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VOL. XLX, MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1905. NO. 47
THEY GT PAID.
Some Damaging Evidence Agains
Certain Dispensary Officials
WAS BROUGHT OUT.
A Former Beer Dispenser at Spartanburg
Gives Some Rich and Racy Testi
mony Before the Commission
as to How Money Was
Raised for Graft.
On the witness stand in the court
house at Spartanturg on Tuesday of
last week John Henry Morris, former
lv beer dispenser, testified that he had
lost his job as beer dispenser because
he complained of the miserable quali
ty of beer sold by the Atlanta Brew
ing company and because he had re
fused to pay to C. 0. Smith, chairman
of county board, the amount that
Smith demanded. Witness swore fur
ther that in making final settlement
with Atlanta Brewing company that
concern was represented by Cole L
Blease, who had said, "You boys
could have kept from telling so much."
Beferrirg to the afadavits which
witnesses had given Messrs. Christen
sen and Lyon, Morris also testified
that H. H. Evans had asked him to
"chip in" $300 to the election of leg
islators in Spartanburg county, prom
ising to refund it. Witness had never
been reimbursed althoua he bad
spent money on advies of Jess Mahaff
ey, former member a: 3- gislature, who
had told Morris that Evans was good
for the amount, as curing the session
'of the legislature Mabhffey had had
$20 bills stuffed into his pockets by
Evans during the campaign incident
to Evans' reelection. Witness declin
ed to testify further, as Mabaffey was
not present and he wanted to say it to
Witness also swore that C. 0. Smith,
the former chairman of the county
board, had told him that he must sell
Atlanta beer or none at all when Mor
ris complained that the beer was stale
and the customers were quitting him.
He testified that he had seen Smith
drunk on several odcasions and that
once be saw Smith try to cut a man
with a meat kinife. Morris was the
only witness examined, as the hearing
did not commence until after 5 o'clock.
r.EASE'S NAME BROUGHT IN.
Senator Hay and Mr. Fraser having
been delayed, Mr. Lyon stated that
he and Mr. Christensen, being mem
bers of the sub-committee, would not
sit as members of the commission but
as prosecuting attorneys. He begun
- by reading a letter from C. H. Henry
and his reply to that letter. Henry
had asked for permission to reply to
statements in an almdavit of which he
had heard. Mr. Lyon had replied that
Henry would be given a free and full'
hearing. This was approved by the
cmmittee and Henry may appear If
he choses to do so.
On account of the delay, there were
not many people in the court house,
but the testimony of Morris made
quite a stir. Senator Blease, who was
author of the resolution looking to the
dispensary investigation, was referred
to very pointedly by the witness but
did not 3ross examine him.
There were several present who are
interested In the local fight to vote
out the dispensary and they seem to
think that the testimony today will
have its weight in that issue, for the
witness Is said to be a reliable man
He testified that he is a butcher and
has an Interest in a grocery store. He
was a -willing witness and did not hies
itate to declare him..elf. He had been
elected beer dispenser in April, 1904,
and was not reelecsed at the end of
the year. He had spent $80 to get the
job, including the attorney's fee. It
had cost him between $700 and $800
to fix up his place.
Morris swore that the original- aff
davit was correct. When Mr. Lyon
reached that point in the reading
where the name of C. 0. Smith was
mentioned, C. P. Sims, a lawyer of
the Spartanburg bar, arose and asked
to be heard. M:>rris had stated: "C.
0. Smith, member of county board,
asked me how much expense I had
been pat to (to secure electior) and
upon my telling him he said that was
very cheap, that it would cost me
more than that to be elected again
Mr. Sims here objected that this com
mission, having been created by a
concurrent resolution must stay strict.
ly within the meaning and words of
the resolution. He contended that
under the resolution the committee
did not have the right to come tc
Spartanburg and get Mr. Smith or
Mr. Henry or any one else up not con
nected with the State dispensary.
Mr. Lyon artd Senator Hay mnade
short work of Mr. Sims' objection, it
being stated that the commission had
discussed the matter and with but
one dissenting vote had decided at a
meeting in Sumter in Miarch that by
"State dispensary" is meant the dis
pensary as run in the State of Soutt
Carolina and that there is no distinc
tion so far as the law is concerned be
tween county and State dispensaries.
Mr. Lyon tried to fiad out from Mr
Sims how mmny clients he represente(
in this matter. Mr. Sims continued t4
object to the testimony, but the chair
man, Senator Hay, declared that thb
investigation Is not a trial and that i
trying) to get light tbe committe<
would give great lattitude to the wit
THE MORRIS AFFIDAVIT.
After further argumnents Mr. LyoI
proceeded with the reading of the af
fidavit of Morris given last A pril.
It read: "I did not know positivel:
what C. 0. Smith meant, but suppos
ed It meant that I would have to pa:
the county board of control sometini~
for my reelection. I inferred this be
cause ex-Beer Dispenser B. L. Tolant
told me that he had to pay C. C
Smith $275 for his election beside
the beer and whiskey he gave him. I:
addition to this W. F. Lanford told
me that J. P. Thackson had to pay
about $450 for his beer privilege to C.
0. Smith, chairman of county board.
(Objection by Mr. Sims.) Toland and
Land ford told me that the $275 men
tioned above was deposited in the safe
of J. W. Huseman, beer dispenser
there. These are a few of the reasons
I had for supposing that I would have
to pay some of the members of county
board for my privilege to sell beer.
Later upon asking for a book of in
structions for running my dispensary,
Mr. Smith said, 'Don't mind instruc
tions, make every dollar ycu can, you
will need it for your next election.'
About the middle of March last, short
ly before my time for re-election, C.
0. Smith came to my place of busi
ness, and asked me if I wished to be
reelected. I said I did. He said I had
better get busy and go to Atlanta
with him and make a trade with Jeff
Dunwoody. If I did not, the other fel
low would. Dunwoody is the gentle
man who represents the Atlanta Brew.
DUNWOODY COMES IN.
"In August, or previous to that, in
July, I received a car 3f stale beer, and
had a lot of it sent back on me,. and
a lot of my customers quit me, and
I told Uharlie Smith, and he said I
would have to handle that or none. He
said. 'You know Jeff Dunwoody gave
you $125 to help you build your ice
box.' I said, 'I will just pay him $125
and buy from somebody else, I can't
sell that.' Smith says, 'You can sell
that or nothing.' That was previous
to March, in August or July. I prefer
red to go, that if it took that to get
the beer dispensary I did not want it.
Smith came back to me.a week later
and said that he could have the brew
ery to pay enough to satisfy himself
and Mr. W. M. Avant, without my
having to pay anything, if I would go
to Atlanta with him and obligate my
self to handle their beer."
Q "That was that stale beer?"
A. "Yes, sir, when I obligate myself
I would have to handle anything they
put on me."
Mr. Lyon, continuing affidavits:
"We did not go to Atlanta and saw
Dunwoody. Dunwoody came to me
and said that he (Dunwoody) had been
told that if I were reelected beer dis
penser that he would have to come to'
Spartanburg and get busy if any of
his beer were sold there. Dunwoody
told me that I would have to give $1
a keg so I would satisfy the boys."
There was more of this kind of evi
dence in the affidavit, all going to
show that Morris, while dispenser, was
'told that C. 0. Smith was master of
the situation in Spartanburg county,
and that a member of the State board
had told Jeff Dunwocdy that Smith
would remain on the county board un
til after the election of beer dispen
The affavit continues: "The result
of the whole matter was that-I lost my
position. -I attribute this to my re
fusalto follow Dunwoody's and Smith's
advice. No charges were preferred
against me, and I called this matter
to the attention of Mr. H. H. Evans
in a letter which I had Mr. C. P
Sanders write for me, but I have never
received a response from Mr. Evans."
A letter was read from Mr. Morris
to Chairman H. H. Evans of the State
board, protesting against his removal
without cause. He asked Mr. Evans
to have his removal investigated and
for fair play. To this, letter he stated
he received- no reply. There was noth
ing special in the letter, except a re
quest for fair play.
THE NEWSI'AFER FUED.
Mr. Lyon continuing afflavit: "Re
cently a petition was put in circula
tion here for the purpose of having an
election on the dispensary for this
county. When the petition for election
was circulated J. W. Harmon dispen
ser, came to me and said that The
Evening Journal would take up our
fight for $300 and that my part of this
would be $25. I gave Mr. Harmond
a check on the Merchants' and Farm
ers' bank for $25. Before subscribing
this I saw 0.0O. Smith and W. N.
Avant about it, and they said it would
be all EIght to give it. These men
were members of the county board.
"Afterwards Smith came to me and
said to keep quiet, that Dunwoody
would give $50 for this purpose, and
that Joe Hotaseman had collected from
representatives of whiskey houses in
Columbia about $285, after House
man's expenses had been taken out,
and that he, Smith, had received a
check from Fleischman for $25."
Q. "Did 0. 0. Smith represent
Fleischman & Co. as selling agents at
A. "I thing Mr. Smith represent
ed them at that time; I won't be pos
itive. Probably Mr. McGordy could
tell you all about that, because he
seemed to act as Mr. Smith's private
secretary at that time."
Mr. Lyon continuing affdavit: "I
saw this check- It was payable to C.
0. Smith. He said this check was to
go to Dispenser McGordy, part of the
money ta be paid to The Journal."
Witness: "As for Mr. Henry, I never
saw him in my life as I know of, and
whether it was to go direct to him or
not, I don't know. I paid it to Mr.
Harmon, I told him $25 was all I
would give and after Mr. Harmon told
me that $25 would be enough. Huse
man and Reibling, beer dispenisera,
came down and said Mr. Henry said
we had better give more."
Q "What was the object in giving
The Journal this money?"
THEY ALL CAME ACROSS.
A. "They said all the rest of them
were giving them money to fight the
prohibition movement and wanted me
to come across and I told them I
IQ. "You did not have any agree
meent to put In any advertising mat
ter in The Journal?"
A. "No, I don't know whether it
went to The Journal or not, but when
I asked the board about It, I asked
them why they didn't get The Her
al's influence, tnat Mr. Henry had
been fighting the dispensary all along,
and they said, '0 we can't get The
Herald,' and doubtless if they cculd
get Henry, but if I would give it I
would be elected again."
-Mr. Lyon continuing the atlidavit:
"Shortly after I agreed to Mr. Har
mon's proposition to pay The Journal
$300, Mr. Reibling and Huseman,
beer dispensers, came to me and said,
'Let's get Henry, the newspaper ma.n
of The Evening Journal; that he
Swoul take up the fight for $500.' I
rection, which cost me a whole lot 01
money, did everything I could for the
men he said were his men. He said
that anybody who was in favor of the
dispensary he wanted elected, and
those who were not he didn't if he
could help it, and he also told Jess
Mahaffey, 'You remember what you
did for me in Columbia and I will
not forget it.' "
Q 'Did Mr. Mahaffey tell you
what be did for him in Columbla?"
A. "He said when he was wanting
to be elec'ed as chairman of the State
board he had in his room nearly as
much whiskey as there is in a whiskey
di. pensary, and he would just invite
pecple in there to take drinks, and he
said he stuffed several $20 bills in his
Q "What do you suppose Mr. Ma
haIhy did with those $20 bills?"
A. ''1 don't know, sir, unless he
got drunk on them."
Q "Did Mr. Mahaffey tel you he
was pretending to be opp.>sed to Mr.
A. "Yes sir, he said they way he
worked it, he went on to brag, he
said that he would get In with a
crowd working against Mr. Evans and
pretend he was going to be against
him and find out how they were going
and size up the certain members he
could get for Mr. Evans, and he woul'd
report t> Mr. Evans and Mr. Evans
would tell him how to manouver."
The witness here reqiested that he
be allowed to wait unt.il Mr. Mabaffey
could be present before testifying fur
ther along this line. He was asked
if Mr. Mahaffey did not rather brag
about having some of that money in
the legislature where it would do
good. The witness replied, '"Yes sir,
but I would rather he would be here.'
He was told that an effort would be
made to secure Mr. Mahaffey's at
C. 0. Smith, the member of the
board, of whom so much was said, is
in Hendersonville, N. j. Mahaffey
could not be found when Mr. Schum
pert, the marshal, went for him.
BUB IN EVIDENCE.
On Wednesday it was only after
being reassured repeatedly that Ma
haffey had been sent for and was
"non est inventus" that Morris re
samed his testimony. He said:
"After Mr. Evans came here and
told Mr. Mahaffey and myself to do
all we could to get all the candidates
elected who favored the dispensary
law, and he said, 'You fellows can af
ford to spend some money, as I will
reimburse you," I asked Mr. Mahaffey
if he reckoned he would do it, and he
said yes, he knew Hub, and he was all
right. I asked him where he knew
him and he said he knew him in the
legislature, and then he went on to
tell about his working to have Evans
elected as chairman of the State board
and he said if he didn't stick to him
he ought to, and I asked him why.
He said he had gone into the com
mittee room with those who opposed
Hub Evans and found out what they
were doing, and had gone back and
reported to Evans."
Q. "Where were these committee
A. "In Columbia."
Q. "In the State house?"
A. "I don't know what house they
were in: I never aiked him."
Q. ."Youi say he just said the com
mittee rooms, and that was during the
session of the legislature?"
A. "Yes, sir."
Q. "When Mr. Evans was running
for member of the State board of di
A. "Yes, sir."
AT EVANS' EXP'ENSE.
Q. "What did Mr Mahaffey say in
regard to that matter ?"
A. "He said that Evans had of
fered him-he didn't have to pay for
anything. He went to the opera
shows and suppers and various other
places in Columnbia at Evans' expense,
and got all the whiskey he wanted
and brought a satchel full home,
which he got out of Mr. Evans'
Q. "You say that he brought a
satchel of whiskey away from Mr.
Evans' room every night he went
A. "Yes, sir."
Q.. "What else, Mr. Morris?"
A. "Well, he went on to state,
which I suppose maybe a lot of peo
ple In this court house heard on sev
eral other occasions-Hub Evans was
asked on one occasion in his room
what was the salary of the State board
of directors, and he went on to say
that two of them received a salary of
$400 a year. Evans was asked what
his salary was and he said he couldn't
tell until his term was up."
Q. "Didn't Mr. Mahaff-y tell you
at tihe same time that he put some of
these $20 bills in the pockets of mem
bers of the legislature?"
A. "Yes, sir."
Q. "Tell us exactly what you
A. "He went on to state who he
gave the $23 bills to, but I can't recol
lect the names; al .don't remember
Q. "That was in the Interest of
having Mr. E vans elected a member of
the board of control?"
A. "Yes, sir."
Q. "Do you see any gentleman in
this room who heard Mr. Mahaffey
make that statement?"
A. "Mr. Blackwood there I think
Q "Look around and see if you
can see any others around here who
you c.n recognize as having heard it."
A. "Most anybody heard it whc
ever loaf ed around the beer house and
he made the statement so frequently
and bzfore so many people it looks as
if it would be a very easy matter tc
get just any body."
Q. "Do you recollect anything else
about the transaction that you could
A. "Not just now, I don't, Mr.
HIE SOLD WHlISK~EY.
Q. "Do you recollect a statement
made .by Mr. 0. 0. Smith in regard tc
his going to Charleston to sell whis
key to a certain dispenser down there
and the dispenser refused to buy, and
the transaction that took place?"
A. "Yes sir, that was on Saturday
before my defeat on Monday, I believe
about the 8th of April, Mr. Smith wai
talking there in the beer house it
the presence of Mr. Farley, myself anc
Q. "What did he say Mr. Mcrris?'
asked the reason of the increase, a
Mr. Harmon had just said that $30C
was the price. They said that Henry
had gone up, that he had said $300
was not enough, as he would lose sub
scribers to his paper and his influence,
as he had been lighting Zn the other
side." Witness said that was what
they told him.
Mr. Lyon centinuing affidavit:
"Huseman and Reibling told me my
part would be $50, but I declined to
give this much. Mr. Harmon came
back and said $25 was enough for me
to pay. That they would try and get
Lalance from whiskey houses.
"Representing the combined dis
pensaries here and as secretary for C.
0. Smith, J as. P. Mciorty, dispenser,
wrote letters to whiskey houses for
Smith to get contributions to pay Toe
Journal. I saw McGorty writing
some of the letters at Smith's dicta
tion. The letters referred to the
movement to abJlish the dispensary,
and asked for aid to resist it. I rec
ollect that the Richland Distilling
company was mentioned as subscrib
ing one of the largest amounts to this
fund. I think U.lman was anothFer,
and Mallard's Distilling company and
i. W. Keily & Co."
Witness: "I really saw the list but
I forgot the names. That is the part
of them. It was shown to me in Mc
Gosty's wiskey dispensary. Smith
and McGorty went over it and said
Joe went over it. I don't know how
much the amounts were."
Lyon continuing affidavit: "C. 0.
S.nith said Hub Evans would also
Witness: "I believe he said he had
Mr. Lyon continuing affidavit: "I
have seen 0. 0. Smith drunk on the
street and in my place several times.
One time I saw him try to cut Harry
Thompson with my meat knife while
he was drunk, but I took the knife
from him. Smith is a notoriously
disorderly person and gets drunk fre
Witness: "Mr. Huseman saw him
too when he had the knife after Har
REFUSED 'TO PAY.
Mr. Lyon continuing affidavit: "Re
ferring again to my re-election as dis
penser, C. 0. Smith told me that'I
must put up a bonus of $250 cash, be
ides what he could get from the
brewery, which he said would be $200,
making $450, the same amount paid
by Thaekston and Reibling each for
Witness: "The same man who sold
tale beer to me."
Mr. Lyon continuing affidavit: "He
then said to arrange the matter with
Dunwoody; to let him charge $1 extra
n each barrel of beer and pay it over
o him (C. 0. Smitb) as the beer was
>rdered- I refused to do this."
Q. "Are these statements careect?*'
A. "Yes, sir, correct."
Mr. Lyon then read a number of
Letters from Dunwoody to I. C. Black
wood, Morris and"others. The first
Letter was to Mr. Blackwood In March
>I last year in reference to the estab
shment of the beer dispensary for
which Morris was .afterwards elected
lispenser. Dunwcody told that he
would assist Morris to get the job if
the latter would use Dunwoody 's beer.
r. Blackwood is a former member of
he legislature and appeared as one of
. 0. Smith's attorneys.
At the conclusion of the reading of
hese letters, Mr. Lyon read to the
wtne.ss an affdavit given several
weeks after the first one. What hap
ened between the time of the giving
f the two affdavits related to the
atter between Morris and Senator
Bease, the author of the resolution
ausing the investigation and a miem
er of the commission. The following
are extracts from that affdavit.
Q. "Mr. Morris, since Mr. Chris
ensen and myself were here the last
ime, were you consulted about the
ispensary situation by Senator Blease
A. "Yes, sir. He came to see me
bout a settLement between the At
anta Brewing company'and myself."
Q "Who did Senator Blease rep
A. "I thought the Atlanta Brew
ing company, from the way he talked.
Ee did not say who he represented,
but from the start took it that he
represented the Atlanta Brewing Co.
Q. "Did he have a bill?''
A. "N~o, he did not have a bill, I
had the bill and he asked me for it."
MR. BLEASE COMES IN.
The witness then stated in the aff
davit that he gave his bill to Blease,
who carried it over to the Argyle ho
el to get Dunwbody to receipt it.
Morris declined to accept the settle
ment when Blease came back
with the receipted bill until ne ciuld
see his attorney, Stanyarne Wilson.
Accordingly in the presence of Mr.
Wilson and Mr. Howard Carlisle,
Blese tendered $15 to Morris in pay
ment of the bill for $13 35. The pur
pose of this testimony was to show
that Senator Blease a month after
having been appointed on the investi
gatin commission had acted for Dun.
woody. The receipt, in Bleae's hand.
writing, was placed in evidence as
was a riote which Blease wrote when
Morris had complained of having been
forced to contribute $25 to the Spar.
tanburg newspaper fund and that Mr.
Bleaee offered to try atd get his
money returned, or to go and get it
himself, and that he vcoluntarily wrote
an order and suggested that Mr. Mor
rs send It to Mr. Harmon. The fol
owing is a copy of order signed or
sent, Morris turning It over to the
investigating committee, as he could
not be comforted for the loss of hi:
Spartani urg, S. C., May 4, 1905.
Mr. J. W. Harmon, City.
I paid $25 as my part contribution
to the paper to help In the dispensary
tight, on condition that I would be
re-elected; as I have not been re
spectfully ask for the return of my
money. Please send same, and oblige.
POCKETs FULL OF MONEY.
Mr. Lyon then called Mr. Morris
attention to anoter affdavit which he
had made as follows:
Q "Did H. H. Evans tell you anc
Mr. Mahaffey some time about last
August to put up $200 or $300 on thi
election of legislators In favor of thi
dispesary and he would make it good
A. "Yes, sir."
Q. "Did you do it?"
A. "TIdid all I connld in thatrii
A. "How come the conversation to
come up, he had told me about some
sales of whiskey he had made in vari
oas places in other towns, in New
berry; he said he had sold some right
there in Hub Evans' own town; at
least he had had dispensers to order
some of the brands of whiskey from
the houses that he was representing.
He had the dispensers to order whis
key from the Srate disrensary, the
brand of whiskey he was represent
Q "In other words Mr. Smith rep
resented whiskey houses and he went
to local dispensers and asked them to
order from the State dispensary the
whiskey he, S mith, was selling; is that
A. "Yes sir."
Q "Go ahead and tell the rest of
A. "I asked him what kind of
buiness did he do in Charleston. He
said he sold more to blind tigers there
than to dispensers. He said he sold
12 blind tiger people, and had the
privilege of cursing out one dispenser."
Chairman Hay: "Was that while
Mr. Smith was a member of the coun
ty board of control?"
A. "Yes sir. He said he went to
some dispenser there in Charleston,
don't rember his name; he said he
was a big, fleshy fellow and asked him
to buy some whikey from the house
he was representing, and the dispen.
ser asked him what there was in it for
him, and he told him not a cent, he
wasn't one of them kind that had to
pay a dispenser anything to tuy his
whiskey. He said he had friend on
the State board who wculd put them
out of business if they did not buy it
and sid the next m~rning -that night
that fellow come to his room at the
hotel and waked him up-he come to
his room, probably before he *ent to
bed-and gave him the biggest order
he had ever received from any dis
Q "Mhat was af er Mr. Smith
bad told him about this friend he had
on the State boar-' of directors?"
A. "Yes sir."
Chairman Hay: "Did he say who
that friend was?"
A. "No, sir; he didn't say."
On Thursday Mahaffey took the
stand and denied telling Morris that
Evans had given money or whiskey to
him for any purpose.
MONEY FROM DOGS.
The Tax This Year Will be Over
Forty Thousand Dollars.
The scbool fund this year will be
increased with something like $40,000
as a result of the dog tax. The dog
tax was passed by the legislature two
years ago, but it did not become oper
ative until this year and as it stands
now every owner-of a dog must pay a
state tax of 50 cents in addition to
the regular valuation tax. Particular
attention was called to this in circu
lar letters to the auditors last year
and it is expected that there will be
an increase in the returns. Last year
there were 71,713 dogs reported in
this State, having a valueof $483,194.
By counties the returns as to dogs
and value showed as follows:
Counties. Dogs. Value.
Anderson... .......2,855 14.420
Bamberg. .. ......1,301 13,010
Charleston.......... 413 2,195
Clarendon . ..... ...2264 22 640
Colleton..........2927 14 635
Darlington .........1,317 6.585
Fairfield .. . ........2,236 11 370
Forence .........1..,879 36,540
Georgetown..... ....1391 13 910
Greenville....... ...2 595 13.975
Greenwood . ........1,681 8 405
Ha-mpton........... 807 32,280
Harry....... ... .2,022 10,110
Kershaw. ......1,108 5 585
Lexington .... ...... 635 4,550
Marion..............1,674 8 370
Marlboro.. .... .... .576 2,880
Oonee......... ...1,268 1,966
Pickens.. ............527 9,526
R.chland........... 646 z3,230
Spartanburg..... ...2,615 13,075
Union.............. 629 3,310
The Dispensary in Georgia.
Col. T. Larry Gantt in speaking of
the dispensary says it is the best solu
tion of the liquor qu astion in South
Carolina if the graf t is eliminated. He
said that there were some counties in
Georgia which had made a great suc
cess of the institution, and cited Ter
rell county, which has macadamized
every road in the county, and has
built a thriving county; in' the county
of which Athens is the county seat,
they cleared $42,000 last year-but
they are freed of the corruption which
"heaquarters" like those in Colum
Killed the Marshal.
Mike Aspinwall, city m ,rshal, was
assassinated Thursday by A. J. Chest
nut. Chestnut was pursued by 25
armed citizens who left their places of
business to prevent his excape. He
fired twice on his pursuers and was
shot through the left side with a rifle
ball. He was brought back and lodg
ed in jail. He said: "Blind tiger
liquor has brought me to this." 3hest
nut had a street fight Thusday after
noon with Luke White, who had best
ed him. City Marshall Aspinwal] in
terfered and the shooting followed.
Wipe Ttitm Our.
The mosquito never had many
friends and since it has been estab
lished that he is a sort of rural free
delivery for yellow fever he will iose
any that he may have had in the
past. If the whole breed can be ex
terminated and the seed lost it will
do no iniury to humanity.
THE OTHER SIDE.
Senator Cole L. Blease Makes a
He Says is Responsible for His Name
Being Connected With the Inves
tigation of the Dispensary
Affairs. An Interesting
Incident in the Hearing.
At the session of the dispensary in
vestigation at Spartanburg Wednes
day Senator Blease, who is a member
of the Legislative committee investi
gating the dispensaries made the fol
lowing privileged statement:
"I h.ie heard my name brought
into this inatter in this manner for
malicious political reasons until I am
tired o' it. Toland had no conversa
cion at all with me about this com
mittee or its examinations. Mr. To
land came to me at the hotel Tues
day and said, 'Where Is Charlie
Smith?' I said, 'I don'S know, sir. I
have not got anything to do with
Charlie Smith.' He said, 'if Charlie
Smith will give me $100 I will not
appear befcre this committee.' I said,
'I have nothing to do with Charlie
Smith or you and don't care to have
anything to do with you.' He said.,
'Neither do I want to have a God
damned thing to do with you.' I
turned and walked into the Argyle
hotel and that is every word Toland
has spoken to me in the last four or
"While I am on my feet I want to
make a statement in regard to the
Morris matter. The two gentlemen
who are conducting this division of
this investigation are political ene
mies of the deepest sort of mine."
Mr. Lyon: "I wish to most em
phatically deny that statement."
Mr. Blease: "I can prove it by the
records of the house and senate."
Mr. Lyon: "There is absolutely no
foundation for it. My relations with
him have been pleasant and I have
held him in very great esteem until I
found out about his conduct in Spar
tanburg and sirce that time my
opinion has changed very materi
Mr. Blease: "Any man that says
that my conduct was not that of a
gentlemen is a liar and I am willing
to take care of. myself."
Mr. Christensen: "I presume that
while we were in the senate together
we did not vote alike on all bills or
take the same position on all ques
tions, but that does not mean any
Mr. Blease: "I zan prove what I
say by the record. The indorsements
given by the people of my own county
are sufficient for my reputation with
out getting It from that class of peo
Continuing, Mr. Blease said: "I
came to Spartanburg to the May fes
tival. I stopped-as I have always
been doing since Mr. Hester has been
runnino the Argyle-with him. Some
time d aring tbe week, I don't remem
ber the diay, Jeff Dunwoody came Into
the hotel nearly or fully crying. I
met him in the offce. I said, 'Hello,
Jeff, what is the matter?' I saw he
was very much worked up about
something. He said, 'I have never
been treated as badly In my life as I
was awhile ago, I was cursed and run
cu of a place of business down here
by a man called Morris.' I had never
seen Mr. Morris nor heard of him
"The next morning Mr. Dunwoody
came Into my room. He said, Mr.
Blease, will you go cdown here and
make a settlement with this man
Morris for me as my attorney?' I said,
'Yes, sir, I will' I asked him of
course what the situation was and he
explained it to me. I went down to
Mr. Morris' place of business. I had
never seen him in my life. There
was a young gentleman in there
cleiking for him, named Farley, sit
ting at adesk I think, or came in
shortly after. I asked him I? Mr.
Morris was In. He said he was up
stairs. He had not come down. I
presumed from that that Mr. Morris
was living over his place of business.
I waited a while and directly Mr.
Morris came in, or the man who was
said to be Mr. Morris. I was intro
duced to him as Mr. Morris. I said
to him I came there as an attorney
for the Atlanta Brewing and Ice com.
pany to have a settlement with him.
He told me he was glad to meet me
and invited me to go back and take a
bottle of beer with him, which we
did, and we sat in Ghe back of his
place and drank a bottle of beer and I
hink Mr. Farley joined us. I would
ike to have one now.
"We then talked over this business.
I said to Mr. Morr 5, "I have got the
money here to pay ;'our bill and we
will pass receipts and have no more
trouble about this matter.' He said,
'What about the $125 that-Jeff Dun
woody gave to build the ice box?' I
said, 'Let that go. Let's you and I
settle our business.' He said, 'All
right.' He said to me, 'I don't want
to sign any papers until I see my at
torney.' I said, 'You are right if
you have got an attorney, let's go to
"Is that right, Mr. Morris," said
Mr. Blease, turning to Mr. Morris In
the court room.
Mr. Morris: "Yes, sir."
Mr. Blease: "I would not advise
any man to settle where he has an
attorney, because I1 know what pro.
fessional authority is and I have
always practiced it different from
some people, I am sorry to say. Mr.
Morris stepped to his 'phone and
'phoned to the offce of Stanyarne
Wilson. Mr. Wilson 'phoned that he
was there. Mr. Morris and myself
went out and got in a hack and drove
to Mr. Stanyarne .Wilson's offce up
here on Main street, I suppose about
the most public place we could go to.
f I ha been doing- dirty work I don't
suppose I would have carried him
there. Mr. Morris asked Mr. Wilson
to 'phone for Mr. H. B. Carlisle, a
gentleman I had not seen up to that
time, or if I had 1 do not remember it.
Mr. Carlisle came. After discussing
the matter thcse gentlemen advised
Mr. Morris to sign the receipt and ac
cept the money, which Mr. Morris
did. I think I handei three $5 bills
to Mr. Wilson, I think Mr. Morris is
right in that. I gave him my receipt
and he gave me his. We walked down
the steps together, Mr. Morris insist
ing upon my going back to his place
of business with him. In the mean
time Mr. Morris said something to me
about $25 wnich he had paid for some
newspaper business, I don't remember
what it was, and that be paid with
the understanding that he was to be
re-elected. I said to Mr. Morris, 'Did
you pay that money with the promise
of being reelected?' He said, 'I did.'
I says, 'Then you were treated damn
dirty, and if I were you I %ould de
mand my money back.' "
Mr. Farley, witness: "I would like
to make a statement to Mr. Blease.
Sz far as my feelings toward you are
concerned they are of the kindest. The
conversation between me and Mr.
Cathcart Wednesday night was when
he said Mr. Toland had seen you and
knowing yon as a member of the com.
mittee I quit trying to persuade him."
Mr. Bease: "I am glad you told
him. I honor you for not doing the
dirty work some people are trying to
Mr. Blease, continuing his state
ment: "Mr. Morris said, 'I don't know
how to get It.' I said, 'I will write an
order for you,' and I wrote the order
in my-own handwriting with nothing
to conceal from any man' political ene
my or otherwise. I gave it to Mr.
Morris. I did not ask Mr. Morris at
any time for any papers or letters in
connection, with this -Investigation,
but only such as were to be used in
this settlement between him and my
self as attorney for the Atlanta Brew
ing company. Mr. Christensen and Mr.
Lyon were not mentioned by me to
Mr. Morris nor by Mr. Morris to me
at any time. I may have said to Mr.
Morris, I don't remember, that 'you
boys have talked too much,' but if I
did it was in relation to the diffculty
between him and Mr. Dunwoody and
not in relation to this committee or
any subdivision of it. That, so far as
I know. is my entire conversation in
the Spartanburg investigation. I have
never.advised any man not to come be
fore this committee. I have never ad
vised to testify before this committee,
I have never done aught by word or
act other than to help on this investi
gation and any man who says so or
intimates to-the contrary is a liar."
TO KILL NUT GRAS.
a Farmer Says Cowpeas Sown Thick
ly Will Do It.
0. W. Blackwell, of Vance County,
N. C., in answer to an enquiry In The
Progressive Farmer as to how to kill
nut grass says: "While my tests are
not yet conclusive, I believe that cow
peas will kill it. Plow and harrow
the land as thoroughly as possible;
about June 20th harrow in at least
two bushels of cowpeas per acre broad
ast. A plow covers tioo deep. Put
them in with disk harrow. If the soli
is poor apply a liberal quantity of
stable manure or fertilizer rich In
ammonia as you can afford. If the
season is fairly favorable for peas, and
a dense growth of vines cover the land,
the nut grass will, I am convinced,
be killed. I smothered it out In sev
eral places last year that way, and can
so far find none. But the growth of
vines must be dense, and the summer
not too dry or a second or even third
crop must be grown in sub:.equent
years. I have proved beyond question
that the densest growth of wire grass
can be killed by one good crop of pea
vnes. But it must be a good one. If
I had the choice of two farms of equal
natural fertility, one free from wire
grass, and one so densely matted with
it that you could not put a plow in it
except in winter when the ground was
at its wettest, I should take the lat
ter farm. I should take it because I
know that the wire grass had greatly
enriched it, and that I could kill it at
will. In winter I should put 4.n a two
horse plow and turn that wire grass
sod bottom up. This sod I should cut
up well with disk harrow, and broad
cast peas in June as stated. Then I
should be pretty sure to have a good
farm, for wire grass permits no wash
ing and improves land rapidly."
Speedy Murder Trial.
All records for speedy trial were
broken at Ashville Tuesday, when Ab
Dugherby, colored, was sentenced to
the penitentiary for 12 years within
24 hcours after killing Mose Williams,
also colored, of which crime he was
convicted. The homicide occurred
near the city late Monday afternoon.
The corner's inquest was held the
same evening and at 3 o'clock in the
morning the carnorer's jury returned
its verdict, implicating Dougherty.
He was already under arrest and was
brought to that city and tried in the
superior court that afternoon, the
grand jury having found a true bili
that morning. The man pleaded
guilty of manslaughter and was sen
Baroness Rosen, wife of the new
Russian ambassador, and the wife of
Japanese Minister Takahira ar close
presonal friends necessarily kept apart
until a treaty of peace shall have been
ratifiad. The baroness met Mrs. Tak
ahira when her husband represented
Russia in the Mikado's capitol. A
warm friendship sprang up and was
maintained at long distance by cor
respondence until the outbreak of
tro'ble, in Korea. When this cruel
war Is over doubtlees they will meet
in the boudoir of one or the 3ther for
"a good, long talk."
A Good Way.
Sir John Madden, the new chief
justice at Victoria, has hit upon a new
way of making things interesting for
'old offenders." He adds up up all
thier previous terms in jail and give
them the total as their sentence. The
other day he sentenced a criminal to
nine years and ona month, his aggre
Many People Crushed to Death
by Collapse of a Store.
DISASTER IN ALBANY
Over One Hundred Men. Women and
Children Buried in the Rains. Be
tween Twenty and Thirty
Were Killed, Many Injured
and Fifty Entombed.
At Albany, N. Y., the middle sec
tion of the big department store of
the John G. Myers company on north
Pearl street, collapsed early-on Tues
day of last week, carrying. down wi
it over 100 persons.
Caught in a chaos of brick, plaster
ana wooden beams, between 20 and 30
men, women and children met death.
Twelve hours' frantic work on thepart
of rescuers disentangled 50 people, six -
of them dead and many of the rest
badly injured. Three bodies were In
sight at a late hour Tuesday night,
but many hours' work will be required
to get them out. Anything like a
complete list of the killed and injured
will be unobtainable until the workers
have made their way to the very bot
tom .of the mass of the wreckage.
With few exceptions those caught in
the ruins were employes, a large ma
joripy of them girls.
Tne catastrophe occurred shortl
after the opening hour when barely a
score of shoppers were In -the store. A
clock found in the debris had stopped -
at 12 minutes before 9, showing when
the crash came.
The best account of the event that
probably caused the ruin is -given by
the head of the crockery, glass and
drug department, which occupies the
"The workmen were sawing at a
wooden floor beam," said he,."which
runs underneath one of the central -
pillars in the middle of the store. Ex
cavation for the cellar was going on
about the base of this pillar, and. I.
believe that jarring of the beam be
neath it displaced the foundation of
the pillar. The first thing I knew,
two of the counters near the place
where the men were working began to
sag, and several pieces of glassware
slid off Into the foor with a crash.
"I yelled te my clerks torunforthe
front of the store. The words were
not out of my mouth when there came
a creaking and everything around us
began to fall. The wreck came slow
y, however, and I think everyone in
my department escaped as well as the
The pillar which drew away sup
ported the ends of two giant girders,
md when it fell, the main support of
he central part of the building was
one. With a noise that could be
deard blocks away and which shook
the adjoining buildings, nearly half
the great structure, from cellar to
roof, and extending from oneside wall
to the other, came grinding down.
[nto this cavern fell scores of em
ployes who were working on the four
iors above and lacked the warning
which enabled those in the basement
r~o escape. Some, however, were ap
prised of the danger by fallng plaster
md saved themselves by rushing to
rhe front of the store or to the fire
scape in the rear.
Clouds of dust whichshot out of the
front entranc3 caused those outside to
blieve that the store was afire, and a
tire alarm was immediately turned In.
When tne fire department arrived
they had plently to do in. rescuing
th se who were pinned under the top
wreckage. They were joined by soores
of volunteer rescurers and within an
hour 15 or 20 persons were carried out,
oOr! of them fatally injured.
a 3. hort time the city's entire hos
pit: . and ambulance force was on the
scene, aided by half a hundred doc
tors from all parts of the city.
The volunteer rescurers and the
fremen continued the work until ex
tausted, when thleir places were taken
by a wrecking force numbering 300
men from the New York Central and
Delaware and Hudson railroads, These
delved In the ruins all night, but
the work of rescue progressed slowiy.
When darkness came It was estimated
that nearly 50 persons still remained
in the ruins and that not more than
half of these could survive the weight
pressing upon themn. Fortunately the
wreckage did not take fire. Some 100
persons are still unaccounted for, but
50 of these are cash boys, of whom the
firm has rorecord and the loss of the
payroll makes It difficult to get any
thing lire a complete list of many
otbers. In all the company has 400
employes, but 50 of these are away on
The building which collapsed stands
In the heart of the shopping district
at Nos. 39 and 41 north Pearl street.
It is owned partly by the company and
partly by the estate of the late David
Orr. The loss to the company Is esti
mated at between $200,000 and $300,
000. The building was a very old one,
but until now considered perfectly
sound. Exteilve repairs were un
der way when the catastrophe took
place. After the death of Its foun
der, John G. Myers, two years ago,
the business was.conducted by a com
pany consisting of George P. Hilton,
H. King Sturdee, Edward F. Hackett
and Robert M. Chalmers. Mr. Chal
mers was taken from the ruins with
slight injuries. About a month ago
the firm was incorporated as a stock
A head on collision at Norfolk be
tween electric trains of ths reenview -
division of the Norfolk Railway and
Light Co.'s system Wednesday even
ing resulted in the death of motorman
Sydney Thomas, formerly of Lynch
burg, and the slight injury of Robert
Talt and wife, of that city, Charles
Gbbs, of Berkeley, and yohn Grim.
asead, all passengers. The railroad
authorities say the collison was due to
disobedience of orders. Both trains
we bal amaged.