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The State Unearthed Mysterious
GEO. A. BRISTOW'S
Questionable Met boils to Cot "Show"
(?iris.-I*o?toAlco Inspector Gregory
S woo rs Out Indictment Charging
the Yoting Mun With Fruudulent
Vue of the Mails.-He Was Very
In The State of Sut in day morning
March 14. appeared the following ap
parently very innocent advertisement
in the "Want" columns:
"Wanted Three girls lo learn the
show business; experience unneces
sary; ex [tenses paid while learning:
state agc; enclose stamped envelope
for reply. Address Predio, care Tho
A subscriber of The Slate at. King?
tree bad bis suspicions aroused by
reading tho advertisement and to sat
isfy his curiosity he caused a fake
answer to the advertisement to I)"
written, singing tin- name "Miss An
nie Dow." His answer to the add
was written on .March IT and was as
Kingstroe, S. C., March IT. 1908.
Dear Sir: 1 see your advertisement
in The Stale for three girls to learn
the show business.
I would bo glad to engage with you
as I have always had an inclination
for thai line of work and think I have
some (abut if developed. Am IT
years of age and neat in appearance.
Please write me full particulars about
tho work you would expect of me
and how long it would be until I
would receive some compensation.
Hoping lo bear from von soon.
( Miss) Annie How,
Kingstroe, S. C.
Caro of Hox 1 TM.
Four days later he received Q reply
to his letter, dated Columbia. March
J f>. and written on Columbia Inn
stationery The letter was signed
"Wallace Vmusomenl Co," and "Miss
Dow" was instructed to address this
"company" care of general delivery,
Columbia. The letter std lo-lh that
lo work but one hour each night,
"and we pay from $1G lo $200 per
week nud expenses." lt was also
stated that they tratoled in a private
?'ar and stopped at the hist class ho
tels only. Tho "requiromeni" was
then sol forth in very suggestive lan
guage and it was plainly slated that
only girls with good figures were
"If yon care lo join UH," continued
the letter, "you will have to come to
Columbia Thursday, March L't>, and
pul up at tho Columbia Inn, then
our alago manager will meet you
there Thursday night, March 26 and
see. you and if satisfactory will em
ploy you and you will be in a position
to become a successful actress with
an income that will give you a mark
tu your home town." H waa explicit
ly stated that "we must bear from
you before Thursday" and alie was in
structed td drop them a postal card
with these words on it. "Meet ino at
appointed place and hour." She was
informed in tho letter that it' she
were employed her railroad fare
would be refunded, but il rejected
she would hnvo to pay her own ex
pensen. Rut this very significant lan
guage followed. "Hut If you will talk
to our agent, and treat him as you
.tumid, we have no doubt but what
you will 'moko good.' "
The lefter consumed four pages of
ordinary stationery and Wu? wiicfen
in jame il. On the top of Inc first
pago wa? written in ink the follow
ing: "Charles Van Rurean, Manager
Wallace Amusement Co., is tim man
you aro to meet in Columbia, S. C.
Don't forget." On the letter hoad
also appeared in ink the following
number: "6335." On the bottom of
Hie last page of tho letter was the
following in ink: "Register at the
hotel as you wrote to us, that is
Miss Annie Dow, so our agent will
On the day following the receipt of
this letter it was mailed to the edil rr
of The Slate, enclosed in a lotter from
Hie subscriber in Kiagstrce giving the
fads concerning its receipt by him.
The letter ?o?d enclosure was leech
ed hy the editor (d' The Slate TtlOS*dn>
morning ai tun o'clock. Hoing anx
ious io protect the advertising col
umns of riie state ami bein.; annoy
ed by Hie thought that they had been
used roi fathering not only ;< fraud
ulent scheine but one that appeared
to he vile and vicious. The State Im
mediately decided to investigate ino
matter without Sparing expense.
Thc number, "6635," on tho letter
signed "Wallace Amusement Co., in
dicated that, possibly the writer was
an agent of tho "white slave" traille
and waa promoted hy no other pur
pose than to bring about the down
fall ot Innocent girls. Tho number
ing mudo lt appear that tho whole
hing was a eytomatlc ?cheme and was
being worked in a wholesale fashion.
Tho State after hard work got Post
ofllco Inspector Qregory to Columbia
and sont ono of its representatives
to Klngstroe to find a girl to como to
Columbia Thursday and impersonate
the supposed Miss Dow, Ho succeed
ed and on Thursday at 12:20 tho girl
reached Columbia, coming iu on the
Atlantic Coast Llrte train from Flor
ence, tho train which a person from
Kingstree would take in coming to
Columbia. Following instructions,
she registered as "Miss Annie Dow,
S. C.," as the Columbia inn. Follow
ing Instructions further, she managed
to have the proprietor assign her to
room 1(5. This room was to the right
of the first stairway below the office
entrance. Room 1 r> adjoined this
room, immediately in tho rear, with
a door connecting the two rooms.
The Trap Set,
Inspector Gregory, who had arriv
ed in Columbia in the meantime on
request of the editor of Tho State, ar
ranged with Mr. Monckon, proprietor
ol' tho Columbia inn. to place bim in
room 16 without putting his name on
Inspector Gregory gav?; "Miss Dow"
further instructions as to how to act
when tho agent ol' the Wallace
Amusement Co., put in his appear
ance. Ile outlined the plan ol' work
o Mr Monkton. who readily promised
to assist in every way possible. Mr.
Gregory, not. knowing at what hour
"Mr. Van bureau" or the "agent"
of tho alleged show company would
likely put in an ap poa rance, entorod
the hotel at :< o'clock through a rear
eui rance and secreted himself in
loom 15, putting down the r net a his
and darkening the room as much
as possible. "Miss Dow" did not
go down to the dining room for her
meals but bad them sent to her room,
it heilig desired hat the should not
Como into contact with the man who
was to meet her except in the room
where all avrancetnenis had been
made for trapping him.
At live o'clock inspector Gregory
was "tipped off" by Mr. Monck lon
that George A. Bristow, who worked
at the lunch counter at the union
tatton, was in all probability the maa
who was conducting this scheme
Bristow had been stopping at the ho
tel every night almost for two weeks
and had spoken to the night clerk.
Mr. McIntosh, about a woman
whom he was expecting, giving bet
name to him as Mrs. Dow and toll
ing him that sh?; was a wealthy young
widow and that she bad offered him
a position to travel willi and look
after an invalid son. Mr. Monckion
had also noticed actions of Bristow's
which mlcfhl indlcnfn ?'<..' '.'..'<.
. .. ....... ... XV. WI .1 11(1
Bete, a poller who knows a thing ol'
two, whispered to Mr. Gregory a mes
sage from Mr. Monkton to he effect
sage "that man" had como in the
hotel and asked about "Miss how"
in room 1 t?. In just a lew minute
the door to Hie stairway below ( leak
ed and then closed and sonic one
t aine tripping up tho stairs, whistling
a gay air.
! Ile wtis heard to pause ab.mt mid
way ot the flighl of stairs and lo Call
oui, in an apparently careless soil of
way, loud enough to he bea id in Un?
room ocupied by the >oung lady:
"Come on, Van Bureau! ' The man
?.ame on up stairs and went in room
14. After about ten minutes ho went
back downstairs. Bristow lion sent
tho young lady the following noto:
Columbia, S. C., March LMJ, 1908.
Misa Dow. If yon are the young!
lady who wishes to seo the advance
agent bf tho Wa I taco Amusement Co.,
I have been instructed to see you.
and as not. to attract attention, will
you be ready in a few minutes to
fake ii car ride around the belt and 1
shall bo pleased to explain the busi
ness to von. If I have made a mis
take idease pardon ino. Mr. Van
"Bureau har. gone to Atlanta to join
the show and 1 have lull Instructions
to tut. Please Iel me know by the
"Respect fully j
"Geo. A. Bri low."
She informed the porter io tell Mr.
Bristow Hutt she could not go oui
with bim, but il he Wished to see bet
ho would have to noun' lo her room.
The porter went back and delivered
the message. Bristow (hen asked per
mission of Mr. Mom k ton lo ( ail up
on the young lady in her room.
Mr. Monck ton explained to him thal
he did not allow gentlemen to call
upon ladies in their rooms at hi ho
tel, hut (hy agreement with Mr.
Gregory) ho told Bristow that he
..ished to see her slrickly on business,
as he stated, he would allow him to
go up, but advised him liol lo ; m>
(iocs to Hie Boom.
Bristow then weal up stairs and
knocked ai tho young lady's room
door. The door was then opened ami
then cann : "ls this Miss how?" An
affinintive answer caine from titi
young' lady and I lien Mr. Bristow
started on' hv lolling her how sor
rily he was that "Mr. Van Burean"
had lo go out of Hie eily, etc. He
again made the proposition to go
ont for a car ride, saying that lt
would be hard to place (ho proposi
tion Clearly before her as Mr. Monck
ton objected lo any one calling on la
dles in their rooms and he could take
her for a car ride and then they could
go to some place whore they would
riot tm observed, etc.
Bho again docllued to go, aid rath
er against his wishes Bristow started
in with his taner and fascinating
story about tho ?how bunine.;.i auj
the advantages to bo gained by girls
who enter the profession. Tho story
was roseate and almost poetical.
Bristow explained that tho "Wal
lace Amusement Co." wore playing at
tho Hijou theatre, Atlanta, at that
vory hour, putting on that fascina
ting drama, "I Don't Caro!" Of
course "Miss Dow" had never heard
of this play and Bristow proceeded to
j explain what, a gorgons and absorb
ing theme lt was. There wore only
IGO people In ll, und only 40 of those
! wore chorus girls.
j Then taine tho first "advances"
I when he hogan lo t<'ll her, in an ex
ceedingly apologetic tone of voice,
that tho chorus girls wear short
?dresses. A little alter be caine lo
the "tights," prefacing bis remarks
by. ".Now, Miss Dow. I hope you won't
be offended," etc.
".vow, that is just the greatest
i rouille we have in securing girls,"
ho said, adding that ibero ?s no rea
son ?by ?my lady should obied to
j wearing tights il* she expected to
learn tin? show business, tie further
explained Hutt lie and his wife had
been in tho show business for years,
that his wife was as fine a lady as
ever lived and she appeared on the
stage ovorj night In tights, otc.
laked Mer Looks.
Bristow said he liked her Appear
ance and thought everything would
he all right, hut he would, of course,
have to call up "Mr. Nan Bureau" in
.Atlanta and see what he had to say
j about it. lb' explained t'aat he had
pul in a call for his pa.M ne;' earlier in
. the evening bul Mr. Vail Bureau was
not at Hie I'd iou theatre al that tillie
?and central informed him Hutt At
lanta instructed that he would have
io ? all later ii ne wished to talk
The lime came for him lo go down
lo telephone to his partner in Atlanta
.and be would come back and let
"Miss Dow" know what he had to
say about it. But he dhiri l go down
and hi' has done no phoning yet.
.lust as he was preparing lb leave tho
room he was confronted hy Inspec
tor Gregory and "als assinlunt, the
former appearing at tho door 1 -ailing
from room M? to the hallway and
?the latter through the connecting
?door that leads from room !5 to 16.
(To say (hut Bristow was (alien by
; surprised and was completely non
plussed expresses il hut mildly. lt
were as If the earth had opened up
land these men had appeared out of
j its cent re.
He admitted his connection with
the scheme and turned over to in
spector Gregory letters, etc., in his
I nov..HVIOM i?>.t <...'. ?>....??..I
. ne met Vau Buren"
and how he was led into ibis scheme
and how ihev had worked ii togeth
er. He said the letter to 'Miss Dow"
Wtu written by himself tail Hint "Vari
Bureau" dictated most of il and told
!iim in a general way what lo say
to Int I.aler he answered other re
plies Ilia! were received as a result
of the advertisement, without the as
sistance of his alleged friend.
Oilier (?ivis Had Answered.
Ile told (d' receiving replies from
girls in tho city and from others than
"Miss Dow" outside ol' the city. H
was arranged for two of the girls to
meei Ibo "agOllt" al (he Concili?e ho
tel and on Sunday night, Man h ?'?,
he wont lhere and stayed all night.
Ile said thal "Vail Bureau" was lo
lill vd niel the girls expected at the
Conga roe and went there himself and
registered hit! lalor Vail Bureau"
(obj him that he. had io go to Sum
ter on the nexl atrlu and asked him
(BistOW) lo go lo tho hotel i and
meet the girls. Ile said that I he gills
bad failed to come and he loft word
with Hie proprietor thal if they called
alter thal night lhat he was suddenly
(ailed out of the city and would he
blick in a day or two.
He talked willi the proprietor ol'
the Congaree, ho said, about being in
the show business and lo prove io
him I hal he w as no "lake" showed
them some of the letters that he had
f.-'eived ;dd-e :ed i.6 Walboo
Amusement Co. ami len them willi
him He had not been ha<k since lo
thai hotel ;uid did not know whether
any of the girls ever wen! then- to
meet "Vail Bureau' after Sunda}
Bristow insisted thal "Miss Dow"
Wits Hie orilj one of the girls whom he
had mei. mu Van Bureau'' had mel
several, mentioning one In Brook ka nd
and one on B'ar.ding Street) etc.. He
gave the nata''- of lour or five gins'
living in the factory district whom
they had planned to gel Into (he com
pany bul he had hil il lo "Van
But eau" so sro them and make the ar
Ho denied that ho placed tile ad in
The Slate and said thal he had never
gone to tho postolllcc and called for
I he mail. l)n being show n ?ni order
sent in ihe postmaster directing thai
lin- mail for he Wallace AlUUSCmolll
Co.. he delivered lo "hoy," he ad
milted thal he wrote il. The order
was signed "Char.'es Van Burean"
and was written on a piece of yellow
paper. Hr also admitted Hitit he hud
sent tho same boy to the office on
several occasions for tho mail. V. hen
Bristow waa taken In charge bj In
spector Gregory he had Just $1.20 on
his person and that is the amount
with which he had planned to take
"Miss Dow" out and give her a good
time. Ho said that this was "Van
CONOHKNING HUItAL VUKK DH
UV RH Y CAKKINltt*.
It IN Held Improper to Ti'uiiNinit Un
.stomped Lot torn From Ono Polut
?O A not her.
The Washington correspondent of
Tho State; says it is not proper in
tho opinion of the fourth assistant
postmaster geno ral; Mr. DoGraw, who
has charge in general of tho rural
free delivery routes, that li, V. I), car
riers should carry unstamped letters
from one point on their route? to
another. Representative Sloydon of
Texas recently made inquiry of the
department as to this, from which
fact it appears that in Texas at least,
whence Mr, Slaydon hulls, it has
hoon customary for some of the ru
ral carriers lo carry from one point
lo another letters or parcels which
aro not stamped.
It is doubtless hue in all parts of
flu; country that rina' carriers, who
get to know their patrons wei!, do
small favors O? this kind for mein
Tho fourth assistant postmaster gen
eral, though, in answering Mr. Clay
don in effect la's down a policy which
will put a slop to al! this.
Mr. hoGrnw's answer to rho Texas
representative is made after consult
ing the depart mon I of justice at
torneys general advising him as to
tho legal ((ll est io ll involver'.. Said Mr
DoGraw. "All natrons of rural free
delivery tontes are required to pro
vide themselves villi approved boxes,
and their contents are recognized in
law as mail Poxes and protected fron,
wilful damage or depredation." lie
further staten that these hexes,
while provided at the OXpOUSO ol the
citizens Oil the route, are erected ex
clusively for the I"nlted States mail
Hence the matter In them ls to bo
considered United Stales mall.
All mallabie matter placed in ru
ral mail boxes.'' says Air. IMJvaw,
"is subject io Ibo rules and regula
tions governing the mails, including
the payment of postage. While jt is
not in violation of law to place un
stamped mallabie matter in rural
boxes, it is not proper thal it should
Kural carriers rinding such mattel'
in boxes on their routes are required
to bring it into the (.flieo to bo held
"it will, therefore, he apparent io
you that in the use of rural mall
o ?unes uriggH ol Georgia has a mn
now ponding to allow ? cent postage
on li. F. h. toutes from one point oe,
a route lo another, just as in the case
of a 'drop letter" in a postoflico.
Bureau's" money and thal $l.f>0 was
Hiv.MI lo him hy tho latter just as he
(.Yan Burean) was fixing lo leave
Columbia for Atlanta Monda?
He also had a now lape line in his
pocket ami the money was to be used
in paying for telephone message, His
attention was directed to the tact thal
if $1.60 was given to him for that
purpose Ii?? had already spool 20
cents of ii foi something else and
was planning to spend moro of il in
tllkng 'Miss Dow" otu lot a good
time about the eily Well, he could tlx
that, ho sad.
Bristow in Arrest.
Inspector Gregory had Bristow
lix ked np at the pOliCO station af t.ilO
o'clock Krida) morling for safe-keep
lug and al noon Friday he swore om
ibo warrain before Commissioner
Vernor. Inspector Gregory spent the
ontlro day Krida> following np the
investigation and every step brough!
more convincing and moro damaging
tetlmony against Bristow, Several
Columbia girls who had answered the
ad wore Interviewed and turned over
to Mr. Gregory Hie letters wh'-h they
had received from this fake ..muse
(nie yoting woman stated that she
would liol ill;?' to haw- 'n t u.om u\
pear in connection with Hie case but
thai if it were necessary in order io
insure Bristow being given the severe
penalty which she fell he dosel ved
: he would gladly appear as a witness.
Many places thal Bristow stated
he had visited in company with "Van
Burean were visited by Mr. Gregory
?o?d at ach place it was learned that
Bristow had bien then- alone each
time He gavo the names of several
houses of ill tame which he had vis
ited with Van Bureau, hut the in
mate!) of these places knew no ene
hm Bristow of (he alleged pair. He
had come ami gone alone. Kvery
whore the evidence only added to (he
theory that Bristow and "Van Bur
eau" and the "Wallace Amusement
Co." were one and the same and
operated the ?chemo ail hy himself,
Inspector Gregory left yesterday
evening fol' Allanta bul before golhg
he had collected a Kit al quantity of
munging evidence ngainsl Bristow.
Bristow said last night I hat he
knew h was "up again si il" and want
ed to know something about Hie pen
alty that would he I in po ed if he
should he convicted. He said he did
not. know whether he could gel out
on bond or not. but asked that his
brothor be notified.
Bristow will be given a prelimi
nary on April 10. There are already
more than ft acore of wllnesaes who
win bo Hubpoonod to appear in Char
leston against him.-The fltato.
BT AK VING IN NBW YORK.
Tried to Steal Money With Which to
A gray-haired sick looking man
walked into ?he booking ofHc? of C.
H. Richard A: Co., 83 Braodway, Now
York, Friday and asked for monoy to
got, food. He was ordered, out, and,
Utter walking to the street, stood
looking for a moment at the firm's
window, where a quantity of foreign
money was exhibited.
Then his glance foll on a pleco of
concreto lying In the gutter, nnd, has
tily picking it up, he throw it agalast
the plato glass. The window broke
In a dozen pieces, and the old man
then grabbed a 110 franc and a 50
fane note and ran.
Two of tho linns clerk's caught him
Indore he had got fifteen feet away.
?In the station house tho prisoner de
scribed himself as Thomas Kennedy.
70 years old. a sall maker, with no
home. Ho said ho had ?'aten nothing
for 48 hours, and his appearance in
dicated it. The police sympathized
with him, but charged him with burg
ROM li THROWFR II FUT.
Ami His Friend Killed by M Prema
At Now York one mun was killed,
another fatally injured and four po
licemen slightly hurt ns the result of
an attempt to assassinate a squad of
police Saturday, which dispersed ten
thousand unemployed persons which
attempted to gather In Union Square.
After the police disperse] tho
Crowd they began to form a proces
sion and began swiging "The Mar
seilles." A squad of police started
across tho park and two men, one
with a bomb in his hand, came up be
When within a few pates of the
policeman the man lu front raised
his hand to throw the bomb, which
exploded in his hand with the above
result. The would-be assassin made
a statement at Hie hospital saying
his name was Selig Silverstein. *
I < 1W A FOR BRYAN.
The Democratic Convention Kndorses
tho Groat Commoner.
A dispatch from from Cedar Rap
ids. Iowa, says William .1. Bryan's
friends today controlled the Iowa
Democratic State Convention. Tho
oin I form ndooted was a recast of the
by tho Democrats of iowa. There
was some sentiment In favor of adopt
ing the Nebraska platform in toto,
hut Anally it was rewritten as lo
SF.N. TILLMAN GOING ABROAD.
His Physicians Advise a Change and
A dispatch from Trentou says
wliile alarm is felt lhere ts consider
able anxiety over ibo continued ill
ness of Senator lt. lt. Tillman, and
announcement ls made (hat his phy
sicians, Dis. Babcock and Hunter,
have decided that Hie Senator needs
a complote chango. If develops that
Senator Tillman's condition demands
absolute rest and quiet, hence any
Idea he may have entertained of
making another lecture tour after
tho close ol' Congres?? or hiter in the
year has been pul aside. Tue Sena
tor and Mrs. Tillman art: making ar
rangeaient* to go abroad during tho
late spring or early in the summer,
and will be away several months. *
Kfl.l.F.D BY M VB) WIRB.
Caught Hold Of lt White I? Bath
lld gar K Miller, aged "? years, of
Newton. Ind., a freshman at Depau
1'nlverslfy, los? his life by coming In
contact with a live wire in tho bath
room of Mrs. Jordan's house late last
A cry was heard and his room mate
rushed to the bathroom to Und Mil
ler lying on the floor dead. A hole
In his tight hand and a deep burn in
the young man's foot told the story.
His body had fallen directly beneath
an electric llghl ami was stretched
aci uss a register.
ri.e Chronicle says Patrolman I.
I, Caw-lev and Bicycle Officer W. M.
Martin, of the Augusta Police De
partment, ure locked up at Police
liendqnnr'.ers, charged with robbery.
Leo Vam and .lohn Ling. Chinamen,
charge that the oflicers entered Ling's
store Sund i;, morning and held Ihetn
(lp and robbed them of some money
and a diamond ring valued at about
Ono man was Instantly killed,
anothm probably fatally injured and
five others badly hurt In a rear-end
collision betwi on a work (rain loaded
with lahorers and ft freight train on
tho Illinois Central Railroad early
Tuesday. The accident occurred at
Now South M om phis and was caused
by a dcnBO fog.
THEY MUST STOP
ItKPUIlblCANS GUTTING TlltKf?
OF FAKK (JONTKSTS.
Disposition ou Tort of Committee to
Refus? to Pay Contestants for Seats
Tho Washington correspondent of
The State Hays the contests for seats
in congross by A. p. Prloleau, A. D.
Punt ?I er and Isaac Myers will contin
ue Just so long as Congress allows to
those Interesting citizens the sum of '
$2,000 for thc expense of their con
tests. Hut from present indications
this is not. going to he much longer.
As Representative Mann of Illinois,
chairman of the election committee
which has sat patiently through the
alisurd "arguments" Tor three times,
said to the negro lawyer. Jacob Mool
er, who appeared for Duntzler and
Myers, it is a fraud on the govern
ment, and as already stated in my
dispatch, the chairman indicated
that he was in favor of not approv
ing the expense account.
Thi> law allows the actual expenses
incurred hy the contestants, "not ex
ceeding $2,000." This account must,
he Itetnlxed, and tiles? negro states
men me ?it least sharp enough
to itemize it up to the two thousand.
Chairman Mann questioned Jacob
Moorer, the attorney, very closely
about the expense account and gav*
the whole crowd ot' them a little im
promptu lecture on thc subject, of
coming hore year alter year with
these bogue contests.
"You had sonic sort of a ease six
years ago." said Mi. Munn, in sub
stance, to Moorer. "Two years ago JK
you cam?' with a weaker case and i J
now you come with practically none
ai all. It is cl lille ul t to undersUnd
here what your kick is about. Ac
cording to your own statements there
are 1,400 registered Republican
voters in the one county ol* Beaufort
and GOO Democratic voters, and yet.
you poll only 226 votes in the who'e
district. In the face of that showinc;
with 1,400 voters who are registered,
you come here and claim that you
are deprived of your right to regis
Taking nj) the expense matter then
and tho fact that the casi.s are so
flagrantly absurd, Mr. Mann asked
Moorer if he thought it. right and just,
to come here every year anc ask con
gress to give them $2,000. Tne sub
t.aiuec . f M"? Y reply ""?rufi fhrr hr .
iii' ' mem la" of Hu . onnuH
tee, Ali iVuitihei, H Republican who
soumed hhxloufl ?.j ?lo itv sumir?
case, closely (juestioucd Moorer about
tin; allegations that the negroes In
South Carolina were denied the ?
right lo register. lt is realty a pity rf
that these contestants and their law- * *
vers could not go before all tho mem
bers of congress so that other Nor
thern members, who have false im
pressions about the methods of dis
franehismont of tho negro in the
South could learn something as Mr.
Mauser and the few other members
of (he committee did. Moorer wu?
wholly unable to cite any convincing
facts as to negroes being denied reg
istration, though he asserted that Ifc
Mr. Moss, representing Mr. Lever,
stated thal he had made an Investi
gation in nearly every county it?
South Carolina where there had ticen
allegations of denial of registra:toil
to negroes and that not onco in hi*
district had any negro taken an ap
peal from the registration supervis
or to the courts, although, he de
clared, tho law distinctly provided for
Huch an appeal to thc circuit Judge at
chambers. The only appeal he found
ever made, ho said, were in the Se
cond district, in Beaufort county,
sonio years ago when Senator .1. H*
Kaile was a judge, when in a nitm-'J
ber of easel) the appeals wbVe granted
and the supervisor ordered to Issue
"Why is this?" Mr. Mauser asked-.
"! don't know." answered Mr.
A little later, in answer to another
question by the Ohio man, Mr. Moss
gave the wholo thing away. Mr. Mos?
admitted that there were a large
number of negroes in the Seventh dis- g^
(rici who were registered and he ad
mitted that if they hud voted th0>A /
would have voted Republican ticket.
Mr. Mauser wanted to know why
?hey had not voted. Mr. Mosa said
there was a reason, but that lt was
not in his record in the case and that,
it would be wholly apart from any
thing he had intended to bring up in
connection willi it. bul that it" tho
gentleman from Oulo really wanted
to know he would tell him. Mr.
Mauser wanted to know.
"Well, tho negroes in the district,
take He- contestants' candidacy as a
joke," sahl Mr. Moss. "I woild not
say anything against the contestant,
either as to his character or his
ability, bul this Is tho simple truth."
Pantzlcr got 133 votes in th? dis
Tho claim upon which all these
contests have been based for many
years, as estimated above, is tho
claim for the $2,000. Hut the argu- -
mont, so-called, is an to the validity k
nf the Souh Carolina constitution of
1 SOT The claim in brief is that tho
constitution of 1895 as to its suffrage
provlnlons u: in violation of tho act
af congress readmitting South Caro
lina into tho Union in 18G8. .