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THE STARKVILLE NEWS.
VOL XIV. COL. MONTGOMERY REPLIES TO GOVER NOR BREWER. Jackson, Miss., June 16—Trus tee W. A. Montgomery, continu ing the controversy with Gov. Brewer relative to points of dif ference which each of these offi cials hold concerning the admin istration of penitentiary affairs, apparently widely divergent, to day sent the following rejoinder to the governor, declaring that it is the last word, so far as he is concerned. Edwards, Miss.. June 15, 1915, Gov. Earl Brewer, Jackson. Miss Dear Sir—l am surprised to see you rush into print to contra dict ray interview regarding what the penitentiary had done in a financial - way for the past eight years. I note that you claim that the figures were “jun gled” and that 1 used an increas ed property value and inver tory In arriving at the 270 per cent gain 1 claimed. Of course I used the inventory; there is no way to get at the profits of a business without it. According to your contention, you are, in effect, telling the people of Mississippi that a far mer may buy cheap land, im prove it, erect magnificent build ings on it, stock it with the finest of live stock and at the end of the year ail he can claim is the original purchase price of the laud. That a merchant may have a store filled with goods, but in making up his balance sheet all he can claim is what money he has in the bank. Such a system of accounting, gover nor, is the song of a political fakir sung to mislead those who will not stop to consider, and is beneath the attention of intelli gent people* In my interview I said that we had not only increased the value of the properly $1,317,873.54, but had paid $1,188,561.70 in cash profits into the treasury of the State. Is this juggling fig ures? Do you care to challenge the correctness of this state ment? Get it out of your head that I am trying to belittle what has beec done by the new board, for lam not. Such a thing on my part would be foolish in the ex treme, as I am a member of the present board (much against your wishes) and am now doing and have always done, every, thing within my power to make the system a success. I never would have compared your ad ministration to that of your pre decessor had it not been for the fact that you were going over the State villifying and abusing me, making statements about a board of which I was a member, using just enough truth to give them color, adding dirty little insinuations ( and leaving the public to draw its conclusions. When you made the statement that the penitentiary was a los- AN EXPERT Prize winner in newspaper contests, won the first prize in five contests. This record classes him as an expert. Be ing classed as an expert he has quit the game- He ndW offers his selected list of possible solutions in the Commer cial Appeal, Booklover’s Pictiiregame for sale at lioo. Address, THE PRIZE WlNttfeK*, (Care This Office.) STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, JUNE 25. 1910. ing proposition until you took command. I pulled the record on you; which was ah expert ac countant’s audit of the books. You claim no dependence could be placed in an audit of this kind, as this accountant was hir ed to contradict you. I said no more, but reasoned that if you were given enough rope you would finally break your own neck! that a campaign whose foundation was misrepresenta lion could never stand the test of time. I waited a time with pa tience until you had written your record in full, and then called for the State treasurer’s books. Now the cry goes up “They are juggled.” For the benefit of those who may have heretofore placed ere dence in your utterances,* I will give a complete copy ot the books listing net amounts for each year, and let you have an oppor tunitv to prove they are “jug gled.” Net Gain. Loss Year in Cash. in Cash. 1907- g 126,531.15 1908- 53,905.37 1909- 303,414.15 191 J-11 348,906.38 1911-13 $41,055.94 1913-13 343,653.59 1913- 364,413.93 1914- (to June 1,’15. 88,803.17 Total $1,339,617.64 Less the loss year 41,055.94 Leaving bal. ance of.. .$1,188,561,70 In cash profits for the eight yean, or the exact amount I stated. Now it would indeed be char acteristic of you to say that the years are not propferly listed, but are listed as 1907-08. etc., or to claim that 1915 bobks will not close until October and that thelre is no way to arrive at what the full vear would amount to. For the benefit of those who are not familiar with the system ot accounting employed in the treasurer’s office, 1 will explain that the year in this departement closes Oct. 1; hfence each 12 months carries a double yearly date. To the other claim I will say that what money we pay in to the treasury comes largely frond the sdle of agricultural products, which will not befein to move until after OcVdbef, arid the profits for 1914-15 ml£ht stand a chance of being some, what reduced, but ndt iribNsks£B. You complain that I have in cluded the year 1912 12 in your administration. I did—and why not? When you speak of your administration do you date from the time you were inaugurated as governor, or do yoii date from the' time*you* undertook! to lake charge of the penitentiary? If you date from the time of your inauguration, 1 need only to call your attention to the fact that you were inaugurated as governor in January 1912, Nine months later, or on Oct. 1, 1912; the treasurer closed hifc bookk and ruled up the penitentiary account under the heading year of 1911 1912, which was surely your administration. If you date your administration from the time you undertook to take charge of ths penitentiary, thfen the year was not in y6ur terb; but to do this would be establish ing a precedent that ydu would not like to adopt, as the same method of reasoning would nec essarily apply to the year 1912- 1913 and take from your admin istration that magnificent year, which showed a profit of $243,- 623 59. I w.sh here to remind you that that the year 1911 1912 wh* n treated as i business prop osition does not sdiow a loss, but when the inventory of the year is considered it showed a net protit of more than SIOO,OOO You seem to have an an idea that every man who differs with you and so expresses himself is a crook and is working against the best interests of the State. You claim that the Stale was being defrauded in cotton sales prior to your administration, hut forgot to mention the fact that the same buyers who were buy ing the cotton are yet buying nearly all of it. You call attention to the fact that odr former secretary em bezzled money, but failed to state that it was done without the knowledge of the board. You say for the year preced ing your administration that a bale of cotton weighed 500 pounds yielded only 648 pounds of seed, but you fail to say that any seed whatever were saved for planting purposes or used for fertilizer. You say that you paid into the treasury in one year nearly as much not cash as we ever paid prior to your time in two years, but you fail to say that you did this in a dre&O*; and the State treasurer failed to record the year. * You claim that you had a cer tain system of accounting install ed whereby it is impossible for the secretary to again embezzle the State’s funds, but you fail to say that it is the first system ever invented by huifian mind that will do this, nor do you mention the fact that the sys tem now used by the penuemi ar.> was installed by Charles E. We vmouth & Cos., the public ac countants employed by the old board and that your advice about the matter was neither sought nor accepted. Such misrepresentation has characterized every statement 1 have ever seen from yon. I have failed to find that state ment which is a cohrplete, open, frank, manly statement, and I do not propose to have anymore open letters or newspaper con troversies about them. I haV£ taken the trouble to list the treasurer's bdbks, giv. irig them year by year so there should be no confusion in your mind in telling one year from another; tnerefore I will ask that you take this list to the treas urer’s office, compare it with his books, and if ybfi find that it is licit a trtfecopy I will consider It favor td be so advised. We can easily arrange to have the ifigores verified, and if they do not correspond I will come out openly, acknowledge my ©fVdr and hfakfe th& cdtrrfedtibn. If* you find that it is a true copy 1 will yba to do the sahjelhing SAVED FROM DEATH CHAIR. Atlarira. Ga.. June 21.—Pull preparations were made here to day lor possible violence and rioting'oif the streefk. as the re sult of the commulktVori ths morning by Gov. Slaton of the death sentence of Leo. M. Frank to life imprisonment. An extra 100 policeman were put on duty and kit near-beer saloons were ordered closed shortly before 11 o’clock this morning. Ordei> were issued to arrest immediate, ly anyone attempting to incite violence. Prank was hurried away se cretly by Sheriff Mangum short ly before midnight under heavy guard. 86 sebrdtly as the de parture effected that news of it did not leak out until some two hours later. The prisoner put aboard a train for Macon, and on his arrival there was transferred to an autornohle and rushed 80 mlibs to Milledgeville. Even the prison farm manage ment. it. was said, did not know of the plan. — . - Frank Froteats Innocence. Milledgoville, Ga., June 21. At the Georgia prison farm, dressed in stripes Leo Frank to day protested his innocence and expressed the conviction that the day is not far distant when He will be exonerated. Ft auk will be known as “Cortvict No. 956: ! * The attendanbe at the Normal seems to be increasing, and at present there are nearly four hundred present. A splendid corps of lecturers are devoting time to the instruction of the teachers. Just to remind yoio that this store cdtrits’ a full line of fine Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Hawtces Cut Gletss, Pica'rd Hand Painted China, and, othef choice gifts for iccddings. 9 MA Y WE HA VETHE PLEASURE OF SUPPLYING YOURS? Gill’s Drugstore, "the new corner." for me* but remember that Ido not propose to J go into an open letter discussion over a matter that is of public record. 1 waiit you to come up like a raau. and any evasion or an attempt to go off on some other subject will be considereS by me as an ac knowledgment from you ihat they are correct, arid any at tempt yott may mafkfe to farther misrepresent fadts will only strengthen my belief that you are ihcApablef of hghtmg that yoo hai r e done to your ffei low-raau. Yotite truly, W. A. MONTGOMERY. Twd Nejfrtffci to be Hsfffed Here Augast 6th. Dtt Seal's and Peter Bolin who appealed from the sentence of the Circuit court, for the murder of Willie Taylor, the Supreme court affirmed the judgement of the lower court and fixed Augtrs* the 6th. for the execution. We presume that the execution will be public and it is hoped that no further efforts wifi be made to change the rd'inds if the members of the Board of Supervisors. The difference of opinion as to public or private execution, has delayed justice and a great financial cost to the county. It may be that the strong arrVi of the governor will be invoked to commute the sen. tences Personally, we can only reiter. ate that on general prmcipa's we are opposed to public execu. lions, but when the members of the Board of Supervisors, in their judgement, ordered tha’ it should be public, alter all that had been done in the premises, we were with ■ the powers that be. m— — • Announcement Mr. arid Mrs. George Dale Hartnes* have issued cards an nouncing the marriage of their daughter 4 ifefinlfe Mae to Mr. Clarence Beasley Coiner on Wed. uesday morning, the thirtieth of June at ten o’clock at horite, St&tkville, MiSs. MR CdllieH is of Rome, Ga. We in ad vance extend congratulations to these happy young people and wish them unalloyed happiness and that their path through life be strewn with the rarest and sweet est flowers. Attention Comrades. The regular quarterly meetiqg of Oktibbeha Camp No. 1311. U. C. V , will be held at the Court House on the Ist. Satur day in Juty, the same being.the 3rd day of said month, at 10*30 o’clock in the forenooh, when and where a full att'dhd&htM is desired’ for the tratrtactldn of important business the Camp. Please pass _ the word down the line so that all itoay know of the time and place. All old vetbratfs at*e corcftatfiy invited. J. A. Glenn. Adgt. W H‘. Reynolds, Commander, NO. &