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VOL. XXV MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY. JUNE7,1fNO4
New Di;esfiry Comnsion Swears
Out Warrant F~r Him.
Action Follows Resoiution Passed in
Session at Columibia -Requisition
Papers Filed and Rearing Will be
Held in June.
A warrant charging T. B. Felder
of Atlanta with "offe g and at
tempting to bribe a State officer and
with conspiracy to defraud the State
of South Carolina was swcrn o ur
Wednesday at New.berry by B. F.
Kelly, secretary of the new dispen
sary commission. The warrant was
sworn out before J. C. Sample and
was placed in the hands of Sheriff
Buford of that county.
A dispatch from Atlanta- says Sher
Iff Buford Thursday afternoon con
sulted Governor Brown and filed
requisition for T. B. Felder. The
hearing will take place before the
governor on June 20. Col. Felder
remains apparently indifferent to the
entire proceedings and onitv reiterates
that the governcr of Soth Carolina
is trying to cover up his own sins
by direct ing a fight on him.
The warrant against Mr. Felder
was sworn out following the adoption
of the new dispensary comm-ission:
"Whereas. certain information hav
ing come into our possession, which
we are advised is sufficient upon
which to secure a conviction.
"Be it resolved, that the secretary
of this commission is hereby instruct
ed to immediately swear out a war
rant for the arrest of one Thomas B.
Felder for offering and attempting to
brib'e a State officer of the State of
South Carolina and for conspiracy
to defraud the said State."
The commission has given no offi
cial statement as td the State official
Mr. Felder is charged with attempt
ing to bribe. The swearing out of
the warrant follows sensational
counter charges on the part of "Mr.
Felder and the governor of South
Carolina. The governor recently
made pu.blic a letter purporting to
have been written to R. H. Evans.
former chairman of the State dispen
sary board of control, by T. B. Fel
der, offering to "frame-up" a deal
for $50,000. The letter in question
was signed "T. B." This letter was
secured from H. H. Evans by the gov
ernor. Just what kinid of informa
tion the commission has against 31r.
Felder is tiot known.
The commission met at Columbia
Wednesday. Several weeks ago an
order was issued requiring Mr. Fei
der; a member of the firm of Ander
son, Felder, Wilscn & Roundtree of
Atlanta, to come to Columbia on May
28 and tell what he knew of the acts
of the governor as private citizen.
State senator. 'and chief executive Its
connection with the dispensary situ
. ation. Mr. Felder did n-et com4 to
Columbia Wednesday. The commis
sion accordingly adopted the resolu
tion directing that a warrant be
sworn ouit against him. Mr. Felder
sent a letter to the commission in
Swhich he explained his position.
The letter of M1r. Felder follows:
May 26. 1911.
"Mr. James Stackhouse. Chairm~an
and Mr. B. Frank Kelly, Secretary
State Dispensary Commission- of
South Carolina. Columbia, S. C.
"Receipt of your valued favor of
the 19th instant is hereby acknowl
edged. I have been absent from the
city for the past week or 10 days
conducting some investigations on my
own 'account anent the matter re
ferred to in the second paragraph of
the series of resolutions adopted by
your commission at a meeting held IT'
the city of Columbia on the 19th in
stant, a copy of which you caused tc
be transmitted to me here.
"After mature consideration,
have reacb~o the deliberate conclu
sion that -if 'your governor' could
with propriety create a commissior:
who are 'all friends of mine and per
sonal supporters' to investigate tl.
members of the old commission, th*
attorne~y general of the State of
South Carolina and the agents. at
torneys and emaployes of the old com-~
mission, and to make 'a rigid inves
tigation of all of my (Bleas's} acts
as State senior, private citizen anf
governor of the State.' I could wit
equal propriety r.esolve myself inte
a committee of one to make investi
gations as to the said Blease, his
allies and affiliates. I think it wil
.be conceded 'hat my jurisdictionl i
equally as brL'u as yours: that I havc
the same authority to subpoena wit
nesses, comn~el their :ttendance, anf
to give evidence touching the prem
*ises, as you possess, and I feel that
may say. without unduvo arOoPance
that my 'findings of both law and
fact' will he just os binding and carry
with them the same degre? of weighi
and respectability as yours.
that my investigations have beer
quite .extensive, thorough. exhaustive
and most sotisfactory to me, anc
when made public will, in all humai
probability. disqualify for service
seone of those now seekin.g to past
official judg~ment upon the acts 0
my associates -and myself. To som<
of you this stotement may proe en
"In conclusion. permit me to sa:
inmatical. while to 'thers it will '<
"It does not suit the conveniecO
of my ecommittae to meet with your
at the tim~o and p'lac-e indicated. bu
if we can muinuallY arree upon a dif
ferent time and place. tor an inter
chas~re of viewvs, information and con
ildences, I t'ent enita safe in sayini
that the reult will he most pleasini
an.d pre~f'hie to tho neople of th
State of south Carolina. if not ti
vnre and 'YOur'5
-Wbm makinr no uinconditionla
roie mo 'i so for I must in thesa
FOR DUTY ON WOOL
HOUSE DEMOCRATS AGAIN PULL
TOGETHER IN CAUCUS.
Party' Declare for Duty of 2.0 Per
Cent. for Revenue Purposes, Fifty
Per Cent Reduction.
A Washington dispatch says the
sum and substance of the action of
the Democratic House caucus Thurs
day night is that the Democrats in
that body are keeping up their rec
ord of achieving at the extra session
the best politics the party has played
for two decades.
Republican hopes of a serous Dem
ocratic split are again blasted by
the magnificent Democratic leader
ship in the House, the proposed Dem
ocratic revision of the wool tariff
and -the Underwood bill, being unan
imously approved by the Democratic
causcus at midnight, twelve hours af
ter it had been made public by the
ways and means committeA.
Through a resoluion, which leaves
the Democratic party open In the fu
ture to renew its advocacy of free
trade in raw wool, but which com
mits all Democrats to the support of
the present bill as -a revenue meas
ure, that measure was put through
the caucus Thursday.
The final vote on the approval of
the Underwood bill was made unan
imous, but the following members
were excused from a pledge to sup
port the caucus action: Representa
tives Rucker, of Colorado; Ash-j
brooke and Francis, of Ohio; and
Gray, of Indiana.
The resolution agrees on a free
raw wool tarifg, but was finally voted
down and the revenue deriving bill
The need for a duty, the resolution
stated, was due to Republican ex
travagance, which made necessary
large revenue. Speaker Clark took
the floor and supported the resolu
tion, which had been framed in the
TO PENITENTIARY TO-DAY.
W. T. Jones to Begin Serving Life
Ser.tence for murder.
The Penitentiary authorities were
informed that W. T. Jones, the
Union County man given a life
sentence for unoxicide, would reach
Columbia Friday from the Union
County Jail. Jones has been
in the jail since July, TD08,
,vhen he was arrested charged with
thepopisoning of his wife. He will
be 'placed in the State Pententlary
tenceshrdlu cmfwy ..vbg cfwyaxflqak
-o commence the serving of his life
term. Jones is not an old man, be
ing less than -45 years of age. He
has, therefore, barring future exe
mutive clemency, probably many
Mears to serve in the, State prison.
To-day was exactly two weeks since
he Supreme Court decision was hand
ad down. The remittitur went to
Union Monday. seven days after the
tecision, Jones has lost on appeais
to the Supreme Court and recently
overnor Blease refuse to extend ex's
Jones Reaches Penitentiary.
W. T. Jones, the Union County
armer, convicted of wife murder,
.ho is to serve the rest of his day s
n the State Penitenti-ary, was car
'ied there Thursday . to commence
he sentence. ~He has regular"
3een -imprisoned at the Penitentiary
ones has protested his innocence,
ut has given up the fight in the!
Jourts, according to his own state
Weevils Worry Farmers.
Great anxiety has been caused the
otten planters of Clark county, Ala
ama, by the appearance of the boll
seevil which has lately been found
n that section in large numbers. The
ests have been pronounced genuine
veevils by government experts and
-p~ciments have been sent to the
tate school at Auburn. *
Hottest D~ay in 36 Years.
Saturday was the hottest day in
Iotgomery. Ala.. that has .been re~
~orted in thirty-six years, the temn
erature reaching 90 degrees at 3
'clcck in the afternoon. Cotton is
rowing rapidly under the tremen
lo's heat that has been registered
or the past two weeks and the cool
I Bank Divided.
The distribution of check disclos
r1 an increase of the dividend of
he b-ank of Toronto to 11 per cent.
atters consult -and largely yield to.
he wishes of others more vitally in
srested in the out~ome of this con
rovrs than I can possib:y be, and
i ma add, whose views have deterred
ne from doing so heretofore), still if
mrestrained, it will .be my pleasure
o deliver in the not distant future -a
"With assurances of my most dis
tinguished consideration, I have the
.1honor to be
"Yours very truly,
"T. B. Felder.
"Chairman of the Anti-Blease Inves
Several matters were discussed at
'Ithe meeting of the dispensary corn
mission. The secretary announced
1that it has been decided to employ
Homan & Holman of Charleston as
torneys for the commission. The
.Hla.m of S. W. Scruggs of Spartan
er; for -about $4,000 will be con
-?sidered. Mr. Scruggs claims the
.bove amount for delivering a wit
iess to the old commission and At
torney: General Lyon in connection
)with the graft prosecutions. It is
,so probable that the Carolina Glass
ompany case will come before the
Aged and Broken Ex-Ruler Diaz Embaks
Last Words Before Leaving Country
he Ruled so Long a Warning that 0
His Methods Must Continue to As- 1
sure Peace in Republic.-Farewell
to Officers and Soldiers. t]
General Diaz said his farewell to e
Mexicon Wednesday at Vera Cruz, e
With his wife and other mem- a
bers of the Diaz family, he boarded f
the steamer Ypiranga, bound for i
Gen. Diaz said from this port Wed- h
nesday on the steamer Ypiranga for w
Haxre, France. The steamer goes c<
by way of Havana and Gen. Diaz ul- d
timate destination is Spain. S
His ship was only a little ways n
ou-t when the searchlight of the fort- g
ress guarding the port was turned d
on It. With glasses in hand, among b
a small party in tha stern, Diaz was
standing somewhat apart, close to the n
rail. He was plainly discernible. I
The last words of the Ex-President p
spoken to those left on shore were, o
"I shall die in Mexico."
This was uttered in a tone of pro- a
phecy and with a look of Inspired a
It was 5 o'clock when *Gen. Diaz 01
and his party went aboard. The tj
journey from the house where he f(
had been quratered was made In Hj
carriages. Crowds jammed the way. d
Gen. Diaz, accompanied by the mili
tary commander of the port, Gen. n
Joaquain Mass, and followed by Se- tj
nora Diaz and the other members of p
the party, received an ovation on the p
walk to the ship rarely accorded to tl
any one in Vera Cruz and never be- te
fore to Gen. Diaz. 01
With his arms filled with flowers,
and bowing right and left, the for- q
mer president started up the com- t(
panionway. On board, the ship's f,
band began the Mexican national rb
hymn. Every hat was off and Diaz el
nalted at the head of the companion- ei
way. The guns of Fort Santiago be- -1
gan for the last time to fire a presi- f,
dential salute in honor of Diaz. The it
crowd cheered itself hoarse and the M
general lifted his hat. r(
"I will never forget this reception, ri
fellow citiaens." he said. "It comes it
at a time when the-country is against
me. Not even a President can be r,
the recipient of a greater ovation et
than this." it
Once more cheers arose and Diaz c<
moved into the ship. "On board the
ship were scores of friends and vis- g.
itors to the General. The ship cap- di
tain took the old fighter to the o
bridge. where the General gazed out a,
Darkness came over the harbor. ri
ihts appeared and people held their
ositions waedting for the ship to sail.
Senora Diaz, as well as her hus
hand appeared on the bridge. She C
bade farewell to -the old family ser
vants who did not accompany the.
party, and was visibly affected by the
Many telegrams and letters had
been received by Gen. Diiaz. To each vi
an* answer was sent.
To his country. Gen. Diaz delivered n
a warning. Speaking to the little
group of soldiers who had served as -
a guard, the old man who governed
Mlexico for more than thirty years by I
miltary strength, deolarel that thet
present Government mus: resort to t
his methods if peace is to be restored.
The soldiers were the same men
who had defended the life of the Ex-j
President and his family, when rebels
attacked the special train coming .to r
Vera Cruz. Four of the number were
killed in the affair.S
When Gen. Diaz stepped forward g
on the veranda of the house, there t4
was a buzz of comment, but no ap
plaus'e. Diaz was brief. In the name I
of the army. Gen. Huerta addressed j
him. telling his oldi chief that he 0
could always count con these men,o
"notwithstanding what every one
Gen. Huerta's v6ice .broke as he! t
added, with perhaps more franknesss
"ct is the only portion of the coun
try that did not go against you." ~
Hie declared that he and his men f
and the army In general were sorry
to see Gen. Diaz leave Mexico, but }
that there was alro reason for grat.
itude, inasmuch as the peoule would
be given an opportunity to know I
what he has done for Mexico.
Bravely Gen. Diaz began his reply. j
but before many minutes he was F
having great difficulty in mastering
"I am grateful to the army." said
the Ex-President, "that I could I
count on it to the last moment of e
leavin Mexico. It is the only real (
~defence the country has and to re-es- (
tablish .it will have to be used in this b
Tears were rolling down the old t
man's face now, and his voice wasI
broken. -But he continued, assuring v
hs hearers that should his country at 1
any time become involved in trouble, a
he would be willing to return.
Pointing to the colors of Mexico, ii
the General added:I
"I would then place myself at the y
head of the country's loyal forces, t
and under the shadow of that flag.(
I would know how to conquer as in,
Punish Violators. -
If we are not going to enforce
the speed limit ordinance we shouldi
repeal it. Open violation of onea
ordinance induces contempt for all ,
Average Yield of Potatoes in Maine.
The average yield of potatoes in rx
the ttate of Maine for the ten years3
--1899 to 1908-Was 171 bushels
'ROBE RUST MAGNATE
R1MINAL ACTIONS PLANNED,
ttorney General Questioned by the
House Committee on Expenditures.
Says Juries Loath to Convict.
The recent decisions of the
upreme Court in the Standard
il and American Tobacco Com
any cases will result in ea
veeping attempt to secure criminal
nvction of violaters of the anti
-ust law, according to Attorney Gen
-al Wickersham, who appeared re
mtly before the house committee on
cpenditures. Mr. Wickersham was
ked why the government, thus far
iled to lodge any "trust magnates"
"We have done the best we oculd,"
e said, "but there has been an. un
illingness on .the part of juries and
)urts to sentence men to prison un
r the anti-trust law. Until the
apreme Court laid down its expla
ation of the law, in the cases just
dcided, this reluctance was well un
erstood, and the law has always
en open to question.
"Juries are becoming more willing
:w, however, to convict and judges
ho have been reluctant to impose
-!son penalties now have these de
sions to sustain thcm."
Criminal prosecution pending
ainst the meat packers, he added,
id the milk dealers, the naval stores
id window glass combinations and
her alleged violators of the anti
ust law, he said, would be
lowed by other prosecutions.
e stated that the government had
When asked why there had been
: prosecutions against the heads of
Le Standard Oil and tobsceo com
inies, he replied that "it has been
ractically impossible to convict
Lem. Now, however, we have an in
rpretation of the Anti-Trust Act up
1 which we can proceed."
The atorney general was closely
iestioned by Mr. Ball as to the cot
n cases in New York, -but he re
ied to disclose the government's
rought against those seeking to
evate the -prices of raw cotton rath
- than against the spinners and tne
bears" who were trying to depress
iture acts. Asked why actions were
, Mr. Wickersham said the govern
ent had believed it much easier to
ach the seven men controlling, the
Lw cotton pool, against whom it had
"The Staute of Limitations has
At run against the others," he add
1. "If the government is sustained
this first cotton case, the other
>binations will be attacked.
"Has there ever been an investi
ition of the attempt of 'bears' to
apress cctton prices in New York
New Orleans?" Chairman Ball
"Not that Ithave heard of," . he
LNCHEON TO GOV. WILSON.
a1. August Kohn Tenders Delightful
Reception at His Home~.
The State in addition to the recep.
on Thursday evening in hocnor of
overnor Woodrow Wilson and the
siting members of. the Press Asso
ation the press meeting has been
arked by -a number of handsome af
tirs for the guests of honor of the
eek and othersfi
Friday from $1.30 to $3.30 o'clock
ugust Kohn, retiring president of
e State Press Association. enter
Lned ataluncheon at his home on
ervais street in hbounor of Governor
For the occasion two adjoinin~g
oms were thrown together -and
ere arranged with a succession of
nall tables at each .of which four
uests were seated. The lunicheon
>ok the form of a progressive affair
ith each new course two of the men
each ta~blo advancing to the one
yond so that all were given an
nportnfity -e'f a chat with the guest
honor, and who sat with the host.
When the guests were first seated
ie arrangement was as follows: At
:ble number one sat Governor Wil
m. Mr. K~ohn. Dr. .T. W. Babcock
nd Robert Lathan of the News and
ourier: at table number two were
H. S.-ats of The State. J. L. Mims
f the Edgefield Advertiser. John L.
imnaugh of Columbia and C. 0.
earnor of the Spartanburg Herald:
?ated at the third table were W. D.
elton. Thomas Waring of the Char
ston Evening Post. Ambrose E.
-enzles of The State. and W. R.
radley: at the fourth were James A.
Fort of the T~aily Record. E. H. Aull
f the Newberry Herald and News.
.L. Ahney of Columbia. and .T. C.
rac of the Marion Star. Dr. S. C.
itchell. H. L. Watson. nresident
lect of the association: William E.
onzaes. -and Ed. DeCamn of the
~affney Ledger, were at table nnm
er fira, and at number six were
tayor W. H. Gibbes, W. D. Grist of
he Yorkville Enquirer, John J.
arle. Around the seventh table
rere Gilbert M. Berry. J1. .T. Watson,
'. N. Brunson, J. L. Simis of The Or
ngburg Times -and Democrat, Phil
p D". *Kohn. A. W. Knight of the
lamerr Herald. George L. Baker,
nd C. C. Poe of Raleigh. formed the
arty at the eighth table, while si
he ninth were Ben F. Taylor. W. F
-ldwell of the Chester TLantern
Villiam Banks of The State. R. L
reeyan. of the Pee Dee Advccate
nd Clarence E. Poe of The Progms
i.e Farmer. Luncheon was ar':ed
: nine courses, the appoinr'L-fts
.nd decorations all being .elaborat'
Snow Falls in 'Manitora.
A dispatch from Harrowford
orthwestemf MTanitoba. Sunday says:
inter returned in earnest. Fi-<
ueb~es of snow covers the ground
.da ,lindin blizzrd is raging.
SPY REVEALS SECRET
SAYS AN AMERICAN BLEW UIE
Plausible Story Attracts the Atten
tion of Chief Wilkie But it is De
nied by the MNan's Biographer.
The United States government it
became known, has investigated a
report to the effect that the Maine
w-as blown up in Havana harbor by
an American who had been con
demned to deathby the Spanish, but
won his freedom by destroying the
American battleship. The spy whci
turned the story into the Secret Ser
vic bureau at Washington, D. C.,
asserted that George B. Boynton, a
"soldier of -fortune" who died re
cently was the man who actually
blew up the Maine. Horace 9mith,
biographer of Boynton, declares the
story is false and that he can prove
Boynton was in Venezuela at -the
time of the explosion.
"The Spaniards," said the inform
er to Chief Wilkie of the Secret Ser
vice, "were entirely unprepared for
the visit of the Maine, which was
sent to Havana suddenly and with
out warning. Consequently there
was no mine attached to .the buoy et
whiph she -was moored.
"Capt. Gen. Blanco and his staff
did not relish having a hostile war
ship in such an advantageous posi
tion in the event of war with the
United States, which .they then re
garded as at least a possibility, and
it was decided to blow her up, un
der such monditions as might make
it appear she had been destroyed by
an accidental explosion of her own
magazines. A large boiler from the
navy yard was taken to the arsenal
and filled with powder. It was pro
vided with a mechanism by which
it would be exploded by electricity
and then bermetically sealed.
"The boiler was lashad in -1
under a lighter, which was towed
across the bow of the Maine at
night. W-en the lighter was di
rectly in front.of the battleship the
lines which held the boiler were cut
and it dropped into the mud.
"The Spaniards then fixed on
Boynton as the person to set off the
mine. He had been captured short
ly before while conducting a filibust
ering expedition for the Cubans,
whom he had aided during the ten
years' war, and was then imprisoned
in Cabanas Fortress.
"According to the story, he was
tried and sentenced to death, but
was offered life and liberty . if he
would press'the button th-at was to
destroy the Maine, and swear never
to reveal the secret. He accepted
these terms and on the night of
Feb. 15, 1898, when the 11aine
swung around until her bow was
directly over the mine, with her
keel only three or four feet above
it, he was taken to the *achina
wharf, where he threw the switch
that caused the expl-osion. Then he
was set free and left Cuba."
Hangs Himself to Tree.
When the great fire of 1909 crept
up Telegraph Hill, it left a dead tree
with one naked limb standing on the
highest bit of ground in San Fran
'cisco. Francisco Luigi Cap1 Del Ca
besa, pining for his native land
hanged himself to this-limb 'Monday
with a red sash which he had
brought from Tuscany.
Suicides With Handkerchief.
IUsing a handkerchief -as a nocose,
Mrs. Minnie Wiler, aged 76, commit
ted suicide in the police station al
Philadelphia, Pa., Saturday by hang
ing herself from a cell bar. The
woman was 'irrested on a charge /,
picking pockets. Fear of disgrace
was the motive for suicide.
~illed by Deputies.
Charles Young, a desperado, was
killed. Youngs wife was probably
fatally wounded, and Deputy Sherifi
Woodruff was seriously wounded i
a pitched battle yesterday betweer
the Youngs -and Deputies. Woodrufi
and .Brown in the dountains of Al
leghany county, N. C.
Auto Struck by Train.
While driving acrcss the tracks o;
the Southern Railroad in Fort Val
ley, Ga., Saturday afternoon witl
Mrs. T. C. Eberhardt, the Rev. H
B. Dean, a Methodist minister of thal
place, was killed and his companiol
se~riously injured when a freighi
train struck their automobile. .
Need More School Room.
By a vote of 145 to 24 Greenwooc
school district, including the town o:
Greenwood, voted Monday $25,00(
for additional school buildings and ai
extra levy of two mills for schoo
purposes. The present large build
ig on Magnolia street is greatl:
Gen. Huerta grasped his band and
then the old fighters embraced. On<
by one the minor officers moved for
wa.d, and each was embraced b:
G-en. Diaz and told good-bye. It Wa
ver. The troops stoad at attentico
for an hour in the ,broiling heat, bu
none appeared weary. G-en. Dia
turned to enter the house and th
officers gave the cocmmand to march
The troops went directly to the car:
of a special train, on which they be
gan their journey to the Capital.
Gen. Diaz, took luncheon. boarde<
the Tuluna, a Government tug, whic1
carried him to the Ypiranga. Witi
the Ex-President were Senora Dia2
the wife of the General; SenoraTere
sa the sister of Senora Diaz, and he
son, Jcse; Col. Porfirjio Diaz, Jr.
his wifea and five children; Lieut
and Mrs. Lorenzo Elizara and thei
young son; G-en. Amenuel Gonzale
and Col. Gonzales. Lieut. Elizaga
a brother-in-law of G-en. Diaz.
GOES FUR WLE
Col. r. B. Felder Addresses Open Let.
ler to Governer Cole L. Blease.
LIBEL SUIT OR A DUEL
Publishes Two Interesting Letters of
Blease, and Dares Him to Enter
Suit for Damages.-Promises 'to
Pay Attorneys Fees if He Sues and
The Atlanta Constitution Saturday
published a most sensational open
letter addressed "To Cole L. Blease"
and signed by Thomas B. Felder.
This letter follows one of a more
general character addressed to many
Charges of the gravest -nature are
made against the governor of South
Carolina, and he is challenged to go
into the United States courts for
redress. Two letters signed "Col"
alleged to have been addressed
to a liquor establishment, one ast.
ing for -pay for services and the oth
er acknowledging th4 receipt of $500
-and expressing dourbt of "Hub's!
reliability in money matters, are
printed. It is distinctly shock
ing to South, Carolinians to have
"coward or thief" applie to the gov
ernor of this State.
While the matter ha been publish
In a responsible newspapers, we do
not feel warranted in reproducing
the language conveying criminal
charges until there is more light
shed. Mr. Feldr should be made
to prove his chagers or else suffer
the penal-ties for gross libel.
He says in part:
If the charges I make are false,
they are libelous per se, and I am
Moreover, with apologies to the
shade of my departed ancestors, I
in modesty (?) claim to be your
equal, and if you are aggrieved by
the charges, it will be my pleasure .to
meet you at such time and place
without the confines of your State
that may suit your convenience, to
the end that abundant opportunity
may be afforded to -redress your
If my charges are groundless and
libelous and you do not wish to seek
personal satisfaction, you can insti
tute suit, against me in the Unitea
States court in the city of Atlanta
should It be objected, however, that
this is my home county, then in any
of the subdivisions of the district.
As soon as suit is filed I herby
promise and agree, in order .to facil
tate and expediate the same end by
way of circumventing any excuse you
may offer for inaction, that I will
,acknowledge service' and will enter
into a recogniaansce with good and ap
proved security in an amount cover
ing the sum sued for, .the fees of
your counsel and the cost of court,
together 'witiVbyour personal expenses
and the expenses of your witnesses;
the only condition of the bond be
that you shall finally prevail in .the
An investigation of this court will
disclose that it is presided over by
a distiguished jurist, who, In the
administration of the laws, knows
neither friend nor foe, and whil~e his
decisions are occasionally reversed,
they abound in such rigid integrity
that they are universally Interpreted
to be "without variableness or shad
ow of turning.''
Then follow the direct charges on
which Blease is invited to base his
suit for libel. They affect his con
duct while senator from Newberry in
dealing with persons selling suppliee
to the State dispensary.
Here- are two letters as presented
by Col. Felder:
I use you- own language: From
the "mountain of evidence'' in my
possession I submit for your consid
eration "a few grains of ssad." In
doing so I omit the name of the ad
"Dear sir: I am greatly surprised
that you failed to call upon me dur
ing your recent visit to Columbia
and arrange the matter as promised.
Spoke to -Hub about It and he re
ferred me to you. Have performed
all services as agreed, both as to mat
ters pending here and as to the lasi
purchases by the board. Let me heat
from you at once. Read and de
Yours very truly,
This letter was written by you dur
rc a session of the legislature o1
the State of South Carolina, In th4
month of February. 1905, to the re
presentative of *a well know llquoi
iouse which has had large transac
tions with -the State dispensary
Thereafter, onl March 16, 1905, yot
idressed another communication tc
the same party, as followst
"Dear sir: Since writing you or
the 26th ultimo, saw Hub. He hand
e- me the five hundred. Hereafte1
either deal dfteetly with me 01
through 3. F. Confientially canno1
rely on Hub in moncy matters Hop
to see you soon and report bappen
Ings. Very truly yours,
Other charges about the method:
securing votes in the primary elec
tion last summer follow, and Feldel
closes in a caustic taunt -to the gay
ernor of South Carolina to seek yin
Commenting on the letter, the At
anta Constitution says editorially:
The Constitution 'publishes else
r here an Interesting, though some
awhat perseon-al, communication ad
adressed by Hon. Thomas B. Felde:
to Gov. Blease of South Carolina.
o thos who know Col. Felde
ownlEK Lnur TrUnwi
FOUR PER CENT MORE LAN.D
Condition of Growing Crop Was 87.8
Per Cent. of Normal Score-Bear
ish Report on Cotion Issued.
A Washington dispatch says the
area planted to cotton this year in
the United States Is estimated by
the crop reporting board of the de
partment of agriculture, in the first
crop report of the season, as about
104.7 .per cent of the area- planted
last year, or 35,004,000 acres in
cluding that already planted and ex
pected to- be planted.
This is an increase of 4.7 per cent
or 1,586,000 acres, as compared with
33,418,000 acres, the revised esti
mate of last year's planted area.
The condition of the growing crop
on May 25 was 87.8 per cent of a
normal condition as compared with
80.2 per cent, that day last year,
and 80.9, the ten-year average on
Details by the state of area planted
In 1911, per cent of 1910, area and
condition on May 25, follow:
State Acres: Per et. tion
Virginia .. 37,000 109 93
N. C... .... 1,587,000 105 93
S. C.,....... 2,705,000 103 80
Georgia . . 5,199,000 103 92
Florida . . 284,000 106 95
Alabama . . 3,815,000 .105 91
Mississippi. 3,454,000 101 96
Louisiana .. 1,118,000 104 91
Texas ... ...10,868,000 105 88
Arkansas. . 2,446,000 103 87
Tennessee .. 882,000 105 83
Mssouri . . 115,000 112 86
Oklahoma . .2,622,000 116 87
California. .. 12000 123 95
STUDEN'S STOLE CORPSE.
Discontent of 6uspension of Base.
ball Team- Causes Trouble.
Discontent college students bied a
ndked corpse to the piano stool In
the chapel in Alfred, N. Y., this week
The affair so upset the faculty
and student body that the program
prepared of the last- day of college
year has been p-ostponed.
For several days the students had
been In a sullen mood over the su
spension of the baseball team, which
played a game recently at- a Wels
vie without having obtained per
A raid was made on an undertak
ing room in the town and a body
taken. from one of the slabs. The
town authorities have taken the mat
ter up and will make arrests, and
the undertaker acting for the rela
tives of the corpse, will -demand
punishment for the violators.
BIG RAT ATTACKS WOMAN.
She Mistook Rodent for a Kitten and
Was Badly Bitten.
Siistaking a ,big seer rat for a kit
ten, Mrs. Joseph Shoalter, of Pitts
hurg, tried to pet the rodent and had
a terrible battle to keep the animal
from causing her death. As she
touched the animal to stroke I-ts fur
it jumped at her throat, sinking its
teeth into the flesh. She tried to
knock the rodent fern her, but it
fought her. With a scream Mrs.
Shoalter fell to the street in a faint.
Pedestrians rushed to her side.
The rodent escaped into a near-by
seer. Mrs. Shoalter as -removed to
a nearby drug store, here, after con
siderable difficulty, she was Tevived.
Ater the bites were cauterised she
went to her home.
Cutthroats and Assassins.
A special from Atlanta to the Au
gusta Chronicle says T. B. Felder,
when told tonight of the sotion taken
in Newberry during the afternoon,
when a warrant was sworn out for
him, charging attempt to bribe H. H.
Evans and conspiring to defraud the
state of South Carolina, said: "Blease
and his commission are a set of cut
throats and assassins." lHe says he
has no intention of replying to the
demand to appear before "that com
Col. Felder's friends have advised
him that it would be dangerous for
him to go into the state.
In reference to the report that
steps will be taken to secure requi
sition 'papers for him he says he "has
no fear of their requnsitions"
Lopez Put to Death.
"Red" Lopez, the Mexican revolu
tionist, ordered imprisoned by Fran
cisco IL Madero, Jr., on the charge
that he had "sold out" to American
interests while in command of a
section of the Insurrecto garrison at
Augua Prieto, has been put to death.
Lopez was being carried to Camnanea
to serve an eight-year sentence im
posed by a court martial.
and who are informed as to the
chaos existing in the political affairs
of South Carolina. it Is scarcely nec
essary to say that the governor 01
South Carolina has, to say the least
of it, taken a circuitous route to at
tack Mr. Felder, his allegation, se
mysterious and misty as it is, relat
ing to an event of seven years ago
If there had been anything in the
governor's position, he was recreani
in his duty In not having given .the
people of his State the benefit 0:
his information before now. when hi
suddenly springs an attack on Cal
Felder in a general fusillade iz
which he assaults at the same timi
many prominent citizens of Soutl
Gov. Blease seems to have a was
-of running amuck, and that he hat
done so in this .instance no one wh<
knows Col. Felder -will doubt.
The State con notfi of course, fore
a caeth cours of the governor o
UEET ELUI LW
Wu. Ovn.w-. te Ssm..i.
Start NeW Re l
Two of the Rebel Leaders. Promend
to Desert Madero Untl-,Ther.Got
All the Secrets of the -Men-Plan
ing the Camp and Then. Theyitaa
Revelations of a plot .to start'an
other revolution 'in Mexico after; -
erthroving the leadership of-Fran
cisco I. Madero; Jr., and preventing
his journey to Mexico Cty creath
inte'nse excitement- throughout- ti
insurrecto army Monday.-:
The plot, which- resulted-Sunday
night in the arrest.of -DanielDev1.
liers of Mexico. City, at El Pasar anid
W. F. Dunn, an American,:st:Muntr
erey, Mexico, is- said.- to - Include
among its. leaders three--Iansurree
chiefs operating in the State of CoM.
A telegram from Monterey states
that Dunn, .on Madero's order*.l
been placed in communicado for
hours. Do Villiers Is:held-irnthse
Paso- Jail on- charges-1f "conspir.n
to murder Francisco L Mader-30
According-to Genz.-1Ben H
joen, the Boer--veteraniF who-s
dero's. chief military adviser;the
scheme was that Villjoer.and-Goe
Orozco were- to desert- aderoidan'
start a new- revolutionary movemesta
which would be jona&.by-certab-4
surrecto leaders. now in- the fiedntoos
gether with a federal- generm .n oii
to be friendly to the. "Cientfidd!
t was- represented- to him, Geli
Villjoen says; that-grest-qnatitieEt
the mines -f Ooa n ir--n t1 d
tion f the -new-outbruk-aud*:4
success wa.w asn ismd a 21:
Behind the:,arrest otftheetonale
leged conspirators-is-the: trOft
several weeks oeConfr .
exchange-of- many. tem Sowe
joen received a-tel*Wram.fm.fni
o City, -saying.
"The government watts.to.make
The- telegram was
ers." Madero- was- informe&-f- th
telegram and it was decided -to give.
evety encouragement-td thooebe
hind the-overtures. VilJoen; coord
Ingly, sent a- reply7stating:thaths'
"was open to receive proposion
This. was, followed .by .-telegram
from Viglers,- dnstructing: Villjoen..
"to watch the .rebel chief,, note.-by
what route he comes- and when. he
leaves. Make friends with Orozco.
There is a fortune in sight-for us."
Shortly after this two men--ap
peared In EJ. Paso and' secretiy-met
VillfSoon -and Orozco, who professed
their willingness to enter- the- plot.
Villjoen declares he: was -to receiv
$25,000 and- Orozco. a. like:amounlt
Money was given them- forr-current~
expenses, Villfoen'receiving:-$480 and'
Orozco $240. Dunn, who- was onerout
the pair- Villjoen asserts, translated.
to them a cipher message which readL. -
"Last message. ut Ihandi R~oein
working fast for change--of fedelXa
city. Do not worry about. anancl7
end 'of which will take care. Would - --
advise direct action Dies: at early
time. -Be very - carefuL Coitinue
advising and act as you -think -bist
Mexico City man says agent'Ffgneros
brothers coming you from-souhEK
(Sig). '- "Adolfo
The message, It- was. explenid -
came from the agent of .the-conas~i
cy at -Mexico City. The-rr'ference-to
Diaz was not explained by Gen.Xill
Agreement having been reachid
with Vilijoen and Orozco, Dunn
started for Meylco City, followed by
a private detective wIth-Instructions:
to arrest him on Mexican soil. The
arrest was made at Monterey Sunday~
night. Telegrams from thexa de
clared that "Important papers." bad
been found on the prisoner.
Forest Fire Heroine a. Bride.:
Miss Bernice Tripp; of- South
Bend, Ind., heroine In a terrible -for
est fire at Spooner, ~Min., a year
ago, this week, became the bfide of
Fred Cheek, of Spooner, one of the
hundreds she saved. Miss Tripp re
sided at Spooner, and at the time of
the fire was on duty as operator in
a telephone exchange. She remained
at her post until the fire- had' burn
ed over half of the town, when she
fin-ally fled for her life.
Hanged for Usual- Crime
Pat Crump, a negro, who It is
charged, attempted to essan10 the
wife of a planter at White Haven,
Tenn., Thursday, was hanged. by a
mob late that. night. Crump was
captured by a sheriff's posse- and
was being brought to the county pris
on at Memphis for safe keeping. Just
outside the city limits the mob-ovee
took the posse and securing the ne
gro hanged him to a tree on the
Several Persons Perish.
At San Francisco, Cal., ten men
perished In a fire destroyings "The
Chutes,'' the city's largestamsen
resort. The dead were occupants-of
an adjoining lodging house .rom.
which escape was cut off by the
fames. Many were injurod In trying
to escape. The loss Is $250,000.
Since assu-ming the duties of chief
executive of the state of South Caro
lina on January 17th, Governor
Blease has granted executive dlem
Ty in 171 cases, as follows: pa
i- es, 84; pardons and commute