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Makes Terrible Noise In
Hall of House.
Breaks Precedent and Addresses in
person the Lower House of the Gen.
eral Assembly. Calls Stevenson a
Liar and Barnwell n Cowar and
Does a Few Acrobatic Stunts for the
Amusement of the People.
Columbia, March 4.-The most un
usual spectacle In the legislature in
recent years was seen in the hall of
the house of representatives tonight
at the state house.
Governor Ilease walked into the
hall at 8:16 o'clock for the purpose
of delivering a message to the mem
bers in person. It was one of the
ltterest utterances every delivered by
the chief executive. In his own words,
lie came with his life in his hands
to answer physically for what he
It was the first time in the history
of the state that a governor has ever
delivered a message in person.
The general attack of the governor
was against W. F. Stevenson, member
of the special committee that was ap
'pointed to investigate conditions at
the State Hospital for the Insane. Gov
ernor B)lease took exception to certain
statements, attributed to Mr. Steven
eon, in his speech yesterday morning
in the house when the Kirby resolu
tion for a further investigation into
the asylum matter was under discus
('snls Statements False.
Governor Illease charged that the
statements by ir. Stevenson were as
"false as the hinges of hell." lie
denounced Mr. Stevenson in the bit
terest of terms. Then Mr. Stevenson
came back and showed that the chief
executive was basing his statements
on a report in an afternoon paper
published in Colunibia. There was a
sharp and piercing controversy be
tween the governor and Mr. Steven
eon, when all kinds of threats were
Governor please made th direct
statement that If the statements in
the- paper were true, that he would
?ghI it out personally; that ho would
be dead or vindicated, and that if he
were killed "Charlie Smith" would he
thro governor of South, Carolina "to
The governor grew fiercer as his
speech progressed and he declared
that he meant to "fight." lie invited
someone out of the hall; he was
ready to annihilate someone for the
Discussing the reptort of the
spee3ches further In the same papter,
the governor launched into a bitter
-attack on N. B. Barnwell, member
of the house from Charleston.
Referred to as "Coward."
Mr. .Blarnweli rose to a point of
'personal privilege when the governor
'referred to him as a "coward." Then
the governor invited a fight and it
took Mr. Blarnwell only a few min
urtes t'o advance through the network
of chairs to the speaker's standl,
whore the governor was delivering
his address. Gleneral disorder'reign
ed. There was a general uproar. It
uebmed as 'if the entire legislative
Ibody would he thrown into a 'fight.
Members rushed between Mr. Barn
well andl the Governor and ptrevented
a fight on the speaker's stand.
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When the governor had been called
to answer personally for his reflec
tions upon Mr. Barnwell, hte ended
ids speech with a few words, not re
fei ring again to the Charleston mem
Governor Bleaso immediately left
the speaker's stand and proceeded to
leave the hall. There was a general
rush of members to the rear of the
Began t'o Take Off Coat,
W. F. Stevenson was among those
to rush to the door. Mr. Stevenson
wont for the purpose of telli'ng the
governor that he had no apology to
make fr the statements contained in
his speech. The governor thought
Mir. Stevenson was coining out to
fight. The chief executive began to
pull off his coat. Members stepped
between the two and Mr. Stevenson
delivered his final statement. The
governor proceeded to his office, ac
companied by a member of the houpe.
"I demonstrated," said Mr. Stoven
son, returning to the floor of the
house, "that I based my speech on
such imatters as were contained in
the record of the asylum inquiry.
"I did not apologize, but I convinc
ed him that he was mistaken. I
have been in some fights, but I never
take time to take off my coat. I shall
go down the steps in the usual way
tonight, and I think that I will get
home," Mr. Stevenson continued.
"It is just hot air, and it Is gone,"
said Mr. Stevenson, discussing the (is
position of the governor's message.
On motion of Mr. Vanderhorst, of
Charleston, the messaeg was received
Received With Cheers.
Governor Blease was received with
cheers by the administration support
ers when he entered. lie walked alone
down the centre aisle to the speaker's
stand and stood on the right of the
speaker. He held a copy of the Co
lumbia afternoon paper in his hand.
He stated that he had come to the
house for the purpose of delivering a
message in person.
Before he had spoken a score of
words, Pringle T. Youmans, 'member
of the house from Richland county,
was on his feet and questioned the
right of the governor to deliver what
he termed a political speech.
"You are afraid to, let me speak,"
shouted Governor Blease at Mr. You
"No I am not," hotly retorted Mr.
On the right of the governor to
speak, Speaker Smith was asked to
give a ruling. lie read from the con
stitution showing that the chief ex
ecutive had the right to deliver Ies
sages to the general assembly con
cerning the general condition of the
departments of the state government.
The chief executive then proceeded
with his message. Ie charged that
he had always been misrepresented
by the press of South Carolina; that
others had bee n quoted correctly;
that the newspapers always told
"lies" about what lie said; that lie
had just read the report in the after
noon paper of Columbia on the de
bate on the asylum resolution, and
that ho 'could no longer refr'ain from
appearing before the house in person
to denounce certain statements as
"I can't say 'gentleman,' I mean the
member from Chesterfild," said Go'v
ernor Bilease, introducing his mes
"As Cohey Blease."
"I am here tonight responsible, not
as governor butt as Coley Blease, for
what I have to say," screanmed the
The governor then chairged Mmr.
Stevenson with being a paid attorney
for a railway. He read sections of
the newspaper rep~ort on the speechi
of Mir. Stevenson, and declared that
if those statements wer'e tirue that lie
wouldc have personal saisfaction be
"If yout wvant satisfaction you can
get it," shouted the governor, point
lng his finger at Mr. Stevenson.
"I ,promise to die tonight or 'Aindl
cate my character'," said the gov
At tis point Mr. Stevenson arose
to take par't in the contr'over'sy that
the governor was waging furiously.
Mr. S'tevenson asked tihe governor to
r'eadu from the newspaper' the spiecifle
statements to which lie took excep
tion. Tihe governor read the section
relative to the' asylum priobe. in
answer, Mr. Steventson told the house
atndc the chiel" executive that lie was
not giving his piersonal opiion in his
sp~eechi,.but that evei'y statement he
pdein the speech was based on the
sworn testimony ot the chief execu
tive, given before the special legisla
tive committee. Mr'. Stevenson read
sec'tions of the report and said he
drew his conclusions from these.
Next Governor DBease discussed the
rep~ort that has been filed with the
general assembly relative to the asy
him probe. ie contended that he had
not been given a square deal by the
committee; that the members had
failedl to nmake report on the charges
of Senator Tillman; t hat thn enort
'la one11 of sar casmn, abuse and1( ridi
cule for Bilease; that he could not sit
still longer, and that he had to sp~eak
"regardless of the circumstances or
results." Hie charged that the report
or the committee was one of "glaring
injustice." Discussing the details of
the report, Governo'r IBlease denied
he had tried to oust J. W. Babicock
as superintendent; that he had wvaged
a fight on the character of Eleanora
B. Saunders, M. D., and that his
"underlings and sattelites" had tried
to manipulate the Bale of the 01(1 asy
lum property. Hie saidl on these ques
tions the committee had "dodged the.
issue." He claimed that he had "step
iped into the 'breach" and saved .Dr.
Saunders from .being dismissed as an
assistant Physician at the hospital.
lHe criticised the members of the
committee ps being "cowards" and
charged that members had been most
unfai'r. Hie referred to the fact that
two of his supplorters had signed the
rep~ort, but stated that all 'men were
linbl~e to make mistakes at times. At
this point lhe said somehing about
some people being clothed in "wolves'
At this point in the add~ress, Mr.
Barn well, member from Chacrlesion,
rising to a ipoint of personal privil
oge, ralsed the objection that the gov
ernor was not giving infrormation
b~ea ring on the condition of the gov
l'or the second time Speaker Smith
was asked to give a ruling, ie said
that in view of the fact that the chief
executive represented one department
of the state government, ho under
stood the constitutional limits of his
"Cowards and liars hide behind
technicalities," said Governor DBease,
following the remarks of Mr. Baru
well. This brought Mr. Barnwell
quickly to his feet. He advanced
rapidly through the hall, gushing
aside members, and,~ went to the
speaker's stand to resent tihe remarks
of the chief executive. Members
rushed in and prevented what might
have bceen a personal encounter be
tween the governor and the Charles
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GAeneral Assembly Passes Act llequiir
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Columbia, March 7.--One step for
wYard placing South Carolina in line
wvith the progressive States of the Un
ion was taken during the legislative
session just ended, when the Lawson
Harper vital statistics bill was pass
ed. All births and dleath will now be
The bill providles that the secretary
of the State board of health shall be
State registrar of the births andl
deaths of the State, the board of
health to establish a bureau of vital
statisties by formulating, promulgat
ing andi enforcing the rules and regu
lations prescribing the method andl
form of making the registrations. The
bill provides also that the State boardl
of health shall provide a firep~roof
vault for keeping the recordls.
The measure provides that the
State registrar shall divide the State
into registration dlistricts andl appoint
It is providled that the record of a
1)irth or' death shall be prima facic
evidence in all courts.-The State.,
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