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BLEASE FIRES OPENING
GUN IN HIS CAMPAIGN
Bit; CROWD HEARS HIS VDDRESS
Defines His Position on Whiskey
Question and Discusses Other
Special to The Herald and News.
Greenville, Oct. 4.?The State campaign
of 1916 was launched at Dukeland
park, near this city, on Saturday,
when the opening gun was tired by
Former Governor Cole. L. Blease, who
definitely announced his candidacy for
governor. i nai uie wuissev quesuuu
will again be an issue, as the result
of the recent prohibition election, was
made evident by Mr. Blease's declaration
that local option would be one
of the planks in the platform upon
which he would base his candidacy.
He defined his position on this question
clearly and at seme length. He
f&vcrs county local option as between
prohibition, county dispensaries and
license under the constitutional restrictions.
He did not want any one
to leave the grounds with the false
impression, ne said, tnai oy license ne
meant a return to the old bar-room
system, because he would fight any
such return with all the strength he
possessed. What he meant by a license
evstem, if the majority of the white
voters of a county preferred it to prohibition
or county dispensary, was a
license to operate a dispensary, under
dispensary restrictions, ana with a
provision that if the holder of a license
violated the law, upon conviction his
license should be revoked and he
should be sentenced to a term of imprisonment
in the State penitentiary
without th*> alternative of a fine. He
would leave to the various counties,
by majority ?vote of their white men,
to choose as between the license system,
prohibition and county dispensary
The former governor discussed the
State warehouse system, taxation.
State printing and other important
matters. A big crowd numering several
thousand were out to hear him.
A Greenville newspaper conservatively
^estimated the crowd at from 3,000 to
Mr. Blease began his address by
thanking the people of Greenville and
surrounding counties for coming out
to hear him. He cordially greeted his
friends, and expressed his heartfelt
appreciation of what they had done
for him in the past. He congratulated
the people of South -Carolina upon the
present outlook for an era of prosperity,
based upon the price of cotton.
The price, he said, was due to
no one man or set of men; it was
not due to the national administration,
nor was it due to the State administration;
it was due entirely, as every
sensible man knew, to the demand at
this time caused by the short crop
throughout the South. He predicted
that cotton would yet bring a better
Taking up the warehouse system,
he discussed it fully, explaining it in
detail and saying, "Let no man fool
you; had it not been for Jonn U McLaurin
and the extra session of the
legislature called by me, you would
never have had any warehouse system.
There are those today who are clamoring
for it, and endeavoring to ruo
up against it, and saying, 'I am with
you,' who at heart were opposed to
it and fought it. McLaurin conceived
the scheme, and had he not been in
the senate it would never have become
a law. Therefore if you want to give
credit to whom credit is due, give it to
John L. McLaurin as being the father
of the system, and to Cole. L. Blease
for calling the extra session of the
legislature which made it possible for
it to become a law. The work of McLaurin
in the senate in that extra session
called by me gave the relief you
liave today through your warehouse
system?facilities for holding your
ont+rvn anH securing money on it at 6
per cent. Do not be fooled by those
"who are now saying they are in favor
of it and want it to succeed. It is
succeeding and is doing its work, and
it needs no wet nurses."
Referring to the matter of the printing
for the State, he said he noticed
that a committee was now running
around doing much investigating, and
that some people were endeavoring to
claim all the crdeit for this agitation,
but he desired to call the attention of
the people to the fact that in messages
to the general assembly while he was
governor he called attention to this
species or' graft and demanded cf the
legislature that they take some action.
7n this connection he read portions of
his message to the general assembly,
in which h< -howed how this money
was wasted. In one message he said:
' Pick un your message of the governor.
ar.d see in index, Reports. Vol.
1. Annual Message. and Xos. 2. 3. balance
left out. making it appear "hat
there were only :hn-e. Thes^ ]m*ssases
should he priiitf-d in the Jo :rnal
f tha Spnato and House. and not;
??????mmmmm?? \\t% ?
printed elsewhere. Look in the same |
volume, under circulars, and table of <
i rates of railroads, express rate, rules, ;
| etc., reports of township commission
I ers of Sulli.an's Island, returns of in'
surance companies, corporation license
i f&c-c ate- qti.-I mnnv nthpr mifh useless
' - 1
I matters. And even if they were useful, J
j these reports are only sent to the
i members of the house and senate, and
] not teen by the public; and. gentlej
men, without meaning any reflection, 1
j doubt, seriously if any of you have ever
iead them. So why snould they be;
printed, at the expense of the people?!
i (Here manv other specific instances of I
1 " .1
waste and extravagance in printing,
items were called attention to in the j
.'message, which continued): Just go;
j on. gentlemen, and read these three j
I volumes, and if there is anything in j
: them except to add to printers' bills, j
I please be kind enough to let me know J
where it is. This deficit (referring to j
deficit in public printing item for j
which legislature had made an extra j
I appropriation) is but a deficit of graft'
j of the worst nature, and surelv you '
! ' !
are not going to sit up mere auu suu-i,
i mit to it, without at least examining 1
it. It is absolutely absurd and ridic-j
ulous. I call your attention to it.'
I can do no more, except to ask you to !
jhelp me by sustaining my veto."
The question of taxation was next!
! taken up for discussion by the former'
.governor, who scored the legislature'
i for the establishment of useless offices!
at its last session, and said that some j
of them should be abolished. He also j
scored the legislature for trying to!
deceive the people by leaving the State j
levy the same, and then going outsid-11
3 /N* 1 lA,riAo fnr nnm/vCD^ 1
<Xlit! 1-Licl fvill g spt^iai ici ico iui jjui j
which were included in the State levy i
of'the year before, particularly the i
pensions?thus endeavoring to mislead
the people by saying that taxes
had not been raised, when they were 1
higher than they had.ever been under'
a Democratic administration.
.tie men lurnea nis auenuuii xo wuai i
he termed the unfair assessments!
which are now being undertaken to be :
levied against the bank6, the railroads,
the cotton mills and other corporations,
and said that the present tax ;
commission was the most tyrannical I
body that had been established in j
South Carolina since the days of Re-j
publicanism. He was no corporation j
I man, lie said, as hi? record proved,
| but he favored giving them a fair deal,
which they were not getting now from .
this tax board. It was onty a subter-1
fuge. anyway, he urged, for the farmer!
and the laboring man would finally be
the sufferer; the hue and cry was, i
levy your tax, the corporations pay the ;
most of it, but as a matter of fact, i
every sensible man knew that at last j
the consumer paid all the taxes, and.
that. wh?i the railroads lost money,'
when the cotton mills lost money, ui* |
when other corporations lost money,!
the first man to be hit was the employe,
whose wages were reduced or,
who was cut off entirely in order to I
reduce the force. This clap-trap, he,
said, had fooled people long enough, j
and he felt sure by this time they had
caught on to it.
Taking up the question of lawless-1
j ne?s, he said that the newspapers had i
1 reported' fourteen criminal assaults in j
I the State since he had left the govo
T? z'*/-\ r? /-3 nflrDr hnfAro
i CI ii"Vl III V CL I vx Jixv^ ? v-i. wcivi \^ ,
equalled in the same length cf time? j
and that during his whole term of of- j
fice of four years there was not an
average of one assault a year.
He said the solicitors and the sher-j
iffs were complaining of lawlessness !
all over the State, and that even some
of the judges had gone to speaking of'
it in their charges to the grand juries. !
He then sarcastically said, "And Cole, j
Blease is not in the governor's office i
for it to be laid on him." "And out of j
all this I would have you understand, i
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i xeiiow citizens, vvim an mis lavw^ss-j
I ness, and with all this great crime,
they have not as yet been able to lay!
one single act of it to any one of j
Blease s seventeen hundred paroled !
"1 now approach that great ques- j
i tinn ' coid \Tr "whirh hf)<? RA
( ?'? I
i long agitated our people, and which I j
was in hopes would be eliminated from
the campaign next summer, but which
we had just as well face, for we are
up against it, and there is no use to
dodge. And I today announce to you j
that I am a candidate for governor in
! 1916?not a personal candidate, but the
candidate of my people. Men throughout
the entire State have insisted upon
j may making the race, and when I have
j mentioned various gentlemen whom I ,
j thought our party could put up and
agree upon, our people have not been;,
jable to asrree upon anv of them, and!
] final decision was that \ was the man; (
'to make the race for what is known as i
' the 'Biea.se faction' in this. State/'
The former governor, in a joking i
! way. said that a son Herman had to!.'!
; him the other day that his candidacy
1 for governor had already had one goo I'
!effect? that it had put the price of!
J co*ton up. because those who were op- j
posed to him had *o put it up to have i.
j scmethins: to point to?that there was I
I nothing ei?e.
"Personallv. I have no ambition to <
go back in the governor's office." he
said. "I have served my two terms,
and am perfectly satisfied to stay in
retirement, but as my people have
made the demand upon me, 1 will be
in the race and 1 will be elected, un
less there is a great change among
the people?1 do not care whether the>
put up the so-called Game Cock from
Sumter, the Shanghai from Greenwood,
the Coc-k Robin from Lauren?, or any
"Now, as to the whiskey question: i
Knew that the people of South Carolina
did not want the county dispensary
system; they ha.e never been pleased
with it, and never would have been.
On the 12th day of February, 1907,
on the floor of the State senate (this
you will find on page 501, Senate .Journal
of that year) in recording my reasons
for voting against the county dispensary
system, 1 said: 'I do not believe
that the people of South .Carolina
are in favor of such a system as this
bill will give them, and believe that
when they have the opportunity to
speak that they will not endorse the
action that this legislature is about to
take.' That was more than eight years
ago; yet the very first opportunity that
the people of the State had they verified
my prediction an voted this system
-out of existence. 1 stated at Filbert,
in a conversation, that I was not
interested in the whiskey election, and
had absolutely nothing to do with it,
and I stated in an interview to the
paper that the only reason that I disliked
to see the matter agitated at this
time was because the whiskey question
had been eliminated practically from
our State politics, and that if the State
went proniDition ai mis Lime il uicam.
that this quesion would be thrown into
the campaign of 1916, and in all probability
would be the paramount issue.
"In view of this position, I now state
to you what my platform will be on
"First, under no conditions or circumstances
would I ever agree to the
reinstatement of the old bar-room system:
I will fight as long as I live
against ever having in South Carolina
a bar-room, a place into which young
men could be lured to take the social
drink; where music boxes are kept
playing in order to entice them; where
pictures of nude women are hanging
upon the walls; where free lunch is
served at the counter; where the click
of the billiard ball and the rattle of
the poker chip are all used to lure
them in, to the destruction of their
bodies and the damnation of their
souls. And I do not want any man
1 ? ?? ^ t'not R1 dq
to leave uere iiuw ,<mvi oa;
favors a license system for bar-rooms,
for no man hates the bar-room worse
than I do; no man knows its evils better
than I do, or would fight against
"But, fellow citizens, I believe in
local self-government. I started on
that platform when I was first elected
to the legislature in 1890, and have
stood on that platform through my
career in the house and senate and as
governor. You have your local school
taxes; you have your local compulsory
school law; you have your local road
laws, and other local laws in reference
to the shooting of game, hunting
of deer, and things of this kind, and
to carry out that great principle of
Democracy I am in favor of leaving to
each county in Sou :i Carolina the
question as to whether that county will
have prohibition; and if a majority of
the white people want it, let them have
it. If the majority of the people of
another county want the county dispensary
system as "it is now run, and
the majority of the white people of
that county vote for it, let them have
? Alionlflcf^n r\r
it; ll anoiaer cuuuy?vucuwu v*
Columbia, to illustrate?wants a license
system, under our present constitutional
restrictions, and a majority
of their white people vote for it, let
them have it. When I say license system,
gentlemen, I mean this: License
the individual to run a dispensary?
not a bar-room?and force him into a
strict observance of the law; that is,
not one drop of whiskey shall be sold
between sundown and sunup, not less
than one-half pint shall be sold, not a
single drop shall be drunk on the
premises, none shall be sold to minors
or inebriates, and not one drop shall
be sold on credit, so as not to encourage
those without money to go into
debt to drink, thereby destroying that
which should go to their families; and
allowing no man to have his dispensary
connected with any grocery business,
any restaurant, or any places
of amusement of any kind, shape or
form; but requiring the very strictest
observance of the present dispensary
law. And if any man holding a license
shall in any manner, shape or
form violate this law, upon conviction
hi.- license shall be immediately revoked.
he shall never be licensed again
ii.r, oj.?'1 ^ nHippfT
Ill I 111? OUin% ami i*e outui ^
in the State penitentiary to servo 2
srnt^nce without The alternative of a
fine. This, fellow citizens, is true
D"'mccrac" . ns laid down by Thomas
Tefferson and the great Democrats who
founded this government, and it is the
Democracy of the Democratic party
of today, and by it we should stand
Front Axle?I-beam, drop fo
Rear Axle?Full-floating, one
quarters elliptic, underslung.
Oiling?Circulating splash sy;
Transmission-Sliding gear, s
I Starting, Lighting and Ign
Brakes?Sen-ice, external coi
gency, internal expanding.
Control?Center, ball type, le
Wheels?Artillery cype, demo
Tires?32x3^, non-skid on re;
System, gasoline tank in rear
i Call and ask
C. L. WATKINS, Manage
or fall." |
Ln concluding, Mr. Blease stated that;
in his campaign he wanted the support,
of all sood citizens who believed in |
! government by the people and for the j
i people; that he welcomed to his sup-;
port every white man who believed in j
the principles upon which his platform j
was bas-ed. He said he knew of men ;
who had never before supported him j
who 'had now seen, by contrast, what j
an administration in sympathy with
the great masses of the people, doing
justice by rich and poor, laborer and
capitalist, individual and corporation,
meant for the welfare of all the people
of the State, and who would rally to
his support in the campaign next summer.
He had no resentment, he said,
against any man or set of men because
of political differences; his fight was
for the people, and he welcomed to the
ranks all believers in honest and economic
government and the principles
of Jeffersonian Democracy as applied
to present-day conditions in Soutn
| Carolina. There were many, he said,
who had seen the light in recent
months, and he would be glad to have
them feel free to write him or discuss
matters with him, in the great
cause of the people, as represented by
the majority of the people of South
I ^xvhrv hnr? chosen him their :
leader in the fight.
The wisest saying of all was that1
the only true wisdom lay in not thinking
that one knew what one did no: (
Don't parade your trouble before the
unsympathetic, world. Bury them as ad::g
docs an old bone, and growl if j
anyone trios to dig them up.
"Did your watch stop when you
dropped it on the floor?"
"Sure; you didn't think it would go ;
on through, did you?"
land Six 1
F. O. B. Factory
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"Sturdy as the Oa
fications * Tank Capacity?
ter, gasoline gai
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x c> in er. ligbt and instru
rged. , . .
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, Kear, inree- Roomjness arLC
gal pump and fan R'din9 Comf?
stem, sight feed Comfortably W
room, even for
ng release shoe, neau is deep ai
elective type. seat measuring
ITION?Remy. jons and UpholS
giving real con
. ,. The trimming i
ntracting; emer- 0
type, 17-inch Great Strengtl
With Light W
ft-hand drive. construction W
ratable rim. p]ified jn ^
weighs less tl:
means for the
3 IC Well L \ (Jtuuiui
I great tire and
display at the
Savoy Hotel Building.
HONOR SHIPS IN THE NAVY
Michigan Wins the Much-Prized Com- <
bined Merit Pennant,
The American navy's battle effi- ]
ciency pennant for combined merit in 3
gunnery and engineering in the battle- ]
ship class for the past year has been <
awarded to the Michigan, commanded i
by ,Capt. Albert P. Niblack. The Pat- i
terson, commanded by Laeut. ?1. jk. 1
Stark, won the similar pennant for the <
destroyer class, and the K-8, under i
command of J. 'W. Lewis, won that for <
the submarines. 3
The battleship trophy for excellence 1
in gunnery was awarded the Georgia, <
Capt. R. 'E'. Coonitz, while that for the ]
destroyer class went to the Patterson
and for the submarine class to the K-8. j
Commendatory letters will be sent i
to the commanding officers by Presi- <
dent Wilson. i
Lieut. Anson Merrick, U. S. N., for- ]
merly of Walhalla. is one of the offi- '<
cers on board the Michigan. (
This it a prescription prepared especially i
for MALARIA or CHILLS & FEVER. ;
Five or six doses will break any case, and .
if taken then as a tonic the Fever will not
return. It acts on the liver better tfcan
Calomel and does not gripe or sicken. 25e
UftlnriA fir PhiliA ft Cmior
mmaua ui unsiso ? rowci |
Prescription No. 666 is prepared'especially
for MALARIA or CHILLS & FEVER, j 1
Five or six doses will break any case, and ; $
if taken then as a tonic the Fever will not '
return. It acts on the liver better than :
Calomel end does not gripe or sicken. 25c i
Invigorating to tfte Fase and Sickly
The Old Standard ^ener^l strer.jfihe: ingf tonic.
GROVE S TASTELESS chill TONIC, drives out
MaJ^ria.eiiriche leblood.andbuilds jpthesys- .
?- : -t t.j cr- 1
!e*.n A *rue tor c -rur acuiii ra.^u. j
00 I I
luuei ol i
-Gasoline 12 gallons, Oil, 1 gal.
-man top, Stewart speedome3ge,
robe rail, foot rail, extra
a, clear vision divided windleadlights
with dimmers, tail
.ment board light, license tag
ic horn, rubber floor mat in
ment, tools, etc.
! The Oakland Six will
rt seat five passengers
j. ? 3;
amuui cruwumg. ?uc
rtment has plenty of leg
a tall man. The ton- .
id extra wide, the rear
f 46 inches. The cush- J
itery are deep and soft, ^
ifort to the passengers.
s genuine machine-buffed
t The Oakland prineight
ciple of stardy
ith light weight is exem;
new model. The car
lan 2100 pounds, which
owner, low upkeep cost,
inn r ai1 nn '
IVile VWA V**
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Newberry, S. C.
>o Luck at l41L
He was a Canadian and lie wore a
'nwiAral's strings, savs the New York 1
Evening News. There he sat snugly iu
i sheltered part of his trench in that
little corner of Belgium and played
poker with a quartet of his comrades.
Luck was against him. He had lost
ibout everything he had to lose when
it the very height of the game?just
ifter the dealer had done his "west and
tvorst?a shell came through the roof
)f the shelter, passing between the Caladian's
long, lean legs' (luckily with3ut
hitting him), and buried itself
larmlessly in the soft earth. The others
of the party leaped up in not inexcusable
baste and fled from thee
place, but the Canadian did not move.
The disturbance brought the com
pany commander on the run. "What's
up?" eays- he. ''Well, sir," says the 1
Canadian, "that there shell drops in-on
is and when it don't explode at once
[ judge it is pretty safe not to go off
it all. So I just set where I am. The
cursed luck of it is that I ben playm'
iway here all mornin' drawin' rotten
?ards and losin' my shirt, and here
iust as I holds the first four of a kind
:hat's gladdened my eyes since necior 1
vas a pup?and kings at that, sir?>at J
hat identical moment there comes this ^
pifflin' German turnip and the other J
'ellows beats it." 1
He that voluntarily continues in ignorance,
is guilty of all the crimes 4
vhich ignorance produces.?Johnson. m
Tho fool hen cackles joyously o-ver
he pgg that may be flestined to furnish
cme man with an omelet.
A Chinese philosopher says there is
m ounce of wisdom at the root of ev>ry
Deliberate long before doing what
t's impossible to undo.