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MAxNNING, S. C. WEDNESDAY, JULY 1. 1896. NO. 49.
ENTHUSIASM LACKING AT THEM ON
THE PART OF THE PEOPLE.
Synopsis of the MIeetingP Hti up to Sat ur
day-The People Dun't Seem te le Much
luterested and Few of Them Attend.
RINGSTREE, June 23 --The caudi
da es for the State offices spoke here
to-day to a crowd of not more than1 250
people. The first speaker of the day
MR. JAMES R. HARRISON.
of Greenville, a candidate for Gover
nor. Mr. Harrison alluded to the
great privilege that was secured to all
candidates in the fact that everybody
votes on every question. le deplored
the fact that he was not personally
known to the people of this section,
but he hoped to know them well after
M r. Harrison talked for half an hour
and his remarks were chiefly to show
his ability to handle the wheel of the
of the ship of State. le spoke of his
service in the General Assembly and
said that he w is sure that he had had
more experience than either of his
opponents in the race. He was run
ig for the office, not because he had
bee requested to run by so many
peopl, but because he believed he
would make South Carcli-t an efficient
Mr. Harrison said he was not op
pOEed to education, higher, lower or
middle. But some of the institutions
were costing more than they should.
He then made . talk about Clemson
and said he wanted it made a strictly
technological school. He did not see
the wisdom in continuing the prepar
atory school in the South Carolins
College or any other institution of
higher education. He said if elected
he would endeavor to give them a
business administration. Prosperity
was increasing in the State. He saw
no reason why South Carolina should
not go forward in the line of prosperi
.ty, and if elected he would shape the
administration to that end.
In regard to the dispensary he would
say he voted for it. It was an expiri
ment then. We are leaping in the
dark, and it was still imperfect, but
its success has been gratifying. If
elected he would endeavor to perfect
the system, so that it will receive the
entire support of the State. A step in
theright direction was taken when
the board of control was taken out of
the State department. The divorce of
the law from politics was soon to fol
GEN. W. H. ELLERBEE,
a candidate for Governor, was the
next speaker. He said that he liked
to fight, but he couldn't think of
jumping on the venerable gentlemen
who opposed him. Anyway he didn't
need to. He believed the boys were
with him. A little joking wasindulg
ed in between Gen. Ellerbea and Mr.
McLaurin and the good natured badi
nage brought out the first demonstra
tion of the day in shape of a hearty
laugh. He paid a pretty compliment
to "Curly-headed Jobmie," and was
SGen. Ellerbee then launched into
Col. Harison on account of his at
tack on Clemson.. Col. Harrison had
unintentionally, he was sure, stated
that the running expenses of Clemson
had been about $85,000 for the past
year. He then read the statement of
the board of trustess, which showed
that $50,256 of that amount had been
put into permanent improvements,
enlarin the mechanical department,
putting in new machinery, new out
fitting for the dairy, repairing and
newly equipping the recitation rooms,
etc. Had his hearers beento Clemsonl?
It was a fine institution a big thing.
A voice: 'Nobody but the rich
can get in there."
"l~o, sir. It is for the poor man's
Gen. Ellerbee went on to tell how
that to abolish one institution might
mean to abolish all and it might even
-destroy the public school systeml.
There was no telling where a "puhi
ing down" policy might end. Educa
tion was to be desired abo'e many
things. The colored people now
seem to be making greater efforts to
educate their children than the whites.
The educated mind must control and
unles the poor men's sons are educated
where will we be?
Gen. Ellerbee talked a little about
the dispensary law and give his views
on the silver question. The salvation
of the country was the free and un
limited coinage of silver. He said he
was a Jeffersonian Democrat, but had
never been a Cleveland Democrat.
The next speaer was the pituresque
Reformer of Rformers,
G. WALT WH1TT3IN.
He came to the line at a canter and
curvetted, pranced and danced before
the audience. He shouted himsell
hoarse, wilted his collar and amused
the crowd considerably.
Mr. Whitman said: I am in this
race for you peonle's good. 1t was
said about me once that I was wortb
$50,000. I tell you I am paying my
excpenses with money that I borrowed,
and which is secured by a mortgage
on my home. If.[ am nominated]J
shall have to get somebody to pay foi
my tickets. 1 want to put these pa
pers against what has been said. (Hert
air. Whitman distributed a number o:
his circulars, signed "Thrue Reform
ers.") He said that Eilerbee hac
spoken of ringstors. When they go
up into Union County he would show
mnat Ellerbe was the biggest of al
Mr. Whitman then waltzed int(
Tillman, and a voice in the audiene~
suggested that Tillman would be Pres
ident. "I hope he will be President
and I hope if he is made President he
will be so filled with the grace of Goc
that he will be more able to resist th<
wiles of the gold bugs than are th<
pap suckers of South Carolina.
"Ellei bee has said that he can stal
at home and be elected. How is that
Who has told him this! 1s he swing
ing tight on B. R. Tillmnan's coat taii
Or is lie hanging to John Gary Evans
coat tail, and is John Gary swingm'i
tighton toTillmnan'scoat tail: (Laugb
'Mr. Whitman said that the promis
es of Tillmani h-ave not betia carrie<
out. He said tinat taxes had beei
raised and that it the higher institu
tions were niot clcsed in two years tu
taxes will be 61 miles. Hie endorse<
the dispensary iaw, and wound up ii
a sort of poetic trenzy, giving a vers
ofa hymn transposed to call dowi
Divine wrath upon ais good rig hitari
w'hen it should not strike out fu
DCCAeN scot).s EmsAN.
Mdr. J. T. D)uncan, of Newoerry,;
o-udidate for United States Senator
wsintroduced and made a few intrc
ductorv remarks. lie said he had en
tered the race from a sense of duty.
Two years ago he wrsagaiist Ellerbe.
lie werit to the Legislature a John
Gary Evaii; man. To-dav he had
chauged views. Governor Evans hai
said that he would not refer again to
the matter broueht up yesterday un
less assailed. Ils remarks were then
substantially as follows:
Tillman lias answered in a previous
campaign. le answers again for
himself, admitting that he and Dr.
Bates failed in the attempt to refund
and, of course, nad no opportunity to
divide the six months' interest. Mr.
Rhind, on the recommendatiou of
Governor Evans, then a member of
the Legislature, was employed as
broker in the refunding, not with
standing the fact that other brokers
were previously engaged in the busi
ness. From Mr. Rind's testimony
we see that "he (Evans) has been
working with me from the start on
this thing." Now, the question for
Governor Evans to answer is: Is this
true, Did you have a contract, agree
ment or understanding with Rhind
from the beginning, and what part of
the spoils were you to receive.
The admission on your part (that in
1893, while Senator, you were engaged
by Mr. Ruind to conduct this case in a
Maryland Court, for the division, it
seems of a small remainder, amount
ing, 1 believe, to fifteen or seventeen
thousand dollars,) was clearly given
yesterday. Will you tell us what
part of this amount you are to receive?
Furthermore, can you tell us what
became of the main sum, amounting,
in round numbers, to a little more than
seventy-five thousand dollars? This
being the 1 per cent which Rhind
was to receive.
What part of this amount, if any,
,have you received %;
Governor Evans, this being a ques
tion in which every South Caroliaian
is interested, would it not be possible
for you to procure a full account, or
the check book or original memoran
dum from your friend and client, Mr.
Rhind? This would settle the ques
tion, and do you not owe as much to
That you occupy an entirely differ
ent position to either Senator Tillman
or Dr.Bates is evident to all. This is
evidenced by Senator Tillman's state
ment in the newspapers of yesterday,
being the same as given by him in the
campaign of 1894 as to his relation to
the matter. He leaves you to do, if
you can, just what he has done in
showing his innocence. Let us ask
you this question, Mr. Evans: Is it
not fair for us to presume from your
admission on yesterday that you asked
o0 Governor Tillman pay for conduct
ing an agreed cise, that you would
ask Mr. Rhind when securing for him
this undertaking a proportionate foe to
the size of the undertaking?
Tillman said to you you owed these
services to the State and were entitled
to no pay, but that he paid you Z50
for expenses. Has your expense ac
count been presented to Mr. Raind.,
Governor Evans: Who is your
authority for that?
Mr. Duncan: Governor Tillman is
All your explanation about the re
funding of the debt and the benefit re
ceived thereby for the State is inter
esting, but irrele'ant to the point at
NoX, I reiterate my statement that
Mr. Evans's management of affairs
has been a failure. The bickermngs
and strife engendered thereby can only
be undone by his passing from the
scene of action as a politician in this
In my inadvertant statement of yes
terday that y ou did not have the friend
sip, contidence or support of the other
members of the Admmnistration, I may
have created a wrong impression. I
do not mean to say that the other
members of the Administration are
fighting you;* indeed, I am assured
they are not; but each man is conduct
ing his own campaign as he sees pro
per and will not in'terfere or take sides
mn the issue bet ween ourselves. That
your Administration has been a ter ri'
ole failure I shall prove.
Mr. Duncan alluded to the circular
letter to State dispensers requiring
them to give surety bonds, and that
the Governor's brother was the agent
of the surety company.
"A yoice: "That's a lie."
Mr. Duncan: "Is the dispenser
here? Is that not a facti"
Lispenser Stutts: "Yes. I got the
Mr. Duncan also alluded to the re
quirement of the dispensers to insure
with companies represented by Barney
GOV EVANS SP'EAKS.
Governor John Gary Evans fol'
lowed Mr. Duncan. He said that this
was the first time that the people had
ever had a right to select by their in
dividual votes their United States
Senator. Hie said that Mr. D~uncan
had not put forth one reason why he
should tie Senator, but had only said
that he shiould not be. It seems as
though 1 was running on my good
char-dcter, and that Mr. Duncan was
running on my bad character. For
God's sake, let me take my good charac
ter in the Senate with me. Governor
Evans said he kne w he had tread on
some toes during his Administration,
but it was only for the good of the
people in general. Tillman, he said,
had never seen his statement in regard
to the bond matter, He did not know
that Mr. Duncan was a candidate for
the Senate until yesterday. He de
nied flatly that Tiliman had ever said
any such thing as that "he should do
that much for the State." The News
and Courier and all of the Anti papers
had slandered his Administration, ba
he did not hope to please them.
When I was first elected I went tc
Charleston, and they made the dead
est set you ever saw against me. If J
had chosen to be untrue to you I could
nowv have the vote of Charleston ir
m y pocket. .But I did not so choose,
and I have carried firmly and pure the
banner placed in my hand by B.R.
Mr. Duncan has said that my Ad
ministration hss been a failure. It i:
a dirty bird that will f oul its own nes1
-and~ yet I must tell you that Mr.
Duncau and two of mis brothers are
drawing their living from~ the Admnin
straton. I don't understand why
1he should be so sore about tnre disoeu
Mr. D~uncan sa d I we-nt on m'
Iknees to J udge Golf. 'The facts are
that I v, ra~te to G~oti the most scathing
letter. If there is any onie man we
Idid do up it was Judge t'tf.
ulve-rnor l. canis said that the
cha- "iI-es recomm1!!ended in the dispen
iar awchgeithe board, were
m te 'es ol !ius judgment.
yovernor Evans then asked Mr. L
R. Cooper to read the recomnmenda
.mtins in these muersr to the last ILeg
is lat ure
In the matter of the circulars to the
dispensaries Governor Evans denied
any knowledge of them. It was true
that his brother was agent for an in
suruce company. Why not, He was
free to carry on what business he
chos-?. But he tEvans had nothing
to do with the matter
The Administration has been at
ta -ked by Duncan and called a failure.
I have convicted violators of the dis
pensary law in Charleston, and put
them under a metropolitan police sys
tem, and I will keep them there until
they leran to enforce the dispensary
law. I have given them honest juries,
and seven blind tigers pleaded guilty
yesterday. Tbe dispensary law is cer
tainly not a failure.
The statement read at the Manning
meeting was read, with explanations
and interpolations. He spoke or read
for over two hours, and had the clos
est attention. His remarks were often
very personal. calling Mr. 'Duncan
"Johhnie" and making great sport of
the side remarks made by several en
thusiastic and possibly not too sober
listeners. His remarks were often
punctuated with applause and laugh
After Governor Evans sat down Mr.
Duncan was allowed a few minutes for
reply to a new matter brought out.
he said that there was much in reserve
but that I here were many other meet
ings. and they should be told yet. The
Governor had hedged and avoided the
questions propounded and bad accred
ited all the good that had been done
to his own personal efforts There
was not time now to answer the Gov
ernor and show wherein he avoided
the issues brought up-but at another
time he would say more. Mr. Duncan
was only allowed ten minutes and had
hardly gotten started when time was
called uoon him.
The Hon. J-hn L. MeL rurin, a can
didate for Congress from the 6thdis*
trict was introduced and m-ide a short
and humorous talk.
Following Mr. McLaurin were
Comptroller General Norton, Lieuten.
ant Governor Timmerman, Superin
tendent of Education Mayfield, Mr. T.
C. Robinson, Mr. M. R. Cooper and
the Hon. M. B. McSweeney, made
ive-inute talks. Tne time allowed
gave only a chance for a few pleasant
words. Comptroller G4neral Norton
ii a cindidate for re-election. The
Hon. W. H. Timmerman is a candi
date for State Treasurer. Superintend
ent of Education Mayfield is candidate
for re-election. Mr. Robinson is a
candidate for Superintendent of Edu
cation. Mr. Cooper is a candidate for
Col. M. B. McSweeney, candidate
for Lieut-nant Governor, made a
pointed ant. well connected talk, which
was carefully and attentively listened
to. He said that South Carolina's
condition today was greatly in advancea
of tne past in both commercial and ed
ucational advantages, and that pro
gress was to be seen on every hand.
de believed in presenting these facts,
and not insinuating as to the failures
of the Administration, and said that
if he was elected to the office of Lieu
tenant Governor he would impartial
ly discharge the duti6;devolving upon
him. He hoped when the primary
was ended and the ticket nominated
that the white people of South Caroli
na would be United, and that good
feeling would exist.
Adt. Gen. Watts, a candidate for
re election, said that he desired to
thank the peonle for the handsome
vote given in the last election. The
militia of South Carolina was second
to none in the country. He had taken
charge of the militia when seriously
disordered, just after the Darlington
war, but he had brought it up to its
present high standard and meant to
keep it so if the people will let him.
There had been some signs of mud
slinging, but he had no idea of doing
any of that kind of work. He had
been charged with being "young."
He was proud of it, and he would re
call to the youths present that their
fathers were no older than he when
they went in the war for Southern
Gen. R. N. BRenbourg, also a candi
date for Adjutant and Inspector Gen
eral, spe'L next. He said he had
been lo.ng in z rvice, in war and neace.
His rcmarks werc. tbot t identicat with
those made at Mannng yesterday.
Question by Gen -. Atts: "Didn't
you in 1890 run on the B ,akellite tick
Gen. Richbourg: "ifes, rbut didn't
you vote for Bratton f"
Gen. Watts: "No. sir; I did not."
Gen. Richbourg said that he had
heard Gen Watts say so.
Gen Watts denied this in toto.
Gen. Richbourg returned to the au
ience and said it was 'very har d to be
interrupted by a boy. Gen. Vatts,
he said, had received his education at
the hands of the taxpayers. He had
obligated himself to teach two years
ir the public schools and had not done
Gen. Watts pr-oduced a document
with a red seal and asked Gen. Rich
bourg to read it, but this he declined
to) do. He continue-d saying that he
was annoyed by th'. impertinence of
this youth. He had sons as old as
Gen. Watts: (4.side) And the pity is
that they are not Reformers.
After Gen. Rich bourg sat down Gen.
Watts asked to be allowed to say some
thing, but the chairman announced
that the meeting was adjourned.
Gen. Watts then read for the bene*
fit of the newspaper men the paper he
had offered Gen. Rich bourg. It was
a certificate from superintendent of
Education Rice, releasing him from
service in the public schools. It was
dated 1890 and sealed officially.
The crowd then dispersed. It was
-4:30 o'clock and every body was quite
-ready for dinner. The campaign par
tty will go to Georgetown tonight.
In the opening of the meeting the
absence of Messrs. Tompkins, Barber,
and Weliborn were noted, the former
on account of illness and the last two
named ou account of business engage
THE GEORGETOwN M1EETING.
GEoRGETowN, June 24.-As at king'
stree the crowd was small.- The meet
ing was called to order at 12:20
- o'clock. The first speaker was Col.
M. B. McSweeney, for lieutenant gov
-ernor, who made a short speech. .The
olice he sought was not one requirmng
-much speeching-making, but he wvould
promise to serve as a business man
and perform his duties faithfully. Mr.
Cooper was absent, :nd Mr. McS vee
ney magnanimcusly announced his
cauddacy for him.
- Gen. Richbourg for Adjutant G.en
eral followed. He gave his experience
and said he felt that entitled him to
. as much claim to this oic as afw
years' course at a military school. He
had never held a public office i r
profit; while Mr. Watts had ten years
of public pap. He thought he could
wait awhile now.
Gen. Watts, for Adjutant General,
was confident of his friends here. His
record was known, and what he had
done for the unorganized militia
which he found on coming into otlce
Mr. T. C. Robinson, for Superinteu
dent of Education, thought Mr. May
field made too many claims and was
too greedy. Mr. Mayfield claimed
credit for everything done by the
Reform party, from the building of
Clemson College down. He was the
only State officer elected in 1890 who
had not retired and given place for
others. If he was modest he would
retire and not ask a fourth time for
Mr. Mayfield being absent, Dr. Tim
merman, the only candidate for Treas
urer, was introduced. He was not go
ing to abuse the other fellow, he said,
because he was absent. But, exclaim
ed the Doctor, if there was ano.hcr
fellow, I would be the last mau in the
State to ride into otlice by pulling
down others. I stand on my own
good name and not in tainting others.
Mr. Norton, unopposed for -amot
roller general, told a story, and spoke
of the hospitality of Georgetown, a
hospitality which, by the way, cannot
be told of too often nor be too grate
Chairman Ward, in reference to
Mr. Norton's joke, made a pleasant hit
on the dispensary, and then introdue
ed Governor Evans as the next
Governor Evans exeus d himself for
making a short speech. saying his
throat was sore. He spoke ia a co a
versational tone, going at once into
the bond matter, and in coadensed
form giving his bond statement He
had asked at each meeting, said the
governor, for an honest maa who b
lieved him guilty after hearing his
statement to hold up his hand. Not
one had been held up.
Just then a young man standing 15
feet in front of tne governor, hetd
aloft his right hand.
"Do you believe me guilty ?" asked
The citizen nodded his head.
Governor Evans-Why, you have
not heard my case and are willing to
convict before the evidence. Well, I
am satisfied with your verdict and
vote. I cannot convince my enemies
that I did not steal $10,000 if I gave
the evidence on a stack of Bioles.
After further continuing in the bond
matter, the governor turned to the
citizen and asked if his explanation
was not plain. The citizen replied that
it was. He had understood the gov
ernor to ask any man believing him
guilty to hold up his hand, and, said
the citizen, that being my belief at
that time, I popped it up.
Governor Evans begged his pardon
for wtat he had said, stating tbat the
explanation had been perfectly satis
Governor Evans said "Binch" Mc.
Bee had gone to Baltimore to look into
this thing. "Bunch" was a pretty
slick fellow and he was likely to find
out anything. He had come back, so
he was informed, and advised Butler
not to take up the bond matter.
The testimony of Mr. Rhind showed
that he had stated no one had any in
terest in his commission except him
self. There were three fees-Bates,
Evans' and Venable's, that had not.
Mr. Duncan was then introduced.
He was sorry the governor wsi not
able to do his best; three days more
like yesterday-his best--would have
defeated him. What the people want
ed was a straight, unequivocal state
ment. The governor should have
again referred to him as that "little
fello w," that "little clerk," wno dared
to come here and criticise the govef
nor. He comes here today saying he
will pitch his campaign on a high,
honorable plane, when he has used
sneers and abuse for me on the stand.
In reference to his being "kicked
out of the legislature for hotding two'
offices," Mr. Duncan said there ere
25 men in the legislature~ under the
same circumstances as himself, and 23
had helli on. Tais hali been a very
Mr. Duncan explained that when he
accepted the clerkship in the secretary
of state's office, he had been told he
need not resign fro~m the house.
In answer to a question, the gover
nor stated that there was about $4S,0000
undivided in the Baltimore court.
"Then," said Duncan, "there must
have already been a division." He
wanted an answer to this question,
asked already and not answered:
"Did you have any agreement, under
standing or contract from the begin
ning to divide the spoils(' We want
to know it.
Mr. Duncan said that the governor,
as a member of a very important
board borrowed money to increase the
capacity of the asylum, horrowed
money at not less than 6 per cent.,
and loaned sinking fund money at
less interest, simply borrowed back
the State's money at interest.
In reference to that dispensary bill,
Mr. Duncan said Barber had told him
the governor had drawn it.
Governor Evans-Mr. Barber told
me he had not said so.
Mr. Duncan-He told me at Man
ning it was so and I can get a state
ment from him.
Governor Evans -Get the proof ; I
say it's untrue.
Mr. Duncan- - I have as much right
to be believed as you. Barber told me
it was true; he was on his way to your
room, and I believe as an honest man
that he told you the same thing.
Governor Evans, in reply, called on
Mr. Duncan for an explanation of the
statement made by him that he (Dun
can) had told him something to make
Mr. Duncan said it was in relation
to the last race for judge in the legis
lature. That after he had told the
governor his course in opposing cer
tain men was making enemies, he had
gone and made his peace with them
The governor said he had done no
such. It was a lie.
He stated before God and man that
he had stated that he believed Duncan
and (Gaston were entitled to their
Tne candidates for Gxo'ernor then
spoke and the meeting adjourned.
.Judge Earle in the Race.
CoLUMBIA, S. C., June 23-Special:
Judge Earle's pledge for United States
Senator has been officially riled and
accepted. A telegram was sent to
Chairman Tomkins at Sumter notify'
ing him that pledge was to be tiled,
but it was not delivered. Judge Earle
is now fairly in the race for United
States Senator, and he will make a
THE CAMPAIGN AT CON WAY.
FEW PRESENT AND BUT SLiCT IN
TEREST WAS MANIFESTED.
The Goveruoa .- Brother Creates Quite a
RippIe In a Prosaic Meeting by Derounc
iug Certain Staternants as Lies.
CONWAY, S. C., June 25. --The cam
paign meeting here to day was held in
the court house and there were not
more than 200 citizens of the "Inde
pendent Republic" present. The day
was fearfully hot and the court house
being crowded it was anything but
pleasant to the speakers or audience.
The gubernatorial candidates had
the call today. Mr. John R. Harri
sou wax the first introduced. He was
gratilied at visiting the capital of the
independent republic of Horry. Mr.
Harrison mande reference to an alleg
ed political combine iii South Caroli
na. le did not say there was such a
combine nor that it was not. le
would only say that such a combine
could not be successful if the people
did not permit it. Mr. Harrison
maintained that taxes had not been re
duced and said that while the levy
might be the same as 10 years ago
$20,000,000 had been added to the tax
ablm propcrty on the books.
Mr. Etlerbee began by saying there
were insinuations made about a ring.
Ile wanted to say, once for all, that
he had never made any combination
with any one, nor promised as much
as a clerkship. If he had to barter
and trade to get the great office of
governor of South Carolina he would
go back to his plantation in the sand
nills of Marion before he would accept
it. In reference to abolishing the c:I
leges, Mr. Ellerbee asked the people
not to listen to the arguments of the
demagogue who came before them
promising to reduce their taxes by so
doing. If the higher institutions of
learning were not doing efficient work
tear them down, but do not attack
them on the ground of economy. It
would reduce taxes but a few cents
per cipita to tear down the South
Carolina college and the citadel.
Mr. G. Walt Whitman was the
third and last candidate for governor,
and he made the ceowd laugh by his
peculiar style. He had asked yester
day that this campaign be conducted
oa a decent basis; now was it decent
for a man to zet up here and call him
He felt more at home here; George
town had been too much like an ice
berg. It was made up of aristocrats
and niggers, and, with all due respect,
he didn't like either of them. Return
ing to Mr. Ellerbs's speech, he said
"That calf calls me a demaoogue.
Now let me tell you about him. He
su-ked pap four yearsago, has been out
of it for two years now and wants to
get a suck again."
Col. M. B. McSweeney, candidate
for lieutenant governor, referred to
the absene of his c-mpetitor and
friend, Mr. Cooper, who had been
called home on important business.
le said that it was a source of great
pleasure for him to meet the good
people of Horry county, whose histo
ry for white supremacy and home
rule was gnown throughout the State.
Even during the dark days of Radical
misrule this proud little county was
controlled by her own sons, and the
negro and carpetbagger were kept in
the rear. The office to which I aspire,
said Col. McSweeney, is one of honor
and d-ignity. There is no profit in it;
in fact, the expense of the campaign
will amount to more than the entire
pay during the session of the legisla
ture, but any man in the State might
feel proud to be lieutenant governor
of this grand old State. If elected, he
promised to impartially discnarge
every trust and do his duty. CoL
McSweeney believed in giving every
poor boy ana girl ie. the State an op
portunity to procure an education.
He wants better school houses, com
petent teachers and greater opportuni
y for educational advantages given
to children living outside of incorpo
rated to wns. Let the institutions of
higher learning alone. Let us build
up, and not pull down. He hoped the
day was not far distant when the peo
ple would be united, all bitter feeling
pass away. and character and compe
tency be the first consideration for
Mr. Duncan, for the Senate, made
his first appearance before the people
of Horry. ~He would, he said, as his
record had been attacked at Kingstree,
giving a brief sketch of his career
saying his public and private life was
open to the world from the cradle to
the present time. Was sorry he could
not go into national issues, the most
vital of which was the issue of bonds,
an issue which must be stopped.
As to State bonds. he referred to
their refunding, and said he had no
proof, nor had the people, of crooked
transactions, but the people of the
State had the right to have the proof
that there was no crookedness. Only
the governor and Colden Rhind knew
these things. He had asked the gov
ernor again and again to answer
whether or not he had an agreement
with Rhind to divide the commissions.
The governor had not answered; he
might do so satisfactorily at some f u
ture day. There was a plain question,
and when it was answered he would
have more to say.
The governor he held responsible
for the cancelling of insurance on all
stock in the State and county dispen
saries, which stocks were immediately
reisured by his brother in the com
panies for which he had the agency.
Mr. 13. B. Evans, time brother of the
governor referred to, who was ini the
audience, exclaimed, " That's a lie."
"Do you say you hold me responsi
ble for that action of the board, Mr.
Duncan:f' quired the governor.
Mr. Ihinean replied in the allirma
Coutinuing, Mr. D~uncan said that
furtherm'ore the new board, of wvhieu
Cl. Wilie Jones was chairman, had
sent to the dispensers notice that they
should give bond in security compan
ies, and that in each envelope in
which these orders were sent was en
closed a blank form of insurance in
the company represented by Mr.
Barney Evans, with tne request to
"till in and return;" that when the
dispensary board neard of the improp
er use made of their action they ica
mediately recalled the .circalar re
quiring the dlispensers to insure.
Mr. B. 13. Ev-ans called to Mr. Dun
can- Mr. Dancan said he would talk
to the gover-nor
Mr. B. B. l'vans: -Then, before
this audience, 1 pronouncd that state
ment a damn lie, and he can see me
outside this hail."
"Sit, do wn, Bai-ney," said the gover
nor, "I will ans wer him."
Goenor nEvns b-:an h is speech
by saying that he had not known of
any enmity of Mr. Duncan to him till
he appeared on the stump. Mr. Dun
can had been to his house, acting in
the capacity of a sort of courier, bring
ing up the boys to see Ben Tiilman
and himself. Mr. Duncan made in
sinuations against him and told them
to their teeth that he had no proof.
By that he admits that he is a slander
"But the milk in the cocoanut,"
said Governor Evans, "was about the
dispensary. Somehow and for some
reason there had been opposition to
putting the dispensary on an honest
plane. Another matter that troubled
some people was that he had been
It was an infernal lie that he had
ever cancelled one dollar's worth of
insurance on any dispinsary. There
had been some complaint about his
brother having some insurance, and
they said they were going to take it
away from him. He had asked them
why, and the reply was that he had
been talking about them so much. He
told them that his brother had as much
right to talk of them as anyone else,
and that it was healthy.
As to that circular requiring dis
pensers to give bonds, it was sent out
by the new board three months after
his connection with the dispensary
had ceased. He knew knothing of it
The circular and the recall to which
Mr. Duncan referred were read. They
were signed by Col. Wilie Jones,
chairman; and the recall stated that
dispensers would not be required to
give bonds until July.
Referring to the bond matter. Gov
ernor Evans said he had been Rhind's
counselor from first to last. and never
had there been mentioned a fixed fee
or commission. All that Duncan had
to say against him was that he should
not have taken a fee in the c tse be
cause he was a State senator. If la w
yers in the legislature did not take
such cases they would starve. "Do
you think Mr. Duncan would have
taken it if he had had the chance? He
would have grabbed it like a redbelly
perch takes a wasp."
Governor Evans then read from the
State, where, when Mr. Duncan was
in the legislature, he had, in a debate
with Col. Haskell, said the commis
sions proposed to be allowed for bonds
should not be hampered.
Mr. Duncan, said Governor Evans,
laid stress on his asking Governor Till
man for a fee. Now, if he expected
to get a commission from Rhind or
anyone would he have asked Tillman
for a fee, or even for his expenses?
Mr. Duncan had asked where the
other part of the commission had
gone. He had read the papers the last
weAk and must have seen that a
New York broker got $25,000, another
broker had gotten $5,000, and Mr.
Rhind himself $5,000 three years ago.
Referring to the candidacy of Judge
Earle, Governor Evans said it was
not fair for him to ask them to vote
for nim and not come here, meet him
and talk to them. He should resign
his judgeship, or let him appoint some
one to sit in his stead while he was on
Mr. Duncan, in reply, said that in
round numbers the commissions al
lowed for refunding the bonds were
$118,000; of this amount $35;000 had
been accounted for as disposed of.
There was said to be $48,000 locked up
in court; where was the difference?
Governor Evans-Don't you know
the syndicate got the balance?
Mr. Duncan replied that he was glad
to know that much had been account
e~l for. Turning to Mr. B. B. Evans,
Mr. Duncan said:
"Mr. Evans, you~ have heretofore
insured the dispe nsvies?"
Mr. Evans-I have.
Mr. Duncan-Did you enclose appli
catton blanks of your companies in
those letters containing that circular
to the dispensers?
Mr. Evans-I did not.
Mr. Duncan-Did you have them
Mr. Evans-I did not.
Mr. Duncan--Mr. Dispenser; is he
in the hall?
Mr. Evans -The blanks were sent
by the dispensary. The clerk asked
me for them, as I am repsenting the
only surety company doing business
in the State.
Mr. Duncan-Who was it asked you
Mr. Evrans-The clerk, Mr. Scruggs.
Mr. Duncan said he would prove by
Mr. Efird that Governor Evans want
ed to get back on the board of control
of the dispensary.
Gen. Watts, the next speaker, said
he was willing to leave his fortunes
in the hands of old Confederate sol
Gen. Watts was followed by the
candidates for superintendent of edu
cation--Mr. Mayfield and Mr. Robin
son. They both appealed to the in
habitants of the "Independent Repub
lic" for their votes. Congressman Mc
Laurin .ext spoke and the meeting
Teiler's Boom Launched .
DENVER, Colo., June 25.---The Na
tional Silver party state convention
was held in the Broad way theater this
morning. Delegates from every coun
ty in the State, to the number of 500,
were present. The meeting was called
to order by I. N. Stevens, and ex-Unit
ed States Senator H. A. W- Tabor
was chosen temporary chairman Af
ter the appointment of committees on
credentials, resolutions. etc , the con
vention ad journed until this afternoon
then delegates to the national conven
tion to be held at St. Louis, July 22,
will be chosen. Today's convention
was larger and created more enthusi
asm than either the Republican or the
De mocratic State conventions already
held. The resolutions to be presented
this afternoon will declare for Henry
M. Teller for President, and instruct
the delegates to St. Louis to subordi
nate every interest and all issues to the
one question of free silver coinage.
slaughter in the Easit.
CONsTaNTINOPLE, June 24.-Ad vices
received here from Van, Asia Minor,
say that in the outbreak wnich occur-I
red there on Monday 403 Armenians
were killed, and that the trouble was
renewed yesterday. A large number
of persons have taken refuge in the
British consulate. The massacre is
ascribed to agents of the porte who
were paid to provoke a demonstration
on the part of the Armenians, which
might serve as a pretext for a general
slaughter of Christians.
Fate of Tweive Tramp".
SPoK.NE, Washington, JIune :&-.
A freight train on the Great Northern
was derailed yesterday near Kootenaia
Falls by a landslide. f welve cars were
carried down into the river over the
falls and were dashed to pieces.
T welve tramps were in one of the cars
THE BOND MATTER.
Seuator Tilman 3Makes a Statement About
COLUMBIA, S. C., June 24.-The fol
lowing letter was published a few days
To the Public: I have been ?bsEnt
from the State during most of the last
two weeks, making silver speeches in
the west, and have been ignorant of
the furor created by the signed arti
eles in the New York Times, charging
.rookedness in the bond matter. I
read it, as copied in the State papers
just before leaving South Carolina,
and immediately decided that the au
thor was my political and personal
enemy and a South Carolinian. I did
not feel that the anonymous attack
was worthy of notice and so stated to
a reporter. On my return I find that
A. B. Williams is known to be the
writer, and this statement of itself,
will b sufficient to most men as to the
motive of the attack and truth of the
charges. I learned further that Dr.
Bates had written a card explaining
the receipt by him of a commission
amounting to about $2,000 for extra
and unoflicial work, but apparently
shunning or ignoring the graver
charees directly or indirectly made of
a collusion with Rhind and the com
mission. On arriving at Columbia, I
found Dr. Bates had prepared a full
statement of the whole bond transac
Lion, but under bad advize had ,:on
tined his statement as published to an
explanation of the commission paid
him, which was not at all satisfactory
even to his friends, and thereby had
invittd rather than disarmed criticism.
He submitted this statement to me and
now gives it to the press at my sugges
Lion. I have read it carefully and can
orroborate as true everything in con
tains as to the facts of the case.
But for the fact that there are others
involved in the so called "bond szan
rial," I would adhere to my original
purpose of treating i.L with silent con
tempt, because Gen. Butler made
practically the same charges at Wal -
terboro in 1894, and I made a full and
complete answer to them then.
I recognized, however, that the
shafts of slander and malace which
have fallen harmless from me may
wound others whoare not le'ss worthy
of public con fidence. I take occasion,
therefore, to repeat what I said at
Walterboro two years ago. I have
never received one dollar of Riind's
commission and never made any
areement, directly or indirectly with
Rhind or any one else that would give
me compensation for making the con
tract upon the terms agreed upon. I
worked in the State's interest and for
her benefit wholly, and it is simply
damnable that the papers of the State
should give currency and quasi en
dorsement to these repeated slanders
I take occasion to say that-the work
done by Dr. Bates was entirely outsid
of and apart from his official dutieu,
and that every criticism of him for it,
in my judgment, unreasonable and
unjust. He consulted me as to the
propriety of doing it, and I did not
then and do not now see why he
should have refused to do the work
that in no wise conflicted with his of
ficial duties, and which did not cost
the State one cent. On two occasions
Dr. Bates, in the plentitude of caution
for what he supposed to be for the
best interests of the State, refused to
sign the modification of the contract
which the exigencies of the situation
demanded, and I overruled him be
cause I saw it our last and only
The agreement to do the work for
the syndicate was made two weeks af
te' the last compact was signed, and
he signed that under my persuation.
I was associated with him four years
on the terms of the closest intimacy.
If he is not an honest, honorable, con
scientious and high-toned gentleman,
then we have none in South Carolina.
B. R. TILLMAN.
ANOTHER STATEMENT BY TREASURER
The statement of Dr. Bates referred
to by Senator Tillnan would make
about four columns in this paper, so
that its publication in this issue is out
of the question. It contains nothing
new howevr-is but an elaborate re
cital of facts and incidents connected
with the bond negotiations and con
tracts, beginning with the original re
fanding Act of '89, with which the
public are already familiar. The ditfi
culties encountered in placing the
new bonds are fully set forth.
As to the commission paid the brok
er, Rhind, Dr. Bates says:
"The act of 1892 under. which the re
funding took place appropriated the
money in the sinking fund for the pay
ment of a commission. Not a dollar
of this money was used, and strictly
speaking, no commission was paid by
the State to anybody. The interest
from January to July, 1S93, as requir
ed by the contract. was paid (every
cent of it) to the Baltimore Trust and
Guarantee company, or to the sub
scribers of the syndicate upon their
order. How the syndicate settled
with Mr. Rhind was his and their own
affair and one with which the State
had nothing to do."
Again, the Doctor says upon this
"As for Mr. Rhind's commission it
was a matter that concerned him and
the syndicate. Every banker and esap
italist in the State knows that the
State debt was refunded to great ad
vantage and as economically as could
be expected under the circumstances
in the face of such strong opposition
at home and abroad.
The charges or insinuation that I
have shared in the commissions al
lowed by the State are false and with
out a foundation. After earnest so
licitation to do work, and, when I saw
that it would not conflict with my du
ties as State treasurer, I did render the
syndicate much responsible and valu
able service, for which I accepted comi
pensation, not a dollar of which came
out of the State. These services were
some extra otticial and others unotti
cial, and were services I could not
have been expected or required to ren
der as State T:easurer.
Dr. Bates conclumdes hi~s statement~f as
'-The succe:sfuil refunding of the
State debt during one of the worst
panics this country has ever known.
entitles Gov. Tillurin and myself, the
persons charged with this responsible,
dilicult and delicate duty, to some
honor and credit, and I contidently
believe these will be fully accorded us
by an exacting but .iust people, though
there be those~ who would not only
rob us of that credit. bat would rob us
of character, as well, if they had the
"In faithful service for the State I
ha dne what I cotld.
TILLMAN IN NEW YORK.
HE MAKES AN ADDRESS ON THE SIL
The Senator Received an Oration as He
Walked Upon the Stage-Hot Shot
Poured Into the iress and Goldbugs.
NEW YORK, Jun. 25.--The silver
mass meeting at Cooper Union tonight
tifled the large auditorium and all the
available standing room was occupied.
The audience was enthusiastic and
applauded loudly every time an op
portunity offered itself. Senator B.
R. Tillman of South Carolina occupied
a prominent place on the platform and
was cheered lustily when he entered
the auditorium a few minutes before 8
George P. Keeney, general organiz
er of the American silver organization
presided. He said that the object of
the meeting was to get resolutions ad
opted declaring for the free coinage of
silver and urging the adoption of free
coinage by the Chicago convention.
After Senator Bixby had made a few
remarks in which he said that the
country needed free silver and was go
ing to get it, Hon. Alexander Delmar
was introduced as a recognized autho
rity the world aver on the money
question. He made a lengthy speech
in which he said tbof the capitalists
were not content with the ndi rates of
interest, but they wanted to bind the
people to pay in gold, of which they
had a monopoly. The country needed a
medium of exchange. Gold would
not do because it would flow out of
the country. Silver and greenbacks
would do because they would stay
here. Fifty per cent. of the business
of the country, the speaker said is done
by note, proving that thereis sufficient
money in. both gold and silver for the
business of the country. "This nation,
if it is to remain in politics, must de
vise and maintain its own system of
money," said Mr. Delmar, "and I say
with the monetary commissions of
1876 and 1S78 that all attempts to ren
der money international are doomed
to destructive failure."
It took several minutes for the vast
crowd in the auditorium to get through
cheeriag when Senator Tillman was
Senator Tillman began by paying
his respect to the newspapers. He
said that the night would give an op
portunity to show the members of the
audience what newspapers were un
conscionable liars. Tne owners of the
newspapers, he said, were prostitutes
of journalism and not a paper in New
York would dare print his speech in
full. The speaker said that although
he had been much talked about and
lied about, he had written his name on
a page of South Carolina history in
such a way that it would remain there
Coming to the money question, the
senator said: "1 iL -Chicago con
vention does not giveUi' . ,"iocracy
and return to the faith of -
and Jefferson I will have"n
do with it afterwards.
"The money question is up and has
got to be settled. It is as important
as was the slavery question, and if
enough of you can get together to re
verse the verdict of the two millionaire
conventions you will deserve the
thanks of the whole country."
Senator Tillman referred to the
money of the east and thimble rigr
and repeated his assertion that Ceve
land was a tool of Wall street. The
senator called on all those who had
handled gold within a year to hold up
their hands. Half a dozen hands
were raised. Then he called on those
who had not handled gold coin to raise
their hands. Possibly 1,000 hands
"Then where has the gold gonel"
asked Senator Tillman.
"You have not handled it although
$450,000,000 of the $550,000,000 in
government bonds were sold on Man
The senator said that if he were on
the senate committee investigating the
recent bond sale he would ask Preid
dent Cleveland why he made the
private contracts to sell bonds at 104 i
per cent, when they were selling on
the public market at 117.
The seni.tor then talked about un
employed labor, which, he said, was a
lever by which those employed were
ground down to low wages. "You
see on your own street car, lines" he
continued, "cars labelled Unitd States
mail. Those cars don't carry anty mail.
They are labelled this so the car lines
can claim the protection of the United
States troops in case of a strike."
Senator Tillman characterized John
Sherman of Ohio as the high priest of
mammon and the .ioint owner with
Hanna of Win. McKinkly.
"All of you who are going to vote
for gold hola up yourhand," concluded
the senator. Five hand'wereheld up.
"All who are going to vote for sil-.
ver regardless of party hold up your
hand." Over half the audience raised
The speaker said as he sat down:
"America for Americans, and to hell
with England and all other countries."
Clarence Ladd-Davis read resolu
tions which were adopted by acclama
tion. They demand the incorporation
in the platform of the National De
mocracy the following:
First. That the mints of the United
States shall be reopened to equally un
restricted coinage for gold and silver
into unlimited legal tender money of
the United States.
The gold to issue in the present
standard gold coins and the silver to
issue in the present standard silver
dollars. The depositors of the gold or
silver at the mint to receive, if they
prefer, in lieu of coin, at the coining
value, coin certificates which shall be
redeemed on demand of gold or at the
coinage option and according to the
convenience of the United States.
And as against a panic and money
stringency the secretary of the treasury
shall be empowered to issue such coin
certilicates additionally against depos
its of interest-bearing bonds of the
United States, the interest accruing on
the bonds to inure to the United States
pending their re-exchange for the
coin certificates, which coin certiEi
cates when returned shall be can
celled; provided that such addi
tional issues of coin certificates
shall not reduce the percentage of coin
and bullion reserved for coin certifi
cates and silver certificates below 60
per cent. of the aggregate sum of coin
certiticates and silver certificates out
standing. The now outstanding silver
certificates, gold certiticate and treas
urv notes of 1S90 to be retired as they
come into the treasury.
Tnis yX) is free coinage at 16 to 1;
the con venient gold certificates (B) to
take the place of gold certificates, sil
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