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title: 'The Laurens advertiser. (Laurens, S.C.) 1885-1973, December 11, 1912, PART 1, PAGES 1 TO 8, Page PAGE THREE, Image 3',
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(Continued from page one)
through the care of Governor Mann."
Governor Mann assured Governor
Blea8e that he had no knowledge of
tlu? character of the letter in ques
Mease acknowledged this.
He then launched himself in his re
ply to the conference:
"It had beon my Intention," said he,
"to correct certain newspaper reports
on the remark: aliened to have been
made by me yesterday in connection
With lynch law.
"I will not at this time pay further
attention to the press accounts yes
terday except to deny them.
"With regard to your resolutions.
I say to you, pass them if you will. I
would not give that for it," said he,
snapping his fingers. "1 am not here
to bow to any man. I would not apol
ogize to you if you threatened to ex
pel me. I have only one explanation
to offer. My explanation is this:
"If any woman of Virginia, or else
where, thinks that my language before
the conference was offensive to her
when 1 discussed lynch law yester
day. 1 apologi/.e to her. It was to pro
tect the virtue of her white sisters
in South Carolina and not to offend
"The women of Virginia represent
the highest and purest traditions of
ohr land. 1 would not intentionally
offer them an affrolnt."
Blease thon resumed his seat and
the call of the roll was ordered.
Blease Did Not Care.
When the roll was called on the
motion to lay Governor Mann's sub
stitute resolution on the table only
four of the executives voted in favor
of it; the governors from Arkansas.
Connecticut, Idaho and North Caro
lina. Governor Blease at the conclu
sion of the roll call arose and said
he did not vote, because he did not
care how the conference voted on the
Those voting against tabling the
resolution were the governors from
Alabama, Florida. Georgia, Maine,
Maryland. Missouri, Nevada, New York
Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin
Upon the adoption of the resolu
tion the conference adjourned to take
luncheon at the country residence of
Major .lames H, Dooley, after which
it will reconvene for its final session
this afternoon at I o'clock.
Richmond, Va.. Dec. ;i.?In the
name of the State of South Carolina,
? Governor Blouse served notice to the
governors conference this afternoon
[ that lynchers of negro assailants of
' white women In his state would go
> unpunished. Governor Blease warmly
defended his use of the pardoning
j power, as well, declaring that in :
? twenty two months he had pardoned
> or paroled approximately 400 persons
\ and that he hoped the number at
1 the end of the second term would he
! It was after 4 o'clock when Govcr
l nor Blease. of South Carolina, arose.
? The hall ut once became quiet. In
> a very impassioned speech the South
t Carolina executive alluded to his roc
1 ord of pardoning and granting parole
? to prisoners, explaining the frequency
. with which he had exercised Iiis pre
[ rogative in tills respect on several
> Too Indulgent.
', "I am probably the only member of
I this conference," began Blease, "who
was opposed for re-election on the
argument that I ha?l been too Indul
gent in using my pardoning power
among criminals." The Bpoakcr then
went on to say that he experienced a
pride in the fact that lie had familiar
ized himself witii prison conditions In
his state by personally visitng the
South Carolnn penitentiary and seeing
for himself. He said he pardoned
many prisoners as an act of mercy,
and many others as an act of Justice
When he first visited the South Car
olina penitentiary lie had discovered
in it a "tuberculosis incubator" which
was disseminating through the state
death, destruction and disease.
Governor Blease declared that he
was actuated by great hnmnaity in his
treatment of convicts. That he recog.
nized in them friendless and helpless
creatures, suffering under a ban of
society leprosy. He said there was
one crime, that, in his judgment,
should be dealt with only by lynch
Blease Waxes Warm.
"It will never be said of my admin
istration." declared Blease, "that I
ordered out the militia to prevent a
lynching In South Carolina to defend
the life of the human fiend who dared
lay a black hand on a white woman
Such a criminal Is not fit even for a
penitentiary and hag no right to the
enforced protection of the laws.
Governor Blease said that In his
Judgment convicts were too often the
victims of judges, who were, in turn,
victims of public opinion. IP' cited
thfl instance of a judge now sitting in
the Supreme court of appeals of South
Carolina, who had recently written to
him, petitioning that n convict serving
a life scnctence he released, upon the
grounds that the accused had never
been proved guilty of the (M ime upon
which he had been convicted. Blease
then told the conference that this pe- j
titlontng supreme court Judge had
boon the trial judge who sat In the
trial of the man sentenced to life im- ?
prisoument, for whom he was then [
He then cited a second ease of a no
gro under Bontonce of death in the
South Carolina state prison today, for
whom, he said the trial judge was ask
|ng mercy, as he was not convinced
that the man deserved death. These
cases were commented upon by Blease
as illustrating, what he held to be a
fact, that the courts were too often
subservient to public opinion. He held
held that the Judges in the cases of
the two prisoners mentioned should
not have allowed unjust verdicts to
have been rendered In the first in
stance, hut should have had the cour
age to stand between a helpless pris
oner and injustice.
He mentioned the case of a negro
named Jim Roberte, who. he said, had
served twenty-two years in the South
Carolina penitentiary for stealing a
$27 watch. Also the ease of a second
negro who served eleven years and
seven months for the theft of $!t. He
pardoned each of the men mentioned.
Broun, of Georgia.
No sooner had Blenso taken his seat,
which he did amid some applause,
than Qovornor Joseph M. Brown, of
Georgia, was recognized. It was sonic
thing almost more than a coincidence
that Governor Drown differed from
Governor Bleaso on every proposi- .
toln which the South Carolinian had
Governor Brown opened up his ad
dress by expressing the belief that his
re-election to office was largely owing
to Iiis promise during his campaign
that he would not abuse the govern
or's power of pardon.
"When a man has made himself an
enemy to society," said Governor
Brown, " he should not he freed up
on the public."
Continuing, his excellency of Geor
gia expressed the most decided con
viction that the military should in all
cases be called out to preserve order
and to prevent lynching.
In upholding this contention ho
specified three separate occasions In
which he had ordered out the militia
to suppress a mob. All three cases
were cases of negroes, said lie.
I "There is nothing In Georgia great
er than the law," said the speaker,
"and I would not hesitate to call out
I the entire militia of the state to main
tain the dignity and sovereignty of
the law. I do not believe in mob nil >
nor in lynch law, even if these have
to be put down by the bayonet."
SAYS WORSE Til AM RE POUTED,
Newspaper Man's Opinion of Blouse's
Remarks In Richmond.
Washington, Dec. 7. Special: One
of the star men of the United Press In
Washington, seen today on his return
from Richmond, where he attended the
Governors" Conference, declared that
the published reports of Governor
Bleasc's utterances did the governor
no Injustice whatever, and that they
I were not really as bad as what he did
Senator Smith's Comment.
Senator E. 1). Smith, of South Caro
lina, when asked for an expression of
j opinion on the governor's reported re
marks as to lynching, said, with em
phasis on the word "legitimate:"
"111 view of the fact that a majori
ty of the people of South Carolina!
have chosen Governor Blosse as Chief
Executive of the State, his views on
puM!o questions must necessarily he
taken !.y the public as the views of
those who elected him until repudiated
by them. Further than this I do not
care to make any statement."
Asked about the reported assertion
of the governor that he would be a
candidate for tho Senate at the first
Opportunity, and expected to get there,
I Senator Smith said:
"1 shall use every legitimate means
to retain my seat on my record as a
Democrat, as evidenced by my speech
and vote in the Senate and the work
that I have done In carrying out the
i mnin Issue upon which I came to the
Senate, the right of the producers of
j this country, particularly the cotton
growers, to have every legitimate
share of the wealth that they pro
Prom Senator Tillnian.
Senator Tillnian, when Governor
Blease's reported statements were
called to his attention, said:
"I am sorry to see that the govern,
or of South Carolina has come into
the limelight again, for it will do the
State no good."
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