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Commission Trying to Corner Cer
tain Dispensary Grafters.
THE PROOF OF GUILT
Id Gotting Stronger In tho Ouse ol
Certain Poonta Involved in the Dis
pensary Scandals-Morton A. Good
man, a Liquor Drummer, Was on
tho Witness Stand. Some Tell Tale
Tho old dispensary scandals arc bo
in??; ventilated again bv the commis
sion appointed to wind the institu
tion up. Morton A. Goodman, once
a liquor salesman drawing nominally
$5,000 a year with an unlimited ex
pense account was placed in arrest
Thursday at the instigation of At
torney Genera] Lyon and the special
attorneys representing the commis
sion for the winding up of the af
fairs of the State dispensary. The
charge is conspiracy to defraud the
State. He subsequently offered a
cash bond of $25,0 00. The commis
sion examined only one witnessThurs
day. He came voluntarily to estab
lish his claim but left a prisoner.
After being sworn, Goodman said
be had been a representative of Ull
man & Co. He declared that his ac
count against the dispensary is just,
and is still due and no amount of it
had heed paid. Ile said that J. A.
Braun, who was present, is a book
keeper for Ullman & Co., and had
brought the sales books for exami
nation. Goodman was then examin
ed by Mr. Felder special attorney
of the commission and interesting
statements were brought out by his
Witness said that he had covered
Ohio and a number of other States
for Ullman, including South Caro
lina. Had been with Ullman since
1904. Was formerly with the Com
monwealth Distilling company as
manager and president. Fleeted
president in 1902. Its office was in
Louisville, Ky. The capitol stock
was $250.000 or $300,000.
Mr. Felder insisted that Goodman
should say where he made sales for
the Commonwealth company outside
of South rVnKr?? Wt? * 1 "
.._-?,? ii. no Knew Mr. li.
Ehrlich, and he replied that Ehrlich
did business in Atlanta.
In August, 1904, Goodman chang
ed his base of operations from the
Commonwealth company of Louis
ville to the Ullman company of Cin
cinnati. He admitted that he had
been given his new position through
the agency of lien Ehrlich, with
whom he established a partnership.
It was brought out that the Common
wealth company existed largely upon
letter heads and that its sales were
made from a warehouse in Louis
ville, although it claimed to be in
the distilling business at Lexington.
In the interim there was great
trouble brought to the heart of Good
man. He wrote to his friend and
partner, Goodman explaining that
the Commonwealth people would not.
release him from his contract with
them and the awarding of purchases
at the South Carolina dispensary
was to take place before he could get
on his job with the Ullman house. He
wrote Ullman a letter urging that
the dispensary board be prevailed
upon through John Black, not then a
member of the board, to postpone
the matter of purchases until Sep
tember as the Ullman bids were
The board for some reason or oth
er did this very same thing. No pur
chases were made in August. In the
meantime, the Ulman company pro
posed a new bid. in which the prices
on certain goods were raised. From
the time that Goodman went with
the Ullman company until the dis
pensary graft was made oublie Ull
/ man's business was a grf 'uccess.
\?rhe Commonwealth con y, which
bad boon doini an om... nous bust
/.ness under Goodman's nominal pres
rf idency, dropped to nothing. In the
jr meantime Ullman sold the State dis
pensary over $150,000 worth of
"goods" the first nine months that
Goodman was there, against about
$10,000 for several years preceding.
VERY POOR MEMORY.
Goodman exhibited a very faulty
memory. The commission was mov
ed to great sorrow because a man of
such apparent, intelligence could re
He denied that he had ever told
Mack, Rawlinson and Wylie, tho
three ejected dispensary directors,
that Ullman & Co., and the Anchor
Distilling company were the same.
And yet it was shown by Col. T. B.
Felder that the very stationery of
the two concerns showed thc same
f Subsequently it. was brought out
that there was a third concern,
Strauss & Co., making bids to the
Stste dispensary and that t his Strauss
was a member of the Ul ii'ian comp
any, all three concerns, two being
"fakes," submitting "competitive"
bids to the State dispensary. Wit
ness denied having any written
contract with reference to his change
of business in August, 1904. Later
the contract was produced and read.
Ullman & Co., had a copyright for
mula on "gin phosphate." It was
proved that there was much graft
in this brand of goods. Goodman,
under oath, had sworn to Messrs.
Lvon and Christensen that these
goods had been sold in South Caro
lina at a lower price than anywhere
else. Col. Felder put in evidence
Goodman's testimony to the effect
that higher prices were charged in
South Carolina "in order to pay for
special advertising." In Augusta.
1901, before Goodman got his new
job, gin phosphate was listed at $9.50
per case. In September the price
was $10. Five hundred cases were
bought from Goodman at the ad
vanced price. Retail dealers else
where were getting it for $7.80 a
DID HIO IIAVK A PULL?
Goodman denied that he had had
any special pull to get him sales with
Boykin and To wi ll. "How much did
you pay Mr. Boykin?" witness was
asked. "Nothing," he replied. "How
much to Mr. TowiD?" "Nothing."
He admitted that he had lied if
he had ever written anything to the
effect that he had a pull with these
directors named. Col. Felder then
produced and read the following let
Distillery, Lexington, Ky.
M. A. Goodman. President and Man
ager the Commonwealth Distillery
Company, Incorporated Distillers,
Office 228 Second Street.
Louisville, Ky., Aug. 17, 1904.
My Dear Barney: 1 do not know
that I was ever in such an uncom
fortable and mean position, as there
is a meeting of the board in Colum
bia, Monday, August 22. 1 would
to be there, but so far the company
have refused to lot me off. I wired
to Myers to have them release me on
the l?thj but he positively refused.
Now, I want you to go to Colum
bia; be there Monday morning early;
telegraph Maj. John Black, 1007 As
sembly street, to meet you at the Co
lumbia hotel and do everything you
two can to have them to postpone the
buying until next month. I enclose
you copy of Ullman <& Co.'s bid and
it is such a poor one that there is
very little for them to buy of us, but
if they are going to buy get them to
buy of us the goods I checked off.
I want you to tell Boykin particu
larly my position and ask Black if you
should explain things to To will; now
tell Boykin on account of my leaving
herc on Sept. 1, I would be unable to
pay any commissions for purchases
they make from the Commonwealth,
consequently under no circumstanc
es hov an vt hine1 from them. You
I would, above everything else,
like to see them not buy and wait
until their next month's meeting.
Tell Boykin to please, under no cir
cumstances, though, to purchase any
Henrietta, apricot brandy, or bottled
in bond, and to save if possible, that
for us until we put in a new bid next
month. I wired him if be could possib
ly come here before the meeting to do
so, but not receiving any reply pre
sume he was absent from home.
Please tell him I shall come out to his
home some day before the Septem
ber purchase and will let him know
Now, if there is anything you and
Maj. Black don't understand, wire or
call me up. I guess if you want to
call me up on the long distance it
would be best for you to wire me to
call you up, otherwise the message
comes through the office and the
people here will know too much.
I do hope you will be able and suc
ceed in getting the buying postpon
ed. It has almost worried rho sick to
be fixed with my hands tied like I
am, but I do know you and Black will
do your best. If anything unexpeet
en occurrs that I can get away, but
hardly expect that to happen.
Went over everything with Strauss
Saturday; will fix the papers the next
time I go up.
Trust you are having a good trade.
As mentioned before, if you don't
understand everything wire me.
MOUTON, A. G.
Since writing above received a tele
gram from Mr. Boykin; he couldn't
come this week, I am writting him
you would see him in Columbia. Also
remind Black to not forget tho In
HEAVY BXPKNSK ACCOUNT.
Witness denied that when he was
making the shift from the Common
wealth company to tho Anchor com
pany in August, 1904, there were
any influences brought to bear to
keep the State board from mak
ing purchases. Later Col. Felder
produced a letter from Goodman,
showing that lu; did try to hold up
purchases i ii Avgust, 1904. Thc min
ute books were produced to show
that the board made no purchases in
that month, but that in September,
when he had landed in his now job,
Goodman sold large orders. In the
meantime Commonwealth business
dwindled away anti Ullman's grew
"The usual commissions" in Good
man's singular lotter was explained
to mean the commissions to .lohn
Black, agent, and not to the mem
bers of the board.
These Commissons paid to some
body must have boen very heavy for
Goodman's expense account for nine
months, a copy of which was put in
The statements we put in cvidenco
to show that there had been $62,000
gross profit from the Ullman busi
ness in nine months, that $9,000 of
thisamountwas normal expenses and
$43,000 was unaccounted for. Good
man had declined to make an itemiz
ed statement to his partners. Fol
lowing is the expense account:
Cincinnati, June 2, 1905.
Mr. M. A. Goodman, et al.,
In account with Ullman & Co.,
416 W. Fourth Street.
Half Profits .$31,621.80
Half expenses. 21.655.59
Personal drafts. $11,437.50
Mr. Felder made a point out of
the fact that there were several
brands which Goodman got up, ''Bul
ly Boy" and "Good Boy," etc.. al
most exclusively for the South Car
A RlGHOEOUS PROTEST,
Mr. Felder showed how after the
letter of Goodman written in Aug
ust, 1904, Ullman & Co.. got a
large order, whereas before that
time they had received nothing, and
this called forth a protest from the
chairman of the board, Mr. H. H.
Evans. This was put in evidence by
Mr. Felder, who presented it as "a
remarkable document, a righteous
protest, set forth in eight orderly
paragraphs conveying his indigna
tion to the people of South Caro
Mr. Evans said his protest "was
not made or based upon or by any
malice or prejudice but simply upon
business principles as each member
of the State board is fully friends
and in perfect harmony. Fxcept as
to the business methods upon these
questions alone have we ever dis
'1 nore were 700 cases of "apricot
brandy" sold at the December meet
ing in 1904, Mr. Felder asked a
number of searching questions and
brought out the information that
this is not a distilled brandy but a
concoction, colored and flavored
and sold at a high price.
"What is it worth," asked Mr.
"Whatever I can get for it." an
An analysis of the purchases for
this month showrd 400 barrels and
2,200 cases awarded to Goodman.
Witness denied that he got any
"rake off" from the Big Springs
Distilling company also at this moet
ng. This company is owned by Sig
el Myer, an uncle of the witness,
but they were represented by Solo
mons. Witness admitted represent
ing an Indianapolis beer company,
cinnati with Commissioner W. O Ta
tum. However, Boykin had return
ed to them the price of his enter
tainment. "Did he have very much
trouble to get you to take it back."
asked Mr. Felder sarcastically, and
everybody in the court room laugh
Mr. Felder stated that in Decem
ber, 1904, the distinguished chair
man of the board had filed another
protest, to which he invited "pray
erful consideration." Mr. Felder
here read Mr. H. H. Evan's second
protest in which he protested
against the buying of goods that
was not needed.
Mr. Felder tried to bring it out
that Ullman & Co. had charged
higher prices on wholesale lots on
every piece of "goods" to South
Carolina than in retail lots to other
dealers. He established this in sev
eral instances by the books of re
PAID BOYKIN AND TOWILL.
There was somewhat of a sensa
tion when Mr. Felder proved that
after a while Goodman and Ehrlich
had had a falling out and that
Goodman had paid $.r>00 for the re
turn of a "price list." Goodman
forgot about or denied this until
the documentary evidence was pro
duced and then he remembered that
he had threatened Ehrliek with the
Goodman had denied having had a
written contract with anybody, but
his memory was refreshed with the
presentation of a copy.
Mr. Felder called attention to the
fact that Goodman and Braun had
brought here onlv tia; sales books
and not the exspense account books.
But from the sales books the com
mission had seores of entries show
ing tho State of South Carolina for
some reasons or other had paid $2 a
ease more on some orders than small
dealers bad received. There was
a great deal of conclusive evidence
along this line.
I!. Ehrlich, of Atlanta, testified
that he was engaged in sellingliquor
for Uliman & Co,, of Cincinnati,
Ohio, and bad associcted with him
M.A. Goodman, L. Mauhcimer and
A. Himmelbauer upon August 1901,
and July 31. ??05, During this time
large quanitie* "f liquors were sold
tho South Carolina State dispensary.
That he met M. A. Goodman several
times in the city of Columbia, S. C.,
for the purpose of conferring with
Goodman and advancing sale of li-1
quorn and for consulting and agree
ing upon the best plans for conduct
ing their business. That M. A.
Goodman, bis associate, deposed
that it cost him a great deal of mon
ey to get the business from tho
South Carolina State dispensary.
Thal. Boykin and Towill. members of
the board of dispensary directors,
were his friends on the board and
Of Governor Ansel to the Legisla
ture Now in Session.
A STRONG DOCUMENT
Ho Gives tho General Assembly In
formation Upon tho Departments
of tho State Government With
Comments and Suggestions Gath
ered From Gloso Observation Din
ing (ho Year of His Administration.
Gov. Ansel's annual message was
read to both houses of thc General
Assembly on Tuesday. Ile begins
bis message by saying:
"lt gives inc pleasure to say that
wo havo been signally blessed the
past year, at tho hands of the Al
mighty, with health, with peace and
with plenty-our people have been
spared from famine and pestilence
and from storm and cyclone; and,
while during the past few weeks,
there has been some scarcity ot mon
oy, yet our barns and cribs aro full
and no panie is threatening."
Ho thou impresses upon the mem
bers of tho legislature that "the
highest of all honors iu to make
laws to govern the poople. This
honor has been conferred upon you
by your constituents, and I beg that
you bring to the duty assigned you
your best knowledge and judgment."
Tho Governor then makes the fol
lowing recommendations concerning
tho different Interests of the State:
1. An extra two mill tax for State
purposes for tho next two years to
pay tho obligations of the State as
they mature, so that hereafter it will ,
not ho necessary for the state to bor
row money to meet its current ex
penditures, but to "pay as we go."
2. A special tax sufficient to pay
the deficiency of several thousand ,
dollars In the revenues this year to
meet tho appropriations made by the
General Assembly at its last session
in oxcess of tho revenue derived
from tho last year's taxes.
2. Tho adoption of "the inquisi
torial plan" In the assessment of all
property for taxation. Ile says ^.ore i
whether the valuation is correct, and
tho "tax dodger" will be required
to answer correctly or take the con
4. Tho adoption of a stringent Act
providing for the punishment of both
landlord and laborer for violations
of labor contracts, and making it
"misdemeanor for one person to em
ploy a lahore! who is under contract
with another; such a law having
been rendered necessary by the de
cision of tho United States Court de
claring tho present law relating to
labor contracts unconstitutional."
6. Tho repeal of the lion law,
which "has long since accomplished
the purposes of Its enactment," and
for the reason that its repeal would
bo "hotter for landlord and tenant."
6. Tho amendment of tho Carey
Cothran Act regulating the sale of
liquor In this State "so as to provide
that not moro than one county dis
pensary shall be allowed in any
county whore liquor is allowed to be
sold, oxcopt In those counties where
there are cities with a populaton ex
ceeding 25,000," such an amend
ment being, in th? opinion of the
Governor, "in the interest of tem
por?neo," and minimizing "the sale
of liquor in the county dispensaries
and In tho State." A further amend
ment of the Act "providing that
when an election is held in any
county under thin Act, and the re
turns show that a majority of the
vot?is cast their ballots lo prohibit
the salo in the said county, that the
dispensai iou shall be Immediately
closed and kept closed until the mat
ter shall finally bo determined by the
County Hoard of Canvassers, tho
State Board of Canvassers, or by the
Courts if resort be bail to tho
Courts." Further amendment of the
liquor law will be recommended by
the Governor by special message
during the session of the Legisla
7. Tho passage of an act provid
ing for now registration books in tho
several counties of the Slate, and re
quiring tho Commissioners of lieg
Istration in tho several counties to
revise the lists of names ol' the quali
fied voters of t bo State.
X. Tho careful consideration of the
educational nooda of the State, and
proper provision for tho support of
the several Stale Institutions a;: re
that he paid them to buy from Ull
man & Co.; and that in the course
of his association with said Goodman
as herein stated deponent received a
letter from Goodman with the hand
writing of Goodman on letterhead:;
of the Commonwealth Distilling Co.,
of Louisville, Ky., dated August 17.
1904. addressed, "My Dear Harney,
and signed "Morton, A. G.,' with
an unsigned postcript on thc fonrti:
page. Tliia letter speaks for itself.'
commended In the reporte of tho
Stnto Supolrntendont of Education,
and tho Board of Trustees especially
charged with the diroctlon of those
establishments. Among the other
spoclflc recomomndntionH mado by
tho Governor upon this subject is
tho building of another dormitory
for the Winthrop College for Women,
encouragement "in every way possi
blo of Clemson College," and by in
foronco, liberal appropriation for tho
South Carolina University and the
South Carolina Military Acadomy.
9. "All needed appropriations for
this Institution," the Instituto for
the Deaf and Dumb at Ceda.*
Springs, S. C.
10. Proper support for tho Color
ed Stnto College at Orangeburg.
11. Tho consideration of tho De
partment of Immigration as a ques
tion of "great moment to our mater
ial and industrial life," tho best so
lution of the labor question hoing tho
"bringing in of home-seekers, home
hiiilders and desirable workmen."
12. The necessity of better accom
modations for tho Supremo Court of
the State, tho erection of a neat and
commodious brick building on the
State House grounds for this pur
pose," and the appointment of a com
mission to ascertain the cost of a
building suitable for the purpose,
snell commission to report its find
ings to the General Assembly at its
13. A liberal appropriation for tho
nerdy "Confederate veterans."
14. Favorable consideration of the
needs of thu military establishment
of the State, and of the recommen
dations made by the Adjutant Gen
eral and the adoption of the amend
ment to the militia laws as suggest
ed by him.
15. A liberal appropriation for the
maintenance of tho State Hospital
for the Insane.
ttl. The appointment of a State
Health Officer who shall sive all of
his nttention to the work of caring
for tho public health.
17. A sufficient appropriation for
tho building of an industrial school
at Florence In accordance with the
recommendations made by the Board
of Trustees of that Institution.
18. An Increase in the. salaries of
State officers and of Judgesof tho Su
premo and Circuit Courts "to at least
what they formerly were." "My ac
counts," says tho Governor, "will
show that it costs me more? than $1,
000 a year over and above my sal
ary to pay tho expenses of living *?.nd
of providing for such entertainments
and rocoptiona as are necessary to
tho dignity of tho position of Gov
ernor of this State."
19. Tho nnnnlnlwn' ?"<* ? n..m.>ili.
20. Moro power to the Railroad
Commission for the purpose of com
pelling the railroads to comply with
tho reasonable orders, rules and reg
ulations made by the Commission.
21. Tho adoption of measures that
will provide for the establishment
of a system of drainage in each of
th? counties of tho State; there be
ing 4,879 square miles of overflowed
and swamp lands In South Carolina,
which could bo reclaimed and made
healthful and arable by a well de
vised system of drainage.
In concluding his most admirable
message, Governor Ansel reminds
tho members of tho General Assem
bly that "If South Carolina is to con
tinue in her great prosperity much
depends upon the laws you enact and
tho provisions you make for the ad
vancement of all her interests."
The abovo is a short synopsis of
Gov. Ansel's admirable message, but
it gives a fair Idea of what ho re
commends to tho General Assembly.
We are indebted to The News und
Courier for it.
JUMPED TO HEH DEATH.
Bich Boston Woman Commits Sui
cide in Now York.
Mrs. Herbert M. Sears, a member
of a wealthy Heston family and
guest at tho Hotel St. Hegis, Now
York, committed suicide Friday by
lumping from a thirteen-story win
Mrs. Sears had been a frequent
visitor at tho St. Regis for so vor al
^ears. She always went lo tho hotel
iccompaniod only by a maid and fre
(UOIltly remained there for several
lays Her actions were described by
the boto! people as erratic and the
ni aid alway;; maintained :t close
watch over her mistress.
The body Of Mrs. Soar fell on the
roof of a four-story hui' ' :ig adjoin
ing thO St. H?gl? hud tho fall was
heard by residents ol that building.
Mrs. Sears loft ll ame for her hus
Tho hod ol Mrs. Soars was dress
ed only i i night clothing and the
appen1' of her room indicated
thal . bad been lying in bod read
In i he door loading to tho maid's
ro< ni was bolted. t
Hold Up Shot Dead.
At Hos AngolCS, Cal., while cov
ering with a rovolvor tho passengers
on tho Redondo olCCtrlC car late
Monday night, (Miarles Fray was
Bol/.ed by lt. (). Wlrlliams, a plucky
pnssongor, and was hot dead by Con
ductor .lohn C. Greer. Tho hold-up's
companion jumped from tho car and
To Be GIv JU by the School Im-?
To the Rural Schools of tho Stute?
and tho Schools ol This County
Should Win Sonic ol Them.
Wo wish all tho teachers In this
county to read tho following offer
and work earnestly for one or moro
prizes. We want our county to be
In tho front rank when it comes to
matters of this kind, and we urge
the teachers and all concerned to bo
up and doing.
The School Improvement Associa
tion has decided to offer hf teen
prizes to the schools of the Stato
for tho most decided material im
provement made during the given
length of time. Five of the prizes
aro to he $J0O each and ten are to
he $50 each.
Regulations concerning the fi'-eon
prizes that are to he awarded by
tills association are as follows:
1. Improvement must bc made be
tween January 1st and November
2. Prizes will he awarded to
schools where the most decided ma
terial improvements have been made
during the time mentioned.
3. tinder these improvements aro
included local taxation, consolida
tion, new buildings, libraries, inter
ior decoration, beautifying yards,
and better general equipments.
4. N?) school can competo for any
of these prizes unless* it is a rural
school. No town or city with moro
than GOO population shall bo eligi
ble to the contest.
5. All who wish to enter this con
test must send names, and descrip
tions of schools, before improve
ments are made, to the president,
prior to October first.
G. All descriptions; photographs,
and other evidences showing im
provements must be sont to the pres
ident before November 1st.
7. Prizes will 1>? awarded in
chocks sent by December 1st. Tho
prizes are to bo used for further
improvements in the schools re
Miss Nance is giving her entire
pointed school houses as object les
sons to the children. Wo would Uko
to see one or more of these prizes
captured by our county schools.
Makes Its Report to Governor Ansel
on Its Work.
The commission appointed by an
act of tho legislature to wind up tho
affairs of the former State dispen
sary has made its report to Governor
Ansel. It ls shown that the total as
sets now on hand, including realty
amount to $888,04?.! C, with liabil
ities of $G IL',OGS.66. The total
amount charged against, the counties
Tlie report condemns the purchase
of supplies in that bonds were not
required and gross overcharges aro
admitttd by representatives of tho
various whiskey houses dealing with
The commission also turns over to
the Attorney General the names oC
parties said to be guilty of misdeeds
in their connection with the dispen
sary. An account of the. Richland
Distilling company of $1,500 said to
have been owing was afterwards
charged up $5,7 0 0.
The report also shows that tho
accounts of the State dispensary aro
in a chaotic condition, some entries
being transferred to make balances.
CHINESE SAILORS MUTINY,
Leave Steamer Rut Aro Forced by
Police to Return.
At Philadelphia, Pa., on Monday
more than forty Chinese sailors on
board the British lank steamer Ches
apeake, lying at Point Breeze, mut
ined because they declared Capt Wil
liam dray had not furnished proper
clothing and food on tho trip from
Singapore to that port. The men
clambered over the side of tho steam
ar to the pier and the officers sent
a call for tho police to a nearby sta
tion. A squad answered the call and
tho troublesome Chinamen wero sur
rounded and driven on hoard tho
boat. An agreement granting somo
of their demands was signed by tho
Tlie Wily Japs.
The award of bids for material for
tho fortification of Pearl Harbor,
Honolula, has been hold up for tho
reason that it is believed tho low
est bidder is a dummy for Japaneso
contractors. It ls probablo that all
bids Will bo rejected and that tho
war department will conduct tho