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Fine Tribute to
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Aged Minister, President of J
berry College, Who Sen
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When Governor Cole. L. Blease j
spoke at Pomaria, in tile lower part
of Newberry county, on Saturday,
July 26, he was introduced by his lifelong
friend and supporter, the Rev. |
J. A. Sligh, D. D., president of the I
Haotvj r\f friMttiips rvf Newberry college. !
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who paid Governor Blease a magnificent
Dr. Sligh, now in his seventyseventh
year, is a native of Newberry
county, and lived in Newberry county
until very recently, when he moved to
a place which he has purchased near
Columbia. He served St Paul's Lutheran
church, near Pomaria, as its
pastor continuously for forty-?ix
years, completing this long pastoral]
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rge on the 12th day of November,
JJHI. At that time appropriate services
^ere held in the church, and
the love and respect in which Dr.
Sligh was held by his people were
ery strikingly evidenced. In- con?
section with St.. Paul's church, Dr.
Sligh also served several other Lutheran
Br. Sligh has served continuously
as a member of the board of trustees
?1 Newberry college for forty-three
years. He was its secretary for seven
years and its president for twenty-,
nine years, and he still holds the latter
position of president of the board.
Dr. Sligh presided over the meeting
T/hich Governor Blease had been invited
to address. Addressing the 1,20C
to 1,500 people who had gathered
to hear the governor?nearly all of
them the personal friends and enthusiastic
supporters of Governor
Btease?Dr. Sligh, in introducing the
governor, said that in political days
gone by he had been called upon to
introduce Senator Tillman to a Newberry
audience. He did not know
why, unless it was that he was a
Tillman man. Today he was called
upon to introduce Governor Blease,
ana he did not know why, unless it
was that he was a Blease man.
Dr. Sligh paid loving tribute to the
memory of Governor Blease's father,
the .ate Henry H. Blease, who, he ,
said, "was a good man, a straight i
man, a Christian man, a noble-minded
man,, a man of good heart." "I never
bad a better friend on earth than
Henry Blease," said Dr. Slign.
Continuing his remarks, Dr. Sligh
spoke of the spirit of gratitude as one
oi the finest traits of a high character,
saying that he had great contempt for
a man who is not grateful to his
friends. "That is*one reason I admire
tbo present governor," he said, "because
he is true to his friends. You
can't expect him to do anything else
Hceot be true to his friends: if he
wasn't he wouldn't be worthy the confidence
and the votes of the people."
The remainder of Dr. Sligh's remarks
were as follows:
"Caii Say Great Deal for Blease."
"I can say a great deal in behalf of
Cole. Blease, but I haven't the voice
to say much today. He has been the
worst abused man I have ever heard
of; lie has had a hard road to travel,
Mo9t other men under similar circum
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4. Sligh, D. D.
Board of Trustees of New
ved St. Paul's Lutheran
j stances would have lost their heads
i long ago and done some desperate act
[ that would have made the people lose
[confidence in them, ^ut he has kept
I his head all the time, showing that
he is certainly well balanced. Look
[ at the slanders that have been, heaped
upon him. Look at the legislature of
South Carolina against him; all that
was a made-up plan by a great many
members of the legislature. There is
no doubt about that?at least, I am
satisfied about that in. my own mind.
I do not say this of every member who
was opposed to Blease, but I( do believe
they have been influenced to
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they did, trying to make the impresr.;*~
+v>~ logiolofnro wag against.
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him, and therefore the people were
against him. Look at the Democratic
convention some time ago, which tried
to impress that everybody was against
him. Look at the plans to defeat him
since then?this great committee that
met in Augusta some time ago. There
was nothing in the world behind that
but spite work. I know too much
about human nature to know ft was
anything but spite work.
Has Made Him Stronger.
"The whole idea was to defeat Cole.
Blease. Gbd has directed the affairs i
of this world in such manner as to
defeat their purposes, and I am proud <
of it today. Instead of injuring him, it
has made him stronger and stronger. (
If they don't get up something desper.- ;
ate on the governor and prove it?and ;
thpv will have to nrove it to the satis- .
faction of the people of the State?
Cole. Blease will sweep the whole j
State and will get two votes to' Jones'
As to tlie Legislature. j
"If I were a candidate for the leg-j'
islature and should be elected and p
would find that I could not work with !<
the governor on account of prejudice i
against him, on account of enmity i
against him, I would resign and come
home and say to the people, 'Elect
somebody else.' I hope we will never :
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have a legislature again mat win act. .
towards the governor as this legisla- :
ture has. I do hot condemn every
member, but I condemn the leaders <
that directed this opposition and influenced
the others. It is no wonder |
the governor has said hard things; it
is a great wonder to me he has not .
said harder things."
A Believer in Blease.
"Some.people say Blease is a bad
man. A man said to a friend of mine,
'T don't know how Mr. Sligh can sup
port such a wicked man as Cole.
Please.' That man himself is a good
member of the church, a good Christian
man, but he measured me by his j
own half bushel?what he had in his :
own heart. That man has, to my own i
personal knowledge, voted for men j
ten times more corrupt, more wicked j
and profane than Cole. Blease ever j
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why I vote for Cole. Blease?because
I think he is a just man; because I
think he is a good man and makes us
a good governor. He is an open man;
Ik is not a hypocrite, and I do admire
that in any man. I believe he has the
interests of the people of South Carolina
"Ladies and gentlemen, I have the
Vinrvri-n tn nr&cont tn von a son of New
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berry, Cole. Blease, governor of
South Carolina. The governor will
now address you." ,
Blease and His LIbelers.
It is an easy matter to libel a man
these days especially if he be running
for public office. One of the recent
libels was that purporting to
come from a private detective to the
effect that the governor had used
strong language to a Pullman conductor
on one occasion. It is highly
probable that not one word of truth
was in the statement as made. That
is 01 e side of the picture. Here's another:
A lady told us the following:
"I am not in favor of Cole. Blease
for the reason that I have heard many
things said about him, but I believe
J?1 orirrinor r? m o n ilist dll?S_ T "Was ?
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few months ago at a small town in
this State standing in a hotel lobby
ju?t before going to my room when I
noticed a young lady enter the lobby
and go up to the desk. I paid no
especial attention to the incident until
1 heard her say: "But, sir, what
a n I to do. If I can not get a room
here I have no other place to stay.
T do not know anyone in this tovfn."
The clerk expressed himself as being
sorry, but said he could do nothing. I
noticed a tall man standing nearby
and saw him approach the desk. He
saia: rue iaay may nave my room.
It is No. ?." Then * j walked avay,
tl^e lady thanking him profusely. The
clerk said to her: "Perhaps you would
like to know who the gentleman is
who gave you his room. That man is
Cole. L. Blease, governor of South
Carolina." I met the lady afterwards
and she told me how deeply gateful
she was to our governor for his kindness
A resident of Anderson recalls an
other instance of Governor BJpase's
kindness. The governor had been to
Pendleton in this county making a
speech shortly after his inauguration.
He was ieturning on the Blue Ridge
and had secured a seat out of Pendleton.
But at a small station down the
road an old woman got aboard. There
were many young men on the train
but not one arose to give her his seat.
When Governor Blease noted the situation,
he immediately got up and
gave the old woman his seat. He
stood then and kept standing until he
had passed Anderson. There were
several Anderson men aboard who
will vouch for this. Perhaps, it will
be stated that this was no more than
others would have done.- But there
were other men aboard and this old
woman was offered a seat only by
the State's chief executive.
SOLID AT SPARTAN 3TILLS.
Every Hand Went Up In Hand Primary?Nichols
Spartanburg Herald, July 30.
A political meeting was held in the
Spartan mill village last night and
was attended bv a larere crowd. Sev
eral "candidates for the legislature
spoke, and also one or two eacli for
State senator, coroner, sheriff and register
mesne conveyance. Sam J.
N'ichols acted as chairman, introducing
the speakers. After the last speech
he asked for a haiid primary for who
tt-as going to vote for Cole. L. Blease
for governor. All the hands went up.
Phe Jones men were asked to hold up
their hands, "but none anneared. The !
crowd greeted all references and allusions
to Blease with cheers. The
speakers were frequently interrupted
with questions ajnd joking remarks. It
was announced at the end of the meeting
that another meeting would be
held on Wednesday night week at the
Spartan mill store when Sam Nichols
will give a detailed account of the 1
A Personal Friend of Blease.
C. C. Wyche was introduced as a
personal friend of the governor. He
said ne wis g.ad to anciress the Spartan
mill pecple fo" two reasons, because
he had once taught school at
West End, near them, and also because
he bad *nany of his best friends
among them. After condemning the
attempted cotton mill merger of last
year as an attempt to grind down the
mill people, he said he was glad to
see that the mill people still had!
enough .backbone to vote for whom i
they pleased. There was loud cheer- j
ing at this. He said that he'd vote i
for Woodrow Wilson for president, ;
Ben Tillman for senate, Cole. L. Blease j
for governor, and C. C. Wyche for the |
legislature. Again they cheered and j
some one shouted "Pack your suitcase,
BLEASE ASKS FOR
25,000 EXTRA TICKETS
SAYS HE FEARS EFFORT TO KEEP
HIS FRIENDS FROM YOTI>G.
The Governor Also Asks for Representation
on Each Board of Managers,
So That He Can Jfot
be Counted Ont.
Columbia, Aug. 2.?Charging that
he believed that an effort would be
made to count him out if he couldn't
be beaten otherwise, Governor Blease
today addressed a letter to State
Chairman John Gary Evans, requesting
that he be allowed 25,000 extra
ballots for himself, for which he offers
to pay the printing cost The
governor in his letter says: "If you
decline this request I shall be forced
to believe the reports .hat there will
be an effort made to keep my friends
from having a sufficient number of
tickets with which to cast their ballots."
The governor's letter follows:
Governor Writes to Evans.
"August 2, 1912.
"John Gary Evans, Esq., Chairman,
State Democratic Executive Committee,
Spartanburg, S. C.?Dear Sir: It
is common rumor, which has been told
to me and written to me, from different
parts of the State, that there is
going to be a scarcity of State tickets,
caused by my enemies at the cotton
mill precincts, at the country boxes
and at such places as they find that I
am particularly strong?the purpose
being to keep the Elease men from
casting their ballots.
"In order to -meet any such emergency,
Mr. Dominick addressed a letter
to Secretary Benet, which reads
" 'July 25, 1912.
, " 'Christie Benet, Esq., Secretary,
State Executive Commitee, Columbia,
S. C.?Dear Sir: As you perhaps re
can, rrom tne puoiic prims, iwo ye^rs |
ago there was a scarcity of State tickets
at several of the boxes in the State
in the first primary election, which
forced me to order an additional quantity
from Gen. Jones for the use of
myself in Governor Blease's campaign.
"'In order to provide against any
such contingency this time I will be
glad if you will furnish me 25,000
tickets, together with bill for same.
" 'Please let me know if same will
be furnished and when I may expect
fhom Vrnirc vprv trillv
(Signed) Fred. H. Dominick.'
"And has this day received the following
" 'August I, 1912.
" 'Fred. H. Dominick, Esq., Care
" 'State House,
" 'Columbia, S. C.
" 'Dear Sir?
" 'In regard to^our request for tickpta
fnr finvernnr R] ease's use in the
first primary, I beg to say that I am
instructed by the chairman of the
Democratic executive committee to
state that the committee is only authorized
to furnish tickets to the
county chairman, and, therefore, can
not furnish any candidate with any
number of tickets. You, of course,
know that no tickets can be used or
counted except those that are issued
by the Democratic executive committee.
" 'Re^rettine: tnat I can not comply
with your request, 1 am,
Yours very truly,
(Signed) .. Christie Benet,
Secretary State Democratic Executive
Makes Personal Bequest.
"Gen. Jones, when State chairman,
has heretofore allowed us tickets as
requested and I now personally request
that you furnish me twenty-five
(25,000) thousand extra tickets, which j
I will pay'for out of my individual!
"If you decline this request, I shall j
be forced to believe the reports thatj
there will be an effort- made to keep j
my friends from having a sufficient!
number of tickets with which to cast j
their ballots. j
"This letter and your reply will be!
printed in the public press in order:
that the people may see how far and !
how low and contemptible certain
methods are being carried, in order to
deprive the people of the right to vote
and deprive me of the ballots which
they wish to cast for me, and to put
my friends on notice so that if it is
attempted to deprive them of the right
tn nartiVinafp in +he> nrimarv. t.hev will
know by whom it is done.
Reports of Counting Him Out.
"It is also being publicly talked I
that if, I can not be beaten, I will be
counted out, and I have seen no denial
from you or no statement asking that
the county chairmen, most of whom
are under your control and my poli- !
tical enemies, give me representation :
on each board of managers, which j
they will have the power to appoint!
throughout the State. This is a courtesy
which the Republican and Democratic
parties, in close States, grant
to each other, and surely in a Democratic
primary in South Carolina' it
should be granted to me.
"I know of your bitterness towards
me and I do not make this request of
you individually, but as State chairman.
"Pi*>aco Hvp me aA immediate reply
as to whether you will furnish me the
extra tickets and request the respective
county chairmen to allow my
friends representation on the boards!
"(Signed), Cole. L. Blease.'
GREAT COUNCIL U. S.
Great Representative Klettner Arranging
For Pleasure and Sac*
cess of Big Gathering.
Great Representative Otto Klettner,
who has been making arrangements
for the reception and entertainment of
the great council Improved Order of
Red Men of the United States, which
meets in Charleston in September, has
done a grat dal of work for the success
and the pleasure of the meeting.
It is announced by Mr. Klettner
that trolley rides and boat excursions
to all noints of interest have been ar
ranged, and among the entertainments
will be a fish fry. A brass band has
been engaged for the entire occasion.
Nothing has been or will be left undone
to make the meeting of the great
council the most pleasant in the history
of this great representative body.
TO ATLANTA BY MOTORCYCLE.
Messrs. Stone and Eddy Make Some
Beeords on a Pleasant Trip.
Bisum.^s, Speed and Cost
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ouit, (jiistjs, grips, runs *->j. girrcn- >
backs with a plenty of dust and smoke j
and cinders make up the traveling
equipment of the tourist by rail. Not
so with the motorcycle tourist All he
wants is an extra suit of clothes tied
on his machine and a few plunks to
pay for gasoline and well-cooked
meals, including cool buttermilk, and
other good things that only a farmer's
wife can prepare for the hungry
and thirsty wayfarer as he journeys
along through the country. He
is engineer, conductor, fruit vender,!
news dealer, baggage master, ticket
agent, passenger, all combined in one.
If he wants to enjoy the speed that
so fascinates the railway engineer
and the passengers aboard his train,
he simply turns on the "juice" and
away she goes. If he tires of the monotony
of speeding and wishes to imitate
the big monster on ther iron rails
by turning turtle, he simply whirls out
of his way and collides with a dog and
he thus enjoys all the sensations of
a passenger on a Pullman sleeper
when it flys the track. He makes his
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behind it as he chooses, and since he
is both engineer and passenger, if the
passenger complains about the schedule
the conductor and engineer can
kick him off the car and abuse him
all they want to, but the passenger
finds solace in the fact that the crew
can't leave him behind.
To Atlanta and return covering a
space of three days, at a cost of less
than $4.00, is the yarn H. 0. Stone is
telling his friends. Sunday morning
last, he and W. R. Eddy left Newber
rv via Greenville for Atlanta, Mr.
Stone returning via Greenwood to
Newberry Tuesday afternoon about 6
o'clock. They spent Sunday night
withing 24 miles of Atlanta. They
could have easily reached the city
Sunday afternoon, but they lost the
road and went fifty miles out of the
The following distances and time
are taken from Mr. Stone's note book:
Newberry to Greenville, 68 miles,
? liUUXO, .OU liuuuroo.
Greenville to Anderson, 35 miles, 2
Anderson to Tartwell, 27 miles, 2
Hart well to Royston, 16 miles, 35
Royston to Danielsviiie, ltj miles, 4U
Danielsviiie to Athens, 18 miles, 45
' Athens to Lawrence, 6 miles, 2 j
hours 15 minutes.
Lawrencevilie to Decatur, 24 miles,
Decatur to Atlanta, 7 miles, 15 minutes.
Mr. Stone rode a Harley-Davidson
and Mr. Eddy a Wagener.
A girl acts about an engagement
in the family the way a volunteer fire
department does over a village burning
What a young man earns in the
day time goes into his pocket, but
what he spends in the evening goes
into his character.?Dr. Cuyler.
AN OPEN LETTER TO
MR. J. WM. THURMOND
CERTAIN QUESTIONS ASKED
JONES' CAMPAIGN CHIEF.
Asked to Explain Why Blease is Not
Attacked on Pardons Recommended
Hon. J. Wm. Thurmond, Jooes*
Campaign Headquarters, Columbia, S.
C.?Dear Sir: I have seen some of the
literature that you are sending out,
criticising the pardon record of Governor
Blease. I have also before me
the "Statement of Pardons, Paroles
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i auw yvnrmuutuuus grauuju oJ uruvernor
Blease, which I have been reading
to some extent. I have taken notice
of the fact that in your campaign
literature you only mention a few acta
of the governor's executive clemency.
I notice particularly some pardona
and paroles granted by Governor
Blease which you do not refer to in
this campaign literature. T wish to
call your attention to these and to
ask you to explain to the people of
South Carolina why you do not use
these matters against the governor.
1st. The governor pardoned Russell
McCormick, who was convicted in Saluda
county of the crime of manslaughter.
His petition for pardon
was presented by the Hon. C. J. Ramage,
of Saluda, your law partner. At
the time of McCormick's trial you
were the solicitor. On the back of
the petition for pardon you wrote
these words: "I feel that the law has
been vindicated in this case and recommend
2nd. Sion Miller, white, was convicted
in Saluda county of the crime of
manslaughter. As solicitor you prosecuted
Miller. I notice that you recommend
his pardon, and the governor
carried out your recommendation.
3rd. W. L. Klutts, colored, was convicted
in Richland county of the
crime of murder and sentenced to life
imprisonment. You were the solicitor
who' prosecuted Klutts. On the
back of his petition for pardon you
wrote these words: "I think the law
has been vindicated. I recommend
that W. L. Klutts b? paroled during
good behavior." The governor car-'
ried out your recommendation.
4th. Simon Taylor, white, was convicted
of manslaughter in Saluda
county. You were Taylor's leading"
counsel. After his conviction you
gave notice of appeal to the supreme
court. You. secured a written agreement
from Solicitor Timmerman, your
law partner, and Judge Devore, an.
upright man and judge, who tried
-Taylor, in which it was agreed that
it the appeal was withdrawn the judge
and solicitor would recommend Taylor's
pardon after the expiration of
three yeaijs' service. After Taylor
had served his three years this written
agreement was presented to the
governor and he paroled Taytor during
M. W. Thrailkill, white, was convicted
of the crime of murder in Sa
lu da county and sentenced to life imprisonment.
As solicitor you prosecuted
Thrailkill. On the back of
Thrailkill's petition for pardon you
wrote this: "I recommend that M. W.
Thralkill be paroled during good behavior,"
and Governor Blease carried
out your recommendation.
I anxiously await your explanation.
Ore erg C. Evans.
Making it Worth While.
A neighborhood bully had run over
a smaller boy so oftei that the father
of the latter was impelled to say to
"Sonny, when I was a youngster my
father licked me every time any boy
did. I am not going to do that with
you. Instead, I'm going to give you
$1 every time you polish off that
For several days the youngster
showed up slightly mussed, but silent.
Af fho a.n/1 nf thA spponri week hf? nut
in a bill for $8. It was itemized and
circumstantial and backed by a couple
of vouchers in the way of teeth.?Chicago
Humor of the Day.
Prudent Mother?Now, my dear,
don't let any man come too near you
Discreet daughter?No, .mother;
when Charles is here, we always have
one.chair between us!
And the mother does not yet know
what her daughter intended to convey.
Everybody gets a rest some time
What makes a woman look so cool
on a hot day is she doesn't feel so.
Being able to stay out of debt is
commonplace, being able to stay in