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TESTIFIED BEFORE DISPENSARY PROBERS
THAT HE GAVE MONEY FOR PROTECTION
Charleston Wholesale Liquor Dealer Unwillingly Admits
Having Collected and Paid a Monthly Sum
to Constable Stothartffor Pro
tection From Raids.
Appearing before the committee of
the general assembly Thursday, J. P.
B. O'Neill, a confessed wholesale and
retail whiskey dealer of Charleston,
gave testimony under oath that he had
been paying a "protection fund" of
about $60 a month to Ben H. Stoth
art, the chief whiskey constable In
O'Neill made the direct charge that
he had collected this fund from sev
eral retail whiskey dealers.
The testimony by O'Neill was given
after he had been put through a grill
ing cross-examination by the commit
tee and after he had been threatened
will a jail sentence for contempt. The
witness when placed on the stand re
fused to give testimony on the ground
that it might incriminate him. The
members of the committee took the
position that O'Neill must answer all
questions with reference to the Char
leston situation or to be held in con
tempt. The testimony of the witness
and his answer caused a general up
roar among the spectators. He tried
to evade practically every question
propounded on the ground that It
might incriminate him or other Char
leston citizens. After a conference
With his attorney, W. S. Nelson,
O'Neill said that he was ready to
answer all questions rather than take
a Jail sentence.
Story of the Scheme.
After evading questions by the com
mittee for more than one hour and
after several conferences with his at
torney, O'Neill got down to his story
of confession and outlined the follow
He said that about 18 months ago
Ben H. stothart of Charleston came
to his place of buoiness and inform
ed him that he had been appointed
as chief constable for Charleston
"Stothart told me that the hoys
would be coming around to see me,"
O'Neill then said that about one
month afterwards he placed the "pro
tection fund" that he had collected
from the retail whiskey dealers In an
envelope and put the envelope under
the door of the ofllce of Ben H. Stoth
art in Society street. He declared
that the money was left during the
night and that the envelope contained
the names of the retail dealers who
had paid for protection. O'Neill de
clared that the "protection desired"
was given to the retail dealers.
The testimony of O'Nell was the
most sensational that has ever been1,
given before the legislative commit-,
tee. In his testimony O'Neil declared
that the collection of the "protection
fund had commenced about IS
months ago, or just after the appoint
ment of Stothart by the governor of
South Carolina. At a recent meet
ing of the dispensary committee in
Charleston several confessed "blind
tigers" charged that they had been
paying a protection fund to J. 1'. B. ,
O'Neil, who was said to be a member
of the Marion Stock company, alleged
to be a wholesale whiskey company
operating in the city of Charleston.
The principal testimony on the "pro
tection fund" given tit the Charleston
hearing was by John J. Miller.
O'Neil admitted before the commit-1
tee that Miller had been employed as
bis agent and that he collected the!
"fund" from the retailers."
Several weeks ago Mayor Grace, of.
Charleston, made the charge that .
graft had been traced practically up |
to the governor's ofllce. The legis-1
latlve committee held a meeting In
Charleston vthen n score of witnesses
appeared. Practically every witness
gave testimony that they had been
paying a "protection fund to the
wholesale whiskey dealers. The
wholesale dealers charged with re
ceiving the fund were subpoenaed to
appear before the committee. The
committee met last week and
only one alleged wholesaler appear
ed. He was Albert Sottlle.
Sottlle Was Dumb.
He refused to testify on the ground
that it might incriminate him, the
committee at that time let him off.
Later a case was found giving the
committee the right to forco to tes
tify and not to use the testimony In
criminal prosecution. O'Neil is the
first witness to be called and he has
directly charged the chief constable
of the governor of South Carolina
with grafting. All of the other whole
salers will be called and they will be
forced to tell what they did with the
The committee held an executive
session tonight when several matters
were discussed. No announcement
had been made as to when the next
meeting of the committee will be
Mr. Carlisle: Mr. O'Neil. did you col
lect any money In the city of Char
leston or elsewhere for the purpose
of paying It over to Mr. Stothart or
and other constable for protection or
A. I decline to answer on the
ground that it would incriminate me.
The committee ruled that the wit
ness would have to answer or be rul
ed for contempt.
After reconsideration and consulta
tion, Mr. O'Neil consented to answer.
A. I cannot tell you exactly. It has
been testified by two people they paid
me money, and this money 1 placed
In an envelope with names of parties
paying it to me and left It at the con
stable 8 ofn.ce.
q. What parties paid It to you?
A. Milton Is one. He paid It for
two places. $15.
q. Did you take It In person to the
A. Yes, sir.
q. With whom did you leave It?
A. At his office.
q. Did you have your name on It
In any way?
A. Names of parties who paid the
money and their place of business.
q. How did you know the con
stables would keep that money?
A. Because I was to give the money
q. Acting agent between the retail
ers and constables?
A. Yes, sir.
q. Did the retailers direct you how
to do that?
A. The retailers?
Q. Yes, sir
Q. Who told you to put it under
A. Those people who dealt with me
was to pay me so much to keep from
being raided by a warrant. All 1 had
to do was to pl'.cs the amount in an
envelope and names and to leave it
at the office.
Q. By Senator Clifton: What is
A. B. P. Stothart.
The constable's office.
Q. By Senator Carlisle: Who made
that arrangement for you to do that?
A. 1 arranged.
Q. With those fellows?
A. What fellows?
Q. Those In this business. Did you
ever have any conversation at any
time about this method of "protec
tion"? Didn't you agree with the con
stables that this matter should be
done in this way?
A. That I could collect it. 1 made
that arrangement with Mr. Stothart
Q. How many retailers did you rep
resent in this proposition?
A, Different times.
Q. How many times did you leave
It under the door?
A. Once every month.
Q. When did that arrangement be
A. About 18 months ago.
Q. Commenced soon after Mr. Stot
hart went into business as constable?
A. About the time 1 went Into the
Jobbing business. About March of
Q. Soon after the inauguration of
Governor Blease? I want to get at
the date of Mr. Stothart's appoint
A. Shortly after that.
Q. And continued up to what?
A. Up to when I went out of busi
ness some Hem in the month of June.
Q. Jupt about the time that article
came out in Common Sense?
A. Before that, I think.
Q. I would like if you could give
us the exact date of your going out
A. Cannot .state positively.
Q. Do you know whether any other
jobbers had this came plan?
A. Don't know anything about
Q. Mr. Stothart didn't tell you?
A. No, sir.
Q. Where were you when you made
A. At my place of business. Mr.
Stothart came ?'ere. Me notified me
he had been appointed chief con
stable and the boys would be around
to see me.
Q. Whom do you mean by boys?
A. Men under him.
Q. What arrangement did he sug
gest to prevent anything unpleasant
and what did you suggest he could
do for you?
A. Didn't suggest anything, I Just
collected the money during the
month and put it in an envelope and
left it at the otllce.
Q. At the time of the first conver
sation, did be tell you he would do
A. Didn't specify anything. Said
only the boys would be around.
Q. Said something besides that?
A. No, sir. I in the Jobbing
Q. You think Mr. Stothart. when
he found those envelopes of money,
knew what they were for?
A. Ycb, sir, the names were there.
My name was on it.
Q. Then Mr. O'Nell, the under
standing was that those payments
were made monthly there would be
no search warrant?
A. I did not do that.
Q. Was not a search warrant serv
ed on your customers after that?
A. I don't know.
Q. Did you ever give them credit
A. No, sir.
Q. About how many?any time
during the last 18 months. How many
men have been paid you that mon
A. Only six.
Q. Qive us names?
A. Milton is one. He paid for two
Q. The others?
A. Strickland, Windham, myself
and W. J. Cantwell.
q. How ?nuch did you pay., Mr.
A. Fifteen dollars per month.
Q. How much did you pay for
each of the others?
A. Five dollars and ten dollars.
q. Your total payments for the
month aggregated about how much?
A. About $60.
q. Where is that office located?
A. Society street.
(Continued on Page Five.)
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