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LAURENS, S. C, AUGUST IQ. 1908.
BRYAN SPEECHES FOR LAURENS.
Bryan's campaign speeches have been
made into phonograph records and are
being scattered abroad over the coun
try for tho enlightenment of the peo
ple. To hear Bryan's voice is worth
more than the price of a record; to
hear his speech on a vital question of
tho day is of inestimable value. So,
WO are going to suggest to Manager
Roman, of the electric theatre of this
city, that some of these records would
be a valuable asset to his business and
at the same time a great boon to the
Democrats of Laurens. He will do
himself financial good to use some of
these records at the evening entertain
ments and he will materially aid the
Democratic cause in the way of arous
ing enthusiasm sufficient to increase the
Bryan fund we an* raising.
Now, if Manager Ronan does not
care to make 'his departure The Ad
vertiser starts a fund to buy these rec
ords and to arrange for some exercises
where they may be used. This news
paper led in the subscriptions for the
campaign fund and has appealed re
peatedly to the people in behalf thereof;
wo never do things by halves, so we in
augurate this movement for the benefit
of the cause. Let the Democrats of
the city combine their efforts toward
raising a magnificent sum. We have no
doubt but that Manager Roman will be
in hearty accord with our suggestion
and that ho will give several benefit
performances for the cause. Mr.
Brooks should receive at least thirty
dollars from the first of these benefits.
We intend making these suggestions
at once and the people will be informed
as to the plan. Anything now to raise
money for the people's cause should be
heartily received by the people. We
are in dead earnest about this matter;
it is weighing heavily upon our soul;
wo feel the responsibility of the task,
and nothing is going to be left undone
that will in any way aid in the election
of tho great commoner. Now is the
time for work; the shouting is over
with until November. Re ready, all ye
Democrats, for tho call.
NEXT TUESDA V.
Next Tuesday, August twenty-fifth,
is election day in South Carolina-tho
first Democratic primary, in which offi
cers are to be nominated for the
ensuing term. Tuesday's election
and the second primary two weeks later
are virtually the elections in the State,
since they decide all the contests, no
other party offering serious opposition
in the November general election. So
next Tuesday the people of South Caro
lina aro to decido who will administer
the afTairs of government for the com
Whom shall wo elect? The question
is loft for the voters; they art! to de
cido, It is not incumbent on the nows
papcrs to sclecl the ofTicors; thoy hro
nol lo dictate ballots. However, it is
their solemn obligation to acquaint their
constituencies with facts. Concerning
the various candidates; and none the
less is it their privilege and right to ex
press opinions on the situation naming
their choice I,
As an honest journal, whose editorial
opinions are absolutoly independent of
any influence save the recognition of
true worth anil fitness, The Advertiser
has endeavored to present facts Upon
which the voter.: might Intelligently
??hoose (for all cannot BOO and hear the
numorous aspirants for oflice) and it
has not feared to express its prefer
ences. THE ADVERTISER DOES
NOT RECEIVE ONE CENT EOR
ITS EDITORIAL EXPRESSIONS;
neither is it paid for news articles
boosting n candidate. What it baa
given currency to was of its own free
will and accord for the public informa
tion. There is not a man in Laurens
COUnty or anywhere else who can gain
say these BtatCmontS. Attacks hnve
been made upon our editorial policy;
BOmO "I Mi- Q were honest dilTVrcnces;
the Othors from sources the very nature
of which forbids credence. The Ad
vert iser haH -ought earnestly to fulfill
its obligation-, to the publ! .
Now, whom shall we nlccl in the war
of ballots next Tuesday? Again we say
the voters must decide. If they want
scheming, designing, unreliable, time
serving politicians to administer their
affairs, to handle their money and to
bold in their hands the honor of our
grand State, then let them elect such
for they deserve no better. There are
some people in South Carolina, sad to
relate, who want such officials; their
own private interests will best be
served thereby. But we cannot believe
that such are in the majority. Faith in
the integrity of our people and confi
dence in their loyalty to law, order and
decency sustain us in the belief that the
choices next Tuesday will be men whose
honor is unimpeachable, whose names
are free from stain, and whose records
and qualifications commend them as
proper administrators of the peoples'
Let the voter bo reminded that when
bis ballot is cast the act affects not him
self alone, but every man, woman and
child in South Carolina. Voting is a
public privilege and a public obligation.
May sound judgment, good conscience
and a true desire for the public good
direct every voter next Tuesday.
ONE PHASE OF THE ISSUE.
Candidate Bleose is now standing on
the very platform he fought so bitterly
two years ago?and lost. In 1906 this
same man was opposed to county dis
pensaries and advocated the corrupt
State grog shop as it stood. Bleasc
then fought what he now advocates;
Ansel won out on his advocacy of an
option law a step toward prohibition,
! and now be has a platform a step still
nearer prolubition ?a consistent devel
opment and progress.
Years ago when the dispensary was
established they told us it was a step
toward prohibition: thirteen or four
teen years between steps was a long
time and the people spoke in unmis
takable terms two years ago. What
did the election of 1906 mean? It meant
that South Carolina was done with the
State- dispensary; that the institution
was a failure in its purpose; that it had
proved a cankering sore in the body
politic and must go. The people repu
diated the system that made the State
a whiskey agent and took a decided
step toward the complete elimination of
This year the issues are again before
the people, embodied in the two candi
dates for governor. The election of
Blease would mean, to say the very
least of it, a standstill in the progress
' of the State in settling this vexing
problem, while the election of Ansel
will mean endorsement and vindication
, of tho people's will as expressed in the
election two years ago; and besides, a
material gain for the cause of prohibi
tion. Shall we advance or shall we al
' low another thirteen years to elapse be
fore making another move? This is one
phase of the question that confronts
the Democratic voters of the State.
Senator Cole L. Blease, the young
' man from Newberry, who aspires to
gubernatorial honors in the State of
South Carolina, (worthy ambition it is
and for which we cast no blame upon
j him,) seems never to fail in his speeches
to use this expression or something
with the same purport, "Blease sticks
to Blease's friends." Such repeated
utterance is bound to attract notice,and
the question naturally arises in our
mind: "Who are Blease's friends?"
Now, while the young man from New
berry, South Carolina, is today running
on the platform he denounced two years
ago and advocating in his speeches the
same methods of handling whiskey that
met with bis unqualified opposition in
1906, one cannot but observe that there
seems to be something else back of the
whole business. Who are Blease's
i friends? Since he always sticks to bis
friends who were his friends two years
ago? Answering this question will
throw some light on the situation.
Who were "Blease's friends" in the
year 1906 and the years preceding?
Senator Blease acknowledged that he
knew who was the South Carolina Sen
ntor in the employ of Lanahan, the
whiskey doalcr. This senator, whoever
he may be, was a violator of the law.
Was it a motive of kindness that
prompted Bleaso to withhold bis name
from the investigating committee?
Now, Mr. Lewis W. Parker, of Green
ville, says that Lanahan told him Blease
was the man; and the people of South
Carolina always associated the name
of Blease in that c\,ncction.
We do not know whether or not
Blease was Lanahan's agent in this
State, but it matters not; on either
count Blcnse is culpable. He is either
the friend of the man who violated the
law of South Carolina or was himself
the man. Now, take your choice. Cole
Blease knew who the guilty Senator
was and refused, or at least did not
give his name he "stuck to his
friend." Blcnse failed to give
the committee the name of the
South Carolina Senator who was viola
ling the law. So much for that.
"Blease sticks to Blease's friends."
In I!>()<> Please was the friend of the
State dispensary as it stood; with all
its faults he loved it still; be
ing blind with love, he failed to sec
the faults that were there. Then, nec
essarily, this young man from New
berry was friendly to those who had
in charge the operation of this, his dar
ling institution. Surely, the operators
wero*pp.rt and parcel of the machine.
Then Blease was their friend; and
"Blease sticks to his friends." Some
of us people have an idea there were
some grafters among the number of
operators of the (Jreat Moral Institu
tion. Were they Blease's friends?
"Blease sticks to Blease's friends." So
it seems that while Blease today stands
upon the option platform and favors
county dispensaries, he has not forgot
ten the friends of l'JOG, and before. He
appears as standing with one foot on
the option plank and the other yet lin
gering on the State dispensary with all
its dishonesty, corruption and graft.
He is sticking to his friends of two
years ago and more.
The election of Cole L. Blease, of
Newberry, South Carolina, would mean
a victory for the grafters and thieves
of the old State dispensary regime.
Will the people of South Carolina stand
Sometime ago The News and Courier
intimated that we, as a friend to Gov
ernor Ansel, were seeking to justify
his act of appointing a negro notary
public by the fact that Governor Till
man did it. We resent this in that the
circumstances justified the emphasis
laid on Governor Tilbnan's custom.
The Blease supporters who were agi
tating the matter lay special stress on
the fact that the Reform Governor had!
the licenses of all the notaries revoked
and tried to make the impression that
he did so to get rid of the negroes,
which was utterly at variance with the
truth. We emphasized Governor Ti 11
man's attitude in the matter because
he had been cited up as opposed to the
custom while the other governors had
not been mentioned. In this fact we
found warrant for our course.
Candidate Blease charges Governor
Ansel with extravagance in his admin
istration. This accusation falls flat on
the cars of thinking or informed peo
ple. They know that it is the General
Assembly, of which Blease is a mem
ber, that makes the appropriations and
determines the amount of enpenditures
by the State. The governor of South
Carolina has nothing to do with the
economy or extravagance of the State.
Another charge brought by Blease
against Mr. Ansel is that he recom
mended a new governor's mansion and
an increase in the governor's salary,
Blease making it appear that the pres
ent governor thinks he is too good to
live in the residence now in use and
upon the present salary. The govern
or's mansion is a disgrace to South
Carolina a public shame -and Mr. An
sel had the manhood to state his posi
tion on it. The governor's salary is in
adequate to the demands made upon it; ,
all the governors who live honestly, and
who sustain the dignity of the State,
come away from Columbia poorer. No,
Mr. Blease himself, if he should be
elected governor, and should live and
act as have our many honorable chief
executives, would find the present salary
Strange it is how sane, sensible men
can contend that a dispensary decreases
the sale and consumption of whiskey.
Under a dispensary regime we have
three agencies for the supply: blind ti
gers, the jug trade and the dispensary.
Republicans are cordially invited not
to contribute to the Bryan campaign
fund that, we intend to raise by repro
ducing the commoner's speeches. Only
good Democrats will be welcomed as
Just so soon as the primary elections
are over with we purpose devoting our
time almost entirely to increasing the
campaign fund started by us some
weeks ago. The need is urgent sind we
are alive to its import ance. All we ask
is the heruiy co-operation of Laurens
The day is not past when a candidate
fails to arouse prejudice when he dis
cusses the negro question. Sad to re
late, but true it is that "tho nigger" is
among the leading topics in our cam
paigns this year. In the Laurens county
campaign he is being made much of;
likewise in the State campaign, Let a
candidate begin "cussing" t he "nigger"
and the crowd will begin to yell. Just
watch next. Saturday and 800 how it
Candidate Smith promises to raise
the price of cotton if he is elected to
the Senate, but the folly of his idle
boasts is too apparent to the thinking'
people today. Tho farmers will not al
ways allow themselves to be used by
|M>liticians who ride into office on their
Hon. K. D. Smith can do no more for
the farmers in the United States Senate
than can any of tin* other aspirants for
that office. In his present, work he is a
help to the farmers; why not keep him
here at home? He is the best "cotton"
speaker in South Carolina and we ought
not to let him get lost in the Senate.
Mr. Rhett's pnticnt forbearance dur
ing the entire campaign commends his
remarkable self-control to tho voters.
None but a thoroughbred gentleman
could carry himself in such a manner.
A contemporary makes this observa
tion: "Of course primaries are uncer
tain and one cannot sometimes always
tell who will win," which we are per
fectly willing to admit; but, oh, the
grammar of it!
Candidate Bleaso referred the voters
to a minister or the ministers of his
home town for testimonials as to char
acter, etc. Now he is lambasting those
preachers for NOT ENDORSING HIS
CANDIDACY. His assurance over
Referring to the seven Senatorial can
didates the Walterboro Press and Stan
"These are all good men and South
Carolina will have a good Senator which
ever one is electee!."
Has the Press and Standard been
asleep for the past fifteen years, or docs
it fear lost some one's feelings be hurt?
Candidate Todd, for the House, has
the nerve and courage to tell the voters
that he does not believe that all corpor
ations are bad; in fact, that corporate
interests are "sometimes necessary for
the growth and progress of our indus
tries." There exists such blind preju
dice against corporations that such a
stand requires courage.
Several of our candidates are oppos
ing the Insurance Commission. We
believe this to be one of the best offices
ever instituted by the Legislature;
already it has saved the people thous
ands of dollars.
A distinguished veteran who has been
attending tho annual re-unions of the
old soldiers for years made comment to
us a few days ago regarding the effect
of holding the re-unions in dispensary
and non-dispensary cities. He said very
earnestly that in Greenville this year
the drinking among the veterans was at
a minimum while in the same city some
years ago when there was a dispensary
the drinking was at a terrible rate
and the behavior utterly disgraceful
"Anil," continued he, "much of the
whiskey in Greenville this year came
from the Laurens dispensary."
It was really pitiful to see some of
the old soldiers last week hurrying up
to the dispensary here, buying whiskey,
and hurrying back to their trains. Lau
rens is not doing much good by the vet
erans in this matter.
Candidate C. N. Cuninghnm, for the
Legislature, states in his speeches that
there was about as much whiskey sold
in Laurens twenty-five years ago when
the population was small compared with
that of today as is sold now under the
dispensary. While we have not looked
up the figures, if such there be on the
matter, we are rather a doubting
Thomas on the correctness of Mr. Cun
The air above Laurens possesses de
lightful qualities for aviation and no
speed limits have been set.
We respectfully suggest that some of
the county candidates look up the defi
nitions of "prohibition" and "teetotal
inn." Webster's, Worcester's, the
Standard, International, Imperial or
even Johnson's may possibly enlighten
Mr. R. D. Hoyd, candidate for the
House, advocates the manufacture and
sale of fertilizer by the State; Mr.
Irby also favors such a measure, if we
err not. The idea and plan may be all
right and good; its purpsse is doubtless
the best, but it will be a bad day when
the State goes into the business. We
are opposed to any such measure.
So Mr. Irby, candidate for the Legi
lature, thinks we corporation newspa
pers are advocating prohibition because
WO hope to do away with the dispen
sary and then get "whole page adver
tisements from the wholesale liquor
houses." That's a new idea for us; we
confess our dullness in not seeing this
before. Excellent idea!
Mr. C. N. Cunningham speaks of the
noble dispensary which "fell into the
hands of the. Philistines, who deflower
ed It of its virtue." Later in his speech
he talks of Whisky as the "vile thing."
Now, we should like to know wherein
lay the "virtue" of tho dispensary,
"the only moral code," as he terms it,
if whiskey, the reason of the dispen
sary's existence is a "vile thing."
Mr. W. R. Richey, for the House,
states that the money that went out of
Laurens county last year thorough
dispensary sales would have macadam
ized seventy miles of road in the
In one breath Hon. J. M. Cannon says
that prohibition is wrong, and in an
other refers to the "noble and pure flag
of prohibition," which appears to us
When candidates for office make un
usual or "feature" statements that
they cannot back back up, I hey may
very well count on the newspapers
giving prominence to such.
AMONG THE EXCHANGES. |
A Ocnllcman in Politics.
The issue is not of Mr. Rhett's mak
ing, but it must be decided. Will it be
worth while hereafter for a man of in
telligence, of ability, of integrity, of
party service and clean record to enter
a stump-speaking campaign in South
Carolina and address himself to the dis
cussion of political questions affecting
the State and the Republic, abstaining
from personalities, refusing to indulge
in blackguardly language, slander and
billingsgate? The candidates for United
States Senator have appeared at thirty
eight meetings. Suppose that Mr.
Rbett, charged with being a Republi
can, (this same Mr. Rbett whom the
Democrats of South Carolina sent to a
national convention four years ago, and
whom tho Democrats of Charleston
have twice elected mayor,) had re
sponded, "You're a 'liar!'" would that
have proved his fitness to represent
South Carolina creditably in the Ameri
Shall a gentleman, ambitious to be
Senator, before submitting bis claims
to the voters in a primary, resolve to
bandy epithets and discuss personali
ties or else abandon bis ambition? That
question must be answered in the pri
mary. Do the people of South Carolina
want upright, sell-respecting, decently
behaved men to participate in party
Mr. Rhett has not made that the is
sue. Rut it is the issue just the same.
? News and Courier.
The Journal's Forecast.
The vote for Governor will be about
And that will be doing well for Blease.
??Here Lies an Edilor."
"Here lies an editor!
Snooks if you will;
In mercy, kind Providence,
Let him lie still.
"He lied for his living; so
He lived while be lied;
When he could not lie longer,
He lay down and died."
For a Clean Administration.
Every voter who stands for a clean
administration of the State government
should now come forward in support of
Martin P. Ansel. No man who claims
to stand for upright dealing and manly
character can fail to realize the impor
tance of doing his duty at this time.
"Hell-lire and Puccoon Root."
Mayor Rbett, of Charleston, is sim
ply a shining mark for the perspiring
malevolence of certain of his opponents
in the Senatorial race. And with this
frantic and perspiring malevolence they
make bold to entertain generous and
intelligent people by the hour. Their
frenzied attacks upon the democracy of
Rhett, and upon his good faith to his
own race, roll off of that gentleman as
rain drops roll off of cabbage leaves.
And this is pretty much all we choose
to say about the Senatorial, Congres
sional and Solicitorsbip meeting in our
town on Thursday of last week. It was
a lively and very highly entertaining
meeting. There were brains in it, and
education, and high mental cultivation,
and oratory, and eloquence, and wis
dom, and wit, and humor, and satire,
and ginger, and red pepper, and Tabas
co-sauce, and what we primitive Edge*
field people call "hell-fire and puccoon
root." And still it was but a wretched
and pitiful manifestation of human self
seeking. Edgefield Chronicle.
"We have a man in Anderson who
knows Mr. Kern quite well." Daily
"We have a man in Union who used
to buy vegetables from Mr. Kern's sis
ter." Union Times.
"We have a man in BranchVIllo that
they tell us is Mr. Kern's first cousin."
"We have a man in Laurens whose
daughter's first cousin's wife has
benight vegetables just like those sold (
by Kern's sister, dern it. " Laurens
"We have a man in Clifton who is
authority for the statement that he
heard another man say that Maj. Hemp
hill said that Mr. Kern was born in
Charleston." - Clifton Chronicle.
Charleston must have been in North
Carolina then. Chester Lantern.
Organize and Educate.
One powerful means of agricultural
education is the farmers' organization
or association. All our dairy, horticul
tural, poultry and livestock associations
are great educators. Farmers blunder
when they fail to encourage organiza
tions. Sometimes, out of foolish no
tions of independence, they neglect to
unite their forces. They are utterly
blind to their best interests when they
do so. They should encourago organi
zation if for no other reason than for
the splendid educational advantages
that How from it. Prosidonl Konyon
L. Butterfleld, Cbnptcrs in Rural Pro
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nerves get weak then these organs al l
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nor stimulate the Heart or Kidneys.J
That is simply a makeshift. (Jeta pie ;
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where as Dr. Shoop's Restorative The
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these weak inside nerves. Strengthen
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and see how quickly help will come.
Sold by Palmetto Drug Co.
A Third Need.
"You need." said the expert to ilia
?offerer, "two pairs of glasses, one for
reading and one for long distance."
"Can't you make It three pah i?"
asked the man who had made a study
of Ids own case. "I'd like some short
sighted ones to use on bill collectors."
Served as coffee, the new colVoo ?i -
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Dr. Shoop's Health ColVoo will trick
even a coffee expert. Nol a grain of
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flavor. And it is "made in a minute,"
too. No tedious 20 to 30 minute, boil
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Agreed With Him.
Tather (calling from head of stairs
at 11:30 p. in.)?Jennie, don't you think
It's about time to go to bed? Jennie
Yes, papa dear. What on earth keeps
you up so late??Pathfinder.
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