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State Campaig
In City <
Crowd? of 1,200 to 1,500 J
L Offices at First Meet
A Quiet
(By Jno. K. Aull.)
(Special to The Herald and News.
Spartaiii)urg, June 20.?At 10:15
o'clock this morning a company of
'4 the National Guard of South Carolina
marcbe^ up. Magnolia street, passing
along before the court house. They
were the .sons, brothers and sweethearts
of people of Spartan Durg
county?some of them possibly, hus
bands and fathers. They were bound
for tie training camp and for the
Mexican border.
? At 11 o'clock, 45 minutes later, the
i county chairman of Spartanburg
county, Dr. S. T. D. Lancaster,, called
to order in the court house the first
meeting of the State campaign of
1916. It was opened with a prayer
in wtich the outstanding petition ,to
the ix>rd of Hosts had to do with his
guidance of this nation, and those in
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cnargfc JI It, III lUCH ucanug nivu
foreign affairs in which the lives of
young men of Spartanburg and of
aVSouth Carolina might have to be
B- taken as a sacrifice upon the altar of
* their country.
It was a serious, thoughtful crowd
I of representative citizens which faced
the candidates for State offices
at the opening meeting of the 1916
campaign. The seasons have not
been favorable to leisure at this time
in the Piedmont, and the farmers
^ -a 1. mu:?
I were na.ro at wors.. mis cui uw>u
J^tlie number, and cut it down materially.
The marching of that companythrough
Magnolia street cut down
the enthusiasm, and cut it down ma^
terially. What of the future? The
people now have a chance to speak.
We fight for our State and for our
B ooiintrv when the necessity prises.
KOur boys are now marching up this
Iktreet, to go to Styx, or to the Mexi|Pfen
border, or into Mexico, or wher^ever
tie powers that may be shall
i direct. Whence comes this power?
Who directs these boys? Now is our
chance to speak, in State affairs at
' least. What of the future? they
I asked.
Calm* Deliberate Meeting.
sr? +nat it was a calm. deliberate
1,200 to 1,500 voters
candidates for "State
ening campaign meetas
too large for the
the meeting was ad;rove
in the rear. Uni
table or chairs, the
present were at
disadvantage, so far
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of Spartanburg
Hears Candidates for State
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\ing in the PiedmontMeeting.
. the meeting is concerned, but they
j usually manage, somehow.
! Former Governor Cole. L. -Blease
was the first speaker. He traced
' closely a written manuscript, which
j is published in this issue of The Herald
and :News. Governor Blease usually
has a written speech at the
i opening meeting 01 a uaiupaisu?auu
J he is Always at a disadvantage when
j he does so. 'However, he wants a
; record, and in this manner he gets it.
i He is leading in Spartanburg counj
ty, in the race for governor. The
fight for second place will be between
Manning and Cooper?with
Cooper as a probable second. The
race in the State generally, from reports
received here today, is between
Blease and Manning, but Cooper has
a strength here which ca nnot be discounted.
Representative Audience.
At the meeting here today there
I u-orp npnnle from other coun-1
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ties. Newberry had some here and '
Laurens had a good many. The aud- j
ience, however, represented Spartan- j
burg county pretty well.
All the candidates were well received.
There were some demonstrations,
but no unusual enthusiasm for
any of them.
The Spartanburg Journal of this
afternoon says:
"There is only one way in which
to account for the indifference of the
people towards the political situation
and that is that they are satisfied
with existing conditions. If they
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were noi iney ?uuiu uc uuarviiig
racket. This is the only interpretation
that can be put on that situation
as we see it."
The Journal is mistaken as its
editor would have known if he had
mingled with the crowd. There wast
no indifference. There was a differ-!
ence between this meeting and the,
meeting of two years ago and of four j
I yars ago?'but it was a difference ,
which menat the very opposite of |
"indifference." The people were:
The "Reformers" say that Blease
is going to be elected on the Irst
ballot on the 29th of August. The
"antis" would eliminate Blease from
a second race. Blease has the tacti1
1 nrkcifinn nf hpin? fhe Ipndpr at a
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j faction on one side of the fence i
! against two leaders of two factions;
on the other side of the fence.
Applause For AH.
There was some applause here to- j
day for all the candidates, but not as
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much as usually comes from a campaign
crowd of 1,500 Spartanburg
people at a political meeting, and
particularly wnen a governor 01 liik
State, and the leader of a large faction
of the Democratic party was
The addresses of former Governor
Blease and of Governor Wanning
were interspersed with applause. Mr.
DesChamps held the crowd in good
humor by aptly interspersing liis address
with timely humor. Mr. Des
Champs' ability as a speaker surprised
a good many. Mr. Cooper made a
conservative speech, in which he
urged the enforcement of lav/ justly i
to all alike. Mr. Duncan went into
a number of mattefs, which are referred
to in the synopsis of his address
published below.
Adams ts. Bethea.
In the lieutenant governor's race,
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ur. E. C. JL. Adams auactteu am. i
Bethea upon the Ford peace propo-1
ganda, of which Mr. Bethea was a1
member, as being opposed to the Wil-!
son preparedness program.
Mr. Bethea in reply stressed his i
support of the Wilson policies. He;
advocated biennial sessions of the
general assembly.
For Secretary of State.
.Mr. W. Banks Dove, chief clerk
to R~ M. McCown secretary of State,
was the first candidate for this office
to address the voters. He urged hi-5
experience in the office. Senator
Geo. W. Wightraan, his opponent. |
made a forceful speech in which he
gave his record as senator from Sa
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uda county and other claims which
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ne advanced ror cne omue.
Spice In Treasurer's Race.
In the race for iState treasurer, Col.
D. iVV. UJcLaurin vigorously attacked
State Treasurer S. T. Carter on his
tficial record. Among other things
he read copies of affidavits which he
said Mr. Carter had made to the effect
that he was not able to educate
his daughters at Winthrop college,
whereas Mr. Carter was receiving
a salary of $1,900 per year as
State treasurer and enough salary as
to the fart that lie was a v.oiueueiaic
veteran, and to ;the work which he
had done in the interest of the veterans.
He said that Treasurer Carter
had wanted to refund the State
bonds at private Sale. "Patterson.
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bank president to increase his salary
to at least $3,100, and had property,
so his neighbors said, said Col.
Mc'Laurin. aggregating from "fifteen
to twenty thousand dollars. ''Four
years a2:0," said Mr. Mcl^aurin, "when
I was running against him for treasurer.
he urged that I was doing good
work in the position which I held,
and ought to be kept there." As soon
as he was elected Mr. Carter noted
against him for the position which he
TiPiri under the sinking fund commis
sion, the speaker said. There ^'as
then a tie vote, but as soon as Governor
Manning wa/ elected his vote
put out Mr. McLr irin, because Mr.
\fcLaurin had not vote for him although
lie had voted for him in previous
races. Thl speaker referred
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Fierce Battle I
American and Carranza Trc
Their Victory?Blame i
Affray and Clair
?1. Paso. Tex.. June 21.?American
and Carranza troops fought a sanguinary
battle today on the Santo Domingo
ranch near the town of Carrizal,
'and tonight it had not been
learned with which side rested the
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1UC uuiuugi \JL uvuu,
Me.iiv.an, was not definitely known
here, but nearly a score of Gen.
Pershing's men are said to have heen
killed and the Mexicans are said to
have lost more than 40. Seventeen
Americans are declared by Mexican
officials to have been captured and
to hae been hurried to Chihuahua
City under adequate guard. A machine
gun used .by the Mexicans is
rannri-eri tn have done heavy execu
The scene of thejight was just nine
miles southwest of iV'illa Ahumada. j
the Mexican field headquarters in1
northern Chihuchua, and the clash
occurred only a few hours after President
Wilson's 6,000 word note warning
Carranza that the "gravest consequences
' would follow an attack
upon American troops had gone forward.
Tenth ayalry Engasreu.
The Americans engaged are thought
to have been members of a troop from
the Tenth cavalry, a negro regiment, i
returning from a scouting trip to
Guzman. The size of the Mexican
force, whose commander, Gen. Felix
Gomez, was killed, is not known.
News of the battle was received in
Juarez early this afternoon by Gen.
Francisco Gonzales, Carranza com-:
mander of the military zone of the
border. For some reason Gen. Gon- i
zales kept the story secret until late
in the afternoon when an American, j
J. C. Hubble, returning to the border j
from the interior, brought to El Paso!
*1-.^ ho hnri seen numbers
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of .Mexican dead along the Mexican '
Central railroad tracks at Villa Ahu- j
mada, and had been told that there j
had <been an encounter.
Gen. Gonzales's first step after con-:
firming the news was to issue a state-1
ment placing the blame on the American
commander. He charged that the,
American troops fired first on the,
~ thot t"hair shots were
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directed at a courier who had just
presented to them a request that they
Think Mexicans Begran It
.American army officers declared
absolute disbelief tonight in Gen. j
Onnzales' assertions. The opinion i
was expresed that if the Americans j
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fired on the messenger they did so
because it was necessary in order
to insure their own safety.
Gen. Trevino's recent warning to
Gen. Pershing not to send his troops
east, south or west of their positions
was recalled.
According to Gen. Gonzales ne was
informed :by Gen. Gomez at Villa
Ahumada last night of the presence
of the Americans westward between
Villa Humada and Ellevalle. iHe said
he immediately ordered Gen. Gomez
to proceed to the Santo Domingo
ranch where the Americans were re?
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vise their commander to retire to
their camp.
Woold >'ot Retire.
This, he says, Gen. Gomez did this
morning. The American commander,
Gomez, is said to have replied that he
was instructed to proceed to Villa
Ahumada and must do so.
The statement issued by the Juarez
commander read:
"Immediately upon learning of the
presence of the American troops in
the vicinity of Carrizal Gen. Felix
Gomez despatched a mesenger with
a request that the American commonHor
a-ithrtraw his camn. When
the American troops remained motionless.
lie sent a second dispatch
hearer who was fired upon by the
American troops after he had delivered
his message. The Amricans im- ,
Excitement spread in eji rasu <ts
extras were issued and the news became
known. Quiet was maintained
however, in view of Gen. Bell's frequent
admonitions that his soldiers
could take care of any situation that
might arise. While awaiting instructions
from headquarters at San Antonio,
Gen. Bell kept his entire fore-?
in readiness for instant action.
In the meantime, howe-er, word
came from Juarez that all was quiet
although the news of the battle was
widespread there.
Early tonight the only official de
tails of the engagement received nere
came from the 'Mexican side of the
river. Gen. Gonzales said that his information
was transmitted to him
from Villa Ahumada by Col. Genoveso
Rivas, who commanded the Mexicans
after their leader. Gen Gomez, was
slain. Gen Gonzales also gave the
Mexican explanation of "how the two
f?rces came in contact.

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