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Characterizes Them As "Inf
nor's Physician and H
Governor Cole. 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
dirty lie, displayed in large headlines
in the Columbia State, "A Negro
It is so infamously false and con^
temptible that I do not desire to low- j
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er mvseii as a gentleman to iunner
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 wrhat the moth
ers of this State thought when they
saw that the daily 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 pub?
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I1SU SUJIltJ vi o-Lxixiv^ u^/vuuot/ 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 headlines,
the filthiest article that has appeared
in the South Carolina papers
^ ?n 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
f a pity that a city, composed of such
proud people, should ha%e such a percnn'
fnw if/* movrvr
OVIi 1UL X U1WJ Ui
As to The Southern Bailway.
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
i of the son of South Carolina's grand
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Old Iiex u, v> iiuf nampiuii, cts a wmmon
drunkard, he speaks falsely and (
places himself beneath the notice of
any man with pure white blood in his
veins. Mr. McDuffie Hampton and myself
were on the campaign together
two years ago; we were friends; 1
treated him kindly and politely, as 1
treat all gentlemen. The statement
that I handled money for the South?
ern railway and took vouchers from
Mr. Hampton for the same is as foul
a lie as was ever spoken or written
bv a human being. I nave never nan*
died a dollar of Southern railway
money in my life and I have never de- i
livered a dollar or any other sum of
money to Mr. Hampton during the entire
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
me; he told me himself that
- 4f he did not support me in the first primary,
and I was informed by those
who had charge of affairs for me in
Charleston that he was against me
and for McLeod, but that he claimed
to be for me in the second race. If he
was for me and worked for me in the
first primary, he must have had very
little influence, for I only recejved six
hundred and sixty-three votes in the
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
ed that I appoint Grace, which I did.
The "T. B? Letter.
As to showing* him the "T. B." letter.
When it was given to me, some
weeks after my inauguration, along
with the other letters, I immediately
locked it up in my safe and soon
thereafter transferred it to a strong
box in the Palmetto National bank,
where it is now, along with the others,
and has been except wnen it was
presented to the grand jury, and dispensary
commission, and shown for
publication. I never consulted Graee
about it or mentioned it to him in my
life, and this is but another one of the
false fabrications of a diseased mind,
malicious heart or a mind diseased
from vindictiveness and a desire to
^ do injury to those it hates. He has
^ never seen the "T. B." letter while it
has been in my possession, and I do
amously False and Contemp
otel Proprietor Dealing With
o Southern Railway Money h
not believe he has ever 6een the original
The Night Before The 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 ad^i+i/vnoi
pvirjpnpft of his lies in the
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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 about 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 wer? allowed
to enter his room; that everything
was kept quiet and Dr. Houseal,
being very apprehensive of said
i Blease's condition, remained in the
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night; that he has noticed in this
morning's State the following statement
made by John P. Grace:
"I recall a scene at Wright's hotel
the night before his inauguration, ft
was the- first real insight I had ever
had into Blease and the atWsphere
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 earouse."
The above statement is absolutely
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and infamously iaise. un me l-uutrary,
the room where the said Blease
was, was guarded in order that no
noise might be made, for we all feared
that the result of his trip from his
home in Newberry would prove fatal.
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
I room, or in any in which he took
par; or Knew anyipvng auoui. L?cpunent
further says that Governor
Bleass, as a private citizen, stopped
many times with him; that he boarded
at the hotel during the four sessions
of the legislature that he was
State senator^ and that he always behaved
himself in a clean gentlemanly
manner; that there was never any carousing
or general drinking in his
room at any time, and that he and the
other members of the hotel family
looked upon the governor as an es?
R. C. Wright.
Sworn to before me this 31st day
of July A. D., 1912.
Fred. H. Dominick, (L. S.)
Notary Public for South Carolina.
Affidavit By Dr. W. G. Honseal.
State of South Carolina, /
County of Newberry.
Personall came Dr. W. G. Houseal
who, being duly sworn, says that during
the fall of 1910 he attended Cole.
L. Blease for^ three or four weeks, the.
said Blease being very ill with cholecystitis
and jaundice. That in the
latter part of December, 1910, the said
Blease had a relapse and was desperately
ill and that this deponent was
very uneasy about him, that Blease
was not allowed to leave his room,
but was confined to his bed; that on
the night before his inauguration as
governor, this deponent, assisted by
same others, carried tjie said Bloase
from his bed room to the depot, on a
cot, at Newberry, a telegram having
been sent in advance to the Pullman
conductor to have a berth made down
and ready when he reached Newberry;
pioaco was immediatelv
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put to bed in said car; that we arrived
in the city of Columbia about 11
i o'clock; that Blease was taken from
| 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
allowed to enter his room; that this
deponent was so uneasy about
Blease's condition that he persuaded
tible"?Affidavits of Gover
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the [Sight Before the
handled by Blease.
Mrs. Blease to occupy an adjoining
room with some of the other lady
members of Blease's family, and this
deponent remained in the room, during
the entire night, keeping watch
over Blease, as he considered his 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 absolutely
no connection whatever with it, <
and knew absolutely nothing about it,
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aild i uerwimj n.uc? iiuiuiug auuui
it; that on the next morning, this deponent
went with the governor-elect
to the State house, assisting him
along, and stayed right by his side
during the entire ceremonies of the
inauguration, and that this deponent
knows that the said Blease did not
take a drink of whiskey, and had not
taken one, as above stated, for several
weeks before; that immediately
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the governor to Wright's hotel
where he placed him in bed,
and where he was when I left
him just in time to take the C.,
j N. & L. 5 p. m. train and I dij
rected that he remain in bed until
I next morning and be then taken to
the governor's mansion.
W. G. Honseal, M. D.
Sworn to before me this 31st day
of July, 1912.
W. B. Wallace, (L. S.)
Notary Public for S. C.
The Other Matters.
If Grace wrote any editorials in my
behalf before the first primary, I have
never seen them and I defy him to
produce a single one from the files of
his paper, the only ones ever having
been brought to my attention being
J his articles in the two issues of his
rpaper between the primaries.
As to his support'of me in the second
primary and the condition thereof,
his statements are wilful and malicious
lies, which can he testified to by
Mr. L. C. A. RosseW, Grace's mayoralty
campaign manager, and others,
As to the charge of his having had
o nartain /innvorCQh'nn with 1T1A flVPT
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the phone, in which he says he had
his stenographer sitting by his side
and taking it down, I desire to say
that this ? is somewhat strange,
when he went to talk to me, if he was
the friend he says he was, that he
would have a stenographer to sit right
at his end of the line ready to take
down every word said. I remember
off having no conversation with him
over the telephone, but whether I did
inn nfit hp nnri his sfpnoeranhpr could
fix up any kind of a lie and say that
that was my statement. I presume
he worked this up in his mind after
he read of the dictagraph. Anyone
could sit down in his office, take a
stenographer, pick up a phone, and
say I am now talking to so and so and
have the stenographer take down a
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i suppuacu UUU r t,x
j Grace is low enough down to do that,
and I have no doubt but that he
could employ some stenographer who
would be equally as low as himself.
I am very sorry to have to pay any
attention to this fellow's filthy insinuations,
and would not do so, but for
fear some might misconstrue my absolutely
I am satisfied, from his recent conduct,
that his mind is diseased, and I(
would not be surprised, at any time,
to hear of him being committed to a
sanitarium. It is strange, however,
that when Grace was following R. G.
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Rhett all over this State hounding !
j him down in the United States senate j
race, that lie (Grace; m me eyea ui
the Columbia State and News and
Courier editors, and many others of
my enemies, was a liar, a blatherskite
j and a slanderer, 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, ?uring his recent campaign j
for mayor, these two newspapers were
very bitter in denouncing him and
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 1
reached the conclusion that the city
of Charleston is highly honored at j,
having such a distinguished son at;
the head of her -municipal affairs, lr ;
I were to bow to them, they would i
gladly take me up, but I began'this i
fight for the laboring man and the |
plain people, against the privileged
classes and corporate interests which ;
are grinding down the masses of our j;
people, and I shall keep it up to the Ifinish,
and I will win by the help of a ;
1 fair and justice loving people and 1,
the help of an All-wise and an Allmerciful
I hope that I will not have to be ;
bothered further with noticing any- 1
thing that comes from this filthy ;
source. I have called him a character <
thief and a liar to his face, when he (
was surrounced by his henchmen and
in his own city, and he did not resent
it, but sneaked off in the dark and began
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
the same time having to attend to my
official duties as governor, it is very
hard for me to keep up with all the
dirty falsehoods which are being cir-1
culatejd, and I desire here and now to |
warn all of my friends against these j
campaign lies and others which may '
hp started later, for the mimose of I
influencing the voters or my State j
against me. I am glad, however, that j
they are circulating them as early as i
they are, and I desire to call to the !
attention of my fellow citizens that no j
man has ever been fought as meanly, |
as contemptibly and as bitterly as I
am being, and, for what reason? "Who
is furnishing the money to pay for all
these matters? The newspaper colI
umns are open to any negro preacher,
any trifling or dishonorable white
man, or anyone else who will write a
vile slander against the governor of
the State, yet, when I want to get anything
before the public, the newspapers
charge me so much per line for
inserting it. I believe in the integrity
of the people of South Carolina; I
know that they are honorable people,
and I am fully satisfied that they will
not allow me to be sacrificed by thf
crusade of falsehoods and slanderous
insinuations and abuse which are now
being heaped upon me by the organs
and managers of Ira B. Jones' cam
paign, out tnat on tne contrary iney j
will rally to my support and put their j
mark of disapproval now and forever j
upon this kind of political campaign-1
ing in this State. It is hard now to
get our best men to offer for office and
if they are to be subjected to the kind
of abuse which is being thrown at me,
how ?oon will it he when not one will !
desire to enter t^he political arena? I
have bitter political enemies in Newberry;
they, have circulated some very
dirty reports in regard to me, but
inone yet have been so low and so
i mean as to insinuate such foul and
infamous falsehoods as ihe newspapers
carry in their columns of July
31st, 1912. I am standing for :>}o
rights of the people; for the laboring
| men and the masses against the classjes
and against the oppression of the
J newspapers, the corporations and ponlinnn
tli orofAro fh cvco nomc.
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; papers rejoice giving circulation to j
the most base and dirty falsehoods
I that were ever spoken or written'of
lany man, and WHY?
I My father's father, Thomas W., and
! his brother, Horatio BJease, were in
three brothers and mv mother's four
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tnree Dromers anu ray mouier s iuur j
brothers were all Confederate so!- j
diers, in the war of 1861-65, and all
of them that were living were true
to the cause of white supremacy in
" r"~n J U ?YY>n+/vn "D,ff _
IS i D <H1U 1U11UWC10 UJL xinuiyiuu, uutler
and Gary. I am asking no favors
on this account, but beg of my friends
to go to the ballot boxes early on the
morning of the 27th of August and
remain there all day and watch closely
the counting of the ballots, for it
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is oemg openiy Doasiea mat n iue^
cannot beat Blease, that they will
count him 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. McD. HAMPTON'S STATEMENT.
Kailroad Commissioner Denounces
Reports From "Fertile Imafrina
tion 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?
n?4-1^ DoilTiroTr \fnrior Wflc TTfiAd
OU U unci JLL iiau >Y C4.J iuvuv; ? wwv?.
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
reflects upon my integrity and honor.
My first impulse was to treat these
base insinuations and this dastardly
attack upon .mystflf with the silent
contempt tfhich it deserves, 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 witn tneir sunrage anu
elected me to a responsible State office,
I feel it my duty to make a
statement. In'the article alluded to
I find the following as quoted by Gov.
Blease to Mr. Grace: "Why I practically
paid th<* campaign expenses of
McDuffie Hampton out of money fur- j
nished to me by the Sou:nern railway I
and gave them vouchers signed by j
McDuffie Hampton for the amount." j
These words convey in themselves j
a manifest falsehood with absolute ab- !
surdity on the face. As a matter of
fact, I will state truthfully and positively
that I never received any money
from the Southern railroad or any
oclier railroad through Gov. Blease or
any representative of the Southern
railroad, nor did I receive any financial
assistance from th Southern or
any other railroad directly or indirpptiv
in anv wav for mv camnaign
expenses of 1910. I never met Gov.
Blease until a snort while before the
campaign in 1910 and he never tendered
me any money in any shape or
form for campaign expenses either before,
duriugNor since the campaign of
1910. However, I will frankly* state
that Gov. Blease was courteous and
polite to me during the campaign, for
which I thank him, ana accepted it
in the manner in which it wrs 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 say that
this is better judged by personal observation
than by originating and promulgating
false charges and base insinuations.
Whatever money I borrowed for my
campaign expenses was furnished me
by the Palmetto National bank of Columbia,
S. C., for which amount I gave |
my individual note with ample secur- j
itv. This amount has teen repaid to !
the bank by myself and I hold their i
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
has been dragged into the present political
campaign. Although these pernicious
reports from the fertile imag
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inauon 01 some uiseascu uimu aic unpleasant,
they are nevertheless untrue
and unjust and will not injure me as
G. McD. Hampton.
Columbia, August 1, 1912.
Crawford?Do you think he's henpecked
Crabshaw?He never mentioned it,
but I've noticed that the portraits over
his mantlepiece are those of his wife's
THE TRIAL AT AUGUSTA
Significance of Inyestigation as Sees
By One Woman.
(The following came to the Yorkville
Enquirer from a married lady,
who requests that it be published if
there is no charge, and that her name
and address be withheld.)
Does the Bible, Ifke history, repeat
Since the commitee that met in Augusta
adjourned, has anybody thought
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oi me mai mat was neia m me uuuse
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 in print
Let us hope the men of South Carolina?
at least enough of them to give
Gov. Blease a majority? had "written
it down in their memoradum,"
that they would vote for Blease, 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," aud then
whpn the elertion is over. Gov. Blease
?I , ? 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. NANCE FOB BLEASE.
Former Xewberrian, Ex-Sheriff of
Abbeville County, Tells Where
Major F. W. Nance, of Abbeville,
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Siaiea ytsieruciy uiut uc x? <o .vcaio
of age, that he has known Cole. L.
Blease since the latter-, was a boy, has
known him throughout his holding
eminent positions in his native county,
Xewberry, has know him through
his legislative experience, but that
never until lately had he heard the
integrity of the present Governor
questioned. Major Xance does not believe
any of . the "Felder business"
and states tnat ne nas no iaun in; v.
B., or any other associates of that,
lawyer from Atlanta. Major Naace
says that particularly because Cole.
L. Blease is a defender of the chastity
of woman, that he is in^favor of
him. Major Nance was sheriff of Abbeville
and was born in Newberry.
It takes a shrewd man to get rich
in spite of his wife.
Silence is golden when it is pur
cnasea wnn nusn money. - .
There's many a slip 'twixt the
solitaire and the marraige altar.
Anything you get for nothing is -7
usually worth a little less.
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 lire.
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
vote the other ticket.
Xearly every day we read of some
poor man who unexpectely inherit|
ed a large .fortune, but we never met
any of them.
A small applicant for assistance >
was being interviewed by the charity
"What is your father?" asked the
"E's me father." v .
"Yes, but what is he?"
"Oh, e's me stepfather."
"Yes, yes, but what does he do?
Does he sweep chimneys or drive busses
"O-o-w," exclaimed the small appli
Udll(, W 11U Ud.?iilil5 11511c KJL cuiupi CU^Usion.
" Xo, e' ain't done DOthin' since
we've 'ad 'im."?London Tit-Bits.
Reflections of a Bachelor.
New York Fress.
A man can worry a heap more over
his baldness than his debts.
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