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VOL.VF.NO. 14.
$1.00 A TEAK.
Tillman Learning From Experience What
He Failed to Learn by Observation.
Columbia, S. 0., March 31 The long
expected trouble over the enforcement
of the state dispensary law has broken
out at last end now two constables and
two citizens of Darlington lie dead, a
body of constables is surrounded in a
swamp by armed citizens and the militia
of the city is in open rebellion against
Governor Tillman, while the dispensary
at Florence has been wrecked by a mob.
C Friday afternoon a body of twenty-two
armed constables, who had been sent to
raid illegal liquor, were about to leave
Darlington when Constable McLenden
had some words with a Mr. Redmond
about the Floyd R 'gers fight over the
enforcement of the dispensary law.
Some say Redmond cursed M- Linden
and McLenden fired at Redmond.
Others say that McLenden fired at
R'gers and the bullet passed through
Redmond's throat killing him instantly.
Firing then became general and citi
zens hurried to the scene. It was
found that the constables had scattered
to the woods.
Governor Tillman received the new
of the cotflict and also a report that the
twenty constables who escaped to the
swamp were surrounded and in the
greatest danger. He at once sent for
Adjutant General Farley, ordered a
special train and sent notices to the offi
cers of the Richland volunteers, the
Columbia Zmavea and the governor V
guards to call their men t gether and
take the train as soon as possible.
The Zouaves met and roll call began.
The first man, Gordon Adams, arose
and said he would resign his member
ship, but would not go. Every
other man did likewise. The company
The Richmond volunteer rifle com
pany, an old military club that went for
glory whenever occasion offered from
the Florida Indian war to the war for
Southern independence, did not respond.
The captain reported to the adjutant
general that he had but six men present
and awaited his orders. They were ex
cused from going.
The governor's guard gave an oppor
nity for a still more striking display of
the sentiment of the people. Shouts
of citizens from the streets announced
the decision of the other companies and
they to, declined to go. A iquad of citi
zens rushed up the stairway, blocking
the corridor, and swore they would not
low the company to depart.
Charleston, S. C, March 31. The
adjutant general came here last night
to try to get soldiers to ro to Darlington,
but without success. The light infantry
of Sumpter also refused to go. The
mayor of Darlington has telegraphed
for bloodhounds with which to track
the constables.
The fourth brigade of state troops or
dered by Governor Tillman has refused
to obey. The adjutant general of the
state is here trying without success to
raise an army to go to DdrlingiorL'
Unable to send troops the governor
has taken the other course and will pre
vent aid reaching Darlington's citizei.8.
To accomplish this he has seized the
Coast line railroad leading to Darling
ton and will allow no traffic over it. lie
has also ordered the telegraph compa
nies to transmit no lnflamatory dis
patches and has also withdrawn an or
der disbanding the Columbia military
organizations, with the intention of
trying all members and officers by court
martial, lie has also ordered the haul
u. g away from all local armories of guns
and equipments.
A dispatch frtm Washicgton says
most of the South Carolina delegation in
congress endorse Governor 1 illman.
Representative Strait of Lancaster
Baia: "Governor Tillman will execute
the laws if it requires 50,000 men to do
it. Ha can call not only ihe militia but
the people will furnish volunteers. The
sentiment of the people upaolds him.
There is a small clique at the bottom of
the trouble. They want to defy the law
and bring moonshine whitky into the
state. The governor proposes to stop it"
Representative Talbert of Parkerville,
said: "This trouble has been brewing
for some time and this outbreak is the
climax. Governor Tillman is simply
do ing his auty in executing the law and
the people uphold him. He is a man of
positive convictions, and it is absolutely
certain he will execute the law and cruBh
opposition no matter what the conse
quences may be."
Columbia, April 1. The governor
stated tnat in his opinion the worst of
the da igtr was over. He said that in
asmuch as Darlington and Florence were
in a state of insurrection he felt it his
duty to exert himself to the utmost to
uphold the dignity, and preserve the
peace of the state. At the time of the
interview the 300 militiamen had left on
a special train for Darlington. In view
of the number of companies which had
refused to respond to his call he was
greatly gratified at having finally placed
the troops en route to the scene of the
Continued on page- 12. 1
Its Causa ia Just Yet Ita Efforts May
Prove Futile-
Washington Correspondence.
Will Coxey's army come to Washing
ton? That is the question whioh has
thrown all other questions in the
background for the past week. The
Post and the Star have rained ridicule,
vituperation and misrepresentation upon
Citizen Coxey; these two prinoipal news
papers have done their vicious b?at to
createhostility and alarm. Should
there be any disturbance of the peace
after Mr. Coxey and his peaceful peti
tioners reBoh Washington, these two pa
pers will be responsible for it. Mr.
Coxey'a plan may be wise or unwise, let
that be as it may ; he haa now begun a
march from whioh nothing but death or
dire disaster can deter him, and it is the
business of all right-minded oersons to
stand by bis right to perform his peace
ful, constitutional, humanitarian, divine
mission. I begged, besought and argued
in vain with Mr. C xey not to undertake
this move; not but that he had a perfect
right to do so; not but that every thicg
he will petition congress for is j jst and
righteous, and practicable, and ought to
be granted within twenty four hours after
his arrival indeed ought not to await
his arrival but just because his peti
tions are so just, so righteous, and so
practical, therefore, this congress will
have none of them.
Thiscongrefs is not here for the peo
ple; it is here for party, for plutocracy,
and fur re election, and nothing short of
a miracle can get anything from it that
will largely help the people. Congress
may pass ita little seven-by-nine seiguior
age bill over the president's veto. There
will be a little morsel of decency in such
action, but, so far as practical relief from
present distress goes, it will be but a
swallow's twitter that hints of coming
spring. Uncounted thousands of human
beings are starving to-day. The tissues
of their bod us are wasting for lack of
sufficient food. Rescue for these perish
ing ones must oome soon, or it will be
everlastingly too late. The moral sense
of untold thousands of men and women
ia perishing to-day, breaking down under
the dizziness induced by trouble and
privation. Now is the accepted time.
To day is the day for action, if we would
save the bodies and souls of the helpless
ones. Bat can this congress be made to
see it? Bah! no; they haye no time to
think. Senators Gormin and Brice and
a soore of lawyer representatives of
sugar, coal, lumber and iron, are busy
protecting their especial syndicates.
Colonel Breckinridge is too busy. Sena
tor Martin is too busy just fairly dis
tracted attending to the Kansas seekers
after postofficea. The rest of them are
filibustering over the Joy-O'Neill con
test. But if the congressmen only were
here to "promote the general welfare,"
as per their sworn duty, under the con
stitution, they could issue the money
whioh this great-souled man from Ohio
ia riding hitherward to petition for.
They could issue the same kind of
money which Abraham Lincoln Issued
in that other and lesser war; this coun
try is in the midst of a fearful wara
war with the natural enemies of man
kind, with hunger, cold, want, ignor
ance, sin, and all manner of unciean
ness. Let Brother Ctxey's bills beccme
law, and hside of two waeks there need
not be a single idle man from ocean to
ocean. The tires would be lighted in
evtry furnace, every wheel would be
revolving, trade would revive, the mer
chant would sell his goods, the me
chanics, the brick layers, the tailors, all
would be employed. If every man now
idle were gatting $1.50 per day, there
would be no need for the farmers of
Kansas to feed his wheat to hogs, nor
for the C Jifornia fruit grower to fatten
swine with raisins, as they are now
doing. Employed labor would create a
home market for farm produce, and for
the products of the mills, and mines,
and shops. Men now dispirited and
ambition less would revive their man
hood and work with might and main to
get little homes of their own. All this
is entirely practicable. The only reason
why it would not come about is because
there will not enough men and women
rally to the support of Mr. Coxey, and
instruct their publio servants to do their
duty double quick. It the Christian
ministers had read the "New Redemp
tion, if church members would apply
their Christianity, it business men
were worldiy wise, if patriots had their
cjuntry'a weal at heart, why, then
the good roads bill might pass.
and this attempt of Mr. Cxey
to initiate the "initiative" would
succeed. The movement is a non
partisan one. Democrats and republi
cans could cling to their beloved par
ties and play hide-and go-seek with the
tariff. No one would care to meddle
with that esj yable party pastime if
once the workingmen were honeBtly and
really considered, and employed, as they
would be under the operations of this
good-roads bilL There is no reason in
the world why J. K. Hudson should not
lend the Capital to the support of this
bill to make good roads. One of the
best pieces of writing I ever read on the
subject was an editorial in the Capital.
I trust that Mr. Hudson will reproduce
it at this juncture-in support of Mr.
Coxey. And no one knows better than
Mr. Hudson the good quality of green
back money. I doubt cot he received
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