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VOLUME XXIII. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 1908. NUMBER 52
Meeting Was Held at the
SOME NEW FEATURES
Mr. Martin Criticizes the Newspapers
and Mr. Grace Hammers on
Mr. Rhett's Record.
About six hundred Laurens county
voters heard the senatorial candidates
at the sulphur springs here on last Fri
day morning, the meeting being order
ly, quiet and free from any unpleasant
ness or even any special and distinct
feature. Comfortable seats bad been
provided for the crowd and this fact
contributed largely to the unusual pa
tience of the audience. County Chair
man Robert A. Cooper presided with
ease and dignity, presenting each
speaker with some pleasant and timely
remark. The meeting was opened with
prayer by the Rev. J. L. McLin, of the
city. Probably the only incidents
worthy of note were the attacks of
Candidate O. B. Martin upon The Lau
rens Advertiser and of Mr. J. P. Grace
upon both The Advertiser and Hon. R.
G. Rbett. Mr. Martin read an extract
from an editorial in last week's Adver
tiser which said: "From observation
and personal contact with many voters
of the State we are of the opinion that
the leaders in the race now arc Smith
and Rhett," and said that if we are to
believe what this paper said it was no
use for the candidates to speak at all
sinco the thing was already settled and
the votes already decided. And here he
told the old joke about the voting con
test among the animals and applied it
very aptly to the present situation,
namely, that if the newspaper method
of set tling these things was to be ac
cepted "the goats have already voted."
Mr. Martin thought The Advertiser had
no right to express an opinion on the
candidates. Mr. Grace made his usual
attack upon Mr. Rhett's democracy,
n ailing an affidavit made out by him
self in Greenville Wednesday to the ef
fect that he (Grace) had seen a letter
written by Mr. Rhett to President
Roosevelt in which he (Rhett) as a Re
publican in Charleston protested against
tho appointment of the negro Crum as
port collector because such appoint
ments would hurt the Republican party
in Charleston. Mr. Rhett of course
denied these charges and dismissed
them as unworthy of consideration;
this he did in anticipation of them as
Mr. Rhett spoke before Mr. Grace.
The candidates made their usual
speeches dealing with the questions
that are being discussed in this cam
paign as fully as the time would per
mit. Close attention was given each
speaker ynd the applause was awarded
without stint. Col. Lumpkin made the
prettiest speech of all, his language
being well chosen and the figures of
speech aptly used. He began with the
use of his witty reference to his looks:
"My wife's husband ain't very pretty."
Ml*. Rhett made a clear, concise,
straight-from-the-shoulder speech and
received strict attention and liberal ap
Messrs. ESvans and Smith were each
greeted with loud applause, they both
Being favorites in this county.
Col. Johnstone seemed to be utterly
without, spirit and kept complaining
about "tiie terrible difficulties under
which ho was speaking," but which
were not apparent by the audience.
COL. QEO. JOHNSTONE.
Solicitor Cooper introduced as first
speaker the Hon. Geo. Johnstone, of
Newhorry, who is well and favorably
known here in Laurens. Mr. Johnstone
seemed to speak under great difficulty,
complaining that the wind bothered
him, and he came near giving up his
attempt. However, he consumed his
time, most of which was devoted to a
discussion of the manner in which the
cotton market was manipulated. Mr.
Johnstone argued that it wa8 to the in
terest of the farmers to see that the
Di ices of their product were reasonably
high and none the less the interest of
the manufacturing class. "For," said
ho. "high prices for the raw material
stimulate demand and prices of the
manufactured product." He said that
almost all governmental affairs rested
in some way on the business conditions
of the country and that men who could
grapple with such matters were needed
in the senate. "And men," said Mr.
Johnstone, "who can and will see to it.
that Wall street is cut loose from the
government and thai the Department
of Agriculture is properly managed are
the kind that must be sent if we are to
prosper." Mr. Johnstone said he would
represent both the manufacturer and
the producer in Congress if elected.
His speech was well received.
COIi? W. w. LUMPKIN.
Col. W. W. Lumpkin, of Columbia,
was the second speaker. He began his
speech by saying: "My wife's husband
ain't very pretty," in which observa
tion the audience good humoredly con
curred. "And," said he. "I never saw
an ugly man that didn't nave a pretty
wife; every man before me has a pretty
wife." Col, Lumpkin opposed Mr. ;
Rhett's currency plan on the ground
that it would give power into the hands
of the national banks to control the
money situation in the country, which
he considered a dangerous plan. He
said that to give* the 6,000 national
(Continued on eighth page.)
AT ?IIK KAMAUGA.
I..?linens Alilitary Company is Enjoying
the Encampment. Will Break
Camp William II. Taft,
Chickamauga National Park,
Lytle, Georgia, July 25, 1908.
Traynham Guards are camped on
what is known as the "tanyard", a
short distance from Snodgrass Hill,
where such severe fighting took place.
A small stream cuts this old tanyard in
two and on the other side nearly oppo
site us are camped the 70th and 72nd
Regiments Virginia National Guard of '
about 600 men each. There are in I
camp here in addition to our troops and 1
those of Virginia the 7th Regiment of ;
Infantry U. S. Regulars, composed of i
not) men; the 12th Cavalry U. S. Regu
lars, composed of about 500 men; a
field hospital company from Washing- :
ton, D. C., making about 1,850 men in :
camp in the park. About 1,200 troops 1
are coming from Alabama in a few
The sanitary conditions are tine and
so far everything has been all right.
Our regimental camp is laid out ac
cording to strict regulations and has
gained quite a number of comments
from the U. S. Regular officers; in fact
they state it is the best laid out and
best camp that has been made by any
regiment that has been here. Daily in
spections are made by United States
officers, who see that everything is kept
We are pretty well fed, as will be
seen by the bill of fare for the three
meals given below:
Coffee, French fried potatoes, break
fast strips, syrup, loaf oread.
Roast beef, tomato soup, Boston
beans, syrup, loaf bread.
Irish stew, blackberry jam, coffee,
syrup, loaf bread.
We get up about sunrise and from
then till 15 p. m. or 4 o'clock eastern
time we are busy with various drills.
At first we had two heavy drills a day
of about JiA hours each, but now we
only drill in the mornings. The camp
is about \() miles from Chattanooga and
is connected by railroad and trolley
line. The park here is about 144 square
miles, so you see we won't get to see it
all. The grounds are dotted with mon
uments of all shapes and sizes and
some are very pretty. The regular
army post is located about .'! miles from
us and is known as Fort Orglethorpe.
The field hospital is a short distance
We arc due to take a long practice
march of about two days and are to go
in heavy marching order, that- is we
will go fixed up like we left the armory
to go to the depot. We arc also due
to have a big sham battle.
We will probably leave for home Sat
urday evening. Everybody is in good
The 7th IJ. S. Infantry Band is one of
the best I have ever heard. We hear
them frequently and enjoy the music
The 12th U. S. Cavalry led an all
night battle Thursday night, beginning
at dark and lasting until day break.
Following is a very complimentary
mention of our troops in The Chatta
nooga News of July 24th;
"The South Carolina boys have about ;
the best equipment of any militia regi- I
ment that has been at the camp. LU
speaking of their equipment Gen, Potts,
commander of the ramp, was very com
plimentary. They have the conical ;
tents similar to those used in the regu
lar army, the new regulation rifles, each
man has a portable cot which, while
very comfortable, can be folded up into
a space three feet long and three inches
in diameter. The mounted officers have
their own horses with them, and they
all maintain the reputation of South
Carolinians for excellent horseman
Our post office address is "D" Com
pany, 1st Regiment N. G. S. ('., Lytle,
Cross Hill Personal Notes.
Cross Hill, July 27. Mr. 10. L. Wells
has the contract to put up the new gin
Messrs. W. T. and Thorn well Boyce
are making improvements on their
Mr. Andrew Burnside died last Tues
day and was buried at the Presbyterian
cemetery. He leaves a wife and one
child. He had been sick several weeks
Mr. Rufus Walker has been quite
sick for the past week.
Showers nave fallen around here
several times lately but a general rain
is needed very much.
We hope every Democrat in Cross
Hill township will remember to regis
ter. All must get new certificates or
they can't vote.
Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Miller left for the
mountains last week.
Mrs. W. T. Austin has boon having
very fine tomatoes, some of them
weighing more than a pound. Mr.G.T.
/ ulerpon brought her one that weighed
2.? ounces. Next.
We believe that the prohibition cause
is gaining strength every day. A few
old topers try to hold up for the other
Miss Dennis, of Newberry, is visiting
rt Mr. R. T. Hollingsworthis.
There was a big barbecue and base
ball game among tin; negroes at Peid
' mont last Saturday. We expected to
I hear that the coroner would be needed.
, One of my tenants says that no one
was killed but "they tit anil lit and lit
I all over the ground."
FARMERS' INSTITUTI: TODAY,
Meets in Court House Under Auspices of
Chamber of Commerce.
This morning at 10 o'clock the Farm
ers' Institute, under the direction of
the t'lemson College authorities, will be
held in the court house under the aus
pices of the Laurens Chamber of Com
merce. Among the speakers expected
to address the institute today are Dr.
S. A. Knapp, of the U. S. Department
of Agriculture who is in charge of the
farm demonstration work in the South;
Mr. Guy L. Stewart, Mr. C. L. Good
rich, Dr. J. L. Mann of Clemson Col
lege, and probably others.
Local and Personal Items,
Messrs. J. M. Sumerel and Ludie F.
Abererombie were in town yesterday
Rev.W. E. fallender leaves today or
tomorrow for Richmond where he fills
the pulpit of Monumental Episcopal
church for the month of August.
Hon. Joseph T. Johnson, of Spartan
burg, was here Friday shaking ban.Is
with bis friends. Mr. Johnson is with
out opposition this year for representa
tive to congress from the fourth dis
Traynham Guards will return home
on Saturday the encampment ending
The County Medical Association held
an interesting meeting here Monday
morning, a large number of the doctors
from all over the county being present.
Work has been begun on the side
walks of Laurens street. The paving
of the square is now almost completed.
Mr. A. C. Hudgens, of Anderson,
spent a few days nere last week with
his brother, Mr. John N.IIudgens. Mr.
Hudgens has not visited Laurens in the
last thirty-five years and needless to
say ins surprise was great at the won
derful growth of the place during that
Mrs. J. I). Pitts, after a visit to her
daughter, Mrs. C. C. Featherstone, left
Monday for Rock Hill.
Mrs. W. E. Bramlclt, of Clinton, is
visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Miss Sarah Craig has gone to Mon
treal, after a visit to Miss Lila Hart.
Mr. John Wright, of Spartanburg, is
visiting in the city.
Miss Mabel Simpson has returned to
her home in Spartanburg after spend
ing the week-end with Miss Kale
Postmaster McCravy, who has been
very ill for several days, is much bet
Mr. J. E. Medlock, the genial phar
macist in the Laurens drug store, left
Sunday for a week's vacation, part of
which he will spend at his father's
home near Fountain Inn ami the re
mainder in Atlanta.
Messrs. W. C. and G. L. Pinson, of
Cross Hill, were in the city Sunday.
Mr. T. T. Hobbitl was among the
visitors here last week.
Mr. J. R. Whately, of Mounlville,
was in Laurens Friday.
Messrs. Geo. A. Browning, J. N.
Brown and G. C. Hopkins, of Goldville,
were here Friday to near the candidates
Messrs. C. L. Pcden and C. B. Shell,
of Gray Court, were in the city Friday.
Mr. L. M. Cannon, of Lonford, was
in the city Friday to hear the speaking
and to spend the day with bis son, Mr.
John M. Cannon.
Mr. A. Cooko, of Fountain Inn, was
among the visitors here Friday.
Drs. C. E. Rodgers, of Gray Court,
and J. R. Culbortson, of Owings, were
in the city Monday in attendance upon
the meeting of the County Medical As
The Royal Arch Rising Sons Chapter
No. (>, R. A. M., have ordered new
robes for use in their ceremonies.
Attorney T. c. Turner, Jr., is now
occupying one of the elegant offices on
the second floor of the new Enterprise
Miss Josie Sullivan left Saturday for
a brief visit to friends in Greenville.
Messrs. Vance Irby and Earl Wilson
made an automobile trip to Henderson
vilie last week.
Mr. J. C. Copeland, of Columbia,
came up Sunday to spend a few days
with his brother, Mr. R. E. Copeland.
Mr. Jas. M. Clardy, of Columbia, is
here on short visit to his parents.
Dr. W. W. Dodson attended tho con
vention of the Pharmaceutical Associa
tion in Columbia last week; he is a
member of the executive board of the
Mr. W. D. Ferguson is back from
Twenty-two cases were tried in the
mayor's court Monday morning.
Mrs. R. R. Goodgion, of Williamston,
has been visiting Mrs. w. A. Clarke
and other relatives in the city.
A recent letter from Rev. S. C. Todd
states that he is attending a camp
meeting at or near Oakland, California,
lie expects to be in Laurens some time
Mr. Jas. M. Clardy, of Columbia, was
in the city this veek.
Misses Maud Machen, of Princeton,
and Bortie Moore, of Ilonea Path, are
the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Ma
chen and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Cooper.
DEATH OP MR. WATT WILLIS.
Was Well Known Young Man--Buried
Sunday with Woodmen Honors.
Mr. Watt Willis, son of Mr. Austin
Willis, of Gray Court, died Saturday
night at his homo at Lanford station
after an illness of two weeks with an
attack of typhoid-pneumonia. Mr.
Willis was only 2:1 years of age and is
survived by his wife, who was a Miss
Franks, daughter of Mr. John Franks,
of I.an ford.
The funeral service conducted by the
Rev. B. 11. drier of Ora, was held Sun
day afternoon from the Lanford Bap
tist church, after which the burial cer
emonies were conducted by the Wood
men of the World, with the following
officers in charge, representing tin
t-amps of Laurons, Lanford, Ora, Gray
Court and Owings: J. Lee L?ngsten,
master of ceremonies; John I). Owings,
captain; T. A. Drummond, consul com
mander; K. M. Pearson, adviser lieu
tenant; .1. S. lliggins, clerk; G. M.
Holland, escort; W.E. McClintock.John
A. Pranksand C.E. Burdett,managers;
Van Johnson, watchman; .lohn Har
Foundry Plant Sold,
Through his attorney, Mr. .1. Wright
Nash, of Spartanburg, the Alderman
Lumber Co., of which Mr. R. .1. Alder
man, of Alcalou, is manager, has pur
chased the plant and site of the Kureka
Foundry and Supply Co., located on
South Harper street, from the owner.
Dr. II. K. Aiken. The place had been
leased for three years to the present
occupants and it is supposed that the
lumber business which the Alderman
Co. will conduct is to be carried on in
addition to the operations of the foun
dry. Extensive improvements, blue
prints of which were received here
Monday, will be made in the buildings,
additional houses erected and tracks
The Alderman Lumber Co. is probably
the largest of the kind in the State, and
its operations here will be considerable
addition to the business in Laurens.
Telephone Line to Honca Path.
A representative of the Bell Tele
phone Co. has been in the city at vari
ous intervals recently and informs The
Advertiser that a new long distance
telephone lino is to be run from Lau
rens to lionea Path with connections to
Anderson and Greenville. The polos
have been laid over the ground ami the
work of construction is to begin at an
early dato. This move on the part of
the Roll Co. is to relieve the congestion
that has greatly handicapped their ser
vice in this section by providing addi
tional outlets for messages from ami
Items of Interest from Madden.
Madden, duly 27. The pastor of New
Prospect is assisted by Rev. .James
Machen in the series of meetings now
Rev. Piani, formerly of Italy, a young
Italian ex-priest, but now a student at
the Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Ky.,
delivered an intensely interesting lec
ture at Prospect Sunday. Everybody
that was fortunate enough to hear it
was very much impressed with the
young man's consecration.
Miss F.thol Bryson came up from
Nowberry yesterday to visit relatives.
She was accompanied by her cousin,
Mr. Eugene Bryson, of Cross Hill.
Mr. P. II. Martin and Master Ryan
spent Oho day last week in Greenville.
Misses Omega and Tennie Madden
have returned from a month's stay in
Edgcfield, They were accompanied by
their aunt, Mrs." Meinus lludgcns, and
Mrs. C. C. Robinson and Miss Lorie
TcagUe have returned to their home in
Mr. R. .1. Langston visited relatives
in Greenwood last week.
.\lr. C. W. Cunningham is off for a
short, stay with relatives in Power,
t freer and Greenville.
Mrs. Sitgreaves and Miss Annie, of
Laurens, spent yesterday with Mr. .J.
A. Maddon's family.
Mr. .1. I). Culbertson and little boys,
Carrol and Hugh, accompanied by Aunt
"Tanky," went over to Quaker yester
day to attend the Old Polks' Singing.
Mr. B. Blakeley's family, of Holly
Grove, spent yesterday with Mr. T. S.
Mrs. Lidie Culbertson has returned to
her home near Hkom.
Prof, B. V. Culbertson has been re
elected to teach for us again the com
Watts .Mill Lost.
The Watts Mill base ball team went
to Newberry Saturday, where they met
the West End team of that city on the
diamond. The game was an excellent
exhibition of ball, both teams doing
good work. The score was 1 to 2 in
favor of the New berry team.
(irew Through Potato.
Mr. Warren Stribling, of the city,
exhibited hero Monday an Irish potato
with several "shoots" of nut grass
growing entirely through it. Tlx' po
tato is over two inches in diameter and
the grass had grown right through.
Death of Mr. William Curry,
Mr. William Curry, aged <'>7, died at
his home in Cray Court early Monday
afternoon. He leaves a wife and one
Mr. M. R. Friorson, of Jacksonville,
I'l l., is visiting is Laurens, his native
Delegates who expect to attend the
S. S. convention are requested to send
their names to C. C. Foathoratono,
COUNTY CA ill PAHS N
OPENS TUESDA Y.
Time for Piling Pledges by the Candh
dates Expires Next Monday,
According to the new arrangement of
the county campaign schedule, made by
the county executive committee and
given publicity in The Advertiser two
or three weeks ngo, the county cam
paign will open at Langston church
Tuesday, August 4. During the re
mainder of the week other meetings
will he held as follows: Sard is, Wed
nesday, August 5} Clinton cotton mills,
Wednesday night, August 5; Clinton,
Thursday, August <>; Lydia cotton mill,
Thursday night, August (1; Hopowcll,
Friday, August 7; Cross Hill, Saturday,
August s. Then a week will ho skipped
in older not to conflict with the Con
federate reunion which will bo held in
Greenville August 12, 13. The cam
paign meetings will 1)0 resumed on
Monday, August 17 at Moore's, Water
As the campaign starts August I the
time for filing pledges by the various
candidates for county oflicc will expire
at noon, Monday, August 3. By refer
ence to the candidates column in The
Advertiser it will be seen that are two
announcements for the Slate Senate,
five for the House, two for clerk of
court, six for sheriff, one for county
supervisor, four for county auditor,
four for superintendent of education,
two for county treasurer, three for
county commissioner, four for county
BUGGY AND HORSE WERE TAKEN.
The News of a Week in ami Around (he
Town ?>f Mountville.
Mountville, S. ft, July 2.r>. Last
Monday night some unknown thief took
from Mr. C. .Mitchell's lot his horse
and buggy and started on some clan
destine journey. Before going very far
however, an awkward drive ran him
against a stump, smashing one of tin
buggy wheels. Undaunted by any ac
cident in his unholy purpose, be stole
another vehicle from a colored man
near by and pursued his evil intent.
Where he (or they) went and what ho
did is still in the dark, but next morn
ing the horse and buggy were standing
near the depot at. Mountville and wore
restored to their owners.
Mr. Harp, a young man from (Jeor
giu, is at the home of Mrs. ('alley
Langslon, on the Amanda Colemun
place, where ho has a farm. He came
here after the death of Mr. L?ngsten
last spring. Mr. Harp is a member of
the now flourishing Sunday school at
BeaVCrdam and Is a splendid worker in
that line of Christian activity.
Mr. L. F. Odell, the business mana
ger of tho Clinton Pulpit, is hero Uns
week attending the meeting and solcil
ing subscribers to his paper. He is a
young man with hope and promise for
tho future and is mooting with gratify
ing success in his chosen field of labor.
The revival meeting which began in
the Bapt ist church last Sunday contin
ues with increasing interest and help
fulness, Rev. B. P. Mitchell, of Kin
ards, is assisting Pastor C. L. Fowler
and doing most of the preaching, lb
presents the gospel I nil Ii in a clear and
impressive manner, while bis earnest,
devot ion to the kingdom of righteous
ness is convincing to every hoail open
Mr. and Mrs. Blalock, of Joncsvillc,
are visiting the latter's sister, Mrs. 10.
Dr. and Mrs. Jesse ToagUO, of Lau
rens, spent several days last and tliis
week with relatives here, atfending a
series of meetings at the Unix ersahst ,
church, conducted by the KoV. V"... ?
I t win.
Misses Lillic Armstrong and Vivian'
Owings, of Eden, are spending this
week with their aunt, Mrs. Charlotte
Mrs. Fannie Werf z and Mrs. J. L. I
Fellers an- off for several weeks' roctl
Deration in the mountains at (lender*
Misses Helen and Lidia Coleman. of
Coronaca, visited relatives here last
Misses Eugenia and Maggie Culbert*
son, of Amity, (la., spent last week
with their cousin, Miss Li I lie Culbert
Mr. Jas. II. Madden, who has been
Ulfroi'ing for nearly a year from trouble
in the chest, and who has been in the
hospital at Columbia a great portion of
thai time, is still unrelieved. He has
gone this week to Baltimore for treat
Two young men, Messrs. Milain and
Hassel I Bryson, sons of Mr. Jesse
Bryson, a prominent farmer of thii ,
section, are preparing to open up a
mercantile business here this fall. Mi
lam for some time has been a salesman
with John B. Basor at Mullins. Hansell
has been taking during the spring and
summer a business course at Columbia.
These are young men of promise and
ambition and we predict for them a
successful business. They mean to be
gin then; work here about the middle
Mr. Herbert Daniel, of Columbia, son
of Dr. W. W. Daniel, is visiting his
friend and COllogO mate, Mr. Henry
Mills Olvc Week's Vacation.
The two cotton mills of the city,
Watts and Laurens. closed down Satur
day night for one week's vacation to
the operatives, Work will be resumed
on next Monday morning.
After a trip to Flat Rock and visiting
relatives and friends In Laurens and
county, Miss Lidio Garlington has re
I turned to her home in Columbia.
Uov, Ansel Merely Follows
an Old Custom.
The Advertiser Gives Pacts Bearing on
a Political Trick Being "Worked"
in I.aureus and County.
I'm- two works or more there has been
at work in Laurens county a most de
spicable elTorl to deceive voters and
prejudice them.against Governor Mar
tin F. Ansel. Sonn- of Mease's lieu
tenants circulated the story, true every
word of it, that Governor Ansel had
appointed a negro as notary public in
Greenville county. But the political
under handed noss and chicanery was in
the fact that the impression was at the
same time created that such an act was
culpable and that Governor Ansel was
a "nigger-loving" official, unworthy
the suffrage of decent white voters.
Such a surprisingly largo number of the
best people in the county, who were
really unaware that such appointments
were customary and no! in the least
reprehensible, seemed so stirred ovor
the matter and so much harm was being
done through the underhand methods
of tin- Blease workers through the gen
eral lack of information that the local
newspaper representatives investigated
The editor of The Laurens Advertiser
wrote to Governor Ansel and his secre
tary, Mr. Bethen, for facts bearing on
the ?rase, and requested that instances
of other governor's appointments be
given for the information of the people.
The results of these inquiries appear in
the following paragraphs and letters to
Mr. Bethen. These are all matters of
record. It will be seen thai Governor
Tillmail appointed the now notorious
Joshua Wilson, of Florence to the of
lice of notary public in 18'Kl. Wilson is
the negro REPUBLICAN postmaster
at Florence wlu has caused that city so
much trouble; he still holds the com
mission given him by Governor Tillman.
The fads presented below are for the
information of people who may have,
been temporarily deceived in this mat
State of South Carolina,
Columbia, July 1008.
Mr. S. E. Boney, Laurens, S. C.
My Dear Sir: In compliance with
your request I am Bonding you here
with a complete record of the appoint
ment of one J, E. I'ark ins, of Creen
ville county, as notary pi 'die. I am
also adding certificates from the Assis
tant Secretary of State and the Private
Secretaries of several Governors to
show that Governor Ansel's action in
this matter is not without precedent, as
some of his opponents would try to
make it appear. You can readily un
der tand how such reports are often
circulated for political effect, but, with
the records of other executive; to clear
up Governor Ansel's position this ru
mor, like all others that uro false, will
work like a boomerang, for when the
facts are known it will help rat her than
injure his cause. Tin; truth is I suspect.
Governor Ansel has made fewer of
these appointments than almost any
othor Governor; i can recall only two.
And I doubt not that a thorough inves
tigation of the records will show that
every Governor since Reconstruction
times has appointed a few negroes as
notaries public where they were quali
fied electors and highly indorsed by
members of the legislature and other
reputable white citizens, us in the caso
of .1. E. Parkins. Certainly there is
nothing uuusunlor unprecedented in the
appointment you refer to, and I am sur
prised that such a report could have
gained any credence.
With kind regards, I am,
Yours very truly,
A.' J. BET HE A,
GrKKNVII.I.K < JOUNTY
To lion. M. F, Ansel, Governor.
The petition of J. K. Parkins, of the
county anl State aforesaid, respect
fully shows you:
First. That ho is a citi/.on and quali
fied elector residing in the county ami
Second. That he desires to be. ap
pointed a notary public in and for said
county and State.
Wherefore, he pray.; that he may be
appointed to said position and your pe
titioner will ever pray, etc.
We recommend the above appoint
It. F. WATSON,
II. K. TOWN*KS.
W. K. 'I'HACKSTON."
L'eal Estate Agent.
J AS. F. MACKEY,
c. A. PARKINS, JR.,
It. d. Mi I'llEPSON,
JAS. IL PRICE,
F. F. BEATTIB,
Member of the House.
T. P. COTHRAN,
Member of the I louse.
Greenville, S. ('.. Nov. 'M), l!l()7.
Hon. M. F. Ansel, Columbia, S. C.
Dear Sir: I am sending you petition
of James K. Parkins to be appointed
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