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t VOLUME LI., XCMBEB 37. SEWBERRT, S. C., FRIDAY. MAT 9, 1913. TWICE A WEEK, ?14? A TEAK '
I GOVERNOR PLEADS FOR
- MILITARY EFFICIENCY
DECLINES TO MUSTER OCT TEX
OF THE COMPANIES.
Following Inspection, Adjutant General
Moore Recommended That
Companies be Mustered Out.
Special to The Herald and News.
Columbia, May 8.?Following the
annual inspection of the National
Guard of South Carolina, Adjutant
General W. W. M:>ore recommended
the mustering out f ien companies.
Cfovernor Bleas? commander-in-chief,
has declined to <:omp!y 'vith the rec3'i?mendation
of ch? Adjutant Genviul,
tut has addressed ft ie!t-:r tc the canc
f oaMi . ih tL11 ccm .irXs
CIXX1C) V - _ ^
urging t'.'fcin '4 ?<>' :heir mi?u tog^ih?*
and to do what is necessary to meet
the requirements in the future. The
governor is very anxious to bring absolute
peace and harmony in the
^ ranks of the militia, and to make the
organization efficient and effective and
strong. The recommendation of the
ad-infant -rpnpral. inst. made Dublic,
and the course of the governor and
commander-in-chief are contained in
the following correspondence:
Adjutant General's Recommendation.
May 1, 1913.
His Excellency, Hon. Cole L. Blease
Governor of South Carolina, Colum
oia, a. \j.
Sir: Having completed the annual
inspection of tfie several organizations
of the National Guard of this
State and the military property in
their possession, as required by the
provisions of Section 16, Military Code,
I have the honor to report that the following
companies had less than the 75
per cent of their officers and enlisted
men at such inspection, and that
the sai dcompanies are not in good
condition for service, viz:
Company ."B", 2nd Infantry, Columbia.
Company "E", 2nd Infantry, Bennettsville.
Company "G", 2nd Infantry, HartsyI11?.
Company "C", 3rd Infantry, Charleston.
Company UET, 3rd Infantry, Barnwell.
Company "G*y 3rd Infantry, Elloree.
Company 3rd Infantry, Con-'
Company "Y", 3rd Infantry, Bam
Company t"K", 3rd Infantry. Walterboro.
I also report that the following company
has no armory suitable for the
safekeeping of arms, uniforms and
onninmeiits.?in fact has no armory
at all, worthy of the name,?as required
by Section j 25, Military Code,
viz." Company "B", 1st Infantry, Liberty
Since the language of the Sections
of the Military Code, quoted above,
is mandatory a* regards organizations
-failing to compiy with the requirements
named, providing for their disbandme&L
I have the honor to recommend
that you exercise the authority
given you by Section 18, Military Code,
and disband and muster out of service
the companies that I have named.
Wm. W. Moore,
+ Adjutant General.
Hon. Wm. W. Moore, The Adjutant
General, Columbia, S. C.
Dear Sir: Your letter bearing date
May 1, 1913, receipt whereof has heretofore
been acknowledged, |has been
given careful consideration. I herewith
enclose you copy of letter addressed
by me to the captains of each
of the compani-es enumerated by you. |
I hope that this letter will have tht
desired effect, and that my action will
prove satisfactory to all concerned.
Cole. L. Elease,
Governor and Commander-in-chief.
, Letter to Captains?Governor's Position.
Dear Sir: Uidor date of May 1 191?.
T receiver1, a leti?r : . n Hon. \V \\r.
Moore, the adjitan: gen or 1} of Foutn
Carolina, copy of which letter is herewith
enclosed to you. in which he recommended
that your company be
mustered out of service, for the reason
stated in the letter.
i I hesitate to comply with the recome
ndation of the adjutant general \
in this matter, because I feel that it
would be an injustice in some in- j
stances, and not advisable in others |
at this time. I, therefore, take- this
means of calling to your attention the
necessity for renewed activity on the
part of yourself and the members of
your company. It would be a gfcrious
reflection upon you and your men to
be mustered out of^ie service. The
South's great chieftain, General Robert
E. Lee, said that duty is the sub
limest word in the English language,
and it has often been said by military
genuises that the first duty of a soldier
is to obey orders. This
report of the adjutant general is
to the effect that your company has
not so don-?, and it would be a serious
reflection upon you to muster you out
for this reason, for it would be a stig
? ? ? ^ 1 /l i r< f a
ma placed upon you as sui urci a iv I
say that yoji have not performed your
duty, and have not come up to the
And I feel that to muster you out
of the service would not only be a reflection
upon you, but to muster out
as many as the adjutant general recommends
would cause us the loss of
higher officers. We have now three
?i + orme nf nffipp in the
uuiuucia. IU^U bvnuA ?
militia have been long, and they have
done valuable and efficient service,
and it certainly would be a hardship
upon these to say, "One of you must
go; choose ye for yourselves which
one it shall be"?not for any neglect
of duty on their part, but because of
the neglect of duty of those under
them. And I can not thus reflect upon
one of our colonels until I have
begged you gentlemen to do your part.
You are volunteer soldiers, and none
should expect of you that devotion to
service and regular attendance which
is given by paid men, but we do expect
you to come up to the requirements
laid down for you in the future.
I think a great deal of consideration
should be shown to our volunteer
troops, and that our legislature should
give th-em, greater encouragement and
do more for them. I have so stated
and have hoped that the legislature
would so do. I am free to confess
that the legislature has not done as
much for you as it should ua*e done.
We need a good, firs!-class military
organization at every county seat in
our State, where a company could always
be ready to go forward at a moment's
warning to protect the property
and lives of our citizen!, and particularly
to protect our womanhood,
from the assaults of those who would
I destroy and tear down. In addition to
I this, we should have a first-class State
Militia, to be ready at all times in
case of the United States having a war
with any other nation, so that we
would be prepared to go forward and
do our part in upholding our national
government and carrying out her policies
and defending her honor. There
are other reasons why we should have
a strong militia, which I need not take
your time to rehash, for you know
In declining to comply with the adjutant
general's recommendation I
realize, as you do, that I am not carrying
out strictly the letter of the
law, but I am taking this course because
of my friendship and love for
the boys who are upholding the volunteer
militia of this State, and. while
1 am free to say that I am not doing
my full duty, I plead in -extenuation
of this fact that I stood upon the floor
of the senate and fought this Dick law
? i ~ ~ .3 _ V>;++c t o c onv man
<AS Ild.I"U cliiU dt> uiiun; uii; uti.u .
ever fought any law. I believed then
that we were making a fearful mistake
in placing these rigid regulations upon
our volunteer boys, and I believe
now that it would have been better if
this bill had been defeated, and I feel
that by the action which is now being
taken by the adjutant general and
tw nr>tir>n which has been taken by
him for the .last few years?asking
that companies be mustered out, courtmartials
being held, and other matters
which speak louder than words?
that my position on the floor of the
t senate has been fully sustained, and
that we would have been in better
| condition had we remained as. we were.
However, that is past, and we must
now meet the conditions which now
exist, and I beg of you to show to the
world that I was justified in declin- j
ing General Moore's recommendation, j
Governor JBlease Grants Clemency to
Negroes Convicted in Abbeville
Special to The Herald and News.
j Columbia, May 8.?Governor Blease
[ has granted parole in the following
| two cases:
i Crewell, Manning, (colored).?Convicted
at the fall term, 1909, court of :
general sessions for Kershaw county, 1
Judge R. W. Memminger presiding, of 3
burglary and larceny, and sentenced
to five years' imprisonment at hard
Petition was presented by Hon. L.
A. Wittowsky, master of Kershaw
county, the petition setting out the
fact that the defendant was a boy of
the age of sixteen years, and was :
convicted along with one Stephen
Wiley, and each sentenced to five)1
years on the chain gang (See State- ^
ment of Pardons and Paroles 1911-12, '
page 133, Wiley ma:ter, in which Soli- 1
Clior >V. irl. LUOD a..51U JUUgc
ger recommend clemency). Petitioa
for this boy's parole is signed by coun- 1
ty supervisor, county auditor, county
treasurer, State senator Kershaw '
county, and also by H. 0. Carrison,
foreman of the jury, Editor Birchmore, '
nf Dr. W. J. Dunn, and
other prominent citizens of the county
Upon the showing m^de in the Wilsy
case, cited above and in view of the
petition here presented, defendant is
paroled, May 6, 1913, during his good
Smith, Sing, (colored).?Convicted
at the February, 1913, term or court
for Abbeville county, of assault and
battery with intent to kill, and sentenced
to one year's imprisonment upon
the public works.
Petition was presented by Hon. J. .
Howard Moore, of Abbeville, S. C., ac|
companied by the following affidavit:
j "Personally appeared before me,
Clarence Gailey, who being duly
sworn says, that at the time Sing ,
Smith shot me, he was drunk and did
not know what he was doing, that he
and I were friends then and are
friends now, that I did not want to
prosecute him, but the rural policeman
arrested him anyway. We were
at a 'hot supper* and we were drinking.
I did not want Sing Smith pro- ;
8ecuted and I am now willing and as;k
that he be pardoned or paroled."
Mr. Moore, in a letter states: "Sing
Smith had no attorney to represent
him, was advised to enter a plea of
guilty; he stated at the time he entered
plea of guilty that he had no i
knowledge of the shooting."
The petition presented is signed by
j a number of the yery best people of i
i the community where the alleged 1
! crime was committed, in which they
| state, "On the night of Dec. 32, 1912, '
Sing Smith, while at a negro 'hot sup- <
per' shot one Clarence Gailey in the
i leg. Sing Smith, at the time was
drunk; there was no malice between
j the parties; Clarence Gailey did not
even want to prosecute Sing. Smith,
as they were friends then and are
friends now, and we understand that
Clarence Gailey is asking that Sing
Smith be pardoned or paroled. In vio^
of the above stated facts, we do not
believe that Sing Smith should be J
| punished, and we feel that he has beenj
punished enough and do now earnest-1
ly ask that you pardon or parole him." 1
Up*. 1 the showing made, the defendant
was granted a parole, during '
good behavior, May 5, 1913.
Mr. W. D. English has given up his ]
position as superintendent of the farm 1
demonstration and extension work of !
Clemson college, and leaves this State
to accept a position as agricultural ex- 1
pert with the Frisco railway system. JHis
successor will be Mr. W. W. Long, 1
who has been field agent for North 1
Carolina. He was associated with the '
late Dr. Seaman Knapp in his work
and is regarded as a first class man in 1
j his line. '
. f ? % ?* ?
j by getting your men together, reading
this letter to them, doing all that is 1
necessary to come up to the require- :
ments. And let us all get together .
and join hands for a stronger and better
Cole. Ij. Bleas-e.
Governor and Comrnander-in-chief.
SOD AY WORK UNAVOIDABLE?
Parr Shoals Management Makes Explanation
Columbia, May 6.?The following
nrtrroc nnn H on no hotwon t h O frnVPTTI nf'c
office and the construction company
at Parr Sboals was given out today
tlie statement that the Parr Shoals
company hadn't been warned not to
violate the Sunday working law being
shown to be in error. The governor's
letter warned them lr.st February.
The correspondence follows: 1
Peak, S. C., February 24. 1913. <
The Hon. Cole. L. Blease, Governor j
3f the State of South Carolina, Columbia,
S. C?Dear Sir: I was much surprised
by a call from sheriff Miller
yesterday and after conversation on
various matters had gon? on for some 1
time, I found out the mission upon <
syfrich he had been sent. It seems :
that you have been badly misinformed ;
by some regarding Sunday work here
agitation probably having been startei
by some one who lias been discharged '
for incompetence and feels sore.
Now s:r, I have found out as a mat
ter of dollars and cents that when you <
work your men seven days in the week
md you pay seven days' pay and real!y
only get six days' work. So, natur
ally, knowing this, we never work
any one on Sunday unless it is some
work that is absolutely necessary. We
work night and day except Sunday. If
I.V ? OT.A r.rif
Liicac iicucaaai y 10 civ.., aiv uvw
3one on Sunday it would mean that
several hundred men would be idle
Dn Monday, and the work held up.
Now sir, if you ever get the oppor- 1
tunity we should appreciate a visit
from you at any time; should you want
a. little rest and quietness siip up here
While I am writing I would like to
mAntinn the hiererest stlimhlin? hlock
to order and good work which we
have met in this section is the blind
tigers and bootleggers that infest the
vicinity. Most of our troubles arise
from corn whiskey. We have two
officers whos? salaries are paid in
our office, but their jurisdiction only,
extends for a radius of 0De mile from
camp. Any assistance you might be
able to extend in suppressing these
nuisances would be greatly appreciated
by us. If you visit us I think
you will find the cl-eanest and healthiest
camp in the South, and also,
from what I hear, meet some friends
and admirers. Yours most respectfullf.
(Signed) J. G. White & Co.,
Construction Superintendent, J. G.
White & Co., Peak, S. C.?Dear Sir:
Governor Blease is in receipt of your
letter of February 24 and in reply, directs
me to say that be will ask the
sheriffs of the counties adjoining on
the river to look after the sale of
j a*? in Vl ft? W i?aonoa
U1X11U HgTTi YVXiIOn.C/ iii lutu
tive counties in your neighborhood,
and to use every effort to put a stop
to it, if it is being sold.
Jno. K. Aull,
KEWARD OF $500.
Offered By Governor For Barnwell
Hampton ?gro Desperado.?
Dead or Alive.
Special to The Herald and isews.
Columbia, May 8.?Governor Bleasg
on Tuesday offered *a reward of five
hundred dollars for Richard Austin,
sharged with attempted criminal astliroo
mnrrlorc in thp POlin
30.U11 auu CX1X 1UU1UV4U -? ?
ties of Barnwell and Hampton?the
negro desperado for whom posses of
determined men have kept up a
search since April 30.
The reward is for the delivery of
the body of the said Richard Henry
Austin.to the sheriff of Barnwell county
or to the sheriff of Hampton coun- .
ty dead or alive?just so there "is
enough of it to be recognized" as the
negro, "or by proof of three reputable
ImsNnr Vl i m that hP is
UIUZjCIIJ) LliCXL r\ ii.\y >t aa * * ? ? ?3ead."
The Teachers' association of Eastern
Aiken county held its third meeting
at Perry March 21 and 22. Dr. H.
N\ Snyder, of Wofford College; Super
intendent C. H. Seigler and Mr. H.
C. Chitty were among the speakers for
the evening session. At the morning
session Miss Hite and Miss Esteile
Turner were the speakers.
BOY FROM CELL WRITES
TO MRS. GOY. BLEASE
fharcAri With Sfofllini? Riflvcle.?ftOY
ernor Went on Bond For $200.
Columbia, May 5.?Fred L. Cartledge,
a youth formerly employed by
the Western Union Telegraph Co., has j
been in the county jail for practically j
four months for the alleged theft of
a hirvnle whinh he claims is not worth
more than 65 cents. He was remand- j
ed to the circuit court for grand larceny
by Recorder Verner some time
during January and is to be tried during
the May term of court.
The boy wrote a pathetic letter to
Mrs. Blease and asked for help, complaining
that he had few friends and
asking that assistance be given him.
Governor Blease said that it was a
disgrace for the boy to remain in jail
Frtu*- rvirmthc onrl thic StftprnflfVn. Tlfi
LVUI lllVUbUU} UUU) ,? ?
procured bond and had the boy released.
His bond was $200.
The boy is a paralytic, and is well
known by the newspaper and business
men of Columbia, to whom he has delivered
many telegrams. Cartledge
claims to have purchased the wheel
from- another messenger boy and it
was claimed by David Sloan. J. W.
Bond had him arrested.
"The following is an excerpt from
the letter telling of his arrest and befn?r
rpmflnripd tn the nirnuit court:
"Well, Mrs. Blease, I am in a bad
fix now, and I need a friend badly,
some one with a little sense of kindness
and human nature in them, and
with power enough to oppose and
combat the powers that be. I am in
jail charged with stealing a bicycle,
and such a poor piece of a bicycl-e, it
could only sell. for 65 cents. Mrs.
Lfila Ryan in the W. U. Tel. office j
can tell you all about it. She is my
friend, has visited me here several
times, comforting me in my trouMe,
and because I was nearly barefooted,
after four months confinem-ent here,
when she was here the last time she
gave me a pair of shoes.
Believe me, kind lady, I did net steal
the bicycle, but only bought it from
another boy who was.also a messenger,
and who has since joined the IT.
S. army. I got the money, 50 cents
I paid for it, from Mrs. Ryan and in
that way she came to know about it.
But another fellow claimed it, and
when I tried to get it gack, to let hin
have it,.the man I sold it to, J. W.
Bond, had me arrested. The claimant
is David Sloan, son of Police Sergeant
"Recorder Verner made the offense
to be grand larceny, notwithstanding
the worthlessness of the wheel, he
held me for higher court, under $200
bond. I think they cannot convict
me, but I am writing in advance that
you may have knowledge and when
in the event of being convicted, youj
can have time to know about me.
"I thank you for your attention to
this letter, and trust confidently that
you and your good husband will want
to help me. I guess I've been a rather j
bad boy; but I've had bad people fori
companions and friends. With bet-;
ter people for friends (such as you!
and the governor, and Mrs. Ryan)
then I will do better aqd be better." !
POSTMASTER HARRIS DIES
riiarieston rosimasirr tt?? j&u iwui^
To >'ew York on Clyde Liner.
New Yor, May 7.?Wilmot L. Har- i
ris, postmaster of Charleston. S. C., j
died on the steamship Mohawk of the
Clyde line, enroute from Charleston
to this port. He was on his way here
to consult a specialist.
News of hisdeath was made known
when the Mohawk docked today. Mr.
Harris had V?cn a sufferer from diabetes,
but the immediate cause of his
death was pneumonia, which develop-j
ed during the voyage. The body win j
be taken home by his brother. Glenn !
Harris, who accompanied him on the
Mr. Harris was born 46 years ago
in Lewiston, X. Y. For several years
he was connected with the pension
department in Washington and later
went to Charleston as special pension
avo minpr He had been nostmaster of I
Charleston for twelve years. He
leaves a widow and four children.
Mrs. Margaret Day has returned
rrom a visit to h -r son Rivers, telegraph
operator in Beaufort, and - visit
to other relatives in Charles.'oi. and
other places in the low country.
HUNT CONTINUES FOR
RICHARD HENRY AUSTIN
LIST REPORT THAT HIS CAPTFBP
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Big Keward For Negro DesperadoOther
Items From The State Capital.
Special to The Herald and News.
Columbia, May 8.?Up until mid-day
J. a r i.1. t. ^ 5 v -
icuay, no iuruier news uaa ueeii received
in Columbia from the hunt for
Richard Honry Austin, the Barnwell!
Hampton negro desperado, other than
that contained in dispatches in this
morning's papers, in which it . was
stated that the negro was thought to
be surrounded just across the Savannah
river, in Georgia, and that it was
hoped to effect his capture during today.
The hunt for the negro lias been
tireless and unrelenting for more
than a week. Several times reports
have come that his capture was imminontlv
OYnpptpH fnllnwprl hv rpnnrtn
that he had again eluded 'his pursuers.
One or two suspects have been held at
different p1* ^s, but proved to be the
wrong parties. /
On Wednesday, April 30, after
insulting the wife of a prominent
farmer; near Luray, Austin was
surrounded in a "bay" on the
nlo r?o nf William "Dunbar. he
tween Barton and Luray. In the exchange
of shots 'he killed J. Frank
Bowers, a farmer of Valentine, and N
Fred H. Edenfield, magistrate of Allendale
and Fairfax, and wounded
three other white men, of whom Dr.
S. C. Moore, a prominent physician
I Lu:rar. was one. Dr. Moore was
brought to Columbia, where he later
died in a local hospital.
The search for Austin has been unrelenting
since ihis crime, but he has
succeeded in eluding cEpture.
The governor has offered a reward
f $500 for his capture, dead or alive
and it is stated in the Columbia Record
that the rewards offered by tie towns
of Allendale, Fairfar, Hampcon and
Luray bring the total amount of the
outstanding rewards up tc $2,500.
Governor Blease In Charleston.
Governor Blease is in Charleston,
where he has been in attendance yesterday
and today upon the fifty-ninth
Schuetzenfest of the German Bifle
lub. The governor will crown tfref
king of the Schuentzenfest at 5.3I1
o'clock this afternoon.
Special Session of Synods
The Lutheran synod of South Carolina
meets in special session here to
day at noon to consider matters connected
with Summerland college.
Death of Cash Watts.
Mr. E. B. Cash Watts, of Cheraw, son
of Associate Justice Richard C. Watti,
died in As^evilie, X. C., yesterday
morning, and will be buried in Laur[
ens this afternoon. Mr. Watts was recently
appointed by Governor Bleas?
I magistrate at Cheraw./ He had many
friends throughout the State who were .
pained to receive the news of hifl
death. He* was 29 years of age.
Sunday Work Case Continued.
The case against the company and
employees at Parr Shoals, for Sunday
work, which was to have been heard
before a magistrate this morning, has
hoon rnntinned on account of the in
ability of R. H. Welch, Esq., to be
; present, Mr. Welch having been calli
ed to Georgia by a death in his family.
; The case will be Ivard in the near
SHOT PROVES FATAL.
Sumter, May 5.?A M. Bateman the
rural policeman shot Saturday by T.
B. Caughman, died Sunday afternoon.
burial was at his home near Dalzeli
At the coroner's inquest Sheriff
Bradford and Dr. F. K. Holman wero
?1 -* Tha chorift eaitf
I lie Ulil ^ VV Hllcaoto. Jluv
that Caughman, when arrested, said
that he was excited when he shot
The verdict was that Bateman di?d
from gunshot wounds at the hands of
T. B. Caughman. Bateman made a
dying declaration which has not been
made, public. Caughman is in jail
Bateman leaves a wife and three
children. He has for a long time been
a farmer, near Dalzell, at times doing
constable work. He had been a rural
nniiVpman nnlv shout one month. He
had met Caughuian on the road and
had taken a jug of whiskey from him
I when tb i latter shot.