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Reiterates Charges Against Governor
lilease and Says He Will Co After
Him with the Hark Off.
(By J. M. Haynle of Chronicle Staff.)
Charleston, S. C, June 17.?"I have
absolute, unmistakable and unim
peachable evidence of grafting In
Charleston county by the state con
stables, and will be ready to present
it tomorrow when I face the Investi
gating committee In Columbia," is what
Hon. John P. Grace, mayor of Char
leston, and the man upon whom the
eyes of the people of South Carolina
are focussed at present in connection
with the latest "Please controversy,"
said to me today.
Mayor Grace was very free to talk
about the case this morning when seen
by a special representative of The
Chronicle, but he declined to use
names at this time, saying the case
may be postponed tomorrow.
Went Into Graft Quick.
"I will say that the grafting by the
'Chief Dispensary Detective' began in
less than a week after he received his
commission, and that commission was
tendered him over the protest of my
self and a large number of Charles
ton's best citizens. I have evidence
which I will submit to the committee
tomorrow which will show that her in
less than a week after taking his oath,
demanded and was paid $2,500 by one
of the dealers in Charleston. This is
not hearsay, for the person who paid
the money came to me at the time to
get my advice. I told him I would
not give him any advice; that he could
do as he plnsed. He then told me that
he had his customers to look nfter,
and had a family to take care of. and
he left my office to pay the 'hold-up
The Governor's Emissary.
"I also have evidence that an emis
sary of Governor Please was In Char
leston the next day to see Mr. Stothart,
and they had a 'conference.'
"I have never said that I had direct
evidence to connect the governor him
self with any of the grafting, or with
reeclvlng any of the graft money, and
I don't make any such charge at this
time, but I do renew my charge that 'I
have practically traced the grafting
to the governor himself.'
"We protested against the appoint
ment of Pen Stothart as a dispensary
constable in this county, and when the
governor was about to make the ap
point men t I wrote to him, and also I
went to Columbia to see him, and held
a conference with him in Charleston,
and each time he said he would not
appoint anyone here, but would leave
the situation locally to the local peo
From Blcuse's Own Mouth.
"It was not until after he had been
to Charleston, on February 22, and had
made a speech and returned to Co
lumbia, that I got it from Blease's own
Hps over the long distance telephone,
that he was going to make the ap
pointment. He said at that time that
he was going to appoint Stothart 'chief
state detective at a salary of $200 per
month, the salary to come out of his
own private funds'. This was the
statement he made to me, although I
did not know at the time, nor do I
know now, of any law providing for
such an offleer. I was also informed
by Governor Blease that Stothart was
not to operate in Charleston county,
but waa to go from place to place over
the entire state.
"In less than a week after he had
received his commission Stothart was
going about the streets of Charleston
with a wagon, and was visiting the
places of local people. There were a
number of deputy constables sent here,
and they too, were, very busy. It was
at this time that I first heard of his
first attempt to graft.
Plenty of Witnesses.
"I will have plenty of witnesses, and
any number of them, who will testify
that the constables, both the "Chief"
and the deputies, have been making
regular monthly collections from the
people here in Charleston. All this
will be placed before the committee,
and the evidence will be unmistakable
find convincing. The money has been
grafted from both the retailers and
wholesalers, nnd I have affidavits and
other evidence to bear out my case."
"Those Human Vampires."
Mayor Grace has in his possession
a letter, which he has received from
a local person of good reputation, but
whose name he will not permit used (
at present, which contains the follow
ing, among other things:
"I want to say that being thorough
ly familiar with the conditions?I
would be gl.id to render you any as
sistance or testimony that would be
of service to you?I collected some of
the money that those human vampires
and bloodsuckers forced those poor
people to pay."
The evidence which will be submit
ted is voluminous and promises to
form some very interesting reading
for the next few days for the people
of South -Carolina. Mayor Grace is
determined to make out his case, and
he certainly seems to "have the evi
While the genial mayor of Charles
ton has been appointed a "kernel" on
the governor's staff, the reporter of
The Chronicle was shown the unopen
ed package containing his flashy uni
form, which Is the main thin?; about
being a "Colonel" on the governor's
Mayor Grace leaves tonight for Co
lumbia and goes prepared to hand out
some "hot shots" to his once political
bed-fellow. He says he is going after
his former friend with the bark off,
and expects to prove every charge he
Separate Comlmtte for Each District In
The following Is a list of the enroll
ing committees to enroll the democrat
ic voters of the several School Districts
of Laurens township.
No. 1?J. D. W. Watts, J. F. Owings,
A. B. Barks 1 lie.
No. 2?B. Y. Culbert?>n, I?. \V, Fin
ley, Geo Brown, Jr.
No. 3?Ben W. V 'ams, Austin
Bramlett, C. C. Cradd. :.
No. 4?B. B. Blaketey, Furman L.
Brown, Whit W, Adair.
No. 5.?-Arthur Riddle, Tom B.
Chlldress, John D. Mills.
No. 6?R. O. Hairston, S. iL Sloan,
T. Reld Blakeley.
Laurens Special- -D. C. Barksdale.
Calhoun McGowan, ft. u */)lff.
The committee In eacli 'ilstrh'.t is
requested to prepare a complete roll
of the voters of the district, and hand
same to the Secretary of Club No. 1,
W. C. Irby, Jr., or to W. T. Crows.
Every voter Is urged to land his
name to some member of the lommlt.
tee in his school district.
O. G. Thompson,
President Club No. 2.
The enrolling committees, as ap
pointed by School Districts and an
nounced above, will please hand In
names of all voters, desiring to be en
rolled on Club Roll No. 1, to the
Secretary, Alison Lee.
J. 13. Brooks,
President Club No. 1.
Sec us for extra fruit jar rubbers
S. M. & E. H. Wllkes A Co.
HOT TIMES BEGUN
I IN CONVENTION CITY
Tuft aud Roosevelt Forces Nominate
Candidates for Chairman of Con
Convention Hall( Chicago, June 18.
?AmidHt the clamor oi yells from
rival factions and fmndly shouts of
state delegations, the nitecntu. repub
lican national convention began its
history making course at noon today.
There was none of the disorder that
hud been feared. A few minutes after
Chairman Rosewater's gavel had crash
eded summons to the delegates quiet
had been obtained and Chaplain Cal
lahan had repeated his prayer.
The chairman presented the name
of Elihu Root of New York for tem
Mr. Cochems of Wisconsin, in oppo
sition, nominated Governor McQovern
of Wisconsin for temporary chairman.
Job Hedges of New York, second
ing Root's nomination, quoted ?.
complimentary tribute that Roosevelt
once paid Mr. Root. This caused
great amusement. Hadley followed
IIedr.es to second McGovern's nomi
nation, and there w&b loud and pro
Governor Johnson of California
also seconded McGovern. In ruling
on a point of order against Hadley's
motion, Kosewiiter said:
"The chairman has had this ques
tion under advisement for several
days, and has consulted many men of
better parliamentary knowledgo than
himself. I wish to have read a state
ment discussing this question and then
1 will give my ruling."
The statement was a decision of
precedents cited by Hadley and Fort.
At the conclusion of the ruling Had
ley 8ttinding not more than ten feet
away shouted: %
"I appeal from the decision of the
chair," and "I move the motion he
laid on the table." shouted Watson.
The convention was in an uproar,
but Rosewater was not perturbed. He
declared both out. of order.
"The only duty 1 now have to per
form," be said, "is to present the
name of Elihu Root, a delegate from
the state of New York, for temporary
chairman. Are there any other nom
"Mr. Chairman," shouted Hadley.
Hang" went the gavel.
Directly order enough was restored
for the nomination of McGovern.
Scarcely had ihe convention been
called to order when Roosevelt went
to his room In his hotel, where & pri
vate telephone to the Coliseum bad
been Installed, and by this method
took personal command of his forces
on the convention floor.
FIRST ANNUAL REPORT
OF COUNTY HOSPITAL
The First Your has been a Very Suc
cessful One from Many Standpoints.
To Wie Editor of The Advertiser:
The Laurens County Hospital has
just completed Us first year of work,
and I feel the people of the county
will be glad to know what we have
done in this time.
We have had ninety patients; fifty
six surgical, ten fever, five obstetrical
and nineteen general medical cases.
Lost by death three surgical, one fev
er, one case of Brlght's and one child
two hours after admission.
The Hospital has paid lt.. current
expenses and for - all its equipment
We feel very much gratified with our
first year and appreciate the help we
have received from the King's Daugh
ters and the Masons who have each,
a free bed here. Also, the Laurens
Telephone Company who generously
gave free telephone service, the city
free lights and water,, and to all our
friends for the private donations sent
In. We wish to thank the doctors of
the county for their support and to
assure them and all our kind patrons
that we are always ready to give our
best efforts to the canse of helping
During the year we have had quite
a number of visiting usrgeons: Dr.
Prior from Chester, Dr. Knowlton
from Columbia, Dr. Guerry from Co
lumbia, Dr. Jervey and Dr. C. B.
Karle of Greenville*.
We ask the people of the county to
continue their support and help to
make their county hospltnl one of
which they can be proud.
Julia M. Irby.
Three Operations Performed.
Dr. Knowlton, of Columbia, came up
to the County Hospital Thursday ev
ening and performed operations upon
Misses Mittle Owings, Sadie Sullivan
and Lila Hart. All of the patients
are now Improving steadily and will
soon be able to return to their homes.
Mrs. Luther Flnley, of Madden, was
also operated upon several days ago
and is now on the road to recovery.
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Clarence L. Burgderfer and
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Miss Evelyn Bargelt, Car
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