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GOV. BLEASE DENIES MAKING THREAT
WHICH HE HIMSELE WROTE EOR REPORTER
Referring to the statement attribut
ed to him bv the Charleston News and
Courier, tue reference to his speech
! at the CLofleston campaign meeting.
In which Iii?, governor made his threat
as to placing metropolitan police in
that city if the voters there support
ed Ira B. Jones, the governor wrote
a letter to the News and Courier de
nying that he had made such threats.
Tbe News and Courier came back by
declaring that it had the threat of the
governor as written out by himself.
The correspondence of the governor
and the replies of the Charleston
The News and Courier In receipt
of the following from Oovernor Cole
Columbia, 8. C. July 8. 1912.
The Editor of The News and Cou
rier, Charleston, 8. C?Dear Sir: I
would say that I was surprised at the
attitude of your paper in regard to my
Charleston speech were it not for the
fact that I have heretofore been so
malignantly and wilfully misrepre
sented by 1L
I requested the reporters to take
down carefully what I said and told
them that I had part of It written out
?that part in reference to metropoli
tan police and injunctions, and in re
gard to the charges of graft, and that
I would be pleased to hand It to them.
They took it down to suit themselves
and made their own report, and the
Inference which you draw therefrom
it is as false as any lie could be. Here
Is what I said, as I now read from
the original notes:
"Ira B. Jones voted to put metropol
itan police on Charleston?see page
500. House Journal, 1894."
"Ira B. Jones voted to deprive the
people of Charleston of the right of
trial by jury and for injunctions?see
page 4 V., House Journal, 1894."
"In addition to this, while he was on
the Supreme Court Bench, many in
junctions were put on Charleston.
"I have given you independence and
freedom; Ira B. Jones has given you
metropolitan police and injunctions.
Now. I ask you to answer, down in
the bottom of your hearts, a question
for me, and show by your ballots your
answer: Do you want metropolitan
police and injunctions, such as Ira
B. Jones gave you, or do you want
freedom of thought and liberty of ac-?
tlon, such as Blease has given you? If
you want metropolitan police and in
junctions, I will be governor of this
State for the balance of this year and |
for the next two years and will give
it to you. If you want it, you shall
I made no threat towards Charles
ton, but simply said that whatever
she wanted I would give her during
September. October. November, De
cember and twenty-one days in Janu
ary, and for the next two years. The
construction which you have placed on
my language?that it was a threat
against Charleston?is absolutely
wrong. I am willing to leave the con
struction of my words to Lieutenant j
Oovernor Charlc A. Smith, Railroad j
Commissioner John (J. Richards. Sen- '
ator John H. Wharton and any other
honorable gentlemen who are impar
tial and are willing to state the truth.
In this connection) will you please
tell me why you did not publish what
I read about Jones's speech against
Gen Hampton? You are mighty quick
to strike me. Why do your reporters
not report the truth, and why do you
not publish it? Here is what Jor.es
said when he seconded Col. lrby's
nomination: "When Independenttem
was about to blot out the fair escut
Cheon of South Carolina, who was it
that stood by the State and the Dem
ocratic party? Was It Wad? Hamp
ton. Was It Donaldson? It was Irby,
of Laurens." This Is taken from Lie
files of your paper, as printed in your
Issue of Thursday morning, Decem
ber 11, 1890. You failed to give it in
the report of the meeting in Char
leston, thereby showing your unfair
ness, by endeavoring to shield Jones
and misconstrue my words. It is a
great pity that the newspapers can
not be fair, but the people do cot ex
pect it, they are on to your game and
your misrepresentations will cost me
no votes, but on the contrary will
j help me, as it has done in the past,
and I will be re-elected governor by
a handsome majority In spite of your
falsehoods and your misrepresenta
I quote from Section 723, Code of
Lawb of South Carolina, 1912:
"Section 723. The governor shall
have authority, whenever in his judg
ment it shall be necessary, to arm the
constabulary, and, in any emergency,
to assume the sole control of the whole
or any part, of the municipal police
in cities and incorporated towns."
From the above, you will see that If
Charleston wants me to, I can take ab
solute control of her police force and
hold them as long as I deem it neces
sary. This, of course, I shall not do,
and do not expect to do unless Char
leston wants lt. I befleve In local self
government, and I therefore, believe
In giving each county what she wants,
and I repeat that if Charleston wants
me to take charge of her police force
and to place Injunctions on her, why
I will give her what she wants; that
Is what I said and that is what I
meant. Very respectfully,
Cole L. Blease.
The News and Courier received the
foregoing communication from Gov
ernor Blease by special delivery short
ly before midnight lastnlght. It is
printed with the utmost willingness.
Indeed, It gives us great satisfaction
The report of the campaign meeting
in Charleston as published In The News
and Courier did not pretend to be a
verbatim report, but In the audience
which heard Governor Blease and the
other speakers there were several hun
dred citizens of this community and
The News and Courier would be quite
ready to leave with them the question
as to whether or not its account of
the meeting and of Governor Blease's
remarks In particular was fair and ac
As It happens, however, It is not
called upon to do so,nor is it neces
sary for this newspaper to call atten
tion to the fact that In every other re
port of the meeting appearing in other
newspapers practically the same lan
guage was put Into the Governor's
mouth as that which In The News
and Courier calls a misquotation.
The fact is that the language which
The News and Courier attributed to
Governor Blease unqestionubly was
his own laguage because he revised it
himself with his own hand and the
copy is now In The News and Cou
The reporter of The News and Cou
rier not being absolutely positive as to
the verbiage employed by Governor
Blease In speaking of his intentions to
ward Charleston in the event this city
voted for Judge Jones, an eminently
trustworthy representative of this
newspaper was dispatched to Governor
Blease with a note requesting that he
"write out the statement."
This reporter found Governor Blease
at the Irish Volunteers' Hall and to
gether they went to the Charleston Ho
There Governor Blease borrowed the
reporter's pencil and did as requested.
The statement as reported by him
reads as follows, and it was so pub
"I will be governor the last part of
August, all of Sept.. Oct.. Nov.. Dec.
and 21 days In January and If you
want government by injunction &
metro police vote for Jones & for the
rest of this year & the next 2 I will do
my best ti give it you."
The News and Courier knows noth
ing of what Governor's Blease's own
notes showed, and care less. It does
know that the statement which he pre
i pared for publication in the columns
I of this newspaper upon this point read
; as quoted above, and it is so written
I in his own handwriting.
if this statement did not accurately
express his sentiments, Governor
. Blease has only himself to blame.
? News & Courier, July 10.)
Governor Blease having accused this
newspaper of misrepresenting him In
Its report of the campaign meeting at
Charleston) and The News and Cour
ier having shown that the language to
which the governor raised objection
had been revised and written by him
with his own hand. Governor Blease
yesterday telegraphed us as follows:
"To the Editor of The News and
Courler: I stand by what I wrote and
by what I said. Neither is a threat as
reported and as charged by your pa
per and was not so intended. Simply
a promise to give Charleston what she
wants, which I will do. Pleuse pub
lish this. Cole L. Blease.
"Columbia, S. C, July 9. 1912."
Publish it? Of course we are pub
lishing it. Let us republlsh also the
statement which Governor Blease
wrote, which he subsequently disclaim
ed and which he now says that he will
"stand by." Here It Is:
"I will be governor the last part of
August, all of 8ept., Oct., Nov., Dec.
and 21 days In January and If you
want governmet by Injunction ft
metro police vote for Tones A for the
rest of this year A the next 2 I will
do my best to give It you."
Governor Blease denies that this is
a threat. He denies that It was so In
tended. He claims that It was "sim
ply a promise to give Charleston what
For our own part we are perfectly
content to leave it to the individual
Judgment of the Individual citizen as
to what Governor Blease's words mean
and what they were Intended to mean.
It Is perfectly evident that he is try
ing to back out of the position which
he took last Friday. He may have said
more than be purposed saying. He
may have said more than he recollect
ed saying. Nevertheless his own words
as spoken at the Hibernian Hall and
his own words as written by himself
and published by us are conclusive
that his "promise to give Charleston
what she wvnts" wak and Is contingent
upon whether or not Charleston votes
for Jones at the primary election to bo
held on the 27th of next August.
Call the governor's statement a
"threat" or call It a "promise" as you
like. The fact that stands out clearly
is his disposition to reward his friends
in the only way he knows how to re
ward them, that Is by conniving at
their defiance of the law; and to oun
lsh his enemies by Invoking against
them such powers as are vested In the
office which he chances to occupy.
We repeat that neither in Charleston
nor anywhere else in South Carolina
in the progress of the present cam
paign has Governor Blease made any
appeal for re-election to those who
love decency and the desire of whose
hearts it is that the majesty and dig
nity and righteousness of the law shall
Certainly hiB appeal for votes in
Charleston has been addressed on the
one hand to those who are so lacking
in virtue or In patriotism that for the
sake of their own private gain In ODe
way or another they are willing to sac
rifice their city and their state; and on
the other hand to those who can be
spurred on by craven-hearted fear to
do that which should make them de
spise themselves and should cost them
dearly !n the respect of their fellows.
We venture the opinion that there
is not a man In Charleston county, be
he who or what he may. who knowing
Cole L. Blease honestly regards him as
a fit man for the governorship; but
"the ox knoweth his owner and the ass
his master's crib."
Governor Blease does not labor un
der the necessity of uttering in words
either "threats" or "promises" in or
der to get votes. Unless the cause of
decency shall be shamelessly betrayed
those who cast their ballots for him
in this county upon the 27th of next
August will do so in at least ninety
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