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LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA
MAYOR JINO. P. GRACE
ARRAIGNS GOV. BLEASE
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charges as to my personal habits,
will say that this Is better Judged by
personal observation than by originat
ing and promulgating false charges
and base insinuations.
"Whatever money I borrowed for
my campaign expenses was funlshed
me by the Palmetto National Hank of
Columbia, S. C, for which amount I
gave my personal note with ample
security. This amount was been re
paid to the bank by myself and I
bold tholr receipts for same. This
statement can be verified by anyone
desiring to inform himself by inquiry
at the bank.
"I regret exceedingly that for some
occult and political object my name
has been dragged into the present po
litical campaign. Although these per
nicious reports from the fertile Imag
ination of some diseased mind are
unpleasant, they are nevertheless un
true and unjust and will not injure
me as Intended. Very truly.
GRACE REPEATS CHARGES.
He Says He is now In the State nnd
not Afraid of any of Blease's "Thugs
Spartanburg. S. C. Aug 2.?Mayor
Grace last night at Glenn Springs, ho
tel, after reading the reply of Blease
dictated to a reporter for the Journal
another statement, which appears to
The statement consists largely of
further arguments to show that Grace
Is the man who Is telling the truth
and he assails Please in terms even
stronger than those in his first state
He takes up each special phase of
the controversy and throws much new
light in the situation.
Grace said that he had proven
things about Please worse than
those which Felder accuses Blease of
doing. But he says, Blease does not
want to get him, as he does Felder. He
says he is always in South Carolina
and Is not afraid of the governor or
his "thugs and assassins, who are his
boon companions." But here is the
The Statement of Grace.
"I am somewhat in doubt as to
whether or not I should take any
verbal notice of Blease's reply to my
charges and am strongly inclined not
to do so. I only do so because, on
the whole, I think It better to keep
the record straight.
"With his usual shiftiness, he seizes
upon some comparatively irrelevant
part of my statement, misinterpretes
it and by affidavits makes it appear
that I have said something which Is
not true, just as in his long statement
in reply to the Investigating commit
tee's work he gave out an affidavit
from .1. S. Farnum and others upon
secondary matters and resorted to
what lawyers term 'special pleading.'
For instance, he got Farnum to make
an affidavit that he had not contri
buted any money to Blease's cam
paign, as I recollect the exact lan
guage, "for the purpose of buying
votes in Charlest?n County or else
"I don't suppose Farnum did give
to his campaign coupled with the
provision that It was to buy votes,
hut I happen o know of my own
personal knowledge that Farnum
gave a substantial contribution to his
Charleston committee and at the time
sta'od that he would give more but
that be had already contributed huge
amounts to his state campaign. I
do not believe that he can get any
affidavit from Farnum denying this
statement; but, if he should, I would
he in a position to prove at lea^t the
first part of it?that Farnum did give
a substantial amount to his Charles
"And so It is now. Anybody who
will read my interview will at once
see that I in no place accused Blease
of being present nnd taking part in
what I termed the carouse at Wright's
Hotel the night before the inaugura
tion, so that it was not necessary for
him to go to the trouble of getting
affidavits from Mr. Wright and Dr.
Houseal. They are both telling the
truth, if their affidavits are both
confined to statements that Blease was
not in the gang that night.
What He Did Say.
"But what I did say was this:
" 'As I read this letter I recalled a
scene nt Wright's Hotel the night be
fore his inauguration, tl was the first
real insight 1 had ever had Into
I Blease and the atmosphere In which
ho moved. And I think I can say
that, without exception, it is about
the nastiest recollection of my life.
" 'It was a grnnd carouse, and I re
member that 'Hub' Kvans said to me:
'John. I am going to call on you
some day,' because, he said, 'You're
Just the man 1 want.' He then went
at length Into his approval of the
way In which I had won the Morde
cal-O'Neill will case, which was at
that time stirring through the news
"The account which I have seen
of Blease's denial does not contain
these affidavits and I therefore do not
know what Dr. Houseal and Mr.
Wright have said. I hope the.y have
not said, however, that there was not
a scaturnallan scene at the hotel that
night. Indeed, It was worse than a
carouse, it was an orgte, and I was
so utterly disgusted with it that when
I got back home I told my Intimate
friends how loathsome it was to me.
Examined His Stomach.
"Blease was said to have beon too
sick that night and I have no reason
to doubt that he was, because the
next day?his inaugural day?he sent
for me to come to his room and I
found him in bed, apparently suffering
very much, with his doctor examining
him every few moments, particularly
in the region of his stomach. I men
tion this only as a little incident to
refute the Idea that Blease now puts
forth that he did not consider mo
very close to him.
"I expressed great surprise In my
recent interview that Blease. not
withstanding his inconquerable au
dacity, would go so far as to inti
mate at this time that he ever had
any doubt that I supported him in
both the first and second primaries
and he repeats these doubts in his
recent interview, going even so far
as to say he (meaning me) told me
himself that he did not support me
in the first primary.
A Mendacious Lie.
"1 would like to know where and
when 1 ever told him this. This is
the most mendacious He that Blease
has ever uttered, because it carries
with it a monstrous and manifest ab
surdity. 1 would be in a very diffi
cult position but that fortunately the
proof is clear not only that I did
support him in the first primary, hut
that he and everybody else knew it.
Moreover, as I said in my interview,
it is all in writing, but unfortunately
I have not a copy of my newspaper
flies with me at Glenn Springs. I
will take this phase up later.
"He said he was informed by those
who had charge of bis affair's in
Charleston that I was against him
and for McLeo.' 1 don't know who
his informant was, and, in fact, doubt
that he had any informant capable
of telling such a plausible lie. I be
lieve if he had any such informants,
they also misinformed him.
.MM.c<nl Sought Support.
"It would be very easy for me to
prove, even by the McLeod people,
where I stood. McLeou s own first
cousin, who, in a way, was looking
after his Charleston interests, came
personally to me seeking my support
for McLeod, and, strange to say, per
sonally my preference was for Mc
Leod, but I distinctly declined to sup
port McLeod and wrote editorials
along these lines upon the express
reason that, while McLeod said he
was a local optionist, his idea of local
option was to let the law stand where
it was, namely, a choice between pro
hibition and the county dispensary,
to both of which I was oppoced,
whereas Blease's alleged platform was
a choice of three?prohibition, county
dispensary or the private sale of li
quor under dispensary regulations.
This latter was what I preferred,
knowing the constitutional limitations
against the only true solution of the
question from a Charleston stand
point; namely, u license system.
"I told all this to McLeod's cousin
and he we*nt away regretfully, as he
said, but with a frank declaration
from me that I was against him, and
I Immediately wrote editorials that
will bear me out.
"Nobody knew this any better than
Blease, who read these editorials. He
said I 'claimed' to be for him in
the second race. This also is a tac
tic lie. He knows I was with him in
both races, and, as I said, when I
get back to Charleston 1 will show
a letter from him, thanking me for
what I had done.
"Moreover, only recently la his
Charleston speech, he acknowledged
his appreciation of what I had done
for him in the same speech in which
he now says he branded me as a char
acter thief and a liar, upon which I
will dwell a little Inter on. In fact, it
was so well known that I had been
for Blease that for months and
months after the actual rupture
came it could not lie believed through
out the state that I was really against
him. It militated greatly against me
at the state convention and my ene
mies there sedulously insisted that
my breach with him was all a sham
and succeeded in convincing many
people , much to my detriment, at that
convention that such was the case.
Mohn Was All Right."
"In the meantime Blease was him
self cultivating this Idea. Whenever
he was asked about the alleged breach
he denied any knowledge of It and
even when he came to Charleston and
was asked about it. Iiis answer was
that 'John was all right.' And all
the while emissaries were coming to
me, begging me to overlook any cause
which might have created a breach
between us. An editor of a certain
weekly paper came to me and said
to me that It was too bad. and want
ed to know if it could not he patched
up. My Invariable answer was that
it was simply useless to talk to me.
"As to Blease's ungrateful fling,
that In the first primary I could get
only Gti3 votes for him, my only
answer Is that he was so hated in
Charleston and McLeod was so well
loved and so favorably known, that I
consider it miraculous that we got
even fifltf votes. Nearly everybody of
any standing and strength whatever
in the first primary was a McLeod
"The fact that Blease. in the sec
ond primary, polled almost Charles
ton's unanimous vote was due entire
ly to the fact that the alternative was
Featherstone find prohibition,
The Dirty Episode.
"I have no comment to make on his
tirade against the press for publish
ing my statement about the bridge
episode. (Note: This was omitted by
the Journal.) Ugly as It was and as
admittedly certain as it is to shock
the decent sensibilities of not only
the l.iris and ladies, hut also the
gentlemen of the state, It was never
theless told with as delicate a touch
as I was capable of giving It. It was
chastity Itself, compared with the
vulgar, obscene and grossness which
he seemed to relish In telling It first
hand. Read my Interview and you
will see that, while It portrayed a
nauseating spectacle, it Is presented
in as few words as possible and in
as circumspect a manner as the scene
Itself would permit. What a wonder
fully outraged scene of decency he as
sumes and what condemnation of the
press, after having himself excelled
all records in the filth of his public
utterances, utteranoes which drove
ladies, mortified and embarraaed,
from his meetings.
"I have spoken in practically every
county in South Carolina and hun
dreds end hundreds of times in
the city of Charleston, and I have
been in the thick of acrimonious
campaigns, but never once have I
brought a blush of shame to even the
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