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VOLUME L, NUMBEB TS. x >E1VBERRY. SOUTH CAROLINA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1912 . TWICI A W1IK, |U| a Till.
TO THE MEMORY OF
J. BACHMAN SMELTZER
STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF NEW
BERK1 I'Ul-JLfiWS f A 1 IKlttL lJt.
Beautiful Tributes Paid Memory of
Former Student bv His CollegeMates.
One of the most beautiful and im
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press iv-e servicts ever iiciu m
chapel of Newberry college was held
last Friday morning in memory of J.
Bachman Smeltzer, whose untimely
and tragic death occurred on September
11 in the Y. M. C. A. building at
Columbia. He was to have returned
to the college ai me opening 10. urne
charge of the gymnasium as physical
director and pursue his studies for the
master's degree. The whole student
body was looking forward to his coming
with anticipations of keen delight,
for "Bach Smeltzer" was a genuine favorite
with all the college boys, and
, ) no less so with the Newberry community
at large. His death cast a gloom
over the college in the opening days
and last Friday the hour was given to
the expression of cieep esteem in which
he was held by both the faculty and
student body. President Harms, presiding.
read the 90th Psalm and offer
ed tne prayer. Alter a numg muuduction
of the ceremonies he asked
Prof. Bowers to read a tribute adopted
by the faculty to the memory of Mr.
Smeltzer. Beginning he said: "It has
always been a prayer at the opening
of the session that it might be a good
. session. This session, in the providence
of God, will be a good one, because it
has had a baptism of sorrow at its beginning."
He then read the following
and offered it for adoption by the
orhrklo atndpnt hrviv!
Prot. Bower's Tribute.
"John Bachman Smeltzer first saw
the light of earthly day March 16,
* 1892, and closed his eyes upon it and
opened them to the glorious light of
' eternal day at noon, September 12,
1912. Six months and four days before
he reached manhood's majority he entered
the heavenly life, and the cruel
water closing in over that dear boy
opened wide the way for'his bright
spirit in its quick flight to a diviner
and perpetual youth.
"While yet in love with life and
raptured with the world, he passed to
silence and pathetic jiust.
"Alas, we had forgot that he could
die, we loved him so. He was a brave
and tender man and friend to all;
and so our hearts, refusing all restraint,
will bleed to think that we
shall see his face no more, so stll and
quiet beneath the clods of Elmwood
cemetery in Columbia.
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"II every one ui us ?uv iu > en cmu.
honored him could lay a blossom on
his grave he would sleep tonight be?
neath a wilderness of fiowers.
"He was the grandson of that devoted
president who long time with
unwavering zeal kept aglow in times
that tried men's souls the dying em
> bers of this school's life, and it was
a proud day for his alma mater when,
on last commencement, sue
young Smeltzer, and we rejoiced together
in the line promise of his pure
"He has left us in this place a holy
heritage ana by his sudden passage
made it impossible to forget how truly
gentle siicng youth may be:
Tr? Thnm a thousand memories call,
Not being less but more than all
The gentleness he seemed to be.
"'Best seemed the thing he was, and
Joined each cffice of the social hour
To noble manners, as the flower
And native growth of noble mind
Nor ever narrowness or spirit,
Or villian fancy's fleeting by
Drew in the'expression of an eye,
Where God and Nature met in light;
" 'And thus he bore without abuse
The grand old name of gentleman."
"1. We, the faculty and students of
Newberry college, bereaved as never
> before but once in the history of our
school, bear loving tribute to the
memory of our fiiend and thank God
that he lived and wrought among us.
"2. That, bcwing submissively to
the heavenly will, we will seek to imitate
his grace and virtue and so live
that some good day, please God, we
shall see him face to face again.
"3. That we will send a copy of this
tribute to his family and a copy to the
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President Harms men mvi itu luc
students to participate x and the fol*
lowing responded. Mr. Allan Eidson
"We all have heard the fame that
Bachman Smeltzer gained 011 the athletic
fields of our college. As a tennis,
basketball and baseball player, he
was surpassed by none at Newberry
college. And I think I can say he
was surpassed by 110 one in the State
in his athletic ability.
"Our success in athletics last year
was due to a great extent to Bachman
Smeltzer. He was one of the cham
pion tennis players. He was tne main
man on our successful basketball team,
and if it had not been for our skilled
ar<1 vve wonld npv?r have
atta^ei -hp hosier in baseball tbat we
"I have h:-:e pleasure of cei":? on
the baseball team with Smeltzer for
the past three years, and 1 have never
seen a man who loved his team and
who loved the game as much as he
did and then play such a fair and clean
game as "Back" always did. it we
were winning or if we were losing Jie
was the same cool and level headed
Smeltzer. Never did he seem to get
excited or disheartened but was always
ready to say a word of encouragement
to his teammates.
"Newberry college will miss him,
athletics will miss him, and the baseball
team will miss him.
"Though his life was short, he attained
much. Newberry college is better
because he has lived, and many of
us who were his friends are belter
because of his izifluence. So we ari
all Droud of him."
Mr. Jesse Mayes spoke as follows:
"Friends, we have assembled here
today to pay tribute to one whom Newberry
college highly honored, our late
friend and r'eilow student, J. Bachman
Smeltzer, a young man from Coll.
bia, entered Xewoerry college abuut
four years ago. JJ.e took up his studies
with interest and from the very
beginning worked hard. At the end
of the year he "stood among the first
in his class, and kept this piace
throughout his college course.
"Tx " t-i ? - ? 11- ? ? V? r\ K/-\r>o m
inuring uy> cunege tai cci uc .
one of the leading men in all athletics.
He was a leader among his friends and
was always respected. In every congest
he entered he was among the
first. Never, or very rarely, was he
known to have made an enemy among
his acquaintances. A Christian, a
gentleman and a friend to every one
"Bachman left this college with as
bright prospects as any man that went
before him or that will follow him. ,
I "His death has caused deep sorrow
in the hearts of every Newberrian. All
his fellow-students are grieved, and
many college men throughout the entire
State were shocked by the suddenly
ess of his death. We, his collega
mates, who knew him in his every day
life, do deeply feel his loss. The grief
caused -by the death of this young man
is equalled only by that of our beloved
Dr. Holland. Memory of Bachman
Smeltzer will be lasting in the his
tory of our college.
"A Christian gentleman; no better
words can be said of any man, and
these can be said of John Bachman
Mr. W. A. Reiser offered the following:
"in the midst of life we ar? ia
death." How often have we heard
these words, yet how seldom have we
thought on them. Within the last
week this sentence has been illustrated
to us only too well. Brought home
m our vprv doors we were, at first,
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unable To believe the sad news of his i
untimely and sorrowful death. At first
we could not believe it, and again we
read the message to make sure of no
mistake. Satisfied that there could be
no error we turned our thoughts to
his life among us, and this morning
we are- not able to realize that he is
forever taken from our athletic field,
~,,t" ?iooc. r-mm and our student body.
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"His place on the athletic field was
one of high rank. For four years he
worked with untiring effort to win
honors for his class. Day after day he
was on the field in uniform ready for
work. In time he won a position on
the baseball team and filled the same
with credit. His character and ability
so clearly 3hown in his work, won for
him the confidence of his teammates
and caused them to trust their destiny
in his hand?. He again displayed his
manhood. On the tennis court he won
lasting honor for his alma mater and
for himself. In basketball he was. regarded
as one of the best in the State.
His positions on'these teams called
fcr wbat was high and noble in a man
and he answered each call fairly and
squarely. With a deep sense of sadnpc-c
and vet. a feeling of pride we
leave his record as an example to j
others. In the class-room we find the
same spirit admired, honored and
trusted by the entire faculty. He won
a place of much endearment and lasting
remembrance in the hearts of his
professors and classmates.
"Yonder in the dormitory is a room
popular from the fact that he was
there. Today he is missing. Never to
be forgotten are the days of our associaticn,
in the old building. Many
places t>n the campus have been in-1
dslibly impressed upon our memories J
by some act of his. Ever present with
us <s his force of character and moral
"Touched with sadness, and feeling
keenly the loss of a strong support, we
repeat with the poet these sad lines:
"Stroi'g Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that h&ve not seen thev face,
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By faith, and taitn aione, e 111 o race, j
Believing where we can not prove.
"Thine are these orbs of light and
Thou madest life in man and brute;
Thou madest death, and io, thy foot
is on the skull which thou hast made.
"Thou will not leave us in the dust:
Thou madest man, he knows not why,
He thinks he was not made to die;
Ann Thon hast made him. Thou art
"Thou seemest human and divine,
holiest manhood, thou:
wo kr>c^* rot hcv
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 3.)
COURT HOLDS RHAME
IS BANK EXAMINER
SAYS HE WAS OUSTED WITHOUT
AUTHORITY UNDER LAW.
Case Had Been -Pending Since April 1,
When Fraser YTas Appointed by
"The State bank examiner is not
subject to removal by the governor,
ana tnat tne aerenaant^ jb. j. ?tnajue,
is still State bank examiner," is the
majority decision, written by Associate
Justice Woods, handed down by
the supreme court. The opinion was
concurred in by Chief Justice Eugene
B. Gary, Associate Justice Hvdrick,
and Circuit Judges T. S. Sease, George
E. Prince, John S. Wilson, H. F. Rice,
Frank B. Gary and T. H. Spain. Chief
Justice Gary tin concurring in the
opinion, said: "I concur in the opinion
of Mr. Justice Woods i'or the i aason
that the law does not provide for the
removal of .lie State bank examiner
bv the governor as it does in the case
cf magistral >s."
Dissenting opinions were filed by
Associate Justice R. C. Watts and Circuit
Judge George W. Gage, both of
whom held that tne governor had the
authority to remove the State bank
Ousted on April 1.
On April 1 the governor, by proclamation,
removed B. J. Rhame, State
bank examiner, from office, charging
neglect of duty. Thereupon the governor
appointed H. W. Fraser as bank
examiner. Rhame refused to give up
his office, claiming that the governor
had no authority under the law to oust
him. The- attorney general then
brought suit, in the original procedure
of the supreme court, to have Rhame
adjudged ap, intruder and be removed
from office. H. \V. Fraser was made a
party and by answer alleged that he
was the lawful bank examiner under
appointment by the governor.
The whole question was argued before
an en banc session of the supreme
court in June.
DECIDED BY THE COURT
Appointee of Governor Ousted in
"Our conclusion is that the attempted
removal of Kerr from the
office of magistrate was without effect
and that he Is now, and has been
since his confirmation by the senate,
a lawful magistrate of Greenwood
county and that he, and not McDowell,
is entitled to the ?alary."
This decision was given by the supreme
court in the case of B. L. McDowell
against T. C. Burnett, county
supervisor, * and F. Graham Payne,
county treasurer of Greenwood county,
and W. H. Kerr, who was confirmed
as magistrate by the senate. The im
piortant question presented ;4in this
case was whether the governor of the
State has the power at his discreu
to remove from office a magisti
whose appointment has been confirmed
by the senate. In deciding in the
negative the court says that the duty
of the court to pass on the% limitations
of the power of the general assembly
oi\ the chief executive of the State is
oh? of great delicacy, to be entered
upon with the greatest deliberation
and with care to find in the law support
for the legislative action or the
action of the chief executive if it be
The case arises under a petition filed
by B. L. McDowell asking the court
'o issue a writ of mandamus requiring
the supervisor of Greenwood county
to issue and the county treasurer to
pay a check for his salary as magis
trate. An order was made requiring
the defendants to show cause why the
writ should not be issued. Afterwards
W. H. Kerr was made a party
to the action. The case was heard before
an en banc session of the supreme
The opinion .in the case was written
by Associate Justice Woods. The majority
opinion was concurred in by
' s?oeia:e Justice Hydrick. Associate
Justice Fraser, and Circuit Judges
Prince, Gage, Wilson, D^Yore. Rice
A dissenting opinion was filed by
Associate Justice Watts and concur
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I'tQ Uy jubu^c orai.*.
was also a separate dissenting opin'on
by Chief Justice Gary. Frank B.
Gary, circuit judge, also wrote a dissenting
W. G. Austin, whose term of office
as magistrate begun in 1909 in Greenwood
county, died during the session
of the g">r-?ra! a e- .'\y c." !?' . W.
H. Kerr was appointed and his appointment
was confirmed by the senLie
at the same session. On Marcn
:Ji 1911, the governor wrote Kerr a
r.ctice cf removal. J. W. Canfield had
previously been appointed to Kerr's
place by the governor. In May of
1911 Canfield sent his letter of resignation
and later B. L. McDowell was
appointed. The county officers refused
^o pav McDowell's salary and an
""rpV -"'as taken to th? supreme court'
it' v . "t ,:ct \V. H. Kerr was
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A FINE RECORD OF
ST. PHILLIPS CBORCH
HISTORY OF THE CONGREGATION
List of Pastors and Names of the
Various Clmrcli Councils Since
(By Henry Richardson.)
The writer had the pleasure of worshipping
at Sl. rhillips ciiurch the
second Sunday of this nuulh. It is a
pleasure for me 10 worship :\t bt.
Phillips at any liui*. St. Phillips xZ
a part of the ct. Pauls parsonage, ^and
is served by the same pastor, Rev. Y.
von A. Riser.
This church is located in a good
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iarraing secuon 01 iue uuunuy auu
membership is almost entirely composed
of farmers. Visitors always receive
the most hearty welcome, itind
^ nl/lfimA V? o _C Vl Q Ir 1 Tl o*
U! Ub anu gmu UlULiiiic iicauci
are always extended to the visitor by
these good people. In meeting with
this congregation from time to time,
I have been very much impressed .with
the rapid growth of this young congregation.
While I am young myself, and
know nothing personally of the beginning
of this congregation and only
know of it during the last few years,
but on account of my interest in the
work of the congregation I began to
make inquiry, and found one good old .
gentleman in the congregation who had
one of the most compiets records I ever
saw of any church. I will endeavor to
give a few facts from this record
which I am sure will be of interest to
a good many people.
The congregation known as St.
Phillips Evangelical Lutheran church
was organized in August, 1881. The
congregation at first worshipped in
Capt. Phillip Sligh'e yard. About the
first of September, 1881, the building
of the church was begun. It is located
on the Pomaria road, just seven
miles from Newberry.
The church building was erected by
11 * l>AmQ? Uolfooro toVia (inmnlotaH
;U1 XVUJLi.1^1 lianuvi V) " nu vv/iuyAvwv?
the work with the exception of ceiling
the walls. The congregation then
numbered about 30. The first officers
were: Rev. H. S. Wingard, pastor;
Adam Kibler, W. G. Metis, G. L. Sease,
elders, and Melvin Dickert, Monroe M.
Dickeit and Aieivin Wicker, deacons.
The first sermon was preached in
the building, then unfinished, November
6, 1531. Little by little the work
progressed, until November 5, 18S2, |
when the church was dedicated to
Jod by the pastor, assisted by Rev. J.
Steek, D. B., who preached the dedication
Rev. H. S. Wingard served the congregation
in connection with pastorate
No. 10, of the South Carolina synod,
until October 7, 1883. Rev. S. T. Hallman,
then of Concord, N. C., was called
to take up the pastoral work, and
A/1 UA ?tiAonV?A/1 Vii/s fircf cnv
ai.v^cpicu. lie yi ca^ucu 1110 uio;
rnon in this church ou December 2,
1883. The sermon had for its subject
pastoral relation, and was based on 2
fhessalonians 2:4. The audience paid
careful attention, and the earnest
prayer is that good was accomplished.
Rev. Hallman continued his labors until
May 12, 188$, at which time the
joint council of the pastorate accepted
his resignation, in oraer that he might
respond to an earnest call from the
English Lutheran church of Augusta,
Georgia, and the executive committee
on missions of the South Carolina synod.
During his ministry here, fiftyone
members were enrolled at St.
Phillips church, ninety-three in the
pastorate. He held fourteen funerals
and baptised thirty-three infants. The
salary was raised from $00 to $120,
and the church improved Dy tne addition
of a pulpit, robe room, chairs in
chancel and pulpit, blinds to the windows,
stove in the church, the house
painted, $41.80 raised towards the purchase
of an organ, and the congregation
was naturally encouraged and advanced
in church work at the expiration
of Dr. Mailman's pastorate.
Prof. J. 3. Fox, of Newberry college,
was then called .to fi'l the unex
pired term of Dr. S. T. Hallman. Jhie
assumed the pastoral work of St.
Phillips, June 3, 18S8, but on account
of sickness he was unable to preach
and Mr. H. F. Shealy, of the theological
seminary, rilled his appointment.
The text of his first sermon was in
Numbers, thirty-second chapter, 4S-51
verses. The audience was large and
the attention was good. Mr. Shealev
continued his labors until October,
Rev. John H. Wyse, being regularly
called from Salem, X. C.. assumed the
pastoral care of St. Phillips, February i
> 150/1 -inr) nrpaphprl hi a first SermOIl I
there the same day. The discourse was
based on Matthew, S:25. The audience
was large and the attention good. Mr.
Wvse continued his labors until November
20, 1802, when his resignation
The council then met the first Sunday
in December, 1892, and called Rev.
J. A. Sligh to serve the church, in 1893,
as a supply and the Rev. Mr. Sligh
assumed the pastoral work on same
day. His congregation was large, and
hp received sood attention.
Rev. J. A. Sligh, and his son, Rev.
W. K. Sligh, continued their labors
in this church until October 9, 1893.
T'-n "Vujr^h council aeain met in
\*ove^ver 2*>. 1SS3. a:'d
i fe . D. Sowlos.
He accepted and commenced the pastoral
care of the church November 26,
and preached his first sermon on that
day. His subpect was from Matthew,
On the 25th of August, 1894, the joint
council, composed of St. Phillips, Bethlehem
and St. Matthews, regularly
called Rev. J. D. Bowles. He assumed
the pastoral care of St. Phillips,
and preached his first sermon November
4, 1894. He continued his labors
until October 2, 1898, at, which time
the council accepted his resignation.
The council of St. Phillips then called
Rev. John J. Long, to serve said
church as a supply. He accepted and
assumed the pastoral work of the
church and preached his first sermon
November 21, 1898. His subject was
from John 11:35. He continued his
labors until October 14, 1900.
At the meeting or tne synoa 01 ouum
Carolina, of the same year, St. Phillips,
Bachman Chapel and Mount
Olive churches, were constituted into
a charge and formed a new pastorate.
A call was extended on November 7,
1900, to Rev. S. T. Hallman, to serve
as a supply. He assumed his pastoral
charge of St. Phillips December 9,
1900. and Dreached his first sermon on
that day, from 10th verse of the 45th
Psalm. The base of the discourse was
the duty of the church to her Lord.
Dr. Haliman continued his service until
January 27, 1901.
The councils of St. Phillips and
Bachman Chapel then called Rev. H. P.
Counts for the synodical year of 1901.
He assumed pastoral care of the
charge on February 3, 1901.
The charge composed of St. Phillips,
Bachman Chapel and Mount Olive,
regularly called Rev. P. H. E. Derrick.
He accepted the call and assumed pas
toral care of St. Phillips chu..on ana
preached his first sermon March m.
1902, his text being from Peter, 1:8.
He continued to serve St. Phillips until
September 24, 1905.
The joint council composed of St.
Phillips, Bachman Chapel and Mt.
Olive, then met and regularly called
Rev. J. C. Wjessinger. He accepted
and preached his first sermon November
26. 1908. His text was from 1st
Corinthians 2:2. The congregation
was large and the attention good. He
continued his services until March 28,
1909. By agreement of the Bethlehem
pastorate, the council of St. Phillips
church called Rev. Jno. J. Long to
serve said church until the next meeting
of synod, in Lexington, October,
1909. He accepted and assumed the
pastorate, preaching first sermon April
11, 1909. His text was St. Luke, 9:5556.
He continued his services October
By agreement of St. Pauls church,
St. Philiips and Bachman Chapel were
received in the charge composed of
St. Pauls and St. Phillips and Bachman
Chapel. This charge regularly called
Rev. J. A. Sligh, D. D., as principal, and
Rev. Y. von A. Risefr, as assistant pastor.
They accepted and Rev. Riser
preached his first sermon in St. Phillips,
Nov. 20, 1911. His text was from
Genesis, 1:1. The audience was large
and the attention good.
This gives a complete list of the
different pastors who have served this
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cnurcn Since lis organization ill iooi. I
The record shows that eleven different
pastors have been called and accepted
during thirty-one years. Of the eleven
pastors who have served this
church, four of them have received a
second call, and have accepted.
I will now attempt to give a record
of the church councils for the past
thirty-one years, when installed, and
their terms of service.
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First uouncn: rasiur, na\. n. o.
Wingard. Elders?Adam Kibler, W. G.
Metts, G. L. Sease. Deacons?William
Dickert, Monroe M. Dickert, Melvin L.
-Second Council: Pastor?Rev. S. T.
Hallman, installed July 6, 1884, served
until September 5, 1886. Elders?
Adam Kibler, W. G. Metts, A. H. E. ,
Sheck, Frank L. Lominick. Deacons?
W. D. Halfacre, Thomas Ernest Sligh,
Walter F. Ruff, Melvin L. Wicker, Walter
D. Wicker and John D. Sease.
Third Council: Pastor?Rev. -S. T.
Hallman. Elders, Adam Kibler, W. <
G. Metts, M. L. Dickert, F. L. Lo<ninick,
A. H. E. Shecl*, Willie D. Halfacre.
Deacons?L. C. Troutman, Mel-j
vin L. Wicker, T. Ernest S!igh, Walter |
F. Ruff, J. C. Chalmers, Z. W. Chal- ,
Fourth Council: Pastor?Rev. J. H.
Wyse, installed. October 5, 1890, and ,
served two years. Elders?Adam Kibler,
M. L. Dickert, W. G. Metts, F. L.
Lominick, William D. Halfacre, and
L. C. Troutman. Deacons?Mel vin L. ,
Wicker, V.'alter F. Ruff, J. C. Chalmers,
W. B. Kinard, R. C. Sligh, Robert
Fifth Council: Pastors?Revs. .J. A. |
and W. K. Sligh. Elders?W. G. Metts, |
M. L. Dickert, L. C. Troutraan, Adam i
Kibler. Deacons?R. C. Sligh, W. B.
Kinard, A. E. Lominick, T. W. Folk,
W. B. Wicker, Calvin Wicker.
Sixth Council: Pastor?Rev. J. D.
Bowles. Elders?Adam Kibler, W. G.
Metts, M. L. Dickert, F. L. Lominick,
L. C. Troutman, W. D. Halfacre. Deacons?W.
B. Kinard, A. E. Lominick,
W. D. Wicker, Thomas M. Folk, ft. C.
Seventh Council: Pastor?Rev. J.
D. Bowles. Elders?Adam Kibler, M.
L. Dickert, F. L. Lominick, W. G. Metts.
Deacons?R. C. Sligh, W. B. Kinard,
A. E. Lominick, Dr. Dickert.
Eighth Council: Pastor?Rev. S. T. ,
Hallman. Elders?W. G. Metts, Adam
Kiblpr.' M. L. Wicker, D. A. Ruff. Dea
TO PEOPLE OF STATE
URGES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO
DECLARE THE PRIMARY.
CI- _ ^1 ?J A * n - -
aays me ^ommiuee oy tonunnea Delay
Has Placed in Jeopardy Democratic
Party of State.
To the people of South Carolina. }
On the 27th day of August, 1912,
after one of the hardest-fought and
bitterest campaigns in. the history of
the Democratic party in South Carolir?
a T t*r<%m w nf a J
una, i wafc i ciiuimuciccu iur d OCV/UUU
term as governor of the State. My majority
was over 3,000 votes over both
my opponents, and I had a lead of
5,500 votes over my nearest opponent
in the race. I received in that election,
according to the official returns
transmitted by the several county
chairman of the State, 72,043 votes,
which is possibly the largest popular
vote ever received by a candidate for
governor, with opposition, in South
The people of South Carolina are
familiar with the odds against. which
I had to contend in that primary,
these odds being a culmination of the
stubborn, bitter and persistent fight
which has been made upon me since
I have been in politics, and which increased
steadily during my term as
Early tins year an active campaign
was begun against my candidacy for
reelection, with a view of obtaining
control of the party machinery. To
this extent that campaign was successful,
and my opponents absqlutely
dominated and controlled the ' State
convention which was held in May,
that convention refusing to send me
as a delagate-at-large to the national
Democratic convention in Baltimore.
The county conventions which elected
the delegates to this State c<^ention
put in operation the party machinery
in the various counties of the State,
and, of course, and as a matter of
fact, in the great majority of the *
counties, in fact, in nearly all of them
it was in the hands of my opponents.
So far as I can recall, there are only
eleht. if that many, of the county
chairmen of the State who were elected
at that time who are friends and
supporters of mine, and about a li?e
number on the State executive committee.
Notwithstanding these facts, I had
confidence in the character, honesty "
and integrity of the white people of
South Carolina, and I repeatedly stated
on the stump during the campaign
that in an honest election I would be v
renominated for governor, and that
the only thing I and my friends had
tr? fpar was T would he pounied
out or that the election would be stolen
from me after it was won. While
I have not the complete figures at
hand, from information I have it is.
conclusively shown that out of the
total number 4>f the managers of election
at the various precincts throughout
the State at least two-thirds of
them were opposed to me politically.
The executive committees of almct
every county in the State were and
are against me, and the State Democratic
executive committee is dominated
by my political opponents.
In the oiganiziaion of the party, in
nearly all of the clubs, the club rolls,
which aie tne registry lists, the requirement
being mat a man's iiame
shall be on the roll five days before
the election, wese -n liie hands of the
secretaries, most of whom were my
political enemies; the registration
committees of tJe clubs, .\iiose' duty
it was to see that the voters' names
were on these lists, were for the most
part my political enemies; the managers,
who were to judge of the qualifications
of the voters, in the large
majority of instances tnrougnout tne
various counties, as shown above,
were my enemies; and when the votes
were cast, these same managers, most
of them political opponents of mine,
took the ballot boxes, had charge of
the ballots and made the count.
Now, with the club secretaries against
?e, the registration committees > .
- * nAnnnnrarc oorotnct TTIO
a&aillSl me, uue luauagci o ueuiuuv
th? county executive committees
.-ainst me and tne State executive
committee against me, how could any
fraud be committed by any of the
BJease men, with all this election machinery
in the hands of my political
opponents. If fraud there was, it
must have been committed by men
who are not my friends, or else surely
those who had charge of this organization
must confess extreme ignorance,
and must admit that if there
were cheating and fraud committed it
was^ not practiced in my behalf, but
tvio nther- hnnH would have been
exercised and used against me.
It is shown by the statistics that
the ballots for State officers were, as
a rule, no greater in number in the
various counties than the total ballots
for county officers, and in some instances
were less. So if fraud was
practiced as to the State officers, then
the executive committee permitted, if
their view be correct, an election for
county officers, including the legislature,
to be heid and declared, which
was fraudulent and should have been
so declared if there was any justification
for such action.
My fruitless efforts for an extra