Garield
took its presidency Hiram colege
was Hiram Institute. He brought
o his labors so much enthusiasm, so
nuch scholarship, that he gave i:o Hiam
a power of attractions that older
* , I c
nstitutions in Ohio soon sensed. x
liram was sometimes called in those s
ays "college" and sometimes "insti- c
ute," but it is now, and has been for 1
lore than forty years, a fullfledged
ollege among the institutions that <
re not great in attendance, but are i
espectable in standing. President t
rarfield, as he was then called, had i
0 much influence with the young men t
f Hiram in 1861 that a considerable t
ontingent of the 42d Ohio regiment 1
/as made up of Hiram students, who I
ollowed him into the army. His ?
areer was typified by the expression i
sword and gown," for he was alike c
oldier and instructor, and he taught
1 the spirit expressed in his famous c
ribute to Mark Hopkins to the effect t
hat, given a log cabin with a student l
n one end or tne oencn aim ;vi<ha [
lopkins on the other, and there you f
ad a university. The "college presi- t
ent" and "the college professor" pre;- j
edents are not exclusively Wilson f
ampaign assets. f
Going below the president's rank in a
earch of scholorship in our public i
nen and politicians, the fair minded
1 ttrill K/\ im. -t>
CCKCr iur uiauuu nr m uc 1U1- i
tressed with the truth t.hat whatever j
Ise have been the shortcomings of
>ur political leaders, they have not a
acked for liberal knowledge. Tnl& c
[as often been found in men whom t
he general public do not place in the s
category of scholars. Quay, for instance,
had not only the ordinary liberal
education, but had pushed his
learning into fields generally neglected
by men who are, nevertheless, entitled
to be caV:ed students. The ^te
Senator Davis, of Afinuesota, read Ju
venal, the most vigorous of the Roman
satirists, in the orig'iia!, at moments
when the senate debates became
Many other scholars might be named
in running over the list of American
political celebrities. The scholarship
of some elevated the entire tone
of their careers. With others, as with
William L. Marcy, who delighted in
Plato, it was a thing apart. He was
spoilsman at one hour and student at
another. The nobler scholarship is
that which refines men. until they are
above the sordid influence of spoilism.
rt wac illnst-raterl in onr earlier"Dresi
ients, who would as soon have thought
:>f seeking to procure the discharge of
a, rival's servants as of turning out
Dbscure customs and postoffice clerks
Df a political faith opposite to theirs.
$> CLE3IS0N EXTENSION WORK. <S>
Article SB. <S>
When a gasoline engine that is
fcnown to have carried a load refuses
to do so again we should not condemn
the machine as a whole, but should
understand that probably one small
thing is out of order, and we should
search for and repair this trouble. The
best general treatment for the diseases
of the gasoline engine is to make
free use of the proverbial ounce of
prevention in the form of gasoline,
?ood cylinder oil, a good battery, a
?ood wiping rag, and a frequent and
:lose inspection of all bearings and
working parts. South Carolina has
no law regulating the quality of gasDline
offered for sale, and the farmer
must sometimes accept inferior gasoline
or do without. The low grade
gasolines contain cheaper, less vola:ile
oils, and do not vaporize easily,
* 11 -? Dah *?inop
especially in cuia wcaouci. n/mmj,
lot water on the carburetor will help
to get the engine started in case there
s this trouble, and the heat from the
engine itself will usually vaporize the
gasoline after the engine warms up.
Care should be exercised in applyng
hot water, not to get water into
;he carburetor. i
1 WAIAW 1* TY1 O V I
ir gasonne cunuuus na^i it ?uaj ,
)e removed by straining through a
riece of very fine wire cloth or
hrough a piece of chamois skin.
Regarding cylinder oil, on account
)f the very high temperature of the
nterior of the gasoline engine cylinler
a special oil having a high burnng
point should be used in the cylinler.
Ordinary machine oil or steam
/>vH^ar nil should never be
J illiUUl V**
ised as the heat of the gasoline engine }
:ylinder chars these oils and covers
jverything inside the cylinder with
l deposit of carbon that soon prevents
:ontact in the sparker and stops iglition.
The writer has observed the case
)f one gasoline engine which was
n excellent condition being discarded
)y the operator, on the ground that
* " *- 1 lin/in "wVlOn !
I COUia noi UC ucpciivi^u
he operator, despite repeated advice
o the contrary, insisted on filling the
ubricator with any oil that looked
lack and thick. Use a good grade of
jasoline cylinder oil and not more of
t than the manufacturer's directions
If ignition is by means of a battery
>ne secret of successful operation is
0 know your battery. Every gasoine
engine operator should have a
>attery ammeter which may be bought
or a small sum, and with this the
>attery should be tested frequently.
good quality of dry cell suitable
or ignition should read from twentyive
to thirty amperes when new, and
1 cell should be thrown away when
t will read lower than six amperes.
One dead cell in a battery- greatly
educes itsi power and should be re
)laced as soon as discovered.
Battery connections should be eximined
frequently, as they are very
lisposed to work loose, especialy if
he battery box is subject to any
WHmmCE IS ALIVE
ON SCHOOL MATTERS
ELECTION ON HIGH SCHOOL SOON
TO BE HELD.
Pleasant Social Affairs?Other Items of
News and Interest From a Lire
Whitmire, July 17.?Miss Sarah
Fant, of Newberry, is here visiting her
many friends and relatives.
Mr. E. H. Aull was in town last
week looking after the interests of our
school. Since taking charge of the office
of county superintendent of education,
Col. Aull has seemed especially
interested in the school here, and has
certainly befriended it. With three
SUCH gooa Dusinss men its iYreswrs n.
H. SubeT, David Duncan and Thad W*.
Coleman for school trustees, the school
should succeed. These trustees, our
citizens, and Col. Aull are all enthusiastic
over the putting on of a
high school. An election looking to
that end will soon be held. Whitmire
has a splendid brick school building.
The school has grown rapidly dur
ing the last five years, and when the
extension to the Glenn-Lowry cotton
mill, now in process of erection, is finished,
the number of pupils in. school
will be almost doubled, and to meet
this demand we must have the highschool.
Our citizens are trained in
the school, and the future of Whitmire
depends largely on its school. At
a recent meeting of the board of trustees
the following teachers were elected:
Suprintendent, Mr. S. J. Wall, of
??- 2 5 1 n r? n a
Marion; principal, nans. o. a.
Whitmire; primary teacher, Miss Lula
Donnan, Laurens. Mr: Wall comes
highly recommended. He received his
training as a pedagogue under that
noble educator, Prof. Patterson Wardlaw,
in the South Carolina university,
and has taught successfully for five . '
years. Mrs. S. A. Jeter is a Winthrop
graduate, has been in the school room
more than 20 years* and has just nnished
her fifth session here. Miss Lula
Donnan is a good primary teacher, and
has taught here three years.
Dr. and Mrs. J. K. Gilder were in
town last week, the gue.sts of Mr. F.
Mrs. J. B. Pitts entertained the Carlisle
Sewing club, of which she is a
member, last Friday. The following
ladies were present: Mosdames C. A.
Jeter. Paul H. Jeter, J. T. Jeter, W. H.
I Jeter, M. C. Deaver, J. D. Fleming," L.
P. Thomas and J. G. Rice, all of Carlisle.
Mr. Z. H. Suber and mother, Mrs.
Nancy Suber, and Mrs. RoDert Elmore,
were called to Anderson last week to
attpnr? thp funeral r>f Vfr. John Har
grove. Mrs. Nancy Suber is still in
Anderson visiting relatives.
Mr. J. M. Major spent the week-end
with his family here.
Mr. J. W. Hipp and family spent the
week-end at Mr. J. C. Abrams'.
Mr. M. E. Abrams and children, Tom"
ond T iif>v TJVanfoia cru>nt the. Sahhflth
U>UU i A WyV ?* V ?MW
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. W.
Abrams. . ;r^|
Master William Childs, of New York,
is spending some time with his aunt,
Mrs. H. K. Boyd.
Mrs. Emma Andrews, of Greenwood,
is visiting relatives here.
Mr. Walter Black, of Waxjaaw, N. C.,
has succeeded Mr. Gibson as section
master here. . - M
Mr. James Adair aiid family, of Clinton,
are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jno. M.
Misses Pellerree Hollen and Lizzie
Ruth Davidson are spending some time '
with Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gary and Mr.
and Mrs. Jno. M. Finney.
Messrs W. C. Doblins and Turner, of
were in town last week.
Mr. Ben Copeland, of Renno, was
here last week.
Mrs. Jno. R. Rosebro entertained
Thursday evening in honor of ber two
sisters, Misses Roberta and Mary Helen
Nielson, of Baltimore. Mrs. R. M.
Xielson served refreshments in the
dining room. Misses Sarah Fant, of
Newberry, and Mary Helen Nielson.
played and sang. The folio win;; young
persons enjoyed the eveaing together:
Misses bena Young, Kate Hargrove,
Sarah Fant, Bertha McCarley, Winnie
Henderson, Myrtle Suber, Kate Mc(CONTINUED
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