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^^ " ^EWBEEEY. 8 O.. TUESDAY. JANUAIiT 21. 1908. TWICE A WEEK. $1.60 A YEAR
' OUR LEGISLATURE LETTER. I
' '.:2tevic\v o,f First Week?Committees
at Work?Will Get Busy
.. |J| | This Week.
Illll Special to 1 loin Id and News.
Columibia, Jan. 20.?It takes at
m least ono week for the general assema
start. This year the g'en':Mjf
era I assembly mot as lato as it. is posifflR
silblo under the law for it to meet;
I g the meeting is sot for the second
[ftj Tuesday in January, and the second
(M Tuesday cannot fall later than thv;
!w 14th, which was the case this year.
| ^; Then Lee's birthday, which is a legal
holiday, and always observed as .such,
Ijl'vj came on Sunday and was observed on
||| Saturday, when the mom hers went to
|v Winthrop college on a trip of inspecK.
tion, so that there was not much time
I? for serious work last week, al'
though the committees did do something'
in the way of discussing measures
that had been referred to them.
This being the second session of the
assembly, there was no time wasted
in organization, and as there is only
ftf, one election in which there is to be
a contest there will he nothing more
grt to divert the attention of the house
?$. and senate when the elections are
disposed of, which will pro'bably be
Bw done on Wednesday.
On the lirst day of the session,
.? there was nothing done except to
H swear in the now members, elected
Wf to till vacancies, and to hear the readJ|'
ing of the governor's message. The
m senate however decided to send all
H hills on its calendar back to their re'
Kv spectivo commit!tees, so that they
can be gone over again carefully in
the light of the developments of the
last 12 months. The house on Wednesday
took up "only uncontested
mat'ters." that is onlv .such measures
Nt?j # *
J; as no one would objcot to. and in that
way got to third reading, a number
of bills introduced and unacted on
yp last session, while others that are
now out of dale were withdrawn by
their authors. The engrossing department
has been kept busy enough
J with the new hills, but has been abla
to keep pace with i1s work. There
?|| are no now hills of a startling nature
so far/there being the usual number
JfflM reyui.iting railroad's and amending
the labor laws and repealing the
iW lien law, and so on.
ji'', Mr. Nash has begun In fiu-ht fur
J|||v,j 'bis prohibition bill, in which he has
$$sffnhe support of many of the old State
dispensary faction, and the measure
$||$$w'was brought up for the lirst. time on
. 'Mi Friday. when the. house by a vote of
Afe./'4n to 4.r> declined to strike out the enpjMWactiier
words. There were HO absentees
when this vole was taken, so
t hai it doe; no! necessarily follow
from this vole that Hie house is in
^nvor ?f prohibition. The question
19 aP* '? ')(> much more fully discuss!&$$$'
ed before the session is over.
It is ex peeled th'at the elections
fwill be held on Wednesday or soon
thereafter. The withdrawal of lion.
T. P. Cothran from the race for associale
justice of the supreme court
ensures the reelection of. Hon. E. B.
? <l'ary. There is a fervent contest
in*,, for the position of judg<e of the secowl
circuit to fill the place vacated
fp| by the resignation of Judge J as"! Aldrich,
the candidates being Solicitor
film Davis, Col. Robert Aldrich and Col.
',:'M Calnde E. Sawyer. There are several
trustees and directors of the State
institutions to be elected, and Miss
^a^or^c' librarian, will
' Wk without opposition.
J, 'The two houses adjourned Friday
'ffl> to meet again on Monday night, bu-l
j this will be only a formal meeting,
and adjournment will quickly be taken
until Tuesday morning. The most
of Hie work during the early part of
u ^ I he session is done by the commit"wW
I00*"'- nnd 'I 's n?l only not necessary
'fit advisable for the sessions
of the. houses to last very long, as
mew this leaves lit 11(5 lime for the commil
lees lo meet. The more thoroughly
a bill is digested in committee,
the. hotter prepared will the members
be to discuss it and to explain or
>s||| attack it when the matter comes up
^j||i on the floor of the house. The two
J|P> committees of the house which have
ftS ? most work to do are tire committee on
\ ways and means and the commit tee
f| -on judiciary. These are however con
sidered the "star" assignments, as In
I a newspaper man would say, and ' st
though the members are hard-work-j
ed they are iti* position to exert much a,
influence on legislation. The chair- n,
01 the ways and means committee is : (|
lion. ?I. A. Banks, a farmer and mcr- j|
chant ol' Orangeburg county, living j ]j
at St .Matthews, and the chairman , j.
of the judiciary is Hon. T. B. Fraser - vv
of Sumter, one of the most careful f(
and conscientious lawyers in the ,,|
State. The two similar commit iecs (,
in the senate are the finance, of j,,
which Senator Mauldin of (ireenvilh' j
is the chairman, anvl the judiciary, | m
of which Senator Carlisle of Spar-: j;
tanhurg is the chairman.
Mr. A. E. Dargan, Chief of Police of ' !'.
Darlington, Kills Himself Sun- ;
day Morning. I '
The State. j hi
Darlington, Jan. li).?This morn- .1
iivg at .10 o'clock the dead body of ,
Mr. A. ft. Dargan, chief of police,:
was found in a room adjacent to his
sleeping apartments, llis death has
saddened the entire community, a J
double sorrow be'iiig added to llu B
deep sense of loss because of iiie
tragic circumstances attending his 1death.
The body, when discovered, was on ' <
the floor, a bullet hole was in the
forehead, a revolver with one empty g
chamlber was near and death seemed
to have occuricd some hours before.
Mr. Dargan attended to his duties
yesterday as usual, though his sister, T
at dinner, told him lie seemed very '
tired and that he should take some j s(
much needed rest. As usual he was |
up until 12 o'clock last night and be- 1
fore retiring, Mr. Dargan instructed ; j?
Policeman Fields Ho call' him at 10 j t)
o'clock this morning. At this hour | p
the dead body was discovered in an j tl
unoccupied room across the passage I |,|
from Mr. Dargan's room. j
Air. II. Appelt occupies a room ad-lb
joining Mr. Dargan's and he says : ci
Mr. Dargan was with him when they a:
went to their rooms last night. About j
2 or o'clock in the morning Mr. p
Appelt thought he heard the report j n
of a pistol, but thought nothing of it. ! m,
The pistol found TTelonged to Mr. j c<
Darsian and was a Smith & Wesson ! ti
44-calibre. Although the attendant | ii
circumstances suggest that this was 1 p
suicide those who know Mr. Dargan !'
can not reconcile themselves to such j
an opinion. The coroner's jury at III
the inquest this after carefully con-.
sidered all the facts and the autopsy 1 <
has been held by Drs. ftd'wards and j tl
OogT'hall. The .jury announced no | f<
verdict, hut adjourned to meet again ; s<
Thursday. in order to have full pos- | a
session of all swailaible information, j rvl
before announcing their conclusion. II
Circumstances Indica.to Suicide. ^
There seems to be no real reason,
at least so far as is now known, why n|
the suicide theory should be other
than a matter of conjecture. The eir- h
cumstances seem, however, to indi- S1
cate that Air. Dargan took his own
life, hut no reason for this has yet
been found. The funeral services will
be held at the Baptist church tomor- ,
row afternoon. ' **
Mr. DaiMran was a native of Darlington
and was 52 wars old and unmarried.
For about (he past 20 or
2.) years he has been chief of police,
a posHioo given him practically by
the entire community. His tragic r
death will carry sorrow wherever he 1
was known. It is not the eulotrv of ''
one who know and loved him to say i
Mhat in t'ii? man the .,ii?rhest attribu-."'
| tes of noblest manhood found their
natural home. This is the literal i p
J truth. His heart was loyal, steadfast, , ri
true. Duly was the watchword with f<
him always and to him the word fear ' P
had no meaning. His courage .vas .
splendid, making complete the cooi, J
self-controlled man, capable of meeting
any emergency, of being just, and 1 n]
I fair to all. Love and sympathy. ,,
lived in perfect blend in his daily jr
life and these characteristics not. onlv
endeared him to his friends. but ,1IC
formed a bond between him and w
those with whom he came in contact }v
j in the diheharge of his official du- p]
itics- : a
j 'Never was there a more generous w
fart than was thai: which is now
i licit forever.
lie was " Hah" lo his close friends
id to his contemporaries; this failiar
title of affection was his from
i<? ladies of I'he town and this was
10 term affectionately used by tli3
111" children, none of these hesitatr.r
thus to call their friend, who
a< never too busy t'o show his af>ction
for his little Iriends. And
I" all his strikin-ilv marked charac>ri-tics
none was more all-pervadig,
none reigned with raoro complete
vav over this big-hearted, strong
an than did the rare ?rif't ol maseune
Brave, strong, gentle an:l 'rue, it
hard to belivve tha a .Waimr could
we forced such a mr.i deliberately
> end his own life. Those who know
im can never reconcile themselves
> believe this and shou'd this seem
[. last to be true still will they keep
is memory in honorel love and
ust. s'addened doubly because of
ie thought that anv "in*vitable trial
lould have brought him fact, to face
ith such stern necessity.
J. E. Norment.
RlfJK TOR ALE. Apply I" l- ^vFloyd.
SUIT FILED IN GREENWOOD.
rought by Mr. F. H. Cothran
Against Promoters of New Railroad
CSreenwood. Jan. IS.?Papers wer?
?rved yesterday in what will result
i an interesting law suit wlren the
.sue is broumht- to trial. The suit
; instituted by Mr. K. IT. Cothran,
ie well known civil engineer, a<rainst
\V. f'nrti-.. W. F. 1. Warren and
io Southern C'on*'ilruction cvnoany.
ic-v hoi my the parties who have unerlaken
to build the CSiven'wnod-?Sn
a.la -a.il road. this road being ofliiallv
know as the Middle Carolina
;ul Eastern railroad.
Mr. Cothran alleses in his comlaint
that on .Tune S. 1007. he senroil
an ration on the entire proArties
?f tb?* above road, wiliich he
invoyod to the above named pares.
As a compensation for his work
i securing and turaing over to thos'e
arties the option, ho was promised
c ?nni of .<>.000 in cash or its
iniva'ont in around floor s*toek in
ie r*'ilri?'id. Tl ? waited a reason'de
time for tibo defendants to oomlv
with their arrc-nnent and upon
if"'r failure t" do so, made a demand
?r his compensation. Still tailing .o
M'ure what he re^nrled as his due
nd .insi ilofinitolv promised him, lie
11 err*1 s, he has be/an suit to recover,
[o is represented in this action by
[r. T. C. Tillman of the local bar.
The do fond a ml 8 in the ease wore
nt of the cifv yesterday and their inm
toons could not be learned. They
ave 20 davs in w'lHih to file a:i aniver
to the complaint.
rcpfdert Finley ?nd Staff of the
Southern. Out Down Ten
J-nmarv 1 !.?-'Prosi.)>
'Pi ..C l')'1 ^Mi'it'iore Hailwav
ftiivijirv < fated Ihits afternoon thai,
i the f:ilMn<r off ?n business,
ivl ilie ilrevenue1!. t o1
in||l1 ^n.mi of l'ie SJont' ov,i 1'ailov
fnme'inv ha* determined, as a
ep in i's proornm of redneinc excuses.
to put in to offset, a? of Foihlarv
1. 1 ?0K. a reduction "f ten nor
">11! in the pav of Hit* president, vice
residents and the other general offers.
and tihoir office forces,
.MthouHi lb" mosvuito nociali/es
i voIIoav fever and malaria and i^
nivei'sallV recognized ns en enemy
i be foi'G'ht outright. scientist? ha\
>i>'" fo i-p'-nrd common house flv
? the more dancoroirs. The mosquito
ill spread onlv otve or two disease,
nt the house flv spreads many, Tvlioid
jrerms. tuberculosis <?eivo? and
hundred otilier germs are all tlm
imc to it.
DISPENSARY ARREST j
I BY THE COMMISSION
j LIQUOR MEN, EX-COMMISSIONER
j Dispensary Commission Issues Warrant
Vjiarging Conspiracy to
i\l. A. Goodman, liquor ajrenl;
.John I Hack, ex-director; W. (). Ta111111,
vx-commi<ssioner; John Hell To- j
will, ex-director, and Jodie liawlin- j
son. ex-director, have been arrested
under a blanket warrant sworn out
by tiic dispensary 'Commission, char<>t
i"conspiracy to defraud tli'ej
State.'' and have been released on I
bond, each in the sum of $10,000,!
except Goodman, whose bond was
placed at $25,000.
I he ineeitinjys of the commission
and the developments leadin?- to the
arrests are contained in the following
I roin the daily newspapers of the
News and Courier.
Columbia, January 18.?There was
a con Terence, lasting several hours in
the attorney general's otrico today
between Attorney General Lyon,'
Senator Christ onsen and Attorneys j
Felder, AmVerson, llill and others as-,
sociated with Mr. Lyon in the prose-1
cut ion of th.? dispensary cases, but
so far nothing has been yiven out
from the meeting:.
lvx-Atit orney General Itellinyer,
who represent.* Kx-lDi rector L. \V
Bovkin, named in the. warrant, said
today that. Mr. Boykin would come
in this afternoon or tomorrow mornin-.r
and u'ive himself up. Arramremenis
have already been completed
tor Mr. Boykin to unve bond. Ho
is said to be off on a hunting* trip.
Pornio- Direcitor II. II. Kvans was
in t!ie city today. Air. Hvans is not
one of the parties named in the
Mr. M. A. Goodman, the representative
of I Minan & Co., and the firs I
arr- -:eil, was on the streets
aira'in toda^y after the commission
had adjourned until January Ike
is under bend in the sum irf $25,000,
h"l ! ie c mii:i^-i<in has a anted him
!' :v<? :?n:e m ire test:.niony.
Kv-?i-i-M-" J -??'? \Vy!i: . also
named ; i 'lie warrant, is expected in
tomorrow or next day.
JV>(> ri<) j)(t(. who went to Charlesi'
>! t aire t. Mr. .James Harnum r>
i'or ? - I on hi- r-'turn here (hat Mrs.
Ka<n'*>n \\Karnum was out of
the S|aite. but would promptly reoorl
himself ?o the autiua'ities at Columbia
on his return, which would
Coin nubia State, January 17.
Morton A. Goodman, once a liquor
salesman drawing nominally $5,000
a year with nil unlimited expense account,
was placed in arrest yesterday
at the instigation of Attorney
General Lyon .and the special attorneys
representing Ihe commission for
tihe winding up of the affairs of the
state dispensary. The charge is conspiracy
to defraud tlve state. He.
subsequently offered a cash bond of
It is understood that others will be
arrested on the same charjje. The
commission is keeping its own counsel,
and it is not known where the axe
will fall next.
The session of the commission yesterday
was lontr drawn out. There
were several matters which required
I'iMie?I lie statements of Messrs. Ste1
nson and Mord-ecai especially. Not
much time was wasted on Geo. It.
I ester, who undertook to manatee affairs
to suit his own notions. He
left the office, with more or less show
of pwttishness. Then the commission
u'ot down to work and beiran its investigations.
Only one witness was
put up. He came voluntarily to esj
lablish his claim against Ihe st;ite. lie
j left a prisoner.
j After beinir sworn, Goodman said
J he had been a representative of Ullj
man & Co. lie declared th??t his account
against the dispensary is just
and is still due and no amount of it
j had been paid, Goodman was then
< xanmied by Mr, I'Vlder and interest
statements were I?i*?n11 out b\
Witness said that lie had covere,
Ohio and a uumtbcr of other state:
I'or rilman, including South Car
'lad been with I'llman sine*
1001. \\a> formerly with tiu' Coin
mou weal th Distilling company as
manager and president. Elected president
in 1002. Ho did not remetnbei
the names of any of the directors 01
stockholders! The Common weak!
company was incorporated in Wesi
\ irj?inia. It* head olliee was ii
litui ville. Owned by the "trust.'
Its olliee was on Second street, Louis
ville. He saw ilie olliee several times
It had desks, typewriters, tiles, etc
Did not know the name of stenographers.
The capital stock was $250,
000 or $300,000. Of course, it was
possible lie had met directors a;i<
stockholders and vtid not know it. I*.
Now York he ni"t Mr. A. Meyers
who was general manager of what i:
conimnn'y called "whiskey trust,'
who i< Id lviin the trust owned th.
Common wealth company. Tnis, by th.
way, was (loodniaucompanv.
Mr. I'Vlder insisted that (ioodmni
should say where he made sales fo
the Commonwealth company outsid
of South Carolina. Witness said h<
could not remember, except the Sav
annah (Jroeery company, and did no
remember -why he sold tihat company
Did not sell it Henrietta rye. Coub
not say it he sold any one else Tien
rietta. Did not remember if be sob
Henrietta outside of South Caroli.ui
lie was asked if he knew Mr. ii. Khr
lich. and iie replied that Khrlich di<
business in Atlanta.
In August. 100-1, (ioodman cibanu'e*
his base of operations from the Com
monwealth company of Louisville t
t-he Cllinan company of Cincinnat
1T? admitted that he had been ,n-ive
his new position through the auvne
01 lien. Khrlidh, with whom be established
a partnership. It wa
brought out that tiie Commonweal!
company existed largely upo i telle
he.id < I t' it ; <! > we;-> mrd
from a uanh?.;i?e i.i IiI! , al
though il claimed to lie i;i tliie distill
illy business in Lexiniiton.
Held Up the Purchases.
In t'lie interim tliere was <.yrea
trouble brought to the heart of Com!
man. He wrote to his friend an
partner, Ooodman explainiuu* thii
the ("n;i monwe;ilt?h people wmi'd in
release him from iiis contract wit
them and l!'o awai d'iii'.r of purcihase
at the Siiutli Carolina dispensary wa
to take place before he could ?_;< t o
Iiis job with tbe CHiiian house.
He wrote t llman it letter iirvin
that l<he dispensary board be prevail
( I upon tliiou'.rh dohn lilaek. not the
a member of the board, to postpon
the matter of pnrrlhases until Sej
teinber as the Cllma.i bids wer
"very poor," The bosird for Soin
reason or other did this very sain
t'hin.ir. No purchases were made i
Auu'iisl. In the meantime, the Ul
man company proposed a new bid i
which the prices on eertain jrood
were raised. Frr^m tlhe time tlui
Good'man went with the Ullman coir
pany until the dispensary jymft wa
made public I'llman's business was
The Commonwealth company
which had been doinjr an enonnou
'business under Goodman's nominr
presidency, dropped to nothing. I
the meantime Ullman sold IV sla-i
dispensary over $1 ">0,000 worth a
"yoods" tlhe first nine months thii
Goodman was there, airnin.-it abon
$10.00(1 for several years preceding
Very Poor Memory.
Goodman yesterday exhibited
verv faulty memory. The coinmissio
was moved to yrent sorrow becaus
a man of such apparent int elli'jrenc
could remember nothing'.
Ilv denied that he had ever |ol
lilaek. liawlinson and W'vlie, th
three ejected dispensary director,
that I'llman & Co. and the Andic
Distilling company were the "sairn
And yet it was shmvn by Col. T. 1
I'Vlder that the very stationerv <
the two concerns showed the same a<
Two Fako Houses,
Subsequent!y it' was brought on
that there was a third co.iceri
Strauss & Co.. making bids to th
s'ate dispensarV and that this Straus
- was a memiber of the Uilniau com'
paiiv. all lliroe concerns, two boin?"
"lakes," sitlitnilitin?* "competitive"
I l>iils to the stale dispensary.
> Witness denied having any written
contract \vi|l]i reference to his ehanfjo
i of business in Auuust. 1<M)4. (Subse
<|lien t ly I lie contract was produced).
? Gin Phosphate.
I llinan Co. had a copyright forr
nmla on "tiin phosphate." It was
* proved that there was mnoh irraft in
i this brand of ^oods. Goodman. nil dor
I oath, had' sworn to Messrs. Ijyon and
i ( hristorison that these jjoods had
been sold in South Carolina at a low
er price than anywhere ;?lse. Col.
. Welder yesterday put in evidence
. (loodnian's testimony to t.he effect
that liijrlier prices were Hliari^ed in
- South ( arolina "in order to pay for
? special advertinin.tr. " In Aujrust, 1 i)04,
1 before (ioodmau yol his new job. <ri:i
i phosphate was listed at $!).5() per
, case. In 'September the price was
* $10. Five hundred cases were bousrht
from (ioodmaii at the advanced prices.
beta:! <'"aler< elsewhere were.
i' tr< 11 ii^ it lor jjw.SO a case.
'I'o prove illie weakness of (Joodi
man's testimony Col. Folder put in
r evidence a number of invoices, diso
provinir I lie claim of (ioodman that.
0 small dealers miit'ht have received a
- consideration on cash payments,
t The Contract.
Col. I'Vhlcr put in evidence the
1 contract het.wcen (ioodman. Khrliclt.
- Mannheim and Himmclhaum. Wit1
ness denied that he .had had any spei.
cial pull to ?ct him sales with Boykin
and I owill. "How much did you pay
1 Mr. Bovkin?" witness was asked.
" Xothiiiir.' ho replied. "How much
I to Mr. Towill?" "Nothing."
Did He Have a Pull?
0 lie admitted that ho had lied if
i. lie had ever written anvllum-' to the
n oiled that ho had a pull with these
y directors named. Ami Col. Folder lalexhibited
a very sinunlar letter.
s Distillery. I.exiniilon. Ky.
h M. A. (ioodman. President and Manai'
!' :!), I'oj-moM tltli Distillery
' ' '??> i - : Di !illers,
I- < Mine ,-JV : S, i? ,
I- Louisville, Ky.. Ami. 17. l!)()|.
My I)? ?r Barney: I do not know
that I wa- over in such an u:icomfor1
tMillie and mean position, a-; I lere is a
I- meet in*.:' <?| l!board in Columbia
d Monday. Am."."! 'J J. I would like to
I be tii.-rc, hut o I a r the compauv have
'! refu.-ed to Id mo off. I wiro.l to Mvh
ers to have them release mo on the
s l.'iih, but he positively refused.
* Now, I waul you to ? ?? In Coluni"
bia; lie there Monday mor iin'i' earlv;
telegraph Maj. dohu Black, 1007 As
| *embly street, to meet you at the Co11!
in hi :i hotel and do every I bin-jr vou
II can to iiave tlrem to postpone the
*' buyiuir until next month. 1 enclose
you copy id ('llinan & ('o. 's hid and
(> it is such a poor one that there is
' very little for 1 iifill to buy of lis,
'' but if they arc jroinir to buy <i'c.t them
" to buy of us the <j'oods 1 checked off.
I want you to tell Boykin parti"
cularl.v my position and ask Black if
's you should explain things to Towill;
'1 now tell Boykin on account of my
?- leaving licrvs on Sept. 1 I would be
|K unable to pay any commission* for
11 purchases they make from the Commonwealth,
consequently under no
>'f eireumstniices buy anytninjr from
t'heni. Von might ask Boykin's and
>' Ma.j. Black's opinion if you should
n say anything regarding this to Tov
I am also writing Black to me?>t
1 you ami tell you what you should do.
' N on had best also show him this
" letter in case I overlook writing him
fullv about a:iythim;
a ' '
I would, above everylhin.it' else,
like to see them not buy and waif mitil
their noxl mouth's mcelin;r. Tell
Boykin to please, under no circumslances,
iliouith. to purcha-e any Hen(
rietta, apricot brandy, or bottled in
f ho'i.l, a id to save if possible. III,it
for ii- <iiit i 1 we put in a new bid noxi
" month. I wired him if be could posr'*
sih!\ come here before (he meeting to
' do so, hut not reeei vintr any jvplv
'' presuuie he was absent fiom home.
Please tell him I shall Come '?i<| to
his home some day before the September
purchase and will id. him
il know just when.
1. Now, it there is anything von a.id
Maj. Black don't understand, wire or
call me up. 1 <;uess if yon want to