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THE STATE CAMPAIGN.
What- They Had to Say.
The crowd was variously estimated
a* fro? five- to ?ftw Unwired, two
fifths of whom were negroes. The for?
mer figures are anti-Tiliman estimate ;
mine is 1,000.
Against the wai) of the court boase a
substantial platform had been erected.
It faced a ?mal! quadrangle, inclosed
by the walls - ol low brick and wooden
bandings. The plot of ground is green
with grass and splendidly shaded by
noble elma. It iii really a lovely spot in
the ?ery centre of the city and yet se?
cluded and private.
When the meeting opened six hon
dred people collected about toe plat
Kev. T. W. Scruggs of Bishopville
opened the meeting with prayer and
County Chairman D. E. Keels asked
that the meeting be orderly as was that
is the mst campaign.
Thc chairman announced J. A. Sligb
and J. Walter Graj as candidates for
railroad commissioner, bosh of whom
Railroad Commissioner H R. Thom?
as then announced his candidacy, and
as this was bis home county "yielded
to his competitors as a matter of cour?
J. C. Wilnora, a candidate for the
same office, announced himself and de
elared in "favor of equal rights to all
and special privileges, etc."
W. H. Teldell who wants to have a
band in controlling the railroads, took
the platform and proceded to dissect
the history of the State into colonial,
oligarchic and reform periods. He ex?
patiated considerably about the latter
period and gave it a rather handsome
endorsement, vectoring the assertion
that bat for various ifs taxes would be
reduced nest year to two and a half
mills. He made a good speech of its
kind, bat did not look pretty. He also
quo^Lt?n^^rivox $oputf," which
he iimprejtei w&h unction.
There were about mba cheers when
Gary Watts was introduced and said
that the administration of the Adju?
tant General's office bad been satis?
factory. He had been criticised and
abased by "some of-eur so-called Con?
servative friends for Iiis course in the
Darlington riot" He had obeyed
every order of his superior! officers, fie
was not running on his war record, but
thought that it was a good one. He
did not countenance or endorse, '?band
box soldier*/* Wd waa glad that we
are getting rid of them. He remarked
that young as be was he commenced
as private tn the ranks nine years ? ago.
He spoke briefly and was liberally ap?
plauded wheo he sat down.
G. Walt Whitman, of Union, who
is running for Superintendent of Edu- '
cation, cKfeffa||>ig slice nf ^credit for ? ;
the ''incipiency'of Reform^ which he .
explained jfeinl''when itffcegan," and
snorted out a comparison between the
blowing op of Hell Gate in New York
.Bartw and the-^erytowon-ef' aristocracy
.and ring role. The political hell gate
was based on the Sooth Carolina Col?
lege"; ne was the'only one left to rain
dynamite into it and "don't you think,'*
be shrieked, "that there is a mighty
poor chance for blowing it op (Cheers, j
enthusiastic and derisive.)
G. Walt continued in eruption for ?
several min?tes ending with "do for j
the Lord's sake, elect me Superintend?
ent of Education " He got his share
of cheering and bis effort evidently en?
tertained the audience.
Mayfield, who does not wish to rotate
from the office of Superintendent of
Education, defended the progress which
the school system bas made during the
last few years.
John Gary Evans was the next
speaker and began by expressing bis
pleasureful addressing game cocks and >
thoroughbreds. We are not ali dung- I
hills on our side. We have gone into .
this fight with our gaffs on and the
opposition will have trouble if they
attempt to take them off. He had been
in several counties daring the cam
paign and if the voice of the people in j
the meetings means anything, it means I
that he was going to win this fight for ?
Governor, because the people appre?
ciated his efforts in their behalf. We
represent the honest and integrity of i
the State and the yeomanry of the
conotry redeemed the State and placed j
U3 in power. Nearly all the thieves \
and fakirs and scoundrels live in the
towns. He volleyed the three blind i
mice gag. ?
The crowd had now increased to j
about 1,000 and some estimated it at
1,500 and Evans was frequently cheer- ;
ed. He related that the charge had
been made that Reformers are not
Democrats, that he went to Chicago on
the platform that Cleveland was a
prostitution of Democracy. Even the !
Colombia State, which had almost de
nounced as as Republicans, has now
come ont and said : "Boys you are right,
Cleveland is a prostitution of Democ
racy. (About this time some mao j
fainted on the stand.) But Evans j
went on in a gallop. "We can't get j
peace and harmony unless we get down ?
on oar bellies aod crawl and kiss their j
feet, and we'll never do it in God's
world." The speaker interjected a
story about coons catching fish Evans
defended what the administration bad
done. Some fellow interrupted him.
"Don't notice bim, Evans," said a
mtn on the stand.
"Oh, I don't mind him," replied
Evans.* "I am something of a game
cock myself." (Another yell.)
Theo Mr. Eva o s argued io favo
the dispensary law and succeeded v
cicely as a temperance lecturer,
told the story about what an old colo
mao had said about the reform wrou
io his drunken son-in-law by
close of the bars ; and while discuss
the unconstitutionality of the law
"Talk on, talk on/' came from
"It would be unfair/' said Eva
"and some fellow might say it was i
constitutional." "If you elect
Governor PU put on my gaffs and
tend to any dunghill that tackies m<
said candidate Evans, and sat do
amid enthusiastic cheering.
The cheer which greeted Tindal v
weak, very weak, but unabashed, tl
gentleman told about the familiar fat
be saw io the crowd with whom he h
fought under Lee. His friends h
brought him into this race becat
(bey thought that be could reste
peace among the people. Tbe Refoi
movement bad aroused tbe people in
a lethargic sleep, both politically a
industrially. The turmoil of the li
four years bad been unavoidable,
bad come from the very nature
progress itself and those who bc
Governor Tillman responsible for
Mr. Tindal discussed with erudite
tbe rights and duties of minorities, as
rehashed the usual defense of the ac
of the Reform administration, attrib
ting the fonding of the debt to Tillm
and Bates. He saw no reason why tl
people of all factions could not uni
with the Reformers for the progre
and upbuilding of the State. The coi
8titutiooal convention should be fn
from passion and prejudice. The di
pen gary law was another question,
should be eliminated from politics an
it or whatever law was passed oo th
liquor question could only succeed h
the support of the moral forces of th
What impression Tindal made wt
good and be received some applause ?
Candidate Ell erbe opened up wit
the observation that the Sumter pe:
pie were called Game: Cocks, but b
come from the Swamp Fox count?
and he was a swamp fox himself. H
hoped to catch some of these gam
Theo Ellerbe deliberately and rash!;
pounced on Evans. He said that b
had always been a Reformer, whei
Governor Tillman bad no friends, whei
Reformers were abused And ostracised
when he was even then a Reformer
Evans had preceded him only tw
year? in public Hid. When Governo
Tillman was a candidate for member
ship in the board of agriculture, Evan
voted for Ancrum, a bitter anti I;
those days wheo Tillman neede<
friends be was on thc fence waiting fo:
the cat to jump "My distinguished lit
tie cousin/' said Ellerbe, "gets up ii
his grand eloquent style, mimicing
and claims that the voice ol the people
for ??im .forGo^er?or. Why, Johi
Sheppard said ttiat when he was run
ning against old Ben and Ben bea
bim five to one You'll see this ole
Marion swamp fox beat this little lawyei
five to one.
Voiee-"You'll get there."
. Evans had said that he (Ellerbe;
was afflicted with political leprosy aoc
that he would cure him of it by seed?
ing him home to his farm. "But, 1
will be with bim io the campaign auc
show him that I am the liveliest corpse
he ever handled.'*
Here Ellerbe argued that the Con?
servatives in '92 were on the Reform
platform. Why couldn't they accept
it cow and all the people get together
A bystander interposed, "Well,.ii
that's so, why don't you let us Conser?
vatives vote in the first (Reform) pri?
Ellerbe "fumbled" the question. It
was a poser aud there was cheering.
Gary Evans from his seat : ' Let the
antis vote and he'll beat me."
Voice-"We don't want any fire
eaters We want no fire-eaters like
John Gary Evans!"
Ellerbe asked that he be not inter?
rupted and then doled out the story of
bis doings as a Reformer. Be did not
even yield to Governor Tillman as a
Reformer, and Governor Tillman would
bear him out in what he said He was
not a compromise candidate. He made
no concessions and asked no favors.
He was abusiug nobody. It used to be
when a man abused him it meant a
fight, and he saw no reason to indulge
Ellerbe discussed the Alliance awhile
and wheo be sat down was applauded,
but uot so heartily as Evans.
Dr. Timmerman arose and stood up
proudly A titter started which swell?
ed into a roaring laugh and then broke
into cheers. Some of the boys yelled :
"Coo, Nanny! Coo Nanny!" The
Doctor smiled slowly and benigoantly
while his mouth closed and opened like
a fodder chopper. Then be began and
spoke briefly and patriotically, his hon?
est and manly face impressing the
crowd favorably, io spite of its homeli?
ness. He was heartily cheered.
The chairman said that Judge Izlar
had beeo announced as a candidate for
Congress, aod enquired if any one had
a letter from him. There was no re?
sponse, and Cal. Caugbman was intro
uced. That dignitary launched out in
I d tremendous voice. He spoke of the
j sires of men of Carolina, and the
: terrible state of things which made it
impossible for a womun to appear on
the stand. He deolared that be was a
lyncher, because the citadel of woman's
chastity had been attacked ; he became
the executioner, was tried and ac
quitted and "i'm Cal Caugbmao tc
dav/' he roared. Re bad the high au
thorny of Governor Tillman tbat hi
record was spotless He could not b
read out of the Reform party. He ba
always been a Butler man, and he wa
a Tillman man for Governor.
Cal. livened up and the crowd bega
to laugh and cheer bim. He was n
coat tail swinger. All be Reforr
movement had done was tn put th
outs in. That is why he had joined it
Taxes were higher than wheo the Re
formers went in. They couldn't reduc
salaries On the night the bill wa
about to pass John Gary Watts ant
all the boys were there crowding in
and Cal. went in and saved them
Mayfield was there and be was almos
"a wreck of a mao" and his salary wa
sa ved too.
Cal denomeed the dispensary as :
damnable iniquity. "That man Trax
1er communed with his God to find ou
if he could accept the office of chie
dispenser and God told him yes and b?
took the job to debauch you people '
Voice: "He didn't do it.'7
Cai said the whole Reform move m en
was a humbug "and you all koow it ii
a humbug." He said he had a pol
with the administration and intimatec
that the Reform Congressmen dido*
have sense enough to have any sort o
poll. He boasted that in the Charles?
ton district he bad returned 900 vote?
from a box at which only 45 voten
"If Stokes ts elected they'll have tc
come to Cal for the postoffices, because
I am in with the boys. I wine aud dine
with the Senators." Cal then gave bis
version of the black districting busi?
ness, saying tbat its purpose was tc
wreak vengeance on Charleston and pro
vide a berth for Stokes. Charleston
would do her own counting th'ough
and return a white Democrat to Con?
gress and not follow the example of tbe
returning board in B R. Tillman's
Reform administration in returning a
Cal;s speech was something unique.
He demolished the welkins roundabout
and laid open the very heavens above.
His lung power stood the test, but bis
throat grew husky. There were some
bard nuts in his speech though, which
did deadly execution, and he perspired
J. Willian Stokes followed Cal and
spoke of the Alliance demands, what
be had done in Chicago, talked tarifi
and free silver and against State
banks. He devoted most of bis time to
the finance problem and his speech was
exceedingly exhaustive and exhausting.
lt was the flattest thing of the day.
Senator Butler was greeted with
slight bandclapping. He said that the
six efforts of the week bad had their
effect on his voice and be would not
occupy his whole time to-day. He said
the newspaper headlines bad given an
exaggerated impression of the alleged
bitterness of the debites.
The agitation of the Reform move?
ment bad been ascribed to ringism and
lethargy among the people, but the
true reason was the want of opposi?
tion within the Democracy. As the
Democratic party after '76 became
thoroughly fortified in power, there
were not enough offices to go round.
There was no Republican party. Every
Southern State bad the same experi?
ence. The Senator lightly referred to
the presence of ?a large number of ne?
groes. He assumed that they were all
Democrats and was glad to see them,
because they were a class who needed
instruction. (A gang of white men at
the right of the stand were hilarious
and seemed to be enjoying a private
circus of their own.)
Men are all good Democrats in all the
factions in this State lu my conver?
sations with President Cleveland, he
has recognized this fact. I do not see
why the speakers representing the
State administration continue harping
upon "opposition," which is only "a
man of straw."
Agitation tn public speakers' decla?
mation does not necessarily mean bit?
terness. Lawyers appear in the court
house and apparently riddle each other
and theo are friends. The same ap?
plies to politicians.
Governor Tillman and I have had a
bout during the last week. ? lathered
him one day and he lathered me the
next. The results will be in the argu?
Governor Tillman has announced
himself as a candidate for the Senate.
He has a right to do it, and I have
done the same thing. It is your right,
it is your duty, to send to the Senate
that one of u* whom you think best
able to represent you. I have a right
to criticize his political record and shall
cootioue to criticize it. He has a right
to criticiz3 mine.
The Senator said it was a question
among tbe candidates themselves,
whether the State taxes had been re?
duced. They claimed credit for Clem?
son. He endorsed thc institution, but
if he had the money he could restore
Solomon's temple to the pristine glory!
After apologizing for referring to
himself, the Senator said : I make this
invitation. Let any man say when,
whence, io peace or war, I neglected a
I can hear it whispered around, "But?
ler is an aristocrat." There is but one
aristocracy in this country, the vulgar
aristocracy of wealth. The charge
was not made against m-? when in '61.
at the age of '2b, I took my saber with
seven brothers, and every mao of my
name 60 far as I can recall, and rode
to the war
The Governor says that I am not in
i sympathy with the people. They have
even said that I am ninety-four ye:
old. I am the best preserved mao
nicety-four io this State There are
bope, a good many years of fighti
strength left in me yet, but any o
who thinks I am dying to go back
the Senate is greatly mistaken.
The people of the State pay only $
of my salary. If Governor Tillm
wants to draw comparisons of servie*
valued in dollars aod cents, I eau
back to my humble home in Edgefiel
my family thank God, are grown, t
wants are few, but there are not pc
pie or money eoough io the world
drive me from what I conceive to be t
duty to South Carolina. (Cheers lo
aod long.) >
1 deprecate seeing aod hearing t
country arrayed against the town. T
towos are made up of the countr
The towus are being built up at tl
expense of the country, but it is o
the town's fault, lt is the result
the emancipation of negro slavery. Tl
Seoator spoke eloquently of the unfo
t?nate results of the war, and the il
that had fallen opoo the South. I
reviewed the history of the Democrat
party sioce the war, its final ioducth
into power, and expressed bis regr
that his own views on finance had n
prevailed. He said that Governor Ti
man's charges of corruption were n
true, but he was frank to confess th
two, or perhaps three, of the Seoato
were corruptible men. He named ov*
the Southern Senators, saying that thc
were honest men and incidentally th:
were no two traer Democrats in tl
couotry than Senators Voorhees an
Tbs Senator referred to his s?parai
box proposition, and said that son
of bis old friends and comrades ha
suggested it to bim. They were af rai
that if a Conservative Legislature w;
elected that it would destroy Clemsu
College and adopt reactionary legist;
tiou The Governor had said that h
had nothing to do with it, but it w;
for him to say. He could join in n
quest to the executive committee.
The cheering was slight when th
As the chairman introducced the Goi
eruor there were cries of "Tillman
Tillman !" and vociferous cheering
The Governor alluded to bis visit her
io '88, wheo the delegates to the Stat
convention had been previously io
structed for Richardson, and agai
wheo he came io '90, the first tim
that you people could see your candi
dates aod look them io the eye. H
spoke of the struggle made against hie
by the supporters of Earle. Io coo
sequence of that factional fight macy o
your people came to bate me and believ
that I was a "hardened semi-devil:
This is an anti-Tilman county, aod i
Butler can't, carry this couuty, wher
does he expect to get the votes ? Thor
are several Edgefield Democrats her
who want office. Butler is running ot
his record. Dr. Timmerraan is ruoaioj
on his looks, Yeldell wants the office,
am running because the people d?niant
Alluding to Cal. Caughman, tht
Goveroor said : He has made an iode
cent exposure of his mind to-day, an(
Senator Butler is welcome to what as
sistaoce be can get out of him.
Governor Tillman then branched of
into a refutation of Senator Butler7:
charges made iu the earlier meetings
He spoke deliberately and with sup
pressed passion. "I have some thine
very unpleasant to do. 1 must answei
a speech made at Camden to anothei
audience. I shall refer to the Senator'!
charges at Camden, and incidentally
to his disgraceful conduct at Chester
He claimed at Chester that 1 put ai
iosult npoo hts character at Yorkville
and the stigma was this-at the Rock
Hill meeting I confined myself to th<
discussion of issoes. Senator Butlei
dealt in personalities and sarcasm. It
is impermeable to the shafts of malice
and lies " (Great emphasis on lies.)
I siw 1,500 people at Rock Hill, 80(
of whom were brought there to hurrah
for Butler Now you know that make:
a man mad ; it made you people mad
four years ago when men along the
Charleston, Sumter and Northern road
and from Orangeburg were brought here
to boiler for me at the Earle meeting.
Haskell brought two carloads of howl?
ers from Columbia, but 6ve carloads ol
my boys came. Those men were
brought to Rock Hill to give out the
impression that Butler had a great
boom in York county It cost moo ey
to bring them there. Now one of two
things was true Either Butler paid
their expenses, or else the railroads,
Wall street or Cleveland did. That is
what I said.
At this point the iocipieut riot re?
ferred to above occured A man in
the crowd, who, it turned out was
Wesley Villeneuve, askedjSome question
about Tillman using money. The Gov?
ernor stopped and eyeing the mau,
asked: "Are you drunk ?" Atoncethe
confusion began. Chairman Keels
i cried : ''Keep quiet, keep quiet."
; Villeiisuve said if the Governor would
come down in the crowd he would ex?
plain it to him.
The Governor shouted : "Now, shall
I leave here when 3,000 people want to
bear me speak and talk to one fool ?"
Villeneuve sprang toward the staod.
j Two or three huodred wool hats were
; massed arouod him aod some of them
' seized him. The crowd oo the staod
; arose to their feet ; for a minute there
! was wild commotion and the crowd
; swayed to aod fro. The chairman kept
i yelliog for order. The wool hats
! shrieked fiercely aod a dozeo meo
> pushed aod hauled the struggliog Ville
: neuve out of the audience. Keels ex
i claimed : "You are not responsible for
I this row, only that ooo mao is. Sit
down and we'll go on with the me
The crowd bad gotten between I
reporters and tbe speaker aod t
chairman requested them to sit dov?
"Move up, unlimber, move tbe tal
closer, you pencil shovers, come
here," and the tables were moved.
Then the Governor took a band p
mary on the question whether he b
said anything iosulting to the Senate
and at tbe word, the gang directly u
der him, with a few scattered throng
out the crowd, raised their bands in t
negative. Only two or three voted ye
The Conservatives, as usual, declined
Then the Governor proceeded : .
Chester, by indirection, "if you sa
so," an insinuation, Gen. But!
charged me with being a liar. M<
were allowed to curse me. Three
four purposely brought tbere to crea
a riot, interrupted and abused me. Tl
I pulsations of my heart didn't inerea
! one-sixteenth of a second, because
knew they bad tried to fix a plot
bring on a riot. I was too much of
Governor to allow a row to occur at
see my fellow citizens shoot each otb*
like dogs. I tried to get a reply and
was refused me. Yesterday the Sen:
tor accused me at Camden of eayit
"you are another," and said I play?
the baby act afterward. I hoisted h
shirt and gave him a byperderm
Voice-There are ladies present hen
Tillman-Ladies know all aboi
shirts. They know how to make thei
- besides, sir, you are io your sht
sleeves yourself. You ought to bat
the decency to wear your coat in tb
presence of ladies (Yells, shrieks an
The Governor resorted to the han
primary again, asking, "was I right I
[ lower my State's pride by resenting h
I insult at that time." The same ba??
j went up as before. The Governor the
I repeated his explanation of the appal
ent dispensary shortage, sayiog tbs
ooce for all he was done with it. "]
j Butler sings it out again, I'll answe
i bim by calling it Peter's wife's mother
At Camden he said the account
after being examined by an expei
bookkeeper, were one bundred thoa
sand dollars short It reminds me o
Falstaff, who io telling about his figb
said he caught a man on his sword'
J poiot, and repeating himself, said, "
j pressed thee two bard," and afterward
i said "the three men," and so on unti
! be had it that he had fought and whip
ped the seven men. When Gen. Butie
? ?peaks next he will accuse me of swal
I lowing the whole dispensary, bottlei
and all. I am willing to submit tbi
j whole matter to the committee of threi
of the House, appoioted by the las
Legislature, and pay the expenses o
the investigation out of my cootiogen
i Gen Butler charged that the dispen
j sary spies received $3 from wbiskej
I dealers, while they were getting $1
j from the State. It was mighty bad tc
i utter such slanders. You Sumter peo
j pie are responsible in part for those
j spies. After you mobbed them here.
; the first question I asked in appoint
! ing them afterwards was, "Will The}
j Shoot ?" I showed you I meant busi
' ness. Afterwards you behaved your
j selves, and very little illict whiskey wai
i sold here.
Newbold, said the Governor, is a de
j tective aod a good one, but he was noi
at Chester to protect me. He wai
i there on business working up the cas<
i of the burglary of the Chester dispen
i sary The people are my prot3Ctors
just as they were a while ago, whee
j that drucken man tried to kill me. 1
j have no fear, because I know that thc
j man who shoots first will go with me.
j But I say this and (turning to Butler]
I I defy you to deny it. Two paid de
! tectives of the Richmond aod Danville
Railroad are following you arouod.
They are your protectors.
I Voice: "Speak out Butler. Now is
your time." But the Seoator paid no
atteotion to them.
The Goveroor said that he had beeo
: io dangerous places many times iu
' previous campaigns and he sometimes
thought of being assassinated by some
; crazy mao ?ike Guiteau. He did not go
j to Darlington, but he staid in Columbia
i where there was teu times as daoger
, ous a mob on the streets as in Darling?
ton. He knew that the town was rife
with suggestions to go up to Arseoal
Hill and bang Tillman, but be would
not budge from his house where the
law gave him protection.
1 "I put down that riot in short order
he exclaimed. Your Sumter men
' flunked, but they came to their senses
the next day and I restored them their
The Governor then referred again to
the charge that he had exceeded his
authority in goiog beyond the dispen?
sary act to invest more io whiskey than
was appropriated and asked the gen?
tlemen of the press to copy the follow
j ing section of the act :
The State commissioner shall deposit
; all amounts received by him from sales
; to county dispensers or others with
the treasurer of the State under such
rules as may be made by the State
Board of Control to insure the faith?
; ful return of the same, and the State
j treasurer shall keep a separate account
1 with said fund, from which the com
missioner shall draw from time to time
upon warrants duly approved by the
chairman of said board, the amounts
! uecessary to pay the expenses incurred
! in conducting the business. All rules
and regulations governiog the said
commissioner in the purchase of iotoxi
! eating liquors, or in the performance
; of any of the duties of his offiee where
the same are not provided for by law.
i shall be prescribed by the State Board
of Control. He shall before* entering
upon ?be duties of his office execute a
bond to the State treasurer, with suffi?
cient sureties, to be approved by the
Attorney General in thc penal sam of
ten thousand dollars ($10,000 for the
faithful performance of the duties of hie
He theo entered ioto a general de?
fense of the dispensary, took a hand
primary, and cited the case of the
Sumter dispensary as an example of
its beneficent workings. He accused
Senator Baller of being a "dodger" on
the dispensary, and read from a cir?
cular issued by him from which be
inferred that the Senator was in close
touch with ex-barkeepers, blind tigers
and the whiskey trust.
He said that the News and Courier,
The State, Greenville News, Sumter
Freeman and other lunatic newspapers
were responsible for the feeling manu?
factured against the constables.
Governor Tillman said that he was
sorry for Senator Butler, "poor old fel?
low," and that if the General really
wanted peace he would remove what
friction there was by withdrawing
from the race and escape the humilia?
tion of seeing him carry thirty-five
counties, while he (Butler) would carry
The Governor went over the ground
again regarding the separate box prop?
osition, saying that Butler was using
it as a crutch. He disclaimed any ref?
erence to Butler's lost leg for which he
honored him. He was using it as a
The Governor took another hand pri?
mary on the choice of Sumter as be?
tween himself and Butler. 44 All you
who will vote for members of the Leg?
islature pledged to elect me Senator,
hold up your hands. And be sure you
make 'ern take almost a Bible oath to
support me, otherwise they will get
out of it after I am elected. There is
where Batter's chance is if he has any,
and if you want me to be elected you
The same bands shot up in the air,
but the Butlerites took no part. Of
course the wool bats expanded their
lung power generously again.
After a hit or two at Cal. Caughman
the Governor referred to Gen J. H.
Earle's letter io which he said that
gentleman charged Butler with decep?
tion. He declared that he did not refer
to it to get votes. If those who bated
him in Samter, though believed now
that they had wronged him, he would
be glad of their support. If not he
could get along without their votes,
because he had his election In his
There was tremendous cheering when
be ceased and half a dozen wool bats
crowded round and shook hands with
It was now after 4 o'clock and the
wearied crowd scattered like the con?
ventional chaff before the wind.
W. W. B.
The following is a copy of the circu?
lar being sent to candidates by the Pro?
DEAR SIR : The State Prohibition
Convention at its meeting in Columbia
on June 7th, adopted a platform con?
taining among others the following de?
clarations to wit:
**5. We believe traffic in that which
is against the peace, good health, safety,
commercial prosperity aod moral char?
acter of a community, State or natioo
to be ic violation of the real rights of
men, ana therefore inherently wrong.
6. We believe all forms of license
of the sale of liquor as a beverage to
be morally wrong and in violation of
the highest purpose for which the gov?
7. We believe the State should pro?
hibit absolutely the sale of liquor as a
beverage, aod should provide for its sale
only for medical, mechanical and sacra?
mental purposes, with such regulations,
provisions for enforcement and penalties
for violations as may be expected to
8. We believe that to make any
prohibitory law effective the Executive
and other officers of the law should be
in full sympathy therewith."
"The executive committee elected by
the convention were instructed to for?
mulate question to be put to candidates
for State offices and for the Legislature
and Seoate in accordance with the
platform adopted by this convention as
to their position upon the same, in order
that the friends of Prohibition through?
out the State may vote intelligently."
By virtue of this authority, we re?
spectfully ask your reply to the follow?
ing questions :
1. Are you in favor of the State
absolutely prohibiting the sale as a
beverage of all spirituous or intoxicating
liquors, and that any law so prohibiting
the sale should provide for its sale only
for medical, mechanical and sacramen?
tal purposes and contain such regula?
tions and provisions for tts enforcement,
and penalties for its violation as will
prove efficient to carry into effeot said
2. Will you advocate and support
the principles expressed io the above
quoted articles of the platform of the
Prohibition Convention :
3. If elected to the office of Gover?
nor, will you recommend to the Gene?
ral Assembly the, passage of a law
absolutely prohibiting the traffic in, and
sale of, except for medicinal, mechani?
cal and sacramental purposes, all spirit?
uous and intoxicating liquors, and will
you use all the power and authority of
your office to enforce the provisions of
the same 1
THOMAS J. LAMOTTE,
Secretary Executive Committee.