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Characterizes Them As "Infi
nor's Physician and Hi
Governor Qole. L. Blease has issued
the following statement:
I have read the' statement sent out
by John P. Grace from Glenn Springs,
S. C., which contains that foul and
aircy rie, tuspia-jeu. m
lines in the Columbia State, "A Negro
It is so infamously false and contemptible
that I do not desire to lower
myself as a gentleman to further
notice it, and am satisfied that all of
the people of South Carolina will
agree with me that nobody with any
gentlemanly instinct whatever would
make such a foul and filthy statement. |
I could not but wonder what the. mothers
of this State thought when they
saw that the dally papers would publish
such a thing, to be read by their
sweet and innocent daughters, particularly
those between the ages of
twelve and eighteen. These same
newspapers recently refused to publish
some remarks of mine because
they said they were not fit for publication,
yet they were made from the
stump. But, they now give space and
herald to the world, in great head
lines, the-filthiest article that has ap-peared
in the South Carolina papers
in many years. This is but another
evidence of their unfairness and
meanness. Shame upon a press that
would publish such a thing, even
though it be true?but this is truly
in keeping with the paper which the
editor of the State recently read upon
the "Ethics of Journalism,"?and it is
& pity that a city, composed of such
proud people, should have such a per- f
sontfor its mayor.
As to The Southern Railway.
As to his statement about the
Southern railway, that is absolutelyand
maliciously false. I never made
such a statement to him or anyone
else in my life, and when he speaks
of the son of South Carolina's grand '
old hero, Wade Hampton, as a common
drunkard, he speaks falsely and
places himself beneath the notice of
any man with pure white blood in his
veins. Mr. McDuffie Hampton and my- '
self were on the campaign together i
two years ago; we were friends; 1 i
treated him kindly and politely, as 1 ;
treat all gentlemen. The statement :
that I handled money for the. South- ]
era railway and took vouchers from
a jy 11 ^
Mr. nampion iur me same is a.s iuui
a lie as was ever spoken or written
by a human being. I have never han- i
died a dollar of Southern railway 1
money in my life and I have never de- !
livered a dollar or any other sum of
money to Mr. Hampton during the en-'
tire. campaign, and I have never so
stated to any man; in fact, I did not
even loan him any amount of money.
As to Grace's Support.
As to Grace's statement that he supported
ine',* he told me himself that
he did not support me ifl the first primary,
and I was informed by those
who had charge of affairs for me in
Charleston that he was against me
and tor McLeod, but that he claimed
to be for me in the second race. If he
was for me and worked for me in the
firat Ttrimarv. hp must have had very
little influence, for I only received six
hundred &nd sixty-three votes in the i
entire county of Charleston.
As to appointing him on my staff,
I have already said that that was done <
at the request of Mr. Rosseler. I did '
not want Grace on the staff, but wanted
Mr. Rosseler. Mr. Rosseler insist- j
ed that I appoint Grace, which I did.
The "T. B.? Letter.
As to showing him the "T. B." let- 1
ter. When it was given to me, some 1
weeks after my inauguration, along :
with the other letters, I 'immediately i
locked it up in my safe and soon i
thereafter transferred it to a strong <
box in the Palmetto National bank, 1
where it is now, along with the oth- <
ers, and has been except when it was ;
presented to the grand jury, and dis- i
pensary commission, and shown for ;
publication. I never consulted Grace <
about it or mentioned it 10 him in my i
life, and this is^but another one of the
foico fnhriontifinc! nf a diseased mind.
malicious heart or a mind diseased ;
from vindictiveness and a desire to i
do injury to those it hates. He has ;
never seen the "T. B." letter while it .
iias been in my possession, and I do
jmously False and Contempt
otel Proprietor Dealing With
> Southern Railway Money H
not believe he has ever seen the original
me -Mgiit ueiore xne inauguration.
As to his charge that there was carousing
at Wright's ' hotel the night
before my inauguration, I herewith
submit statements which I think will
prove to the public conclusively that
he is a deliberate and designing falsifier,
and that the proof of this is additional
evidence of his lies in the
Affidavit By Mr. Robert Courtney
State of South Carolina,
County of Richland.
Personally came Robert Courtney
Wright, who, being duly sworn, says
that for ten years he was chief clerk
and manager of Wright's hotel in the
city of Columbia; that he remembers
very well indeed the night before the
inauguration of Governor Cole. L.
Blease; that the said Blease arrived
at the hotel a^out eleven o'clock at
night, accompanied by his physician,
Dr. W. G. Houseal and members of
his family; that the said Blease was a
desperately ill man and was taken immediately
to his room in the hotel and
put in bed, and that only a very few
of his most intimate friends were allowed
to enter his room; that every*
?" - "Hi* Urv?i?Aol
illDg WctS Kept. IjUiCt auu jl/1 . uivuov/ui,
being very apprehensive of said '<
Blease's condition, remained in the :
room with him during the entire
night; that, he has noticed in this 1
morning's State the following state- ;
ment made by John P. Grace: 1
"I recall a scene at Wright's hotel i
the night before his inauguration! It '
was the first real insight I had ever 1
'tad into Blease and the atmosphere 1
in which he moved, and T think I can (
>av that without exception it is about J
the nastiest recollection of my life. It ]
was a errand carouse."
The above statement is absolutely !
an<3 infamously false. On the con- 1
trary, the room where the said Blease |
was, was guarded in order that no ]
noise might be made, for "we all feared J
that the result of his trip from his 1
?* ? 1 -i ?
aome m i\ewDerry wuma yiuve wiai.
There was no carouse in the hotel during
that night; if there, was it was (
not known to this deponent, and most
assuredly there was none in Blease's
room, or in any in which he took
part or 'knew anythvng about. Deponent
further says that Governor 1
Blease, as a private citizen, stopped 1
many times with him; that he board- ]
ed at the hotel during the four ses- 1
=ions of the legislature that he was 1
State senator, and that be always be-p
laved himself in a clean gentlemanly fl
nanner; that there was never any ca ousing
or general drinking in his <
^ oom at any time, and that he and the 1
rther members of the hotel family i
ooked upon the governor as an 'es- eemed
R. C. Wright. i
Sworn to before me this 31st day
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Fred. H. Dominick, (L. S.) 1
Notary Public for South Carolina. 1
Affidavit By Dr. W. G. HouseaL 5
State of South Carolina, 1
County of Newberry. .
Personall came Dr. W. G. Houseal 1
who, being duly sworn, says that dur- 1
ing the fall of 1910 he attended Cole. I <
L. Blease for three or four weeks, the <
?aid Blease being very ill with chole- <
cystitis and jaundice. That in the <
latter part of December, 1910, the said <
Blease had a relapse and was desper- 1
ately ill and that this deponent was 1
very uneasy about him. that Blease 1
was not allowed to leave his room, J
but was confined to his bed; that on <
the night before his inauguration as s
governor, this deponent, assisted by s
same others, carried the said Bloase 1
from his bed room to the depot, on a i <.
sot, at Newberry, a telegram having j <
been sent in advance to the Puilman i
conductor to have a berth made down <
and ready when he reached Newberry; 1
that the said Blease was immediately !
put to bed in said car; that we arriv- <
ed in the city of Columbia about 11 i
o'clock; that Blease was taken from i
the car and carried to Wright's hotel, '
where he was immediately put in bed
and only a very few of the members <
of his family and his closest friends 1
allowed to enter his room; that thisjl
deponent was so uneasy about (s
Blease's coadition that he persuaded j f
ible"?Affidavits of Cover-j
the Night Before the
andled by Blease.
Mrs. Blease to occupy an adjoining
room with some of the other lady j
members of Blease's family, and this
deponent remained in the room, during
the entire night, keeping watch
over Blease, as ne considered ms condition
very serious; that he has noticed
a statement made by John P.
Grace, published in the Columbia
State of July 31st, 1912, column 3,
page 3, in which he says:
"I recall a scene at Wright's hotel
the night before his inauguration. It
was the first real insight I had ever
had into Blease and the atmosphere
in which he moved, and I think I can
say that without exception it is about
the nastiest recollection of my life. It
was a grand carouse."
The above statement is absolutely
false. There was absolutely no whiskey
drank by Governor Blease for
some weeks before his inauguration
and certainly none the night before
or the day of the inauguration; There
was certainly no carouse in his room,
for those who entered the room were (
very quiet and walked on tip-toes and
were very apprehensive about the condition
of Blease. If there was any carouse
abound the said hotel during !
the night, the said Blease had abso- 1
lutely no connection whatever with it, ]
and'knew absolutely nothing about it,
and I certainly Knew notmng aDout <;
it; that on the next morning, this de- 1
ponent went with the governor-elect i
to the State house, assisting him i
along, and stayed right by his ^ide "
luring the entire ceremonies of the j
inauguration, and that this deponent 1
[mows that the said Blease did not* |
take a drink of whiskey, and had not J
taken one, as above stated, for several
weeks before; that immediately
after said ceremonies deponent accompanied
the governor to Wright's hotel J
svhere he placed him in bed, 1
ind where he was when I left (
iim just in time to take the C? J
S\ & L?. 5 p. m. train and I di- '
rected that he remain in bed until 1
aext morning and be then taken to
:he governor's mansion.
. W. G. Houseal, M. D. ]
Sworn to before- me this 31st day ]
>f July, 1912. *
W. B. Wallace, (L. S.)
Notary Public for S. C. 1
The Other Matters. 1
If Grace wrote any editorials in my 1
3ehalf before the first primary, I have c
aever seen them and I defy him to '
produce a single one* from the files of 1
lis paper, the only ones ever having |1
been br6ught to my attention being (
lis articles in the two issues of his r
Daper between the primaries.
As to his support of me in the sec- 1
Dnd primary and the condition thereof, 1
lis statements are wilful and malic- *
lous lies, which can be testified to by 1
Mr. L. C. A. Rossel^r, Grace's mayor- 1
alty campaign manager, and others, (
As to the charge of his having had ?
i certain conversation with me over 1
:he phone, in which he says he had *
tiis stenographer sitting by his side 1
md taking it down, I desire to say 1
-V* OATY( /"VVT7 V? O f
*11 CI Is llliO 10 ouiu^ v* uai.
svhen lie went to talk to me, if he was 1
:he friend he says he was, that he 1
tvould have a stenographer to sit right 1
it his end of the line ready to take ]
Jown every word said. I remember 1
}f having no conversation with him f
>ver the telephone, but whether I did 1
Dr not, he and his stenographer could c
5x up any kind of a lie and say that <1
:hat was my statement I presume 1 (
le worked this up in his mind after ,*
ie read of the dictagraph. Anyone 1
:ould sit down in his office, take a c
stenographer, pick up a phone, and !1
5nv T am now talkiner to so and so and !1
aave the stenographer take down a j *
supposed conversation, and, of course,!1
jrace is low enough down to do that, i1
and I have no doubt but that' he;1
3ould employ some stenographer who 1
tvould be equally as low as himself. (
I am very sorry to have to pay any I
ittention to this fellow's filthy insin-,1
nations, and would not do so, but for j1
:ear some might misconstrue my ab-!1
5olutely ignoring him. j *
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I am satisfied, from his recent con- j'
iuct, that his mind is diseased, and /I j
vvould not be surprised, at any time, 11
:o hear of him being committed to a , t
sanitarium. It is strange, however, t
:hat when Grace was following R. G. '1
Rhett all over this State hounding
him down in the United States senate
race, that he (Grace) in the eyes of
the Columbia State and News and
Courier editors, and many others of
my enemies, was a liar, a blatherskite
and a slanderei, but now, since he has
begun to abuse me and belch forth his
filthy lies, he becomes a great man
and a high-toned gentleman in the
eyes of Gonzales, Lathan and others.
Why the change? The people are not
fooled. They see through the plot.
When Grace lied on Rhett, he was a
terror and a bad man, but when he.
lies on Blease, he is a gentleman and
a scholar. During his recent campaign
for mayor, these two newspapers were
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Wiy Uiuuei 1U1 UCUUUUV/XU5 mill anu
saying that his election would bring
shame and disgrace to the proud old
city of Charleston, but now as they
can use him in their villainous fight
on me, I presume that they have
reached the conclusion that the city
of Charleston is highly honored at
having such a distinguished son at
the head of her municipal affairs. If
I were to bow to them, they would
gladly take me up, but I began this
fight foi; the laboring man and the
nlain neonle. against the privileged
classes and corporate interests which
are grinding down the masses of our
people, and I shall keep it up to the
finish, and I will win by the help of a
fair and justice loving people and
the help of an All-wise and an Allmerciful
I hope that I will not have to be
bothered further with noticing anything
that conies from this filthy
3ource. I have called him a character
tnier ana a liar to ais iace, wnen nej
was surrounced by his henchmen and'
in his own city, and he did not resent
it, but sneaked off in the dark and be*an
to pour forth his infamous lies
in order to injure me.
Warning to His Friends.
In making this campaign, being absent
from the office so much, and at
" V* r\ o?rr?a firna V* o tti r> o + r\ f a mtf
oaui^ LIuiv/ iu C4>cu^xxvi ^v/ XXJLj
official duties as governor, it is very
iard for me to keep up with all the
iirty falsehoods which are being circulated,
and I desire here and now to
tvarn all of my friends against these
campaign lifes afcd others which may
De started later, for the purpose of
nfluencing the voters or my State
igainst me. I am glad, however, that
;hey are circulating them as early as
:hey are. and I desire to call to the
ittention of my fellow citizens that no
nan has ever been fought as meanly,
is contemptibly and as bitterly as I
im being, and, for what reason? Who
s furnishing the money to pay for all
;hese matters? The newspaper collmns
are open to any negro preacher,
my trifling or dishonorable white
ran, or anyone else who will write a
rile slander against the governor of
Vin Q + o+o trot wVian T -nranr crof onv_
,U.\s IJtUrUVj J V/U) ""til A II MUl, VV/ %A?XJkJ ?
;hing before the public, the newspapers
charge me so much per line for
nserting it. I believe in the integrity
>f the people of South Carolina; I
mew that they are honorable people,
md I am fully satisfied that they will
lot allow me to be sacrificed by the
crusade of falsehoods and slanderous
nsinuations and abuse which are now
)eing heaped upon me by the organs
ind managers of Ira B. Jones' campaign,
but that on the contrary they
vill rally to my support and put their j
nark of disapproval now and forever i
ipon this kind of political campaign- !
ng in this State. It is hard now to
;et our best men to offer for office and
f they are to be subjected to the kind
>f abuse which is being thrown at me,
low ?oon will it l*e when not one will
lesire to enter the political arena? I
lave bitter political enemies in Newjerry;
they have circulated some very
lirty reports in regard to me, but
lone yet have been so low and so
nean as to insinuate such foul and :
nfamons falsehoods a? tin* n^wsna
Ders carry in their columns of July j
51st, 1912. I am standing for t.bo
ights of the people; for *th? laboring
nen and the masses against the classes
ahd against the oppression of the
lewspapers, the corporations and poitical
clique, therefore, these news)apers
rejoice in giving circulation to ;
;he most base and dirty falsehoods
;hat were ever spoken or written of
iTiv mo n WTIV'
UJ iXl CI 11; M>ilU ?? Jfc.
My father's father, Thomas W.f and
lis brother, Horatio Blease, we>e in
hree brothers and my mother's four
iiree brothers and my mothers four
irothers were all Confederate soi
diers, in the war of 1861-65, and all
of them that were living were true
to the cause of white supremacy in
1876 and followers of Hampton, Butler
and Gary. I am asking no favors
on this account, but beg of my friends
+/ ? <m +V> a. ho 11 r\f Kaypc pnrlv nn th p
; WV-r w l/UV v K/WMVV - j
; morning of the 27th of August and
j remain there all day and watch close-'
ly the counting of the ballots, for it
I is being openly boasted that if they
| cannot beat Blease, that they will
! count hin out. Managers of South
Carolina, are you thieves-? I do not
: believe it, so give me a fair count
: Friends, see that it is done.
G. XcD. HAMPTONS STATEMENT.
Kailroad Commissioner Denounces
Reports From "Fertile Imagination
of Diseased Mind."
To the Editor of the State:
I note in the issue of the State of
July 31, 1912, an article "with the following
conspicuous headline: "Grace
Repeats Tales He Says Blease Told?
Charleston Mayor Relates Interesting
Conversation. With the Governor?
Southern Railway Money Was Used
in Campaign?Says Blease Credited
Southern With Practically Paying McDuffie
Hampton's Campaign Expenses
for Railroad Commissioner."
This article reports a purported
statement from Gov. Blease to Mr.
J. P. Grace, mayor of Charleston, and
" j v.
renecis upon my lntcsjutjr auu uuuui,
My first impulse was to treat these
base insinuations and this dastardly
attack upon mysilf with the silent
contempt which it deserve?, but out
of respect for myself and reverence
for my name, and my appreciation of'
the trust imposed in me by those who
honored me with their suffrage and
elected me to a responsible State office,
I feel it my duty to make a
statement. In the article alluded to
T finH the fnllnwiriP' as minted hv fJov. i<
Blease to Mr. Grace: "Why I practically
paid th* campaign expenses of i
McDuffie Hampton out of money furnished
to me by the Soutnern railway
and gave them vouchers signed by
McDuffie Hampton for the amount."
These words convey in themselves
a manifest falsehood with absolute absurdity
on the face. As a matter of
fact, I will state truthfully and positively
that I never received any mou-1
ey from the Southern railroad or any
other railroad through Gov. Blease or
any representative of the Southern :
railroad, nor did I receive any finan- '
cial assistance from th Southern or
any other railroad directly or indirectly
in any way for my" campaign
expenses*of 1910. I never met Gov.
Blease until a short while before the
campaign in 1910 and he never* tendered
me any money in any shape or
form for campaign expenses either before,
during or since the campaign of
1910. However, I will frankly state
that Gov. Blease was courteous and
polite to me during the campaign, for
wnicn I tnanK mui, ana accepted n
in the manner in which it was intended.
Any political assistance Gov.
Blease may have rendered me in this
campaign I certainly appreciate.
As to the untruth and unwarranted
charges as to my habits, will 6ay that j
this is better judged by personal ob- .
servation than by originating and promulgating
false charges and base In- .
Whatever money I borrowed for my
campaign expenses was furnished me
by the Palmetto National bank of Co- >
InrmViio C! P friy -n7'hi/*'h omnnnt T COVa
X LA KJ Vtj iVi M u*vu ilr? " '* " JL JJVW ? v
my individual note with, ample security.
This amount has teen repaid to ,
the bank by myself and I hold their ,
receipt for same. This statement can
be verified by any one desiring to inform
himself by inquiry at the bank.
I regret exceedingly that for some
occult and political object my name 1
has been dragged into the present, political
campaign. Although these 'per
nicious reports from the fertile imagination
of some diseased mind are unpleasant,
they are nevertheless untrue
and unjust and will not injure me as
G. McD. Hampton. *
Columbia, August 1, 1912.
Proof Positive. *
Crawford?Do you think he's henpecked?
Crabshaw?He never mentioned it,
but I've noticed that the portraits over 3
his mantlepiece are those of his wife's
THE TRIAL AT AUGUSTA
Significance of Investigation as Seen
By One Woman.
(The following came to the Yorkville
Enquirer from a married lady, ^
who requests that it he published if
therp ic nn r>harere>. and that her name
and address be withheld.) 1
Does the Bible, like history, repeat
Since the commitee that met in Augusta
adjourned, has anybody thought
of the trial that was held in the.house
of Caiphas, and concluded before Pontius
It is true that Gov. Blease never ^
said, "Father forgive them, they know
not what they do," for he is human.
Let us hope the people of South
Carolina will not censure him for the
language he used until they have first
put themselves in the same position,
then conclude whether or not what
they said would look better ia print
Let us hope the men of South Caroi
lina? at least enough of thean to give
Gov. Blease a majority? had "written
it down in their memoraduin,"
that they would vote for Btease, and ,
after the testimony of a man afraid to
go to South Carolina has been heard,
and the dictagraph told all it knew,
let them say like Pilate, "What I have
written, I have written," and then
when the election is over, Gov. Blease
can say of the people of South Carolina,
what David said about his Lord,
"Thou hast spread a table before me
in the presence of my enemies."
MAJ. XAXCE FOB BLEASE;
Former tfewberrian, Ex-Sheriff of
Abbeville County, Tells Where
Anderson Intelligencer. !
Major F. W. Nance, of Abbeville,
stated yesterday thta he is 78 years
of age, that he lias known Cole. L.
Blease since the latter was a boy, has
known him throughout bis holding
eminent positions in his native county,
Newberry, has know him through
his legislative experience, but that
never until lately had he heard the 1
integrity of the present Governor
questioned. Major Nance does not be
lieve- any of the "Felder business"
and states that he has no faith in T.
B., or any other associates of that
lawyer from Atlanta. Major Nan<?e
says that particularly because Cole.
L. Blease is a defender of the chastity
of woman, that he is in favor of j
him. Major Nance was sheriff of Ab- ;
beville and was born in Newberry.
Pointed Paragraphs. 3
It takes a shrewd man to get rich
in SDite of his wife.
Silence is golden when it is purchased
with hush money.
There's many a slip 'twixt the
solitaire and the marraige altar./
Anything you get for nothing is i;
usually worth a little less. jjj
It's easy for a man to, be patient
with a stupid woman if she is pretty.
The only time a bore is not a bore
is when he talks to us about'ourselves
One seldom hears a married man
boast that he never made a mistake \
in his life. [
A woman never overlooks an opportunity
to put it all over her neighbors
in some way. \
Give some men rope enough in the
guise of campaign cigars and they'll I
vote the other ticket. I
. Nearly every day we read of some 3
poor man who unexpectely inherit"
ed a large fortune, but we never met
any of them. |
Purely Ornamental. ij
A small applicant for assistance
was being interviewed by the charity jj
"What is your father?" asked the jj
I o +f
"E's me father."
"Yes, but "what is he?" J
"Oh, e's me stepfather." i]^
"Yes, yes, but what does he do? fj
Does he sweep chimneys or drive bus- If
*es or what?" g
"0-o-w," exclaimed the small appli- 13
:ant with dawning light of comprehen- S
sion. " No, e' ain't done nothin' since Ji
we've 'ad 'im."?London Tit-Bits. M
Reflections of a Bachelor. 3
\Tew York Press. -?
A man can v/orry a heap more over Jjl
iis baldness than his debts. > ||