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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 26, 1912, Image 20

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and possibly an indictment by a
grand jury.
How is all this talk affecting
When he heard about the
charges he shouted: "Liars."
Then he got rid of a few choice
epithets such as "Dirty set of
sneaks," "Cowardly little puppy,"
"Skunks," and similar terms of
Thomas B. Felder, an "Atlanta
attorney, and Ira B. Jones, pres
ent thief justice of the Supreme
Court of South Carolina, are urg
ing charges against him.
Referring to the whole bunch
be eclaimed: "The charges fur
nishedby Felder, Jones and that
committee are false, and I will
shoot it out with any man who
comes and asserts to my face that
jthey are true."
He's a fighting, rip-roaring,
howling, modern lion tamer is this
governor. It is always a safe bet
that he will do the thing that
everyone said he would' not do.
Tall and slender, just turning
45; a big, strong head, covered
with a mass of thick, jet black
hair, lined with silver; straight
and wiry, not bony; a black mus
tache; as nervous as a young colt;
eyes as dark and keen as a tiger's
that's "Coley."
He was famous even in his col
lege days. He represented the
University of South Carolina in
an oratorical contest and was
awarded the medal for a few
days. Then someone charged
they're always charging some
thing that the speech had been
delivered .several years before in
a smalf college. It had been -published
in a book of oratory, they '
said. They asked "Coley" to give
the medal back. As a substitute
they gave him a watch chain.
Some persons might have bur
ied the chain. He still wears it.
He possesses in superabundance
that first quality of a politician
nerve. While the story of plagiar
was at its height "Coley" an
nounced himself a candidate for
the lower house of the state legis
lature. He won. Then he became
state senator and latermayor of
Newberry, his home town. Finally
he went after the governorship "
and got the job.
Since he took up residence in
the governor's mansion he has
furnished the best vaudeville
show ever staged in the south.
There's a surprise every day or
Chife among charges against
him is that he has pardoned crim
inals in greater numbers than ever
before in the history of the state.
One day he went to the peni
tentiary and sent for a certain
convict. Surprised, the man ap
pered. "Go home!" said "Coley," and
the convict went forth a free
In a recent message to the leg
islature he used the words "lie"
and "liars" 13 times.
He declares that if impeached
and removed from office he will
run for United States senator. If
not impeached he will undoubted
ly be a candidate for re-election
to the governorship.
Dazzling fireworks are certain
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