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TILLMAN AND PARK
ON PRIMARY PROBE
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN J. B.
. PARK AND B. R, TILLMAN.
Tillman Means No Insult to Committee,
But Crsres That Action be
Trenton, Sept. 20.?Announcing that
he was loath to do so, but considered
f it necessary for the best interests of
| the Democratic party, Senator B. R.
Tillman, today gave out certain cor
respondence regarding the primary m*
vestigation which had passed between
him and J. B. Park, of Greenwood,
chairman of one of the divisions of
the subcommittee appointed to make
Senator Tillman said:
"I have been trusted by the people
of South Carolina for 22 years, and
elected to the highest offices in their
gift. I see my handiwork, in giving
them the primary election, going to
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wrecK; ana i ieei mat it is my uuij
to tlie people, who have trusted me
so long, to speak now in this crisis,
and try to save the State from tragedy?to
have the negro made the bal0
ance of power between two contending
factions in South Carolina. The
young men know nothing of the direful
struggle South Carolinians had
to throw off the carpet-bag rule in
1876; and I feel it would be criminal
w/\ /\f fViATvt nro?nr'f hrin cr_
in LUC 11 ui, iu >\ ai ii Liiciu ajttuioi. ni8
ing about a condition which will inevitably
restore the negro as a factor."
The correspondence follows:
Greenwood, S. C., Sept. 14, 1912.
Hon. B. R. Tillman,
Trenton, S. C.
Dear Sir: Yours containing copy of
letter addressed to Hon J. G. Evans received
and carefully noted. I am sur^
r prised and shocked at the gratuitous !
insult which you tender this commit- i
tee. Speaking for myself I wish to
6ay to you "very positively that your \
insinuations and charges are absoluteIv
without foundation. I do not care;
to engage in any controversy with you, j
but I wish to advise you as plainly as
I can that I do not propose to rest un-!
der your imputations. I did not seek
appointment on this committee, in |
fact, I tried in every possible way to ;
be excused from accepting the position,
knowing that it would require a great
deal of my time, and fully realizing;
that it would be a very unpleasant!
position at best to fill. The chairman \
tn /-wauca mo oarl T
CAVUOU mv u VA x MVVV^V^. W .
the position stating at the time that |
it would be my purpose to discharge I
my duties without fear or favor, andj
without regard to party politics. What;
is my duty I will myself determine j
, from the evidence presented, and j
without regard as to whether it meets
the approval of office seekers and politicians.
If I must be "damned" as
you suggest, I prefer to feel that it is j
in the discharge of a dutv rather than j
the shirking of one. j
If I mistake not yours was among j
the first telegrams calling attention to j
the extraordinary vote polled, and ad-r
vised that the committee investigate!
it and advising that they go siowly and;
carefully. "When you sent this tele-'
gram did you mean fcr the committee!
to take you at your word and investi-|
gate or were you, to quote your ex- j
pression, "tinkering and tooling" witn i
the committee? Do you think it was'
our duty to have met in Columbia1
without making any effort to obtain!
information upon which to act intelligently,
declare to the people that we
had investigated, and. make a finding'
> one way or the other? If we had|
acted in this way we would certainly |
have well deserved the condemnation!
of every good citizen in South Caro-1
1 - J T VAII omAno* 1
una., ailU 1 Cl&OUlllC luai .1 wa, amuiij, j
* others, would have been very justly i
harsh in your criticism of such con- '
duct It would have been far better
to have refused to investigate and
declare the results, rather than adopt
such a course. You must know that
to make an investigation of a matter:
of this kind requires time. It seems j
to me that the importance of an in-.
vestigation, in view of the charges l
so widely made, ought to be admitted j
by everyone, and was insisted upon'
by you. Any one with any reason
* at all knows that to gather any reliable
information UP?* which to base j
a conclusion requires nine and work, i
and can not be done over night, as
you would seem to indicate in your
I have done everything that 1 can
so far and am doing everything in my
power to expedite this hearing. I
agree that the committee meeung uu:
September 11 should not have be=n
called off. In fact, I wrote Mr. Stev?
enson to this effect on September 10,;
beroi e tne Please contingent of the
r committee expressed any opinion upon j
it at all, and told him then that 11
was not in favor of partial committee i
, meetings, and aid not approve or his
actions in this respect. It seems, how- !
ever, that he thought the prerogative!
rested with the chairman of the com-:
mittee to outline a plan of action bv'
which information could be obtained
upon which it should act latsr; and:
devised and directed the whole committee
to take up and follow it.? Xot de-!
siring to impede the work, but being
anxious that it should be pressed to j
the quickest poss:iDie termination, i |
acted upon the plan outlined by Mr. j
Stevenson, although I did not approve 1
of his undertaking to outline it him-I
self. I thought, however, that mas- j
much as the plan outlined was fair, i
whether it was the best plan or not,,
that all of us should undertake to
carry it out with the greatest possible
speed and obtain sxich information
? 1J Kn'nor it hpfnre the
?S we CUUiU, auu Ui.us ?v ~
committee far action, and declare:
some result .therefrom. If that plan
or any other plan reveals the true
facts, I do not see how anybody can
question the integrity of the committee
in undertaking to carry it out, and
A cooperation by the whole committee
in the Han suggested wouM certainly
have- re c>1 to expedite tlie nearmg
You s:oie ;ii your letter tnai trie
people of South Carolina will not
stand for counting Lilease out without
justification. I wish to say to you
that, the committee, in my opinion,
would not stand for such a course. I
believe the committee is composed of
men of character and integrity and
feel that any action taken by them
will be fair and honorable. If you
have knowledge of any facts which
would indicate that any member of
this committee would act without
justification, I think it your duty to
acquaint us with these facts to the
en^ that proper action may be taken
?gainst the party or parties charged.
If, however, your purpose is to include
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uie wnoie commiu.ee iu vuui tuai6t0,
I want you to be fair enough to write
me to this effect plainly and specifically.
(Signed) J. B. Park.
Senator Tillman's Reply.
Trenton, Sept. 16, 1912.
Mr. J. B. Park, Greenwood, S. C.
\Tv npar Sir: [ have iusi received
your letter of September 14, and I am
surprised and "shocked," too, to use
your own phrase, to see how you have
flown off the handle at nothing. I
made no insinuations or charges
against the committee. I only stated
i c J il ,
plain facts as I unaensxauu mem. ? uc |
Jones men are doing the talking now
as I know, for there are very few
Bleaseites around Trenton. I have
cast no imputations against the committee
or any of its members, but
can't you see, my dear sir, that with
Mr. Stevenson in Atlantic City and
the whole machinery cf the Democratic
party stopped, people on the
"qui vive" and honest men wondering
what is to happen next, that 1
was justified in what I wrote? Remember
that Mr. Stevenson was the
loanpr nf the "anti-Blease" forces in
the last legislature and was very severe
in his criticism of Gov. Blease.
Do you suppose that the Democrats
who voted for Blease do not recall
this and that they are not watching j
to see "how the cat jumps?" At the j
leisurely gait the investigation is now j
going, or the socalled investigation, for i
nothing has been done so far as the
public knows, it< will be a year or two
hpfnrp the result is known. V?%en you
recall the legal election is about six j
weeks off, you can readily see that if
we are to have a second primary, no-j
tice ought to be given as soon as pos- j
sible. I.hear Jones men talking every;
day, wondering what the committee
means by wasting so much time. When
I wired Chairman Evans urging in-;
vestigation and punishment of fraud, I
did not expect to start machinery j
which would run a year. A man can.
"go slowly and carefully" without
stopping and doing nothing. Recollect
the primary election has been
over two weeks and more; a second
primary has been ordered in all the
counties and is over with, that the
nominees for the county offices and
legislature are already known. Is it
possible that you do not see that the
_ 1 ? .sy*n AnnciHarin cr whpthpr these
ai^ tv/ukjiuui iu^ .. ? w-?
are the legal nominees of the party or
not? And if so, why the votes for
State nominees are not counted too
and the result declared? The question
will present itself to even the dullest
intellect, as to how the same voters
can legitimately and It gaily nominate
members of the legislature and yet fail
to nominate State ollicers? Then there
are so many Stato officers who had
no opposition, and others officers like
o A roilrnnrl
Lnitea states seiicmji auu mn.vuu
commissioner wno are undoubtedly
elected in the last primary. All these
things ought to be taken into consideration
in making the committee hurry.
Don't you see it was absurd in Judge
Jor.es to protest the vote in every
county in the State and it only lends I
color to the suspicion now getting
deep-seated and disseminated that the
whole scheme ij to count Blease out?
The only way to prevent this idea nom
.~i. ihi.vriT ,i], None1
LiitViiig uccp lywt .* <?? ...... ... .., .
want, au<i least of all I do no: want a
sham investigator:; nor do I want
anybody counted ui. Neither do I want
anybody counted out That is all I
wanted to say io ex-Gov. Evans. 1 e!
not the slightest suspicion that there
is any member ol the commit:.e<* '*ht/
would Stoon SO 10W t-'S to COlUit ai>y- I
body out; but what 1 saiu wis to oalij
the attention of the members of the j
subcommittee to the feeling among
the people and to justify that feeling
In other words, I wanted to hurry J
them up and bring things to a con-;
elusion. A wrong conclusion would be ;
better than, to dawdle along like the 1
committee is doing now. Dismiss from i
your mind, my dear sir, that I have j
made any charge against the commit
- *- -11 mw loncriidfrp r?r>P5 TlOt
1^6 ui aii, iui inj- iaubuM9w uwvw
warrant any such conclusion. If you
feel that I have gratuitously insulted
you, I most humbly apologize, for such!
was not ray purpose. I am naturally j
blunt and frank and go straight to !
the mark when I have anything to say. |
I have never willingly or knowingly J
used language to conceal thought. I i
have merely acted as spokesman for
the people, and from my experience I
felt that I could speak as I did without
being misunderstood by sensible
I enclose you a clipping which came
in this morning's mail from the
D"Pt?/-he Z^itung, which will give you
some insight as to what is going on. i
Very respectfully yours,
(Signed) B. R. Tillman. I
GOV. HEY WARD URGES ACTIOS, i
Time to Dispose of Election Investigra-1
tion, Says Former Chief Execu- \
tiye of State.
To'the Editor of The News and Cou-|
rier: I have read with a great deal,
of interest the editorials, the various!
letters from citizens generally, and |
more especially the communication of i
Senator Tillman and the reply thereto,
from the Hon. John Gary Evans, j
State chairman, with reference to the
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vestigation concerning fraud.
I confess to certain sympathy with
the view expressed by Senator Tillman
which does not seem to me to
charsre that the executive committee
contemplates "counting out a 'yhodv."
but does express grave doubt .1? to fhf
wisdom of the course adopted by
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From the letter of the chairman as
well as that of Senator Tillman it is
apparent that the mam lmercoi ,
each is to preserve the white man's
primary in South Carolina. Every
white South Carolinian should feel
the necessity of the perpetuation of $
the primary system under the condi- }
tions we are subjected to. Now white
supremacy in South Carolina is de- *
pendent upon white unity. We have t
had differences which have strained
that unitv to the utmost, and in this
crisis, i can conscientiously say that
ivy endeavor in every participation in &
political affaiis has been to assuage (
differences and unite our people. The ?
question for us to consider, then, is
whether the right method is being
adopted to preserve, what we are all I
sincerely-interested in, the primary.
With these facts clearly in view
what today is the position of the State
sxecutive committee? is its position
the right one? The committee, as I t
ir-Jerrtand, is undertaking through
subcommittees of its own body to j
"probe" for fraud. Is it investigating |
.cricun specific charges cf fraud, or j ;
is it seeking to have the various coun- j ,
.ies show that they were free of fraud? j
Tf the first, then I think that their j
course is the proper one; if the,sec- j
jrid, 1 fear that their course is neither
judicious, nor will their labors be pro- ,
ductive of good results.
Except when the State convention is "
in session, the executive committee is ^
u.e h ghest authority in the Demo-,, I
cratic party, and in a matter of this (
to my . aind ? its as a court, to I.
receive and consider charges and de-!
uaie ltd imaiiigs thereon. Charges j
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Drougni SX1UU1U uc u?.
Jie pi oof obtainable, and the commit-1,
iee should then investigate them; but ,
when no specific charges are brought,
it seems to me a useless waste of time :
ior the committee to make investiga- <
dons. I realize that it is an onerous (
rask to place upon any candidate the j
es] onsibi.ity tor the prosecution of j1
charges before the committee, but if j'
i?e committee's lunctions are jjidi-! \
oial, who besides thf> candidate can as- j
sume this responsibility?
In the absence of any disclosures '
from the committee, a^ aic.
lie knows is that on the 24th there ' j
will be a meeting or tne sudcoiuixhl-|?
tee in Spartanburg. The public real-l
izes, however, that by that time, of! 1
the ten weeks between the primary
and the election, four will have elapsed
and that the party in this State is
without any accredited nominees.
The coniinittee may be doing much !
+v,o - we r<*?iize, and I am aware
men on the committee, but the question
la?if the subcommittee does not
and lots of thing
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of the beautiful
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report promptly, wnat is tne rea.su uable
time" within which the chairman
will "take necessary steps to preserve
the rights of all parties concerned?"
In my opinion much valuable time
has already been lost. Our people are
getting restive under the delay, and
some definite decision should be ar
If, with the proof before them, the
committee believes that any candidate
appearing to be, has not been nominated,
let them say so, but if the proof
is still lacking let it be brought before
them at once.
I would say in conclusion that I was
a warm and avowed supporter of
Judge Jones in the recent primary,
and only write this because I feel the
situation to be so grave that no one
should hesitate to frankly express his
opinion concerning it.
D. C. Heyward.
Charleston, September 19, 1912.
For House of Representatives.
H. H. Evans is hereby announced
is a candidate for the House of Representatives
from Newberry county.
md is pledged to abide tne resuu 01 j
he Democratic primary.
C. T. Wyche is hereby announced
is a candidate for re-election to the
legislature from Newberry county,
subject to the Democratic primary.
for County Superintendent of Educafin
I am a candidate for election by the
people of Newberry county to the ofice
of County Superintendent of Education,
which office I am now filling
or an unexpired term by appointment
;rom the State Board of Education. I
vill abide the result of the Democratic
primary. Elbert H. Aull.
George D. Brown, Jr., former super- |
ntendent of the Prosperity high l
ichool, is annouced as a candidate for j
bounty Superintendent of Education. '
le will abide the result of the Demoiratic
To the Voters of Newberry County:
kt the solicitation of many friends I
iave concluded to make the race for
supervisor, and if elected I will stay
q iak ami Tvnrlr for the best in- I
J Li t/U ^ KJ uuu ft ?<
:erest of the county and will give you
:he best service that I am capable of;
md I hereby pledge myself to abide
:he result of the Democratic primary.
W. A. Hill.
J. Monroe Wicker is hereby announced
as a candidate for County
Supervisor, subject to the Democratic j
For Coonty Commissioner.
Joe W. Epting is hereby nominated
for the office of Sub-Supervisor, and
is pledged to abide by the results of
rbe Democratic primary.
I & Halt
ry piece of goods in
s less than cost. Th
. Thousands came,
merchandise last v
again this week,
than we can the me
nove to Columbia or
nd secure the world1
rk cost. No sale li
South Carolina, N
ful as ours.
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The following schedule and low iou
Leave Columbia 7.30 a. m $u5Q/
Leave Bookman 8.10 a. m 3.50
Leave Alston 8.30 a. m 3.50
Leave Peak 8.32 a. m 3.50
Leave Pomaria 8.47 a. m 3.50
Leave Prosperity 9.07 a. m 3.50
Leave Newberry 9.25 a. m 3.50
Leave Silverstreet 9.48 a. m 3.25
* 1A O m _ 2 25
L?eave wiu iuwh iv
Leave ChappelJs 10.16 a. m 3.25
Leave Dyson 10.28 a. in 3.25
Tickets will be honored returning o
number 3S, due to leave Atlanta before
1912. Good going only on special trail
An unusual opportunity to visit the "
many attractions and points of intere:
Separate coaches for white and colon
a comfortable trip is assured.
A representative of the passenger dep
and personally look after the comfort <
*?i., irtnoi ocrcmte for tickets and
A p p i ? OJ lu^ai ugw. ^
S? H. McLEAX, Dist. Pass. Agent. L
Columbia, S. C., .
tl. F. Cary, G. P. A.,
Washington, D. C.
I hereby announce myself as a can- j
didate for re-election as County Com-!
missioner, subject to the Democratic I
T. f!. Livingstone. |
ynmai j. _
I am a candidate for re-election as
County Commissioner, and will abide
the rules of the Democratic primary.
Custus L. Leitzsey.
Thomas L. B. Epps is hereby announced
as a candidate for County
Commissioner, and will abide the re
suit of the Democratic primary.
For Magistrate No. 10.
I hereby announce myself as a can'*:iate
r'cr Magistrate for No. 10 town
fff/VWA 4 f /?Aef
lite 01 Ult ai vvoi.
lis week will be
saw and bought
reek and thouWe
i Jan. 1st, 1913.
's best merchani._
lie iiiio uad cvci
o stock so comMY
"rip Rates From All
C,, to Piedmont, S.C.
nd trip rates will apply from stations
Leave Ninety Six 10.47 a. m 3,25
Leave Greenwood 11.15 a. m 3.00
Leave Hodges 11.40 a. m 3.00 1
Leave Shoals J'ct, 11.55 a. m.... 3.00
Leave Donalds 12.02 p. m .. 3.00
Leave Honea Path 12.15 p. m... 2.75
Leave Belton 12,35 p. m 2.75
T-pavp Williamston 12.54 D. m'.... 2.50
Leave Pelzer 1 p. m. 2.50
Leave Piedmont 1.15 p. m 2.50
Arrive Atlanta 6 p. m. (C. TO
n all regular trains, except train
12 o'clock midnight, September 27,
i as above.
GATE CITY" of the South, with its
st. The last excursion of the season.
3d people. Plenty of room for all and
artment will accompany the train
further information, or address
,. D. ROBINSON, City Pass. Tck. Agt.
W. E. McGEE, A. G. P. A.,
Columbia, S. C.
ship subject to the rules of the Democratic
primary. E. H. Werts.
I hereby announce myself as a candidate
for Magistrate No. 10 township,
and will be subject to Democratic primary.
. H. B. Richardson.
Magistrate >'o. 11.
E. A. Hentz is hereby announced as
a candidate for Magistrate for No. 11
township, subject to the Democratic
H. H. Ruff is hereDy announced as
a candidate for Magistrate for No. 11
township, subject to the Democratic