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SON ACCUSES FATHER.
RRIHEHY < HAROES IN W ST VIR?
GINIA PREVENT ELECTION.
Chllton la Elected, However, Demo?
crat* Not Waiting for Return of
Charleston. W. Va., Jan. 24.?Con?
trary to general expectation, before
the Republican senators who returned
this morning from Cincinnati could
settle their differences with the Dem?
ocratic members of the upper cham?
ber, the West Virginia legislature to?
day proceeded to the election of the
two United States senators. On the
first ballot. W. E. Chllton. Democratic
nominee, received ?2 votes. three
more than enough to elect, and Clar?
ence Watson was two short, vith .7
None of the Republican members
of the legislature voted. The 15 sen?
ators of that party were absent from
the upper chamber, and the Republi?
cans In the lower house were recorded
aa "not voting."
Excitement was created In the
house when Kelson C. Hubbard
(Democrat), son of Congressman
Hubbard. and ten followers, baited
the meeting. Mr. Hubbard declared
the Watson nomination had been se?
cured through bribery in the caucus.
thUM?fc?itl J. W. Davis, congresa
seconded by Mr. Robinson j
of Harrbnn county, who mads a!
spjssch aloiv the same lines as Mr..
llubixt.i Wi.er put to a vote Wat
eon received II, Davis 10, Kdmonson
.d. In the ssnattv wtth the ?epuMl- j
cans absent, the 19 votes were scat?
tered among eight candidates. Mr,
vWatson receiving alx. This gives him
67 on Joint ballot, with 69 necessary
t?> a choice.
v C. W. Campbell of Huntington waa
nominated In the house by Mr. Uub
aard for the other vacancy, and live
baited wtth him. Mr. Campbell de- I
eliaed on the ground that he was out (
of the running since he had been '
I turned down by the caucus and asked
the members to vote for Mr. Chllton. |
'fcdJaV, Chllton accordingly received the ,
Itsoassary number to elect. In the
senate the vote was scattered, but Mr.
After she votes were counted Dem?
okratie atembers announced that an
Investigation f.f the bribery charges
would ha made.
TAFT FOR MERC HANT M \RINE.
I??infcsVaa flays Country Is Ready for
Kim-on raglnc I ye* fetation ?- Ho pee
v* tar Quick \ction.
Washington. Jan. 14.?President
Taft;1 addressing the; delegates to the
National Merchant Marine congress
tod^jp th.< Whit* House, declared
that awt only was the country ready
/ for the creation of a merchant marine.
J**Ait congress had discussed the meas?
ure long; enough to act on it prompt
* Ig. The president said he hoped the
presence of the delegates In Washing
Ft fan eo?M have Its effect on the
SI ambers of congress In the linme
?HaSs passage of some kind of mar?
sannt marine legislation.
% ,?. RJETlfKA CORK COMMISSION.
FlexSri! Over Two Op|s>n<Mits Willi \
I tu Majority.
* ^l^ahisalrta, Jan. tl.?For code c
nitsslonvr. the ttrm t?elng 10 ye.tr-?
and the pay f*aa per annum Ihs
assembly elected this af. ?moon An
drew J. Hethea. now oak! stars' Ifl t b.
??ngrosamg dep.irtm -i L
The note was as follows:
Hethsa. It7. W. H. Townsend 1?, J.
i McLui> II Batste UP a native of
Dtll jii . und * sraduate ,,f I m
man an'varsity aap' was pYl\ ? ? sec?
retary to f**?v\ A nsgl throughout his
four yearn adiriliilxtnithin.
Plnknsy netha/a linden! t Claf
ltn Hnl.erslty. < ?rangebur*, achlantly
killed himself Sunday while haadling
Kprll IHM. U? Josl a
BLEASt jjjjjS PROBE.
GOVERNOR WANTS WIND-UP
COMMISSION IN VESTIG ATED.
Ho Spcciltes Numerous Mutter* Tliut
Need Explanation and By Direct
Implication Charges Commission
With Serious Wrong Doing.
Special to The Daily Item.
Columbia, Jan. 24.?Governor
HUase sent to the legislature this af?
ternoon an electrifying message, de?
manding a searching investigation of
the whole official course of the dis?
pensary windlng-up commission and
mentlening numbers of specific trans?
actions which he says will bear look?
He refers to a mettlng just after his
nomination at which the commission
is alleged to have discussed him
thoroughly. Among the matters he
wants investigated are:
What became of the large amount
of alcohol on hand when the com?
mission took charge?
What salary or fees has each mem?
ber of the commission received?
Has any member, especially the
chairman (Dr. W. J. Murray) drawn
pay for services on Sunday or ser?
vices not actually rendered or ex?
penses not actually incurred?
How much cash has been turned
How much has been paid out?
What is left as profit for the peo?
What criminal cases have been
compromised and what was the basis
of the compromises9
Has the attorney general received
Why did the commission keep the
Clark whiskey, which the old board
was dimlsaed for buying,
Did Clark rebate the present com?
mission If so, where Is that mon?
How much more than $5,000 did
Farnum pay? Where is it?
What were the conditions of the
Goodman and Fleisc h ma n compro?
between the commission and Hub
Evans and John Gary Evans for in?
Why were4 not other members of
various boards of control Indicted?
What became of the report by de?
tectives on certain members of the
house and senate ?
What Were Felder's fees, and why
was he not prosecuted for represent?
ing liquor houses, being favored with
dispensary orders and paying rebates
What criminal prosecutions have
been brought, who has been convict?
ed and what has It cost the State?
Blease says he believes a thorough
investigation ?<f the whole mat.er will
give great satisfaction to the public
and show that the commission has
coat the State a great deal more
than the State lost through the dls
I penaary system. ?
BLEASE DROPS FOUR DIRECTORS
Ponhana Can toy, Lyon and Jones
Left Off Confederate JnAunary
Columbia, Jan. 23.?Governor
Blease did not reappoint four mem?
bers of the commission charged with
the administration of the affairs of
the Confederate Infirmary.
He has announced the following
members of the' commission: Robert
j aW. Thompson, Walhalla; D. A. Dick?
ert, Newberry; T. B. Crews, Luurens;
H. W. Richardson, Barnwell, and" F.
S. Earle, Columbia. Col. Robert
Thompson la the only member of the
old board to be retained.
The members of the old commis?
sion who were not reappointed are
Gen. M L. Bon ham, E. B, Cantey,
Judge Fuller Lyon and WUie Jones.
ADOPT OFFICIAL GRADES.
t otton Holt Takes Kindly to Covorn
inciit's Uniform Qystcni.
Washington, JAn. 23.?A uniform
SJ item of grading cotton pTSCtlcally
hna been ad ?pted throuKhout the
eotton belt a ?tmteraent Issved today
b\ trn department of agriculture,
'hows that twenty States already
have arglled themselves 01 IhS ?>lh
cial .grade* of cotton. Issu? d by the
department, and Ihey arc doing used
in every cotton prodUOlag and COth?I
manufacturing section of the coun?
Aa a basU of their operation, the
cotton exchange* Of New Orh aus.
Memphi". St. Louis. Nateln*, Little
Rock and Charleston formally have
%4lOpted the odlciul COtton grades.
that ? universal system ol oottoii
giving win we adopts! thfoughoai
Hal outitry Is regarded now SI cer?
in a n
?MTIR, 8. 0., 8ATURD,
LUKE LEA ELEGIED SENATOR.
PROHIBITION EDITOR CHOSEN
CNITED STATES SENATOR. I
Ills Sudden Entrance Into the Field
at Psychological Moment Sweeps
All Refore It.
Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 23.?Striking j
at the psychological moment today
won for Luke Lea, editor of The '
Tsnnoaaaan, the United States sena
torship in the fight before the legls
latuie over the seat soon to he va?
cated by James B. Frazier. At 1
o'clock this morning Mr. Lea said he I
would not allow his name to be used !
today?at 11 a. m. today the fusion
tstl had decided to vote solidly for j
one candidate, but for whom they
did not know. At 11:30 they had de?
cided to drop B. A. Enloe, whom they j
had been supporting, and go to Mr,
Lea who had just given his consent
to being put in the race. He was
nominated at 12.30.
When the last name had. been call?
ed on the roll call of the Joint ses?
sion, he lacked one vote but a mem?
ber who had refused to vote went in
to the I^ea column and later two j
were ehamred, giving him two more
than the necessary 66 to elect. Mr.
Lea is 32 years old and will have the [
honor of being the "babyY; senator
and of holding his first public office.
His election came on the 11th bal?
lot. McMillln polled 4 8 votes.
When the final vote was taken the
hall of representatives was Jammed
with people as were the corridors
leading to it. When It was announced
Lea had won an animated scene fol?
lowed. The many women in the crowd
; vied with the men in the noise mak
' ing and filling the air with almost
anything they could throw.
The victory of Lea is one for pro?
hibition and a distinct defeat to the
Patterson wing of the party. Though
Inever holding an office, Lea has been
a hard fighter for prohibition and has
taken part In local Pf?hts on the sde
i of what was usually termed the re
L? . 'i*mf""m '? v r'?r?" ??
STING OF THE HORNET REMOV?
Violation of Neutrality Laws Reason
For Vessel's Detention by U. S. S.
Cebla, Honduras, Jan. 21.?Great
excitement was caused here today,
when ?t became known that the Unl- j
ted States cruiser Tacoma had "ar- ?
rested" the revolutionary boat Hor- '
net at Truxlno.
The Hornet Is being "detained" on
instructions from Washington because
of alleged violation of the neutrality ?
it is not known what effect the seiz?
ure of the Hornet will have on Bonil
la's operations. Reports have reached
here that for more than a week he
has been mobollzing troops at Neuva
Armenia, 28 miles east of here, pre?
paratory to an attack on this place.
Cetba appears to have more generals,
captains and other minor military of
case than ordinary soldiers and the
government has experienced consider?
able trouble In securing loyal privates.
Durable trenches have been built on
the outskirts of Celba and the gov?
ernment officials express their ability
to defend the town.
BEATTIE DECIjINHS TO RESIGN.
Put* It Up to Wlckcraham to Remove
Htm if It is so Decided.?No Action
Washington, Jan. 24.?Charlton U.
Beattle, United States district atto -
ney at New Orleans, has refused to
accede to Attorney General Wicker
sham's request that he resign, and ha*
so notified the department of Justl tg.
No action had been taken latr to?
day, but it was said the usua. cus?
tom followed In such cases was to
send the nomination of a successor to
th< senate. Mr. Beattie's removal
would be accomplished by the con?
tinuation Of his successor.
Mr. BeaUtO'l n-signatlon was ask* d
following criticism of the attorney
general'-; decision In the New Urbans
I? trim, bouse case.
< I FT. GRIFFISS Bl 11,1 < n i>.
\ OuStec for Winthrop and One fot
i i< maon to i i bated.
Columbia, Jan, Without Sn
po Itlon, Capt. Davis Jefferson Grif?
fith, of Lexington, was toda) rgflsct
? d by thf Joint assembly us Superln
b nd< at Ina state penitentiary,
This evening the Joint assembly
will alee! a trustee for Winthrop <? .1
lsg< vies \. M, Lss, deceased; and a
j trustee for Clsmson college, vice Jesse
I Hai din, deeessad,
u't at ha tMj 0*aaa?r's, Ikj Bart'? m
A.Y, JANUARY 28, 191]
LEVER MAY HEAD COMMITTEE.
SAID TO BE SLATED FOR CHAIR?
MANSHIP OF AGRICULTURE.
Understood, However, That South
Carolinian Is in Line for the Posi?
Washington. Jan. 23.?While the
new ways and means committee of
the next house of representatives,
which is also to act as committee on
committees, has not given an intima?
tion as to when it will announce the
personnel of the other committees or
who the chairman of other commit?
tees will be, It is said to have been
definitely settled that Congressman A.
F. Lever of South Carolina is to be
the chairman of the committee on
Mr. Lever has been a member of
the house committee on agriculture
for several years and has become
familiar with the work of the com?
mittee, so that he is considered a
competent and practical man for the
place. The committee on agriculture
is one of the important ommittees of
house, and while there are other ap?
plicants for it, the opinion prevails
that Mr. Lever will obtain the place.
BACK AT BLEASE.
ANDERSON DENOUNCES SLURS
CAST ON FELDER.
Partner of Felder Says Charges Are
False?Declares Insinuations in
Governor's Message Which Refer to
Folder Arc Absolutely Untrue.
Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 25.?Clifford L.
Anderson, law partner of Thomas R.
Felder, in the latter's absence from
Atlanta, today made a statement in
reference to the dispatch from Colum?
bia, in which Governor Blease is
quoted as inquiring why Felder "was
not prosecuted when it was found
that he was the attorney for a liquor
house and was favored with liquor
purchases and rebates were paitj for
^Qr^^nll^i;. m ? ?iv>?a>4??ew
The statement Is as follows: ?
"Since the Goodman and Flelsch
maTm compromises referred to were
alsOj made under the advice and
through the instrumentality of Mr.
Felder, 1 assume that the governor's
reference to these matters and de?
mand that they be inquired into, is
likewise an attempt to reflect upon
"Throughout the entire course of
the investigation of the S ? Caro?
lina State dispensary and t?. dispo?
sition of the matters connected there?
with by the winding-up commission
I have been closely associated with
Mr. Felder, and am familiar with all
the facts eonnected therewith.
"Mr. Felder Is out of the city, and
in his behalf I desire to say that the
charges and insinuations contained in
the governor's message, which refer
to Mr. Felder, are absolutely untrue
and without foundation in fact.
"If Gov. Blease has been informed
by any person that there are exist?
ing facts giving foundation to these
charges he has been wilfully misled
by desiglnlng persons, who probably
have felt the weight of the law, grow?
ing out of their own nefarious trans?
actions with the State dispensary, and
seek this method of revenge."
BANK PRESIDENTS ARRESTED.
General Wille Jones and Mr. W. A.
Clark Served With Papers Sworn
out by L. L. Clybura of Kcrshaw.
Columbia, Jan. 26.?General Wille
Jones, president of the Palmetto Nat?
ional bank, and Mr. Washington A.
Claik, president of the Carolina Nat?
ional bank, were this afternoon serv?
ed w'th papers by Sheriff Coleman of
Richland county who acted on the
authority of a warrant Issued by Mag?
istrate J. H. Jordan of Kershaw coun?
ty. The warrant alleges that Messrs.
Jones ? nd Clark, together with John
Y. Gai'ington, as officers in the Semi
pole Bet urltles company, obtained
from L. L. Clyburn a note for fifteen
hundred dollars for stock In the
Serninoi" company. Clyburn alleges
misrepresentation on the part ol
,i mei ami Clark, Bond was furnish*
ed in the sum of $ 1,0.-ach.
??- ? t
Phillip t >. Paroalee now holds ths
Amejpcsn record for endurance
flight he having remained In the air
for 8 hour--. minut? s and I"- and
]_,-, Seconds in one night.
Mow llleaae has commuted tha
seilten? e fit Bud Humes, who was
undOa sentence to be banged at Qaff
ney, t<> nf?' Imprisonment
Thou. B. Wise, a prominent young
fanner Of Horrv eennty, was slm
from ambush Saturday night, but
escaped with slight injury.
SHORT AND UGLY.
GRACE AND MORD EC AI CREATE
Lawyer* Meet Again In Adjoining Of?
fice When Suggestions of Using
"Hot Lead" Are Made.
Charleston, Jan. 23.?A lively
wrangle between the lawyers, Messrs.
Grace and Mordecai, with the ex?
change of epithets marked the hear?
ing today of the will case of the late
Michael C. O'Neill in the probate
court, necessitated the adjournmen*
of the court, on account of the c
fusion, but not until Sheriff V
had been sent for to restore
Capt. Edmund Kemble was o the
witness stand on crosfl-examlnatton.
A question of an original paper in
the case precipitated a discussion be?
tween the attorneys which then be?
came personal between Messrs. Grace
and Mordecai. The case will be called
for hearing tomorrow morning at 10
Attorney Smith representing Mr.
Mordecai asked for the production
one of the original papers in the case
in the possession of Messrs. Logan
and Grace, attorneys for the Misses
O'Neill, bringing the remark lrom
Mr. Grace that he feared to let it
leave his custody.
Mr. Smith inquired to know if Mr.
Grace meant to infer that he would
steal it, which Mr. Grace denied as to
Mr. Smith, and when Mr. Mordecai
who was at the side- of his counsel
asked if the attorney referred to him.
Mr. Grace said that he did. Mr. Mor
ecai then called Mr. Grace a liar.
Mr. Grace attempted to reach him
and ihe disturbance occurred which
brought about the suspension of the
court for the day, with the probate
judge sending for the sheriff to re?
In an adjoining office and in the
corridor of the building the lawyers
came together but no blow was pass?
ed. According to Mr. Grace he de?
manded an apology which was re
gested "a meeting outside of the
State" while Mr. Grace wanted to
have a fisticuff settlement Mr. Mor?
decai said that he was not physically
able to meet Mr. Grace when Mr.
Grace expressed a willingness to use
"hot lead." Serious trouble was
The lawyers in the case rufused to
make a statement, save Mr. Grace
who said that the charge grew out
of the recent disappearance of the
Mordecai will and' declaration of
trust from the office of the clerk of
the supreme court until the probate
judge ruled recently that the papers
should be again proved, when the
papers were suddenly found and for?
warded to Charleston.
JOHN LAUREN'S PORTRAIT.
Joint Committee Will Invite Wood row
Wilson to Deliver an Oration.
The committee to arrange for the
presentation of the portrait of John
Laurens consists of W.**C. Irby, Jr..
of Laurens, F. B. Gary of Abbeville,
and T. B. Fraser of Sumter. The
senate members ar*e J. H. Wharton
of Laurens and W. L. Mauldin of
The committee Is In correspond?
ence by wire with Woodrow Wilson,
governor of New Jersey, asking him
to be present and deliver an oration
on the occasion of the presentation.
LIFE SENTENCE FOR KILLING
Goldle Smith and Walter Dipley Con?
victed of Mltfder for Slaying Noted
MarshAeld, Mo., Jan. 14.??Guilty of
murder in the drat degree was the
verdict returned today by the jury in
the case of Walter A. Dipley and Gol
dle Smith, charged with the murder
of Stanley Ketchel, pugilist, senten?
ces of life Imprisonment lr*rs recom?
mended for each defendant.
The Jury was out seven hour.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS REFLECT?
K?me IVnltentlarj Hoard as Fomiorlj
Were Elected Tmlay,
Columbia, Jan. -?">. -The former in?
cumbents were ?let ted today for the
three vacancies on the board ol di?
rectors of the State penitentiary. The
Incumbents were \. K, Banders of
Sumter,' Jasper Smith, of ColletOO and
John G. Mobley of Falrlleld, with for?
mer representative <b D, A. Wilson,
of Bam well. Those elected ?vre
Mobhy, Sanders and Smith.
F. aOtrmitON. Esuiblli,hed turnt, MM
Vol. XXXI. No. 46.
NEGRO LYNCHED AND BORNEO.
DISPATCH FROM VERA, GA.,
TELLS OF CRIME.
William Johnson Said to Have Been
Slain at Mob's Hands for Killing;
Augusta, Jan. 23.?What ap?
pears to ' Q mite information that
WUllan sftJton, a negro, charged
with ?Kurier of Rrakeman Hum
pr* .^Vhlte at Vera, Ga., was
^ v d early Sunday morning, his
?r y riddled with bullets and later
P" arned. was contained in a special
dispatch from that town to The
According to the statement receiv?
ed here, after shooting Humphreys
when he left the train to go to his
home, Johnson made an effort to
escape. So hotly was he pursued that
he gave himself up to the authorities
of the town and was placed in jail.
Hardly had an hour passed when a
mob numbering about 50 men ap
peired at the jail, overpowered the
guard and forcibly took the negro
several miles out of town, stringing
him up to a tree. The body was then
! riddled with bullets.
A fire of brush was then kindled
and when the flames had reached
sufficient intensity it is said, the ne?
gro's body was hurled into them and
almost totally consumed.
BLEASE KEEPS HIS COUNSEL.
Matter of Liquor Constables Still in
Columbia, Jan. 23.?It was stated
: at the Governor's office today that
there was no announcement to make
as to the appointment of constables
and detectives to enforce the dispen?
sary laws of the State. The procla?
mation revoking the commissions of
every State and county constable and
I detective in South Carolina went in
to effect today. It is thought that
possibly Governor Blease will leave
the enforcement of the law to the
isjitsjnisi l aim inai w - ?*?
It was stated at the Secretary of
State's office that hundreds of appli?
cations had been received from those
desiring to be notaries public under
the new system. There is a measure
pending in the General Assembly to
meet the requirements for th'. office
I as outlined by the GoVer.ior. No aj>
' pointments will be mad 3 until sortie
sort of legislation as to requirements
I and length of the term of the office
has been passed. This was stated in
I There are many callers at the office
1 of Chief Executive, as is the usual
custom, following the inauguration of
a new Governor. Many of the visi
' tors come to extend congratulations
and others to talk official business.
There were several callers today, who
have had previous service as officers
of the law and some who have done
some detective work.
lt. E. CAPERS ELECTED JUDGE,
Orangeburg Man Chosen to Succeed
Judge Dantzlcr on First Ballot.
Columbia, Jan. 25.?A joint as?
sembly, entering into elections at
noon, chose Probate Judge R. E.
i Capers, of Orangeburg, for Judge of
the first judicial circuit to succeed
Charles Glover Dantaler, deceased.
Other candidates were Solicitor P. T.
Hildebrand, Attorney T. Otjtey Reed,
of St. George and Attorney Octavfus
Cohen, of Charleston. The total
vote cast was _J*63t necessary to o>
choice ?2. For Copea 85, for Htlde
brand 52, for Reed 2t, for Cohen 8.
U. IL BlioOKS. JR., STEPS DOWN.
Blease Appoints New berry Man Elec?
trician at Salary of $1,073 Pit
Columbia. Jan. 23.?T. C Booser. a
young man from Nevvherry, has been
appointed state electrician at a salary
of $1,073 a regr, by Governor Blease.
This announcement follows 1 lettst of
dismissal to v. it. BasokSj Jr.. sf this
eltg, who is one of the most capable
eleetriclaas ?n tho v*'? 1 '? an<i who has
hold the position br several >vars.
When Qoveffcer Blease was elected
Mr. Brooks addressed u letter to him.
Stating ?hat h?> would retire with the
administration of Governor Anscd.
The duties of the State electrician are
to iee that the state Rouse is proper?
.John O. Williams, a Pell known
farmer of Greenville county, commit?
ted suicide Sunday morning.
/Ted Finch S/as killed in Abbevil e
county Sunday night by Coleman
Ib-dgers, both colored.