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A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF
Blease Organ Takes a Dip With Senator Tillman
the Senator Comes Back With a Strong Reply.
Cole Blease as an Observer.
The News Scemetar, published in
Greenwood with Mr. W. T. Crews, son
of the late Col. T. 13. Crews, as editor
in-chief, came out in its first issue with
an editorial headed "A Plot Against
Blease." In it reference was made to
Senator Tlllman as an interested par
ty to a plot to defeat Governor Blease.
Senator Tillmnii came hack with
a reply and then Mr, Crews replied to
this. A few days afterwards, Qov.
IJlease gave out an interview relative
to some points in the correspondence.
Below is given the affair in full.
"Tile Tint Against Blease."
.'Several days ago Senator Till mat!
was the guest of Mr. .lohn G. Rich
ards at his home in Kershaw county,
and when the senator left for his
home at Trenton the chief justice of
the supreme court of the state. Judge
\ Jones, made a pilgrimage, also,
Kiindenly to have become the politi
cal mecca for all antl-Bleaoo politi
"Immediately after Chief Justice
Jones' return home he sent his resig
nation to the governor, to take effect
next January, and also notified Col.
Brooks, clerk of the supreme court,
to that effect. This turn of the politi
cal kaleidoscope affords some inter
esting prognostications, and at the
sann; time develops a political scheme
that has been hatching in Columbia
for some time. When that former
popular News and Courier correspond
ent whom Tillman loved and loves
above all other newspaper correspond
ents, of the antl press of the state,
laid all bis wires and made report to
Gonzales & Co., the political leven
began to work. The big city dailies
Immediately began to sing the praises
of Judge Ira B. Jones for governor,
and all the little 'me too' nntl-Blease
papers In the state yelped approval,
and have been making the welkin ring
ever since with the praises of Mr.
Jones. - .
"Whether or not Senator Till man
has given these conspiring politicians
any pegs on which to hang their po
litical hopes, we don't know; but
whether be did or not. the anti-Blease
politicians are trying to make Senator
Tillman's old friends and supporters
believe he did. But any rate, it is
easy to picture the suave Richards
and the sedate and wise chief justice
sitting out on the porch of Mr. Rich
ards' country mansion plotting Un
political downfall of Blease and the
menacling of his 'vicious and ignor
ant' supporters. The Delilah-like
mediator and political ambassador of
the Gonzales wing of the Blease op
position bad already delivered his ul
timatum to the plotters, who were
now expected to carry out their part
of the scheme by deceiving or fooling
the 'old-time Tlllmanlte-Reformers'?
and to this extent his mission was
successful. Now Jones and Richards
get to work. The latter had already
wormed out of Tillman. under the
guise of personal friendship, as to the
probability of Senator Tillman's he
ilig abb; to make an active canvass
next year, and also as to the probabil
ity of Iiis resigning the senatorship
in the event of his reelection, with
no opposition. So. the balance of the
plot was plain sailing for Jones and
Richards. The Gonzales politicians
bad already let it be known that they
were not going to ((derate any more
prohibition foolishness, in the next
gubernatorial campaign, so it was Olli
of the question for Richards to be
come a candidate, as he was too Well
known as a pronounced Prohibition
ist; and after a fe\V personal expres
sions of esteem one for another. .Mr.
Richards patriotically 'sacrificed' him
self to the political ambition of Jus
tice Jones, and it. was then and there
decided that if Mr. Jones would an
nounce his resignation, and later on
Come out as a candidate against Coif
Blease. Of course, being a Prohibi
tionist himself, Mr. Richards bundled
inp the prohibition v< te, tied it with a
.fpiece of blue ribbon, sealed it with
the pledge of the prohibition press of
the state, presented it to Mr. Jones
with all the knightly courtesy due
from one conspirator to another. This
done, Mr. Jones' resignation was pre
pared, which, on his return home, was
to be sent to the governor, and later
on to follow it up with the announce
ment of his candidacy for the govern
snip. The latter part of the pro
gramme, however, seems to have been
hurried up a bit. The conspirators
got wind of the fact that there were
many old friends of John Gary Evans
who began to use his name in con
nection with tin- governorship, when
the Gonzales crowd warned Chief Jus
tice Jones to 'do about'?get busy?
and Mr. Jones' announcement for the
governorship was Immediately forth
coming. Tills i.inch of the plot has
already come to light! '?'" there is
another side to ? th;ft the people
don't know yet.
"Mr. Richards is to keep in CqnstOllI
tench with Senator Tillman, and of
COurse lie. ami Im alone, is to know
when the senator Ih to retire wheth
er by ' declining to run In tho next
campaign, or whether ho will roslgn
after re-election. If the latter, then
Mr. Richards is to bo glvon tie- ii. Id
alone, so far as the prohibition faction
is concerned, and be is to get the sup
port and Influence of the Jones ad
ministration and the Gonzales crowd
to succeed Tillman?all tliis to reward
Richards for his 'self?sacrifice pa
"Bui whal is to become ol Gov< rnor
'ones? J:; he to !>i> ? cimitted to fall
put of public nouco ;,t thta e.\tl ration
of a little old measly one term as gov
ernor? Not a bit til It. The plot takes
care of him fully and substantially.
At the expiration of Iiis term the
same political machine thai made him
governor is to still further reward
j him by giving him the Hon. Ed. Smith's
seat in the United States senate.
'"Phis is their scheme?their politi
cal plot lo defeat Blease?and even if
it take* old-time- Till man-coat-tail
swingers and Tillmail's old-time bit
terest enemies to accomplish it. they
are going to try it. Hut as Blea'se's
election showed thai tin' people were
not going to be ruled at the dictation
of Gonzales politicians, we hardly be
lieve that they will tamely surrender
next year to a combination of anti
Blease politicians and Benedict Ar
nolds of the old Till man-Reform
movement. We shall nee-."?Nows
Tillman in Reply.
The letter from Senator Tillman is
Trenton. S ('., Sept. l>:>. 1911.
Mr. W. T. Crews. Greenwood, S. C. ?
Dear "Hose": This morning's mail
brings me the first number of your
new paper, the News-Sclinltar. 1 was
very much surprised to And that you
bad hatched a mare's nest out of my
recent visit to .lohn G. Richards at
Liberi ? Hill, and have been none too
tenner of his feelings, and have dealt
very unjustly with him, Although it
is perhaps not worth while, I take the
trouble to write you this letter which
you are at liberty to publish.
Your father was my stauneh friend
all of his life, and it will not add to
my pence of mind or contentment to
feel before I die that his son is not
the same loyal friend that Tom'Crews
was. I know*your paper will circu
late, if it circulates at all, among the
pronounced TUlinanites of the state,
because the Laurensville Herald with
which you have been connected was
always one of the "blue hen's chick
ens" and outspoken as regards Till
manism. I think it unkind, therefore,
to lend yourself to any suggestion or
scheme which will weaken the confi
dence in me of any friend of mine.
You know, if you know anything, that
1 have nothing to do and never will
have anything to dc with that Gon
zales crowd, or any emissary thai they
Will send to me. I may be a fool and
nol recognize such emissary, but I |
think I yet have sense enough to know
an ambassador or agent of that bunch
of politicians should one approach
Your editorial. "The Plot Agalnsl
Dlease," Is so unjust to Richards and
to me and so calculated to mislead
that I write this in order to set you
straight. In the first place, Richards
Is not the india-rubber politician and
hypocrite you insinuate lie Is, but an
honorable and high-toned man. and
should have been elected governor
last year, if character and ability lo
serve the people creditably had been
considered by the voters. The sub
ject of Jones' candidacy was nol dis
cussed during my visit to Richards
and his announcement was a surprise
to me. Richards has known all along
that my candidacy for tin' senate de
pended entirely on the condition of
my health, and even if I am in bed.
unless wholly pnral.V7.ed 1 expect to
allow the people of South Carolina
who want to do so to have the oppor
tunity to vote for inc. I am anxious
to see whether or not they appreciate
my earnest and honest efforts to serve
them these tWenty-one years. So any,
hint or suspicion that I can be used in j
the way you suggest in the editorial
Is an insult and outrage to me and I1
am shocked to have such an assassin's j
blow come from Tom Crews' son. If
I am reelected l will nol resign but i
die in harness. You of all men are
the last one to institute that I am so
cowardly and so easily wrapped
around people's flnguros that I would
join any such combination. I am as
tonished at you and of course yon
know I am very much hurt. I do not
expect to take sides In the governor's
race next year. It Is none of my bus
iness, anyway, and my policy as a
public man has always been that of
Jefferson. "Teach the people anil trust
the people.'' Hoth of the candidates
thus far announced are old Tillman
ites and tho people must Judge for
themselves which one of them is best
entitled to their confidence.
(Signed) H. R. Tillman.
New? Sccmoiar'y Reply*
On our first page will he found a let
ter from Senator Tillmnn to the Ed
itor '?I The News Scemetor.
In our article of Sept. L'2d. to which
Senator Tillman refers. "The Plol
Against Blens?"-?thfl only manner In
w hi< !i we connected the Senator's
name with the "plot" was where we
"Whether or not Senator Tillman
has v v< n these conspiring politic;.!.*
Any pegs on which to hang thoir po
litical hopes. Wo don't know; but
whether he did or not, tho anti
Blease politicians are trying to make
Senator Tollman's old friends and
supporters believe he did."
Senator Tillman says that he thinks
it unkind for us to lend ourself to any
suggestion or scheme that will weaken
the conlUlencn in him of any of his old
friends and supporters. Now. we dis
claim any intention of doing anything
of the kind. Indeed, so far from lend
ing ourself to any such suggestion or
political scheme. In conversation with
parties who suspected that Senator
Tillman had lent himself to the plol
and scheme now hacking candidate
Jones, and so accused him. we stoutly
denied it. Hut the suspicion seemed
to he general, that an unequivocal de
nial from Senator Tillman was due his
old friends and supporters, and to that
extent the object of our editorial has
been accomplished, lie says:
"The subject of Jones* candidacy
was not discussed during my visit to
"1 do not expect to take sides in the
governors race next year."
Having so emphatically made denial,
the.public will acquit the Senator of
all suspicion, and as for ourself. we
never for a minute suspected that
Senator Tillman was a party to the
plot, anil so expressed ourself to ev
eryone with whom we discussed the
matter. And in this connection, it
seems to us that Senator Tillman's
umbrage OUghl not to be against us.
but rather against those old-time antl
Tillmnn papers who SOUghl to create
the impression that he was favorable1
<o and aiding in the scheme to have
Jones supplant Please as governor
and this. too. right on the heels of the
Senator's visit to Mr. Richards.
Senator Tillman seems to labor un
der the impression that somebody or
other had suggested the ' scheme" to
us and that we were lending ourself
to such suggestion. In harboring such
suspic.ian. Senator, you are as "un
kind" to me as you accuse me of be
ing "unkind" to you. During all the
years that 1 have written and fought
for you, I always wrote and spoke my
own convictions, not somebody else's,
and if I have "hatched a mare's nest"
III exposing that Jones-Richards
"scheme," 1 was only following a pol
icy which 1 loyally practiced in your
behalf ever since you have been In
public life?a "mare's nest" policy that
you have never heretofore found fault
with, and whether or -not they were
"mare's nests," you have only to nsk
ybur political enemies who road the
Laurensville 1'erald when it was your
Rut the burden of Senator Tillman's
letter, however, doesn't seem to tie
so much a vindication of himself from
"such an assassin's blow" as it is an
effort to Clear -Mr. Richard's political
skirts. Granting all Senator Tillman
says as to his having no connection
with any plot against Rlease. nor even
discussed Jones' candidacy, that does
not clear Richards and Jones from the
political conspiracy with which we
connected them. The v ry fact that
"Richards has known all along" that
Senator Tillman's candidacy for the
Senate depended entirely on the con
dition of the Senator's health was the
moving spirit that promoted Jones'
visit and his and Richard's political;
frame-up. Possibly the fact dawned
upon them that Senator Tillman might
not altogether appl'OVO of The State
and News and Courier, and other old
line antl-TIUmnn papers taking Chief
Justice Jones up. and, in effect if not
in so many words, telling those of
their own political faith that they must
stay out of the race?nor would a Pro
hibition candidate even be ((derated.
Such apprehension on their part. Sen
ator, would have been perfectly na
tural, since they knew so well that
you approved of the "Colloton Plan,"
and that plan, you know, was devised
to prevent just such a political con
dition as now confronts us. and which
is sought to be used to the political
undoing of Governor Blease, the peo
pie's governor, and to which you gave
your moral and political Influence to
prevent just snch an unfair condition
from being used against John Kvans.
in the Primary of I SIM. But for the
Colloton Plan, you know, the Conser
vatives would have negatived the vote; i
of tho Reformers, in that Primary, and
it was considered "good politics." then
to adopt it. Rut now. when the same
political tactics which made necessary
the Colloton Plan are resorted to b.t
Rlease's enemies, and I sound tie;
alarm, it is "unkind'' in me. and 1 am
accused of striking "an assassin's
.blow." Yet. in such political extrem
ity. Senator Tillman calmly Informs
US that he is hands off. Now then, if
conditions are such as we have Btnted.
?that Mr. Jones is the candidate of
the newspaper ring and that of tho
Prohibitionists. Senator Tillman ought
not to stand for It?even to the ex
tent of being hands off.
Senator Tillman seems to have mis
understood our meaning, In saying
that be will "never have anything to do
with that fionzales crowd or any em
issary that they will send" to him.
We never for a minute dreamed that
the Senator would hob-nob with such
a crowd, nor did we say he would. Rut.
that Mr. Jones is the candidate of that
crowd Senator Tillman can't deny!
for didn't the Chief Justier, say him
self, that he was the candidate of the
Spartanburg Herald and Isn't that pa
per the fledgling of the Columbia
State? And didn't Mr. Jones, in his
newspaper Interview, a foW days ago,
say that he was "not one of the fools
who helloved,the newspapers bad lost
their inlluenee?" and waon'l Senator
Tillman. himself one of those who. in
giving their explanations <?!' Bl?
victory, said that i' seemed to him
that the hoW^papOifl had lOftl th ir ii>
fluence. So It seems that, no matter
what the Senator might think of emis
saries from "that Gonzales crowd,"
Mr. Richards was not so particular.
The rank and Hie of the voters who
sustained Blease in the last primary,
and who will sustain him next year,
are the same yeomanry of the State
that sustained Senator Tillman, and
they consider that they are lighting
for the same principles that actuated
them when they stood so loyally to
As to Mr. Richard's "India-rubber"
qualifications as a politician, the Sen
ator certainly can not deny that Mr.
Richards is one of the bounding sort,
lor with the least effort possible he
hounded from the dispensary, as Its
champion in the legislature into the
ranks of the most blatant prohibition
ists at one hound: and as to his being
the "honorable high-toned man" that
Senator Tillman says lie is, why we
will take the Senator's word for that
we don't know Mr. Richards person
ally: but when Senator Tillman says
that "he, Richards, should have been
elected governor, last year, it char
acter and ability bad been considered
by tin1 voters." the Senator ought cer
tainly to be willing to "trust the peo
ple" and a majority of the voters
thoughl differently, as niease Feather
stone, and McLeod received more \otes
than did Mr. Richards.
W. T. Crews.
(?ov. Blouse's Observation.
From Spartanburg Herald.?
Surrounded by a constantly aug
mented throng of admirers at the
Argyle hotel last night. Gov. Colo L.
Blease freely expressed his views on
subjects (o a reporter of The Herald
and disclosed something of his plants.
To make it plain that notwithstand
ing Senator I'.. It. Tillman's denial,
be believed there was truth in the
story published by \V. T. Crews, edi
tor of the Greenwood Nows-Scomotnr,
to the effeel :n<it Senator Tillman and
Maj. .lohn G, Richards, Jr., had plot
ted to bring out Chief Justice Ira B.
Jones, of the supreme court, as a
candidate to defeat him for governor,
lie said he believed the program had
been to elect Major Richards lieuten
ant governor. Then, If Senator Till
man was compelled for any reason to
give up his seat in the senate, Justice
Jones would take his place and Major
Richards would step into the gov
Expects to Beat Jones.
"I am going to be reelected," said
Governor Blease, when asked If he
would say anything" concerning poli
tics. "I will beat Jones by a bigger
majority than the one by which I de
feated Featherstone, and if Tillman's
man Richards is a candidate 1 will
beat them both."
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