OCR Interpretation

The Pickens sentinel. (Pickens, S.C.) 1911-current, August 22, 1912, Image 1

Image and text provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn93067671/1912-08-22/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

WEKYEtrdArl2.1903 at PickRux. S. C. an second Clans zugl i atter, uander "I fCnrn 1Mac ,17 USRITO .PIE 1Y
1871-Volume 42 PICKENS, S. C.. AUGUST 22, 1912 NUMBER 17.
Our Statel"
Should be the Earnest Petition
of Every True South Carolinian
Every patriotic. liberty loving, law abiding, God fearing, loy
al citizen of South Carolina should earnestly pray and work for
the redemption of this grand old State on the 27th inst ant. Those
who fail to do their best and full duty on that day may regret it
for man ' days to come. South Carolina is now in the balance.
She is being weighed by the world at large. Throughout this
great country, from Maine to California, from one side to the oth
er, north, east, south and xx est. we have become a by-word and a
reproach: almost a stench in the nostrils of decency: the laughing
stock and ridicule of all good people.
From the man who would trample the constitution under his
feet when he says "TO HELL WITH I'' From the man who
From the man who would retain a grafter in oftice after it
has been proven that he grafted from blind tigers,.as Stothart. of
From the man who will coInmission his friends and thereby
give thenm the rigwht to carry concealed weapons when tihe\ aro
not officers but for the purp.)se oi evading prosecution, as was the
case of Editor Cheshire. of the Anlderrson Inteilliencer.
From the man who will not show the least consideration for
anyone unless he bows down to Baal.
From the man who woukl array class against class, race
against race.
From the man who pretends to be a friend to the poor, yet
cannot cite one instance where he has aided a poor man, but who,
on the other hand, vetoes a!i act which would furnish money to
treat the poor children for dvptheria.
From the man who will sooA empty the penitentiary if his
past record is kept up.
From the man who is swoi i' to uphold the law but disregards
his oath by pardoning a dispensary grafter (John Black) before
he serves a day of his sentence.
From the man who professe- love for the laboring class yet
vetoes an appropriation which would enforce t he labor laws.
Fro~m the man who curses, swears, blackguards and xvillifies
good people.
From the man who practically advocates lynch law, encour
ages men to violate the lawx, and w-ho said he would pardon any
-man who would shoot down men who acted as King and Watson
Fro~a the man who did everything in his power to keep down
the investigation of the old State dispensary by vetoing the act
creating the present commission when he himself asked for it.
Because he discharged the first winding up commission that
had recovered so much money from the grafters.
Because he insulted the lady ticket agent at Belton.
tBecause he pardoned the Yankee pickpockets, turning them
out on the unsuspecting country people right at the beginning of
the State fair. Because he pardoned a negro barn burner.
Because he allows just anybody to call him a liar.
Because he is using hypnotic influence gund suggestion on ig
purant people wherever he can
Because he has pardoned 37 criminals and given reasons for
only 50 in his book.
Because he is in sympathy with the Wall street interests as
shown by his support of Harmon.
Because he favored increasing the taxes on the people to add
a $900,000. wing to the State house. and at the san" time he sy
he is the poor man's friend.
Because he should not hav-e voted for Ira B. Jones for speak
er and associate justice and senator if Jones was~ such a bad man
as Blease now proclaims.
Because his immoral langui.ge, language emanating from
the lips of the highest executive of the State, is degrading to t he
youth of the land
because he pardons negro house and barn burners.
Because he keeps Ben A bnev, chief counsel for the Souther n
railway, in his mansion.
Because he is in symnathy with grafters. lHe will say not,
but his ev-ery act has befriende~d them.
Because he claims that he will violate his oath of office and'
lead a mob.
geg4upe he has astoptedi as his flag the red flag of anarchy
Becau~se of his opposition to institutions of higher learning.
Because he pardoned Hasty, wvho killed t wo unarmecd men in
is- my n house.
Pecause he voted for* a bill to close the school to children
whose parents were too poor' to pay noll tax
Fecause he v-oted against Ilt income tay: and in favo~r of the
adh ian. A poor man has no Mcome tax to nay.
Because Ben Tillmni says Biase has nudidied the waters.
Because the 27th day of Aunst is the only day the people
will have to crush out existing conditions and save our State.
s a Hit
rens Meeting
taking his customary hand
primary. It showed that the
governor had a majority in the
audience, though it did not by
any means show the sentiment
of the county. Large numbers
of people were here from the
adjoining counties of Greenville
Spartanburg and Newberry,
though hardly any came from
Greenwood. At the close of his
speech Gov. Blease was present
ed with several buncht s of flow
ers and a gold watch, the watch
being presented by W. R,
Richey, Jr. He was carried
away on the shoulders of his ad
The other candidates spoke
about as usual, a feature of the
meeting being that each of them
until D. C. McLauren was
reached, being called upon to
state their preference for Gov
I ernor, Mr. McLauren gave the
questioner such "blessing out"
that the matter was npt pushed
very much afterwards.
Blease badges today were
white instead of read as hereto- a
Greenwood, S. 0., Aug. 15 -
By the time the first candidate
for governor, Judge Jones, was
to speak here today, the crowd 5
had grown to about 2,500 per- t
sons. Cotton mill operatives, r
most of them wearing Blease e
badges, fornd a large section t
of the crowd. r
Tumultous apiplauso was giv. r
en both Jones and Blease by
their respective partizans. As e
usual, Jones men evideiced
their approval of their ebampion: ij
by the clapping of hands B'ease
backers hooted and yvelb-d. It.
seemed likely for a time that
Judge Jones would be howled
down, but Mayor Baker tuk -
the situation in hand promptly
and procured for the speaker a
measure of respectful treatment d
Both speakers were interruptedj
by showers, one of which, to: r
gether with a slighthores,
caused Governor B ease to guit
some tizne before his tipig was j
"What we want in Sou.th Ca
rolina," said Judge Jonies, "is2
observance of law."'
"We've got it," yelled a man
in the crowd,t
"Well, you didn't get It," re
torted Judge Jones, "when they a
tried to drive the one-arm Con
federate veteran, WV. H. Kerr,
your magistrate. from office.
Oh, the governor professes great
love for the Qnfederate vetera
Yet he voted aainst establishe
ig he Qonfederate hiome at Co~
lumibia, against an appropria- ~
tion to support the Confederate
home in Charleston and against
pensioning widows of Confe~der
ate veterans.
More -.;er, he had the effront
ery to arouse for himself the ap
plause of an audience of veter-t
ans in Columbia by claiming to
have supported Hampton, when t
he knew that ini the joint assem- I
bly he voted first,last and all the
time for J. M. Irby, just as Idid
"And there, too," said Judge
Jones "were Magistr ates Purdy,
Rogers and Devlin, an(i Messrs..
Binton and Dugy of your coun
ty board of registration, all or
most of them Confederate vet
erans. Gov. Blease, if he had I
his way, would dismiss them all 1
Judge Jones criticised sharply 1
1the governor's course with re- t
spect to other appointments. $Ie 1
did that iii apponting .ural po-1
icemen upon'the recommenda
Sop of Representative Magill
aoe, the governor had violated
he aw, which requires that a,
delegtion, no~ merely one memn
bey make these nominations.
He criticised also the selection
of city men to be rural police:
gi en. to th exclusion ofme
welIng in the country.
Judge Jones refrained from
designating the goveraa~r his
name and emphasiied the ct
that it was the public rs"
that official, not tb' G
that he was attacke
Jpnes spoke with fire
depreciating prevailir;.
cies toward disorganiz
n ring upon his aud
Blease No i
to M
Gov. Blease has posed as thE
friend of the laboring man and
made strong efforts to catch the
mill vote with this kind of bait,
but the following letter -from
Mr. H. J. Hardy, a member of
a union labor organization in
Columbia, and from Senator
Weston, of Richland county,
show his attitude towards the
mill people and all others who
are at the mercy of corporations
and heartless employers:
Hardy's Letter
Dole L. Blease, Columbia, S. C.
Sir: I am in receipt of yours
Af August 12. Men do not oft
m take pleasure in conceding
;heir mistakes, but I cheerfully
,onfess to having made a grave
nistake in placing any confi
lence in your protestations of
,riendship for the people, and in
reating you with the courtesy
.had regarded due any man
iolding your high otice.
The statement I am making
md th- t you say is absolutely
alse, is but the repetition of the
tatement I made and published
8 months ago and that you did
iot then question. It is abso
ately true and is vouiced for
iy Senator Weston, who was
iresent at our conference,
I may be a "'anke.'" but
vhile that may be my misfor
une, it is not my fault. Let
ae remind you that you thought
nough of "'Yankees" to pardon
be "Yankee" pickpockets who
obbed the country peoile of
outh Carolina at the State fair,
nd whose Chicago lawyer had
nough [money to forfeit one
housand dollars cash bond when
e was arrested for attempting
I bribe a Richland county offi
er to let them escape. ,
Y es, I work for the State com
aiiy. seven days' work for sev
to da s' pay. That company
as the record of having iiever
?id off a xuaio account of
ulles orh rdtimes. It em
lovs more high gr'ade inion
ien than an~y puhushing house
1 the Stgte. It is a~ fair and
ut while th maaemn has
one pesna fgyows for many
Sits emrployes, nithe~r I nor
ny other member of the force,
a far as I have ever heard, have
ver been appror' >ed in regard
a politics, or any effort made
*y the management to influence
n employe's vote.
Your apprehension that 4 mnay
ave been wokng som dit
raph game on you was with=
ut foundation. I was not do
rig a messenger boy's part, nor
Lad I sold my influence. The
act is my influence is not mer
hantable as is the influence of
~our legal friends who secure
My reason for turning against
'ou is that when the question
arrows down between friend
hip for a politician and loyalty
o an organization of which I
ami a member and to which I
Lfm due loyal support, I choose
he organization every time.
My statemnent is geg4 tQ
rour atti*d (p~w'd oiganised
ab.or and its aims is sustained
av high authority, but were the
1uestion of veracity between
is, I would be willing to leave
iecessity for a change for the
>etter. It was, he said, misera
>le and pitiable that thiere wer
>eople ready widh applause for'
hei goen when he incite
o. murder. It shgws, he $ id,
o what depths popr Soutai ICay
>lina has fallen in thig day. It
vas Ijard enlQ1gge, he said, with
411 the ma~chinery of the courts,
to keep down crime, yet gI the
mndeavors to do so were set at
aaught when the chief executive
proclaims publicly that he had
a pardon ready for murderers
and when the criminal is upheld
and put in the saddle.
Judge Jones strongly urged
adoption of a workingmen's comn
pensation or employers' liability
statute, more generous provision
teural schools, institution
ns system and other
the conclusion of
dge Jones receiv
- pplause and six large
rate floral trite
Jones Make
Laurens, Aug. 14.-The State
campaign party was here today
and had a crowd of possibly 3,
000 people to hear them. Prob
ably the largest number of
ladies that have attended a cam
paign meeting this year attend
ed this one and to this cause
more than anything else could
te attributed the splendid order
that prevailed. It would hardly
be correct to state that splendid
order prevailed throughout the
meeting for at the very close
Judge Jones-was not allowed to
make the categorical reply due
him under the rules of the cam
paign party. Gov. Blease had
made several vitrolic attacks
upon Judge Jones, charging
him with cowardice because he
did not refer to the Garlington
and Wash Hunter cases in
Laurens when he had used
them elsewhere in the campaign.
When Judge Jones arose to
nike a reply to the charge that
he was afraid to face a Laurens
adience on these cases. the
-rowd immediately surrounding
the stand would not allow him
I word. Chairman Cannon
ade every effort to give the
judge a hearing but the crowd
would not listen to him. The
udge had to sit down.
A majority of the audience
today appeared to be for Gov.
Blease, Judge Jones' admirers
iot being given so much to cam
paign attendance. However,
Judge Jones had a handsome
following today and . according
to reports he gained many
ore. Goy. Blease is said to
iave lost numbers of votes be
aiie of his violent speech.
Judge Jones made no refer
ne to the governor today, not
being in his customary good
ealth, but closed some time be
fore his time was up. He gave
is attention to giving his quali
fcations for the offce and
tating the platform upon which
e was running. .He said that
t had always been the ambition
f his life to serve the people of
he whole state and that when
he resigned the chief justice
hip to run for the governorship,
he was seeking tp gratify that
tmbit1. BHe said that be1
favoz the passage of an em
lovers liability law, which
ould make corporations liable
n case of injury to their ern
loyees, whether the injury
,as the result of carelessness of
fellow employees or not. Re
lying to a question from the
udience, he declared that he
as for county local optiop
pon the liquor questjon. Up
hvelt at length upon the Torvens
ystem of land registr'ation, ex
>ressing' his approval of it. It
ight be stated ) ere that Gov.
Blease made sor6 fun of Judge
ones' referener to the Torrens
ystem when i more important
atters" like the pardon of
Wash Hunter and John Gar.
ington were to be dealt with
udge .Jories expressed a desire
o give to the people of South
arolina an impartial govern
ent and not a government for
is friends only. When he
losedI he was presented with
everal handsome bouquets by
his admirers. He was loud1lv
(-heered at the close.
GJov. Blease, in opening, paid
tribute to his friend, the late
Gol. T. B. Crews and then
launched into a denunciation of
the newspapers, especially the
Columbia State and ~one of the
Lancaster papers. Taking the
State and spreadling it out
foe~ the- people, he used his cus
tomary language in referring to
it. tore it in two and flung it
towards the reporters for The
Atlanta Journal and Thie Ca
lumbia Record. A great many
~eople thought that the gov
ero threw it in the face of the
repesentative of The State, but
Mr. Hortan was sitting sonme dis
tance away. Referring to the
recnt letters of senator Till
man, the governor declared that
he was as much qualified to be
governor as Tillman himself.
The gov-ernor made just aboul
such a speech as he made al
ew.,.,.r yestrdav. ending bo
forking Man
it to organized labor and its
friends to decide.
Your suggestion that I have
sold out for money is insulting,
but you cannot insult me. I
have no respect for you and do
not know any one who has, but
I cannot get away from all re
spect for the office even when
you are occupying it, and there
fore will not apply to you the
'short and ugly word' for which
you have given so much provo
Henry J. Hardy.
Letter from Mr. Weston
August, 13, 1912.
Mr. H. J. Hardy, Cola., S. C.
Dear Sir: You showed me a
letter which you received from
Gov. Blease this morning, and
asked me to give you. the facts
as to what transpired at an
interview held in the governo 's
office the latter part of Febru
ary, 19L At your request I
accompanied you to the gov
ernor's office to see If something
could not be done about his
veto of the provision made in
the appropriation bill for in
spectors charged with the duty
of enforcing the labor laws of
the State. There were present
at this interview Gov. Blease,
you and I. I stated to Gov.
Blease that you were the secre
tary of the City Federation of
Trades and desired to see if
some provision could not bell
made for the enforcement of
the labor laws. Gov. Blease re
plied, with a gieat deal of
spirit, that as long as he waai
governor no law should pass
which would interfere with the
right of an y one above 21 years
of age to coptract for the dis
position of his owgi time. i v.
plied to, th9 goYegox that this,
was nnt thie qestion, as the law
had alIeady settled that point,.
but the question was the en- 1
forcement o~f these laws. I I
then said to the governor,
"What about these poor women
who clerk for their livelihood?"
He replied that if they did not :
like their situation they could,
get other employment. In the1
course of the interview the gov-]
ernor said that the factory in
spectors were worihless. I re
plied that I cred nothing about
the persone, that if these .men
were not doing their duty thiey
could be removed and others put
in their places. Finally the
governor said that he would see
that the law was enforced
through his liquor constables.
I told him that this was imn
practicable, as these constables
did not have the right to enter a
manufacturing or mercantile es
tablishment for that purpose.
Of course. I can not recall the'
exact words used by the parties
to this interview, but the
thoughts and sentiments herein
attributed to, the governor cor
rectly apress his attitude in
tais mnatter. I might add1 that
this interview made quite an
inpression upon me, as I was.
the author of the bill providing
for inspectors. Without these
Inspectors the benign laws pass-!
ed for the proteetio~n of tb~e
laboring people depend entirely;
upon tg conseience of the em
p~igyer, Of course quite a num-'
her observe the law, but doubt
less there are so~n who do0 not.
Thousands of 1olars are being
spent ip the enforcement of our
#quor laws: there are game
wardens to protect our birds and
fishes, and I can not understand
why the people who labor in
the factories and the mercantile
establishments should not be of
as much consequence to the
State as the birds and fishes and
the enforcement of the liquor
law, I would therefore say that
your interview nublished on
IFebruary 94. 1911, correctly ex
presses the governor's attitude
In this matter, and I have never
heard that Gov. B'ease charged
any misrepresentation as to his
attitude in this interview uitil
you showed gie his letter to you
this ingig,
Youml&.eg truly,
Francis H, Weston.
Jones' Supi
Columbia. Aug. 15.-Therf
has never been a period in thE
hiitory of the Stat. when there
was so mueh interest in a politi
cal situation. The people of
South Carolina are just now
realizing the seriousness of the
situation and the indications
are for the largest vote ever
cast. All good citizens are
placing their names on the club
rolls and it Is expected that at
least 120,000 votes will be cast
in the primary on August 27.
The main interest in the
political situation is in the race
for governor. Never have the
lines been so tightly drawn.
The issue is Bleaseism and that
is the question the voters will
be asked to decide one week
from next Tuesday.
Reports received in Columbia
from all 'ections of South Caro
lina indicate that the tide is
swinging and swinging fast to
the cause of Ira B. Jones, the
standard bearer to the forces
that art against Bleaseism. In
South Carolina as in all other
states there is a certain element
:hat always bets on the results.
Dolum1bia seems to be the clear
ng house for these bets. As
:he situation now presents itself
4he iioney is about even. How
,yer some odds are being placed
)n thetelection of Judge Jones.
'his much has been noticed too
;hat the Blease men are always
>ragging about what they will
)et but usually fail to appear
-hen the time comes to put up
he money..
3Mr Hardy'% Interview
On Monday I, in company
Aith Senator Weston. visited
he governor to ascertain his
'easons for th. wiping out of I
he facltory inspection feature!]
>f the law. The governor stat-i
d that. his reason for so doing:
vas tihat he considered the fac-<
Ory' i nspector a5 b1lsolutely worth
ess and a waste of the State's
noney. He further added that
1e would attend to that feature
iimself and in his own way.
Ile further stated that he would
reto any and all labor legisla
ion that might come before
aim where such legislation
ought to improve or alleviate
~he conditions of any- man or
roman over the age of 21 years.
"H1e said that every man and
woman who had attained the
age of 21 was a free moral
agent and could look out for
Ehim or herself. Any- man or
woman who was not satisfied
with their condition of the safe
uard1s placed nround their em
ployment or t h:i hours of labor
could qit ineir positionl but
they need not look to the law to
help them as long as he was in
the Governor's chair.
"'Asked as to how this might
work when applied to the work
ing women and girls who might
be subjected to hardships which
they might be powerless to
avoid, the governor st~ated that
they did not have to work under
those conditions as there was
plenty of other work they could
gco to- though, when pressed
for the course of this work, he
did not answer. He further
gave me to understand that
neither I or any other outsider
need come him with any com
plaint; that the man or woman
affected must come to him per
sonally or no action would be
Columbia, S. C., Aug. 13, '12.
Atrsonally appeared before
me He~nry J. Hardly, w~ho, being
swoin, says that the foregoing
statement which appeared in
the Columbia State on Febru
ary 24 1911 is correct an~d true.
Henry J. Hardy.
Sworn to and subscribed be
fore me this 13th day of August
E. B. Wilson,
Nota&ry Public, S. C.
Religion Makes Jones Men.
Sl comnue in Spar'taniburg
in this section of reenvile
county, as the e here are
already in.the st ight and nar.
row path that ads to good gov
ernment we hope that an
evrgelist will be sent to PIck
ens county.-Cor. Greenville
From reports some eyan
listic work has been done in th
county for Jones by Blea
men. Two gentlemen were :a
town last week from different
sections of the county, which
sections had previously beeii
considered Blease - stronons
and they said conversions were
frequent now from Blease to
Jones. When asked the reason
they both stated that certain
men had canvassed or were
canvassing the county election
eering for Blease and that it
was thought they were paz$
This began to be talked among
the people and many said If
Blease hires men to go aroun&$
and work for h'm we want -no
more Blease. Let 'em Let re- -,
ligion and vote for Jones.
Ninety-nine Per Cent for Jones.
Ninety-nine per cent of the
preachers are supporting Judze
Jones, as are also 95 per cent
f the newspapers, 95 per cent
>f the doctors, 90 per cent o
awyers, 90 per cen of the
erchants and 90 per cent of
;he right thinking people who
vant law and order instead of
awlessness and anarchy.-Gaff
1ey Ledger.
100 Per Cent For Blease.
One hundred per cent of the
trafters are supporting Gov.
3lease, as are also one hundred
>er cent of the lawless and one
iundred per cent of the blind
;iger element.. Which side are
rou on, that of law and order
>r that of lawlessness?-Gaff
iey Ledger.
Needed His Vote.
Columbia, Aug. 15.-The gov
ernor today issued a pardon for
I, Win. Holmnan, who was con
victed of breach of trust in May,
L903 at Orangeburg, and sent
meced to three years' imprison- -
mnent. His pardon was for the
purpose of restoring his citizen
ship. Since assuming office the
governor has exercised ademnen
cy in 376 cases.
The governor has respited Isaac
Butler, a negro, until August 30 -
Converted Bleasites "Get Right'
Spartanburg, August 15.-At
Buck Creek church, in Chero.
kee township, a revival service
has been under way which has;
profoundly stirred the people -
from Cherokee Springs to CheB-@
nee. Numbers of men haveO
been induced to accept Christi
ianity and join the church. One
curious feature of the revival is
the fact that ardent supporters
of Gov. Blease, upon being con
verted, have renounced their al- -
legiance to the governor and be
come supporters of Judge Jones
A fervid meeting recently lasted
until late at night. As soon as
a Bleaseite got religion he be
came a Jones man. A gentle
man who was in the city yester
day said that if religion contin
ued to spread in Cherokee town
ship there would not be a Bleas
ite left.
Somewhat of a Change
Pa colet Station, Aug. 14.
A careful poll of the voters of
this precinct has the fol
lowing result: Jones 101,
Blease 6. The vote two
years ago was featherstonle 39
Blease 52.
The vote at Pacolet mills
has been polled as far as pos
Isible and will show: Jones 90,
Blease 81. Featherstone 77,
Blease 121. vote of 1910.
Put your name on the
Club Roll to vote.I

xml | txt