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WHAT WILL THE NEXT LEGISLA?
People Will Voice General Sentiment
Of The State August 17th.?A Few
Oimipeurt People Have Not
Columbia, August 8.?What the
heat legislature will do In reference
to the whiskey question is a matter
that Is being generally discussed In
this Stats Jurt now. There Is hardly
any doubt that a state wide prohibi?
tion bill will be Introduced. Prohibi?
tion leaders have recently been quo?
ted as saying that the bill will pass
at the neat session by a good ma?
There Is no doubt, also, that the
hilt will pass If the representatives
from dry territory vote to thrust up?
on the wet counties what they thesg.
Selves have. The representatives from
dry territory will without any doubt
outnumber those from wet territory
when the Legislature convenes In It 10.
The sole question will be: "Will all
the representative*, or a great maj?
ority, of them, vote as the people of
their respective counties voted upon
the whiskey matter?". It Is a well
known fact that there were strong
local option tots In the lists of re pre
sentarives from dry territory at the
last session of the Legislature. If these
representsttvea and those from the
terrlto-y which may become dry by
the approaching election hold out. the
passi ? of a State-wide prohibition
measure will not be so very easy,
some of the men from now wet terrl
ttry have gone So far as to say that
If their counties vote out the dis?
pensaries they will feel It tnelr duty
to vote for the State-wide prohibi?
J Have the prohibitionist? kept faith
wtth the local optlonlstsT Recall
that light in the Legislature last win?
ter. In the House there wss a grand
old filibuster resulting finally in the
passage of the prohibition bill. The
compromise was scented that finally
came oat of the Senate. The local
1 option men could have held out In
the Houee longer. But they didn't
ajfd the bill passed. Then In the Sen?
ate. Here was where there was
doubt as to the comparative strength
Of the two sides. In fact, It Is rather
doubtful how the vote would have
[been upon the straight prohibition
hill. Again there was a filibuster, and
the chances are that this filibuster
could have been successfully main?
tained if set for the compromise that
was effected. The local optionist?
pare up a great deal when they per
j rattled the passage of the bill that is
aav. attack upon the wet territory. But
the bill Is now a law and the people
will do the talking on August 17.
"Let the people say whether or
not they want the dispensary sys?
tem." was the cry of the prohlbltlon
f lets ta the Senate last year.
"Remove the whiskey business
from politics. Let's get rid of its dis?
cussion here In the legislature for
all time." Now has this been done?
No. The prohibitionists are going to
Introduce a State-wide prohibition
k#htll most probably at the next sea
?Ion. After eliminating as many as
possible of the dispensaries In the
now wet territory they will make yet
another attack. This prospective
move does not look exactly right to
the local optlonlsts. It Is not In keep
, lag wtth the Implied understanding
'In the compromise passed by agree?
ment In the Senate. The counties
having arid what they want, let
them have It. was the general under
etandlng of the situation. It is true
also that this was the drift of the Cs
rey-Cothran act. of which prohlhl
t tlonlaia apeak as "a means to an
^Ohd." But It now appeara. that In
the event a prohibition measure la
passed, the counties will not have
this left to them. When the State
dispensary was abolished the whole
, trend of legislation then enacted was
to allow the counties to apeak out
upon the whlakey queatlon. Are the
legislators going to csrry the whis?
key question back to the State as a
unit" it begins to look that way. if
the prohibitionists expect to do what
. they have been saying recently.
There Is back of all attempted pro?
hibitive legislation a matter that
ah-, i I ngage the serious thought Di
the members of the Legislature who
favor local option. It Is generally
expected that some of the count!- s
will go dry In the aproachlng elec
1 tlon. h"A in my cannot be guessed at
now. but there will I.. Isjgg wet terri?
tory after the election, Those mem?
bers of the l - iturc whose . ..un?
ties may go dry in the election grill,
naturally, he In favor of a State?
I s/tele prohibition bin for selnah rea
^?ons supp.se. for n thai
the legislative ntemben from Lex?
ington would then want to see Rich
land dr. be iMMe of the tr.i?b- that
I WCJUld be shifted lO Ulchland. now
I wot. TMs very state of affairs ar
I goes in favor of the dispensary sys?
tem, although It whs used In the
'Legislature from time to time by
voting with the prohibitionists.
I If the dispensary helps trade?as It
I no doubt does?then why not retain
I the dispensary?
There were some members In the
I Legislature who favored the proposi
I tlon advanced by the Charleston del
I egatlon. that was to let each county
I deelde for Itself as to whether it
I would have prohibition, dispensary
I system, or high license. That, it Is
believed, Is local option in its high
j est meaning. There are those who
I say that even with the passage of a
I prohibition measure whiskey legis
I latlon will not be ended in this State
I and that finally there will be high
I license for those cities that wish It.
I Conditions make it so that for some
I places high licenses Is good, while
I for others the dispensary system
I works better. In the meantime the
I counties now wet are to say whether
I they will remain wet or vote out the
I dispensaries. What Is to come after
I that Is speculation.
What of the first week of prohibi?
tion |n South Carolina? Very little
I has been heard from any of the
I counties save Charleston and Rich
I land. In Charleston there have Loen
[seizures of beer and whiskey and the
I same has been true In Columbia. In
I fact, a very large amounts has been
Iseised here. The question Is natural:
I Why does one hear of seizures in
I Columbia and Charleston and not of
I them in smaller towns and In the
I country ? The answer Is very easy.
I There are well organised police and
I constabulary forces In Charleston and
I Columbia and when they set out to
I raid blind tigers there's usually some
I thing doing. There may be just as
I much whiskey and beer sold In other
I territory now prohibition a* In Char
I lei ton and Columbia in comparison
I with the slse of the places, but It if
I harder to catch up with the oftend
I era. Reliable information la to the
I effect that the shipments of whiskey
I are about the same as before the pro
I hk ition law went Into effect Natu
I rally, too, the shipments could hardly
I increase In one week, as there was
I a great supply of whiskey already on
I hand In this Stats, as shown by the
I recent raids that have been made. As
I a matter of fact there was more
I whiskey and beer seised during the
I present week In this city than in the
I preceding seven months.
I Some of the papers have been cry
I Ing out against the "social club evil."
I Now some of the clubs are run abso
I lutely according to law. In the city
I of Columbia there are clubs In which
I the members would find it the hard
I est task they ever attempted to break
I the law?the fact la, they Just
I couldn't do It. But there is no doubt
I that some of the social clubs are not
I run according tt> law and these are
I the ones the local police have been
As stated, very little has been said
In the wet territory papers about the
effect of prohibition the first week.
The Sumter Item says: "The blind
tigers will begin to get busy within
a short time, since the supply
of liquor procured from the dis?
pensary will be exhausted before
many days have elapsed. The vigi?
lant enforcement of the law will ma-1
terlally help to reduce the deficit in
the city treasury. Keep the tigers on
What about the prohibition breth?
ren In the upcountry? There has* been
so much written lately about the en
forcement and non-enforcement of
the law that some facts and figures
may give enlightenment as far as
they go. The Greenville Piedmont In
a story to the effect that revenue of?
ficers a few days ago destroyed a
distillery In the upper part of Green?
ville near Tryon, adds: "Hardly a
day passes that the officers do not de?
stroy an Illicit distillery In the upper
part of Greenville county and on the
North Carolina line. When the next
session of the United States court
convenes here, a good sized docket
will greet Judge Brawley and District
Attorney Cochran. A number of ar?
rests are yet to be made In connec?
tion with the distilleries that have
been destroyed here recently and
these defendants In all probability
will be tried at the next term of
court." Surely not all the distilleries
are destroyed! Some of the whiskey
must meet thirsty lips, eh?
Mr. W. F. Clayton, writing In the
Florence Times says, In part:
"From the report of the Attorney
General fur the years 1907 and 1908.
we find thai in the county of Flor?
ence during those two years theft
were of all kinds of crimes, S4, oi
which 9 were homicides, 17 assaults
of various kinds and 1 for Violating
the dispensary law; of all these
crimes 67 wen- convlcted? II acquit?
ted and l mistrial, In Greenwood
county for the same period there
were crimes of all kinds, l".:, of
which ii were homicides, 1 t. as<
sou Its ?f various kinds and I viola*
Hons of tio- dispensary law, <m' these
< rimes 74 were convicted, jr. acquit
? .i ; nd i mistrials."
Mr. Clayton points <?>?t thai Flor
ence gets altogether I39(flt.01 thl*
year from the dispensary system. He
adds: "Take for Instance Cheroke<
county which was the first to vote
out the dispensary, her rSOOrd is as
follows: Total crlmei of all kinds*
I 7f, homicides, n. violation of Die
dispensary law 11, assaults 19. of
which 73 were found guilty and 6 n?t
guilty. So you see that this pioneer
county of prohibition, a very small
one, with nearly 10,000 lese, poula
tlon, leads Florence 2 In homicides,
and 2 In assaults and falls behind
Florence in all crimes only five."
Up In Anderson, says the Ander?
son Dally Mall a few days ago, "As
the result of a trip by Officer V. B.
Martin Into the neighborhood of
Portman Saturday night, a horse and
buggy and eight gallons of corn whis?
key are lodged In the county jail to?
day." The man escaped. This would
be considered a good sized raid down
this way. They must be used to it in
the prohibition territory.
A visitor to Greenville a few days
ago calls attention to the alleged use
of a near-beer in Greenville. It is
stated that the drink contains three
per cent, of alcohol and this, of
course, Is in violation of the law
even under the Carey-Cothran act,
"not counting" the prohibition act
that was passed last session. The ar?
ticle referred to In the local paper
said, in part: "A Columbian in
Greenville a few days ago saw a two
horse load of the stuff in barrels be?
ing unloaded at the rear of one of
the Main street drug stores and In?
vestigation disclosed that this supply
was expected to last at this particu?
lar store only three days and that it
was being sold at scores of places
throughout the city at 15 cents a bot?
tle and was eagerly sought as a sub?
stitute for beer."
This is not Intended as a "knock"
at any of the present prohibition ter?
ritory under the former act but it
given to thow that the folks haven't
quit drinking In that part of the
world yet So far as prohibition in
the territory wet under the Carey
Cothran act, there has been no notice?
able change as yet. It's a serious
question with some of the counties?
this election on August 17.?Colum?
bia correspondence News and Cou?
NOT ROOM IN WINTHROP.
Twelve Hundred Girls Ask Admit?
tance?Only 700 Can be Accommo?
dated?Steam Heat Installed.
Rock Hill, Aug. 9.?Preparations
are under way for the opening of
Winthrop college on September 16.
The college the coming session will
accommodate 200 additional students,
making the total of 700 against 600
More than 1,200 applications werr
received from the following States
N'ew York, Maryland, Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia.
Florida, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas.
Illinois and Oregon.
The new dormitory at the college
erected recently by the Elliott Build?
ing company of Hickory, N. C, is
beautiful. This is entirely complete
now and ready to be occupied. It will
accommodate the 200 additional girls
for this session. The new dining
room and kitchen which is being
erected by J. Keller & Co. of this
city, is being pushed forward as rap
Idly as possible, the brick work being
practically done, and unless some
very bad weather sets in they expect
to complete the same about the first
The American Machine Manufac?
turing company of Charlotte have
the contract for installing the Web?
ster system of heating in all the
buildings of the college and are now
pushing that work as rapidly as pos?
sible. The size of the new dining
hall is 52 feet wide by 212 feet long
and the new kitchen 36 by 65, with
an extensive pantry in connection.
When completed, these buildings, to?
gether with the new dormitory, will
add wonderfully to the facilities at
ONE SHOT, ONE OUT,
Voting Men of Charleston's Sporting
Fraternity Fight in Gambling Den
?Neither Badly Injured.
Charleston, Aug. 9.?In a dispute
in a gambling establishment on King
street this afternoon, J. C. Jordan
was shot in the arm and Billy
Byrnes was cut over the head with
a glass bottle.
Both men are well known members
of the spotting fraternity of Charles?
ton and the disturbance caused con?
siderable excitement on the street,
which was crowded with shoppers at
Both men were sent to the infirm?
aries for treatment. Neither is se?
riously hurt according; to reports
trom police headquarters,
HEV, WILLIAM P. JACOBS 111 BT.
Clinton Clergyman Perhaps Pa tally
Injured in Washington.
Washington, Aug. 10.?-The Rev.
William i1. Jacobs, ??'? years old, of
Clinton, S, <'.. was perhaps fatally
Injured today when he was knocked
senseless by a vehicle while crossing
Pennsylvania avenue. Tho driver
of the vehicle is under arrest. The
Rev. Mr. Jacobs came to Washington
several days ago on a visit, and was
; hi seeing when the accident hap?
pened lb' is well known throughout
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EDUCATORS AT SALUDA.
Addreeses by Prof. Tat?, Mrs. Daniel
and Others?Go* >d Results.
Saluda, Aug. 10.?The educational
rally for Saluda county was held here
today. Fully 800 people were pres?
ent, the largest gathering by far that
haa greeted the educators now going
the rounds of the State. Superintend?
ent Sample presided, having lit-1
erally left a bed of illness to be pres?
Rev. Z. DeLoach opened the exer?
cises with prayer. The best of order
prevailed and never were speakers
given closer attention. Scores of
trustees and dozens of teachers were
in the audience and a new spirit and
interest in matters educational will
undoubtedly result. |
Mrs. W. L. Daniel urged the im?
portance of better country schools as
a matter of life and death in this
Prof. W. K. T?te was glad to talk
to country people, for he was born
and raised away out in the country
and knew all about the advantages
and disadvantages of country schools.
He emphasized the necessity for
proper supervision of the schools, j
pointing out that often a turn In pol?
itics placed men unfit morally and
educationally at the heads of the
Prof. Ira Williams gave a most
sensible talk along the line of the
kind of education needed in the ru?
After a picnic and barbecue dinner
had been served, State Superintend?
ent of Education Swearingen was
presented. He was delighted to know
that the people were taking to the ed?
ucational rallies as they are, and
promised that the good work should
be kept up all ovt< the State.
As the result of the ral' here to?
day a number of the ??cbov in the
county have already n ? funds so
as to participate in the appropriation
made for common schools under a re?
cent act of the legislature.
TO ASK DR. MELL TO REMAIN.
Rn) ? to be Revised to Remove Pos?
sible Conflict Between President
Anderson, Aug. 10.?The board of
trustees of Clemson college will meet
in special session Thursday to dis
pose of the resignation of President
P. H. Meli.
This resignation was submitted be?
cause the rules governing the college
are not clear enough in defining the
duties of the commandant of cadets to
prevent the commandant forming an
opinion that he is higher in authority
than the president.
A committee of trustees has waited
on Dr. Meli and has under considera?
tion a revision of the rules as sug?
gested by him.
It is understood that the rules will
be changed and that Dr. Meli will be
asked to withdraw his resignation.
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