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Vote for Jones and See
BY THE GOVERNOR
Policemen in Ample Number* on Hand
at Charleston Meeting to Prevent the
Disorders that Have Marked Meot
Jugs Heretofore?They have a Quiet
(By McD?vld Horton in The State.)
Charleston July 5.?"I want to put
a proposition to you, and you an
swer it at the August primaries.
"Whatever you do, I will be governor
anyhow for September, October, No
vember and December and 21 days In'
January. tf you want government
by injunction and a metropolitan po
lice force, you vote for Ira E. Jones,
and I'll give it to you." With this
audacious threat Gov. Dlease closed
his long awaited address at the State
campaign meeting held here tonight,
an address in which he Intimated that
the recent break between him and
Jno. P. Grace, mayor of Charleston,
began when he refused to commission
as notary public a negro, S. W. Ben
nett, whom the mayor had recom
mended. Ho said further, with ref
erence to charges voiced by the mayor,
that graft collected in Charleston had
been traced to the office of the gov
ernor. "No gentleman would Insin
uate that I had ever received any
graft and any man who says I did
Is a malicious character thief and a
cowardly liar." The governor also
declared his intention of standing by
Benjamin H. Stothart, chief of the
constabulary In Charleston, against
whom graft charges were recently
brought before a legislative investiga
More than 1.200 persons, no wo
men being Included, were assembled
in Hibernian hall when the candi
dates for governor were Introduced.
These spoke, as usual. The meeting
opened at f? o'clock in the afternoon
and continued until all of the candi
dates in the party bad been heard.
It was an attentive audience, but one
quick to express approval for dis
approval. Quick also to luugh as
some of the speakers learned to their
discomfiture, when a point put for
ward in all seriousness tickled, for
some reason, the risibilities of the
Tremendous Demost rat ions.
Tremendous demonstrations were
given in honor of both the leading
candidates for governor, but It ap
peared that applause for Judge Jones
came more generally from over the
house and men long acquainted with
Charleston audiences said the ma
jority opinion among those present
was in favor of Jones as against
Blcnse. Undeniably, however, the
volume of sound was greater in the
pro-Blease outbreaks, as It usually Is.
Hissing was more freely resorted to
here than elsewhere on the campaign,
as an expression of disapproval and
Gov. Blease was tho target of a good
deal of It. Excellent order prevailed.
An extraordinary number of police
men In uniform was distributed about
the hall and these were prompt In
suppressing demonstrations which
they deemed Improper. An admoni
tory wave of the hand proved all
that was necessary In every case.
Judge Jones devoted some portion
of his time to a reply In detail to
the speech delivered at Blshopvllle
by Gov. Blease.
The governor made his usual de
claration regarding negroes, lynching
and other matters, but gave his atten
tion principally to points of local in
terest In Charleston. Some of his most
interesting statements were made in
response to questions from the floor.
"What about beer?" asked a voice
In the audience.
"You bring me a glass of It up here
and I can talk about It better," said
"What about racing?" was another
"Do as you did this year," retorted
Gov. Blease. "Act like men and do
as you please." This question nnd its
answer related to the passage by the
last, legislature of an act outlawing
metropolitan racing in South Caro
lina from July 1, 1912.
Gov. Blease spoke after the meet
ing to an audience, Including a num
ber of women, In the Irish Volunteers'
Kissing at Start
Hissing instead of applause was the
first expression from the audience
After the meeting opened. It broke
out when the county chairman, H. W.
Connor, said tho first speaker would
be Barnard B. Evans, a candidate for
attorney general. Evans was absent.
The chairman then Introduced In turn
tfie other two candidates for that of
fice who wore present, these being the
Incumbent, J. Fr?ser Lyon and Thos.
H. Peoples. J. R. Earle was absent.
Mr. Peoples received considerable
appluse. Mr. Lyon was accorded a
reception which might fairly be de
scribed as an ovation.
Mr. Evans appeared just as Mr.
Peoples had concluded and while one
of tho candidates for State treasurer,
was being Introduced.
"Am 1 not to be allowed to address
this Charleston meeting?" said Evans.
"Who are you?" inquired the chair
man. There was considerable hiBsing.
Mr. Pceples arose and said he was
willing for Mr. Evans to be heard
out of his turn. Mr. Lyon also rose
and said he had no objection to Evans
speaking as long as he liked, or as
long as the people would hear him.
Evans was given- respectful attention
after he had entered on his speech,
which did not vary notably from
speeches previously delivered by him.
The attorney general also spoke to
much the same effect aa heretofore,
except that he discussed in some de
tail the status of Thos. B. Felder.
Evans had said during this campaign
that Felder had been promised a fee
of |25,000 for compromising the Rich
land distillery case. Mr. Lyon said
that several years ago In settling up
the affairs of the State dispensary he|
reached a place where little more
could be accomploBhed In the re
clamation from liquor houses of
money taken by them from the State.
It was suggested to him that T. B.
Felder could help In that work. Mr.
Felder wob engaged by the Murray
commission. He was to receive 10 per
cent, commission for recoveries made
on open accounts and 50 percent for
recoveries on accounts which had
been closed and on which the com
mission had not been able to realize.
Mr. Felder recovered between $400,
000 and $500,000. Evans had said
Felder had been discharged and B. L.
Abney of Columbia retained In his
place. Mr. Lyon said that Mr. Felder
had been employed and was now being
employed by Mr. Abney In attending
to matters which had been referred
to Mr. Abney and that recoveries had
been made by Mr. Felder for Mr.
Abney. As to Mr. Abney's arrange
ment for the compromising of the
Richland distillery case that arrange
ment was effected by the Blense wlnd
Evokes Further Cheers.
Judge Jones, when the prolonged
demonstration which greeted him had
subsided, evoked further cheers by
remarking thnt courtesy was a cardi
nal characteristic of Charlestonlans
and Charleston gentlemen might be
relied on to give every man fair
treatment he spoke for some minutes
of his purpose in entering the race
this year for governor. No man, he
said, had a higher ideal of that of
fice. Ills own estimation of it he had
illustrated by his action In resigning,
that he might seek the governorship,
an oftlce regarded by many persons
as equal If not superior In dignity In
real power and in permanence as well
as in emolument. He saw his State
facing a great crisis and his friends
thought he should lead the fight for
the restoration of good government.
He was actuated by no malice and by
no mercenary motive but was con
trolled by a burning desire of render
ing his State good service. Answering
the accusation that he was "old," he
said his experience and knowledge
were therefore so much the greater.
He rapidly outlined his work as a
legislator, speaker of the house and
member of the supreme court to Indi
cate what had been his opportunities
of acquiring knowledge that would
make him a good governor. Doubtless
he has made some mistakes, being hu
man, in his 22 years of public service,
but the criticism of his record which
GoV. Please had been able to make
were plcayunlsh. He was proud to
know that nothing more serious could
be alleged against him than what had
been brought out In this campaign.
??v Please, he said, had made
much of tho effect which his Blshop
Vllle speech would have on tho chance
of Jones for election, but what was
referred to that speech? Judge Jones
referred to his vote for Irby when
Irby and Hampton were candidates
for the United States senate and said
that though he voted for Irby be
cause Irby was his life long personal
and politlcnl friends as well as the
candidate of his party, he honored
Qen. Hampton highly and said aa
much In his speech seconding Irby's
nomination. He had followed Oen.
Hampton In the reconstruction cam
paign, had repeatedly Introduced him
at meetings in Lancaster and held
him in the highest veneration.
Oov. Blease again had tried to make
It appear that Jones In voting for
Y. J. Pope for the supreme bench
had Insulted Judge Wallace. This
was absurd, more especially aa Judge
Popo was Jones' lifelong friend, an
able Jurist and a Confederate veter
an, and as Oov. Blease himself voted
for Pope as against Wallace.
As to Divorce.
Judge Jones said of the charge by
Oov. Blease that he once favored di
vorce for adultery that this waa true.
Divorce for that cause was granted
by all civilized countries and by near
ly every State in the Union oxcopt
South Carolina. However, the peoplo
were so disposed to maintain the pe
culiar status of South Carolina in this
matter that he finally bowed to their
will and in the constitutional conven
tion of 1895 he helpe dto write into
the organic law of the State so It
could not readily be Changed a pro
vision that divorce should never be
granted in South Carolina for any
cause. Judge Jones ridiculed Gov.
Blease's criticism of him for his vote
In the early nineties on a bill to re
duce the legal rate of Interest. "Gov.
Blease voted just as I did," he de
clared. But it was Important to
Blease to put Jones on the defensive.
They must tell lies about him. They
knew he could answer them, but while
he Is doing that he will be consuming
his time and so lessening his oppor
tunity of taking the offensive against
Taking up his votes in the nineties
on the "Jim Crow" car bills, Judge
Jones said that if he was such a great
rascal in that matter he at least had
excellent company. He read a list of
Charleston legislators of that period
who voted as he did on these bills.
Among the names read were those of
C. S. Bissel, R. C. Barclay, J. F.
Flcken, E. VV. Hughes and James
Simons. Gov. Blease, said the speaker,
can make much capital In some places
with a furious tirade about "niggers"
but he can not do that with a Char
leston audience. The governor makes
much of the fact that once or twice
Jones voted on the same idea of a
guestlon with "Big nigger Wlgg from
Beaufort." who was a member of the
legislature. "But," said Judge Jones,
"I could go through the records and
point out many occasions on which
Gov. Blease voted with this 'nigger
Wigg' but what's the use?" .
The Liquor Question.
Judge Jones said the governor had
criticised him for opposing an amend
ment exempting Marlboro from a liq
uor law and had tried to make it ap
pear that this vote was against local
self-government. That amendment re
quired a two-thirds vote, which is ex
actly contrary to the true theory of
local self-governmont. Judge Jones
(Continued on Page Seven.)
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