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"A Good TlUmanito" Urges the Voter? to
Reject the Dispensary.
CThe State.]
Boforc taking up the issues tho
writer wishes to state oloarly that
nothing said below in intended us an
attack on Senator Tillman or as a
reflection on his charactor or motives.
Tho writer yields to no man in ap
preciation of tho good work Senator
Tillman lias done in this State. But
ho behoves that tho Senator has not
.reflected sufficiently on his recent
argumonta in support of the dispen
sary to seo their fallacies and that
?nany, influenced by these arguments,
may volo for the dispensary unless
special attention be called to their
ehort>ooming8. A Bufnoiont number
might do so to fasten the dispensary
in York county on the writer's boys
and on Other people's boys in tins
and other counties when election is
hehl. It is, therefore, primarily in
tho interest of ins own children, as
well as in the interest of tho youth
of the State generally, and in tho
public good that this article is writ
ten, and not in any sense as a renee*
lion on or oritioism of Senator Till
man. It is only about tho argu
ments that tiie writer v concerned
?ot who made them. The Senator's
name is used only because, as far as
the writer knows, he is the only man
-certainly tho only mao of inilu
<enoe-who bas made them.
The fundamental contention of
Senator Tillman in defending the
.dispensary is that the institution per
se is all right-not essentially vicious
-and that it is the oest solution of
the liquor problem. His excuse for
its past history and present plight is
that it has fallen into bad hands and
therefore corruption bas crept in.
?"Put it into tho hands of good, bon
iest mon," says he, "and run it as
.originally designed and there is no
-valid objection to it. It is the happy
seulement of tho vexatious liquor
question." Has the Senator weighed
well Iiis words?
All will admit that the dispensary
?s an abstract system is not immoral.
INo abstract system carries with it
|>er sr any moral quality. Moral
qualities aro qualities of actions
not of abstractions. They are quali
ties of intelligent aotions and henoe
of the aotions of men. A legislative
eoaotment is to be judged, therefore,
not by its inherent moral qualities,
for it can have no suoh qualities, but
by tho moral charaoter of th? acts
which it legalizes and those which it
makes possible in its execution. The
real question then ie, not is tho dis
pensary in itself a corrupt inst itu
tion, but does it legalize immoral
acts and does the execution of it in
volvo occasion for tho practico of
corruption ?
First. Tlie dispensary legalises the
sale of intoxicant liquors as a bever
age, ls the sale of intox it-ant liquors
as a beverage an immoral liotv This
is tho real question. Ami to it the
common sense of mankind, the creeds
of Christendom, and the determina
tions of soisntifio investigation all
answer an emphatic and unequivocal
"yes." Soienoe lias put beyond all
question that the use of intoxicating
liquors as a beverage works only evil
to tho human system-physically,
mentally, morally and spiritually.
All ethical creeds condemn as im
moral tho selling to men of that
which can do them only harm and
the common sense of the race ap
prove? the verdict. But the dispen
sary legalizes this salo of intoxicants
as a beverage. It, therefore, legal?
izes an immoral act and hence stands
Condemned before the bar of science,
ethics and good sense. This argu
ment would evidently apply equally
to any other legalised form of the
sale of intoxicants as a beverage. If
sud) sale is, per se, an immoral act,
and there is no rational escape from
this conclusion, then all legalized
forms of such sale must be con
demned. For how can a moral man
advocate legalizing an immoral act?
Hence prohibition is the only logical
and ethical method of handling the
liquor question as it is the only logi
cal and ethical method of handling
the question of theft or murder, or
any other question involving an act
per se immoral and hurtful to society,
No such act can be safely legalized,
The sale of liquor and certain forme
of gambling in high lifo are abou?
tho only actB of this charaoter thal
we attempt to legalizo in this coun
try, and the sooner we como to oui
senses with regard to these the bet
ter for all concerned.
Second. Does the dispensary per
mit in its execution the doing of im
moral acts other than the mere sale
of liquor aa a beverage? Recent
exposures ?nd admissions, as well as
long ago suspicions and accusations
not quite "proved,*' answer this
question. "Hut," replies Senator
Tillman, "thin is because bad men
have boon put in charge of it. Put
the rascals out and put in good men
and tho system will work admira
bly." Now, candidly, is there any
evidence that these men, when they
took charge of thc dispensary, were,
ns a rule, any worse than most other
men who could be induced to take
charge of such business? Isn't it
strange that thc appointing otlicials
struck bad men almost everywhere
at thc same tim?? And also strange
that the recent Legislature should be
so much worse than all previous
Legislatures? Now, really, does not
Senator Tillman and every other in
telligent man know that thc best
men in any community cannot be
put in charge of liquor selling, no
matter in what form? They know
that the very act of selling liquor as
a beverage is immoral, and it is a
clear-cut contradiction to assume
that a moral man will intentionally
engage to do an immoral act. Is the
Senator, therefore, playing fair with
his unrctleoting friends who BCOept
his contentions without question
when be argues that the dispensary
will prove the best solution of the
liquor problem if put in thc hands
of good men, knowing as he must
that tho very condition which ho
demands for its successful operation
is an impossible one-that good men
will simply not engage in thc liqu >r
selling business or voluntarily con
nect themselves with it? The ap
pointive authorities understand this,
They will not ask the best men ol
an> community to act on boards of
control or as dispensers. They dare
not. And even if they dared to dc
it they would know it useless. Tc
be concrete, suppose Kock Hill should
decide to have a dispensary, and to
day's mail should bring commissions
?f appointment to W. JL. Lingle, J
T. Lee and Jas. P, Kinard as board
of control, and to Capt. W. L. Rod
dey as dispenser. Does not ever}
man in Hock Hill know that returr
mail would bear the four replies : "1
cannot (or I will not) nerve ?" Sc
io any community. The dispensary
opposition might safely defy Senator
Tillman to aeleot four men from thc
beta 100 citizens of Rock Hill, 01
any other town of equal size, whe
w uld servo as board of control and
dispenser. Nay, many believe thai
it could not bc dono from tho heal
500 hundred citizens. And Senatoi
Tillman knows that if ho wore Gov
ornor, with unlimited authority, lu
would not auk tho best men in a ?in
gie community in this State to ac
in these capacities. Ho knows tba
to do so would be simply lo wast
Iiis time and iimult them, lint th<
Senator might reply that lie does no
mean that tho "very best" mei
should be appointed to those placo
but merely that "good, honest men'
should lill them. Thc question
would then be, can a "good, hone.1"
man" be induced to do OOUSoiousl
what he knows to bo wrong? Hui
further, does not Senator Tillina
know that with rare exceptions (
any) any man weak enough to len
himself to liquor vending is als
weak enough to bo contaminated b
its inherent viciousness and to gradi
ally yield to ail tho vices which il
legal salo makes possible? Did ?<
his own argument at Tirzah agaim
prohibition make this clear and pi
beyond all question that SenaU
Tillman does not really believe, if I
could only realize it, that tho dispel
Bary can lie officered by good, bonei
mon who will remain BO? Win
was that argument? Simply thii
That prohibition will inevitably d
bauch your doctors and druggists*
among the very liest men of evei
community-as ho claimed it hf
done those of Yorkville in days goi
by. Thal they will prescribe liqU'
for those who do not need it an
therefore, become liars, d??oive
and perjurers. If this argument 1
valid, if the minimized sale of liqu
will thus corrupt the vory best m>
ami that almost without temptatl
(for surely tho doctor ib entitled
his bill whether bo prescribes t
medicine the patient wants or nc
oan any sane man expect tho b
slightly restricted legalized sale wi
its many avenues to vice and
strong temptations to corruption
fail to debauch the less strong m
who manage it?
Tho Kind You Hnvo Always Bought, and -which has boon,
in uso for over 30 years, has horno tho signature of
and has been made under his per
sonal supervision slnco its infancy*
Allow no ono to deceive you in this?
All Counterfeits, Imitations and .< Just-as-good" aro but?
Experiments that trifle with and endanger the health of
Infants und Children-Experience against Experiment*
Oastoria is a harmless substitute for Castor Oil?' Pare
gorlc Drops and Soothing Syrups. It is Pleasant. Ifc
contains neither Opium, Morphine nor other Narcotic)
substance. Its agc is its guarantee. It destroys Worms
and allays Feverishness? It cures Diarrhoea and Wind
Colic, lt relieves Teething Troubles, euros Constipation
. and Flatulency. It assimilates tho Food, regulates the
Si omach and Bowels, giving healthy and nal m al sleep?
The Children's Panacea- Tho Mother's Friend?
Bears the Signature of
The Kind You Have Always Bought
In Use For Over 30 Years.
If Senator Tillman believes tb ?it
tito sale of liquor lintier prohibition
will necessarily debauoh tho very
i best men in a community-although
they touch it only in a professional
' way-bow can bo consistently be
i Heve that men of suflicient moral
I strength to remain uncontaminated
1 by its corrupting influence when it
touches them in a thousand waya un
known to the doctor and the drug
<gist, can bc induced to handle it
j under tho diapensary for the mere
! money there is in it? If such men
cannot be induced to handle it under
i the dispensary what becomes of his
?charge that the failure of the dispen
I sary law is due to the corrupt men
who are executing it. and that it can
ho red? emed by cr ange of offioora?
Is it not clearly rotten through and
through ? The Sonator evidently
has not thought thia out very care
fully. When ho does so ho must see
that ho cannot rest the failure of tho
dispensary on incidental corruption ;
but that this corruption is an inevit
able concomitant of its execution.
The dispensary must be judged by
what it legali/.es and by what it per
mits to be done by its officers under
its provisions. 1* legalizes immoral
ity and must, therefore, be con
demned. It permits all sorts of cor
ruption and presents manifold temp
[Continuod on page 0.]
At Adams' Big Store.
Cotton Goods.
When in New York, I Bought at a Fire Sale
5,000 yards Outing, worth O emil?, only :5} couts.
5,000 yards Outing, worth IO cents, only 5 couts.
5,000 yards Cotton Checks, worth 6 cents, only 4 cents.
Nothing burnt hut tho price.
l?g lot of Sheeting from :{ cont? to 7 cents.
Dress Goods.
We have the best Line ever seen in Seneca.
All tho latest shades in Broad Cloths at $1.00 and $1.50; Drap do Nymphe, worth $2.00, wo soil at $1.50.
A few pieces of tho latest Novelty Goods. Some of these goods wore formorly sold for $2.00, but wo aro now soil
ing nt $1.00.
$1.25 Serges at 85 cents-all colors.
Over 100 different patterns of .Silks, from 50 cents to $1.00.
Tho biggest lino of Long Coals, .lockets and Skirts over soon boro.
Tho bargains in this lino aro worth looking after.
We are still in the Lead in Clothing.
Suits from $3.00 to $25.00.
We have recently added tho Famous Stein-Block Co.'fl Lino to our already strong lino, which makes our Clothing
Department complete in every detail.
If you want a Suit or Pair of Pants, don't fail to seo our lino before buying.
See our Line of Furniture before buying.
Wo oarry a Full Lino at prices that can't bo beat.
Everything In Furniture supplies.
Shoes, Shoes !
We have any style you want.
Hats, Hats !
All the latest styles in Stetson Hats, also cheaper
J. H. Adams, Seneca,

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