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GOVERNOR BLEASE CREATES A SCENE
AT THE CONFERENCE OF GOVERNORS
Rares and Pitches on the
Lynching Subject, Ladies
Make Hasty Exit.
By a Vote of 14 to 4 Conference of
Governors Put Itself on Record us
being Opposed to Lynch Lnvr, Virtu
ally Openly Repudiating the Senti
ment of (lov. Hlease who hnd Taken
Advantage of tlie Opportunity to Ex
press his Well-known Views.
(From Richmond News-Leader.)
Richmond, Va.. Dec. 6?By a vote
of 14 to 4, Cole L. Blease was practi
cally blackballed by the Conference
of Governors today by the adoption
of a resolution drawn by. Governor
William Hodges Mann, of Virginia,
?placing the Governors' Conference on
record as distinctly opposed to lynch
law and mob violence for negro as
sailants, as advocated by the South
During the heated discussion among
members of the conference, as to ta
bling the resolution temporarily,
Rlease arose, was recognized, and op
enly taunted, ridiculed* and defied
the conference to its face.
He pleaded with it to pass its reso.
lutions, snapping his lingers in the
faces of the amazed executvies, he
said he cared little for its resolutions
and little for Its body when compared
with the virtue of the women for its
Bantering the executives, Blease
said, "Pass your resolutions, I defy
you. Your resolution amuses me. For
I serve warning upon you that on
March 4, 1915, I will take my oath of
office in the United States senate, and
in my toga I will laugh at you and at
your resolves. He intimated he would I
go to the senate from South Carolina
upon the lynch platform.
The bombshell was exploded in the
conference at the conclusion of its
morning session when Governor
O'Neal of Alabama, introduced a reso
lution slapping Governor Blease in
rbe faoe for his expressed ideas on
lynch law and violence by the mob.
The resolution of O'Neal was re
ceived with great applause, but arouti
ed some opposition. To relieve this.
Governor Ma.'.n offered a substitute
The two resolutions read:
"This conference of governors does
not undertake to control the Individ
ual views of its members upon any
question of law or administration; it
declares that this government is bas
ed upon the fundamental principle of
law and order; that the constitution
of each ?t?te imposes upon its chief
executive the supreme duty of taking
care that the laws shall be faithfully
and equally enforced; that it1 advo
cates all proper methods for strength
ening and simplifying our methods of
civil and criminal procedure.
"This conference protests against
any disposition or utterances by those
entrusted with the execution of the
law In any of the states of this Un
ion which tends or could be construed
as tending to the encouragement or
justification of mob violence, or inter,
ference with the orderly processes of
Governor Mann arose and offered
the following substitute resolution:
"Resolved, That it Is the sentiment
of tho governors' conference, in ses
sion at Richmond, Va., Dec. 6, 1912.
that the whole power of the several
states should he used whenever nec
essary to protect persons accused of
crime of every kind against the vio
lence of mobs and to provide for
speedy, orderly and impnrtial trials
by courts of competent jurisdiction to
the end that the law for the protec
tion of life and property be duly en
forced and respected by the people."
During the heated discussion Which
arose over the adoption or rejection
of the O'Neal or Mann resolutions,
Blense gained the floor. He said: "I
hold in my hand a fourth communica
tion received by me today threaten
ing my life, ""his letter reached me
(Continued on Page Three.)
HEP!. HEPl. HEPt. HEPt. HEP!
Carry Arms! The Children to March
Again on the Public Square Today.
.Supt. H. L. Jones, of the city schools
announced yesterday that the second
competitive drilling match will he held
on the public square today. It will
be remembered that a drilling match
was held several weeks ago and it
stirred up such general interest
among the people and such rivalry
among the school children that it was
the talk of the town for several days.
Mr. Jones decided to have the per
formance repeated and selected today
as the time for it.
The children will reach the corner
at Minter Company's store at 12:15
o'clock and the marching will begin
at once. Judges have not been select
ed as yet, but they will be named this
Instead of all of the grades com
peting for the single honor of first
place, the school will he divided today
into three separate classes, high
school, grammar and primary classes.
Each of these classes will compete
for a banner.
No admission fee is to be charged
For Railway Mall Clerks.
The United States Civil Service
commission has announced that open
competitive examinations for men
only will be held at an early date
to fill'places In the railway mall ser
vice. The salary for the positions
now open is $800 per year. Examina
tion is held on spelling, arithmetic,
penmanship, writing, geography and
civil government. Men between the
ages of 18 and 35 and of a certain
prescribed weight and height, are
eligible. Applicants can secure furth
er information by writing to the U. S.
Civil Service commission, Washing
ton, D. C, for forms 304 and 1,107.
Meeting of D. A. R.
The regular meeting of the Menry
Laurens Chapter, D. A. It., will be
held Friday evening with Miss Willie
Mac Chldress. The meeting will be
called to order at 3:30 o'clock. All
the members are urged to be present
and to come on time.
Address at Copeland School.
Prof. J. Q. Cllnkscales delivered an
interesting address at the Copeland
school Saturday evening to a large
and interested audience. A delightful
musical program was rendered by the
Cbildress orchestra. The evening was
a very profitable and pleasant one.
A SPECIAL TERM
OF CRIMINAL COURT
nrc Number of Prisoners in .tail mid
Quito it Number out on Itond.
Solicitor R. A. Cooper has made re
quest of Gov. Blease that a special
term of the court of common pleas be
ordered for Laurens county the first
week in January. As will be seen by
an order in another column, Gov.
Blease has ordered the special term to
begin Monday, January 6th.
It is still several months before the
regular term of court in March and
the Jail has been overcrowded with
prisoners. Several dayB ago there
were over twenty confined there, sev
eral of them since being let out on
bond. Possibly as many as fifty are
out on bond. As it would be impossi
ble to take care of all this business
in March and as the county Is being
placed at considerable expense to feed
the prisoners, Mr. Cooper thought it
best to ask for the special term.
One of the cases which is on docket,
now is that of Robert Lawson, to be
tried for killing his father, W. P.
Lawson, on the streets of Clinton some
time ago. Whether this case will bo
carried over at this time is not known,
as no decision will hardly be reached
before the week of court.
Most of the cases now on docket are
minor cases, although there are sever
al other murder cases besides the
Lawson case, the others, however, be
Meeting of W. 0. W.
An important meeting of the Wood
men of the World will be held in the
lodge hall Thursday night, when the
election of officers will take place and
action will be taken on severr.l appli
cations. A full attendance is urged
by the senior officers.
Examination at Clinton.
Mr. D. M. Norwood, assistant post
master and secretary of the local civil
service commission, will go to Clin
ton today to conduct an examination
for clerks for *he Clinton postoffice.
There are no vacancies at Clinton at
this time, but the examinations are
held to appoint substitutes who may
in time be given permanent pisitions.
The post otfice at Clinton has only re
cently been put under the civil ser
Children at the Corn Show.
Miss Wil Lou Gray, school super
visor of Laurens county, is trying to
interest the grown people and children
as well n the matter of attendance up
on the corn exposition in Columbia.
A special day, January 31st, has been
set apart for the school children and
she Is trying to encourage every child
in the county who can to attend. Spe
cial arrangements will be made for
them in Columbia.
RCSINKSS AND EDITORIAL STAFF OF THE LAURENS COHN TY SCHOO I. JOURNAL.
Sdindiiiur, from left to right i Cojio Moore, Waterloo High School. \?s o. Kditort Hay no Tnj lor, Laurens High
School, Uns. Mur.t Aisle Pallor, Monnfvlllo High Soliool, Edltor<^?Cltieft Marcus Rojd, Trliifty-llldfro High
ScllOOl, A8so. Ctlitor.
sitilnfr, from left to right! Myrtle Mills, Fleming: School, t??n. Eoitort Ruth Curry, Ornj Conrt'Owlngs High
School, Auho. Editor? Myrtle Norman, Clinton High School, \ ?..?.?. Bditor? ,
NEW RANK OF LAVRENS liUILDINti.
Located on the corner of West M ttln mid South Ilnn?er streets, facing
Fast. Now under construction, Round s & Son, contractors. Ranking rooms
ground Hour in front, store room in th <? nur and 0 flic es 011 second floor.
There will be an oyster and box sup
per together with a "ribbon pie" at
the Lanford graded school on the
night of December 20th. The public
is eprdlally invited to come and bring
Mr. J. T. Watts, a native of this
county, lias been elected to the po.
lice force at Greenwood and has al
ready taken up Iiis duties. The friends
of Mr. Watts are confident that he
will make an efficient officer.
First Christmas Present.
The Advertiser is in receipt of the
first Christmas present of the season.
.Monday afternoon Mr. C. I). Robertson
made his annual visit to the office and
left a bunch of fine, white turnips.
The next annual event took place,
when the biggest and best looking one
was attacked "just so" and eaten on
the spot. These turnips are of the
variety that is good to eat. either raw
or cooked and they are fine either
way. Mr. Robertson states that he has
sold over $40 worth this year and
still has many more left in the patch.
Box Supper at Mountvllle.
The ladles of Mountville will give a
box supper and oyster supper at the
Methodist church Friday night, of
Christmas week, beginning at 8 o'clock
The proceeds will be used for the
benofit of that church The public is
cordially invited to attend.
TELLER OF STORIES
TO BE IN LAURENS
Attractive Entertainment Promised at
the School Auditorium Friday Even*
ing, December 20th.
Miss Eva Lee, of Washington, I*,
c, teller of stories for children and
grown-ups, will be here on the even
ing of Friday, December 20th at 8
Miss Lee lias been a teacher in the
Primary department of Fairmont
Seminary for the past nine years, and
stands without a peer In the .art of
Her services in tills line of work
have been eagerly sought in the lead
ing chautauquns, and summer schools
of the country. These speak of her
ability In the strongest terras.
Her entertainments In different
parts of the country have been re
ceived with great favor. Holow is
(looted one of her many strong test!
"Miss Eva Lee is an artist In story
telling. Stories which hold some
great truth hidden within their lit
erature and which tne children are
led to find, are her delight. The morn
ing hours are given over to her work
and not a child in attendance but is
glad to be her pupil. The simplicity
and the freshness with which she pre
sents her work appeals to all.
"The 'Story Hour' was not given
to frivolity. Miss Lee possesses the
faculty of teaching her pupils to get
the best from the books they read and
to use good English. Precept, con
cept, imagination and memory receiv
ed excellent training without any ar
duous task being assigned."?Tarna
County Democrat, Toledo, Iowa, Au
gust 17, 1911.
i The following musical program has
been arranged to he given in connec
tion with Miss Lee's story telling:
Angels' Serenade llraga
Violins: Messrs J, McCravy, L.
Phllpot, S. Rankln and Miss F
Clarionet: Mr. Barton.
Piano: Miss F. Davis.
The Midshipmite Adam:
Misses Lucy Mel'ail, Martha Ow.
ings. Mary Sullivan. Virginia
Barksdale, Cleo Roper, ifattio
Troy, Elizabeth Moseloy, Willie
Sexton. Louise Simmons, Virgin
ia Simpson. Lllln Todd, Otisslc
Miller, Pauline Prentiss, Clatie
Roper and Caroline Roper.
Accompanist: Miss Frances Davis.
Instrumental (to he selected).
Violins: Messrs. Frank McCravy
and .lames McCravy.
Clarionet: Mr. Barton.
Accompanist; Mrs. o. s. McCravy.
Piano Solo (to be selected)
Miss Frances Davis.
The entertainment will he given in
the school auditorium and it will be
for the benefit of the school fund. The
price-; are l.*> cents for children and
?."> rents for the "grown-ups". liny
ticket - at once and ><> aid a most
woi thy cause.
Solicitor Cooper has heen spending
Rovernl days this week in Qroonwood
on official business.
: LEAVES TARIFF
Taft Lets (New Administra
tion Have Full Swing.
LAST GENERAL MESSAGE
IS SENT TO CONGRESS
In It President Touches on the Affairs
of all Departments Except That of
Stute. Put or* Monetary Urform.
Against Philippine Independence.
Says Work of Government not Com
pleted In Philippine*.
Washington, Dec. ?.--Prosldont
Taft will make no further effort to'
have congress reduce the tariff. In a
"general" message to congress sub
mitted today, the president clearly
indicated his Intention of leaving fur
ther tariff revision to President-elect
Wilson and the congress Just oloctod.
"Now that a new congress hu? boon
elected on a platform of tariff for
revenue only rather .than a protectivo
tariff and is to revise. Um tariff on
that basis." said the president, "it is
needless for us to occupy the time
of congress with arguments of recom
mendations in favor of a protective
Tills message, the second submitted
by the president since the present
session began, will be his last of a
general character, it dealt with every
department of the government except
the state department, recommended
much of the legislation which Mr.
Taft previously had urged upon tho
attention of congress, and took up and
discussed at length several subjects
Mr. Taft came out strongly against
independence for the Philippines pro.
posed, he said, in a bill now beforo
congress. He deprecated the new pol
icy of one battleship a year, Instead
of two; and indorsed again ' the
scheme of currency reform proposed
by the national monetary commis
Conservation was lightly toucbeo,
the president recommending tho
amendment of bills now beforo con
gress so that water power companies
which dam navigable rivers will con
tribute to the Improvement of these
Sherman Law Good Enough.
He declared that no radical change
in the Bherman anti-trust law was
needed, and praised the supreme court
fur its recently announced changes
In rules of equity procedure. In this
connection the president asked con
gress to pass leglslatiou which would
allow the supreme court to formulato
rules of procedure under the common
law in federal court? and predicted
that such action would facilitate Jus
tice in those courts and reduce tho
cost of litigation to the public:.
Wants Island Sub.kcL
President Taft did not approve tin;
proposal for Immediate autonomy for
the Philippines and independence in
eight years as proposed in a bill pond'
Ing in congress.
"In the Philippine Islands we havo
embarked upon an experiment appre
cedented in dealing with dependent
people," sad Presdenl Taft. "Wo
are developing there Conditions exclu
sively for their own welfare. Through
the unifying forces of a common cdu
cation, of commercial and economic
development, and of gradual partici
pation in local self-government, we
are endeavoring to evolve a homo
geneous people lit to determine, when
the time arrives, their own destiny.
We are seeking to arouse a national
spirit and not, as under the older
colonial theory, to suppress such a
spirit. Hut our work is far from
done. Our duty to the Filipinos Is
far from discharged."
For educational, sanitary and polit
ical reasons, the president said thi s
country should not consent to grant
independence at this time.
"If the task we have undertaken is
higher than that assumed by other
nations." continued the president, "Is
accomplished musl demand even moro
patience. To confer Independence
upon the Filipinos now, s therefore,
to subject the great mass of thlcr
people to tie dominance <>f an
oligarchial and probablf, exploiting
minority. Such a course will be as
cruel to those people as it would bo
shameful to us."