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UBLISHED WEEKLY Putered Apri aut
Established 1871--Volume 42
Makes Lengthy Statement in
Denyn \3 berr ,ja1 2
and Others---Affidafri%
At Chester. July 20. Governor
Blease issued a length v and caro
fully prepared typewritten state
ment as to the charges m iide
against him and his administra
tion bv Felder and Detective
Burns. The statement is too
long to be handled by The Sen
tinel. It would fill the entire
four pages of this paper. We
would be glad to give it to our
readers., but cannot on account
of lack of force, type and space.
We give below a very brief sy- j
nopsis takei from the Greenville
Columbia, July 20.-Governor 1
Blease today issued his promis
ed statement refuting the charg
es brought against him by Thos
B. Fi-lder, of Georgia, and W.
J. Burns, the detective. Includ
ing copies of affidavits, the state
ment makes about 60 pages of
typewritten manuscript. Each
and every charge or rumor is
taken up separately and answer
ed by the governor.
Blease ! ays Felder erred when
he says he went to Charleston
between the two primaries in
1910 to get money from the "ti
gers for his (Blease's) campaikn
le says the Statement that
he is getting graft from thie
Charleston blind tigers originat.
ed with Mayor Grace, of that
city, owing to the governor's re
fusal to allow Grace to cohtrol
the constabulary there.
The governor denies that he
received arty monev for his siu
nature to the interurban rail
way act or tlat he knew of any
plans to buy a pardon for Gus
DeFord or any one else and says
that, not one word about it had
Nichols said to him.
As to the pardon for F. W.
Bentley, the governril denw
that he received pay for its issu
ance. He say s a check for $25I
was sent him for the payment
of Bentley's railroad fare to his
home in Iowa, but that no oth
er money figured in the deal.
The governor mentions t he
narnes Of persons from petitions
were received requesting par
dIons, one of whom was Dr. W.
C. Maeller, a Lutheran rninister
of Charleston. He says the ac
cusation made by Felder that
S2,000 had been paid by Rabens
for his freedom was a wilful lie
and he submits affidavits from
Rabens and Dr. Mueller purport
ing to deny this charge.
Hie presents an affidavit from1
Hi. H. Evans to the effect that
he has never had an y transac
tion with ielease as to dispensa
ry affairs or that he and B lease
were never in Atlanta together I
nor has he ever had money paid I
to him by any party for Blease.
Gov. Blease also presented af-!
fidavits from a dozen persons
that he was not concerned in
any liquor or other corrupt tran- t
As to the famous "T. B."~ let
ters. of which Felder denies an- i
thorship, the gov-ernor said that
he had submitted the letters to a
several gentlemen of Coiumbia ,
who are familiar with Felder'
handwriting, and that these
gentlemen are willing to go ona r
- the stand and swear that thes
letters were written by T. B.
'eldeIr. "I have also two letters
wrmtN~ by Felder-one from
Englani4ld one from a point
in the Unith~tates -to a wvon
an, and the writi~of these let- .
ters c-ompared with those of the
-'*T. B." letters, shows that the
letters I hold were written by
I nx c o n cl ue s n e~ e x g o v er n
answver every charge& ma 1
aainst him,. but if any hont I
man in South Carolina desires
any informat ion regarding any
thin.g, however simall. concern
Sni any alle-ged dishonorvable act
hie i- willin.g t o answer the aeon.
F~elder Replies
Felder tonight imade the follow
ing rep'ly to Goy. Blease's state
ment of todiay:
"Blease subst an tia tes his st at e
ment hr the atlidavits of men
Blease and Jones at Saluda.
Saluda, Juilv 24.-Three pre
dictions reg,airdilg the State
campaign meeting here today
w-re made )v political wise
acres. One was that the at
tendance would be large, and
ihis was fiulfilled, for about
2.5100 persons were present. this
being the largest audience of
the campaign so far. Another
prediction was that Gov. Blease'
would "whoop up the boys" as
he had never whooped them up
before, because all the the cir
cumstances would favor a dem
Dnstration in his favor. Salada
usually having given him about
two-thirds of its total vote. It
was further forecasted that ira
B. Jones, opposing the governor
would not he given a hearing.
Gov. Blease for some reason did
not have on his war paint today:
part of his speech he even read
from typewritten manuscript of
;peeches delivered elsewheie.
Judge Jones, instead of einig
iowled down, was given a sat is
actory hearing, and apparent ly
.ained ground with his hearers,
for he received generous ap
plause when he retired. A
and primary taken by the
overnor showed a majorit y in
avor of Blease. This had been
xpected, of course, for Saluda
as long been the home of the
Bleases, Livingstons and Ab
eys, and the governor's brother
Lugene S. Blease. was for some
ears senator from that county.
Excellent order was kept at the
neting except for a short.
harp scrimmage on the stand,
Vhen B. B. Evans was confront
dU by Sheriff B. F. Sample and
1s brother. and an intoxicated
)vstander, Simon Coates. was
mocked down by George
;ample. Candidates for State
reasurer and for governor were
1ard after the dinner recess.
Gunplay between Evans and
he Sample brothers may or
nay not have been imminent
or an instant during the State
ampaign nc ting here today.
hether or not a shooting af
ray was impending is a liy
othet ical quest ion now, because
he blundering interference of au
irunken bystander at the criti
al moment converted a situa
ion containing elements of
ragedy into a burlescue; though
he aforesaid drunken bystand
rprobably saw no humor in
he incident, since it brought
uii an ugly bruise on the
emple from the hard fist of one
f the principals, Evans him
elf denied afterward that he
.as arnmed, but other persons in
he crowd on the stand wore
istols unconcealed and one
tager partisan came scram blin y
ver the rail with an open 4-inch
:nife in his hand. No pistols
vere actually drawn.
Judge Jones Will Win.
Judge John E. Breazeale has
eturned from Columbia wvhere
te talked with Judge Jones and
ome of his friends over the
olitical situation in the state..
udge Brezeale is quite confi-1
[ent that Judge Jones will be
lected. The campaian has
rought Bleaseismr to the surface
:ore, but the Jones strength
i-ill be surprising, says Judge
He was informed by observ
nt people in Columbia that the
eeting in that city was filled.
With 3lease people from all par ts
f the state and yet Judge Jones
.ade a splendid impression and
t least shared the honors of the
ay'. a'nd froia that meeting
uge Jon' stock seems to be
n the ascendancr. J3uide
tderson county to give .Judge
ones a mlajority and lbe in line
with the rest of the state.
)aily 3Mail.
cho have been convicted of fel
nies and p)ardoned by him and
>r mnwho are indicted for
:r i~n in Sout h Carolina. Far
her than that the reply that
xihe maid t him will be as
:OOn s he. irli.-ved of his gu
"It is just 1 as cer:ain that he
-ill be landed in thei penit entia
- as it is that the Ohi rfer
:he IcNamaras, Abe IEuef uf
San Francisco and the land r b
wrs~- of Or'egon- v: cre ph d bI
'id the bars.
"We have better andi more
ocusive proof against Blea-..
md his associates than 1Det.'t
e Burns had against any (f
those who are now serving
:erms'i in the various prisons of
Jones Hands LI' to B~ e ;-Bs
Candidates IHckled, i- or'te
and Chcered -L
Meeting Fetr
at Saluda---Lyon-Ev.ms
Debate Gets "BJat'
W\innshmo. .Julyv :.0
Blease ha1nded the liH: by .J
Jones,. " ha-nd pisy knh
the Uovrnuor \\ hIch pi'' v(" "2
what of a hoomeatini. :m h
offer of the goverfrttP i
charge Chief Constaile sk I
art lpo (eriain eninI n
that describos the 1 ri'
events of the campairn- nwe i
here vesterav.
Abney, w Io is tziv cousin m
lives with Ie at the al lon.
Gov. Blealse was saying- in- in,
Course of his -Ipeeril". 1 :t
let Ben Ahniey fool a niIv (W
Cisions out o lie as hi
of Judge Jones. 1 v h) nidn .f
to it.
"And that's lot all A
rey did. le appoiiel Char-:iv
Jones, son of Judge Jones. ai
attorney for the Southfern ral
road-Charlie. the at;i wlik
IUde. Charlie k I a livel .
ble and he was a grCerVmn H.
Nobody ever '--ziense him o)f i
ing a lawver.
"Yet Ben Abinev uNtul him
attorney for his road and me.:
phoned through Charlie it) ii
Judge on the supreme n-wcI ft'
what he wanted and g-i ''
"&That's a lie,' ntrrp
Judge Jones. who sat at to
back of the pi frm. a fe-; ft,
a ,, a v.
The goveriior coulnifit Jl bi
speech. either not flearing o
not paying any atten()! I hi
'Every time then-r was a di
ided court,'. he said, "J
ones was always on the Sie
the Southern rai wvy.
"That's a lie, goVernor, :1 i
ud&ge Jone(S againl.
T~hereupon)] Gov. Blease turn
d around, :.:nd, fig his eli!
ent, who St ill r;n!.dneel s'led,.
'-I wouldn't hilt youl for i* -
hing. If I were to jurmp across
here and hit you,. they wonid~
ay that I struck a poor oldI de~
repit man and that would elect
ou. TIhat's what you wami
e to do, to hit vou, but I'm too
,ise an old1 fox to be caunint in
our trap.
Judge Jones began his sp:ech
b declarim: that "'B!;::iism"u
leads inevitabtly I : .en-hy2 .
Prceeding to i0 -v . : T
e soon began t' hV: im dat
lease men.
"Hu~rrah for B ca2.' I11e
oley," they shou0 1.
"I dIon't say that e(V.:: l
ho voted for Blease is na:
ehist,"' conthied the j
'but I say that's wherie hji :d
inles leadi to."
"'That's what we want,'. a
voice from the emwd."\
:ant principles an~d Blease.''
"Every time I say somtel hing
about Blease." ieplied the judtie.
''somebody gets hurt. I w.ant
to say to you turbulent andi ni
y Bleaseia that you canl how!V
your heads off andi it wvon't d
ter me from nmaking this lid I
for good government.
As one of the Ble!se tondt
ies that would le ad to 02n z!
e ited( the fact thant I
~nor mn his spiteechfr
night had saidl that hve
>ard'(on the slaye of a man . I
teed in the slay r's hIn
did WVatson and Kino
fre Ia-.t.
persons which w.a>i :e
the court hus yarJ 1o
by candidatts f r 0t 2 i
t'angely enlough. i n
which gave Blease a ma I n
27 over Featheistun' in
SP ei. of ie :; an-w
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- e7
otice to Confederate Veterans
Desiring Crosses of Honor.
Notice of the extension of the
no for the conferring of Cross
of Honor has been received
-~' Picks Chapter. Those vet
Is and their descendants
h des ire Crosses are urged to
ake their applications at once, s
d certainly not later than by
.-ust 1st. 1912, as this is the
41 opportunity that will be
on I or procuring Crosses, and c
is is due to a special effort to
hure this extension of time. as I
miany expressed a desire at 1(
last annual reunion for a g
APPIlication blanks may be
. by calling at the office of
abate Judge, J. B. Newberry-.
by seeing the undersigned.
very veteran is urged to take
vantage of this last oppor
it to secure thi': coveted
e of honor, as well as the
Jible descendant of every 0
(r'an. Respectfully, 0
Mrs. T. J. Mauldin, B
s. Pickens Chapter, U. D. C.
4 1s
prove the state house, which
rYbody knows is one of the
st state houses in the coul
ihe the p')or man's friend? 01
vi!! iell vou so, but does his
,rd show it? is
lie Opposed to The Corpo- tl
rations? s
n 1892 he voted for free pass
an1d for free express and free
1graph franks to legislators
mse Journal, 1907, page 311). u
n 1907 he voted against the ai
requiring the railroads to e
nec passenger rates as they n
1e doing in other States. e
-- toh President Finley, of b
Sont hem Railhvay, that he h
aid have a friend in the pi
nion when he (Blease) be- to
wi governor. When he got ht
* aivernor Who di(d he take
ive with hii He took Ben it
n..y, t he chief conunsel of the e
hrn 4. ailay Company. n
bell wetler of the whole gY
k of corporat ions. Ulease b
a a bout B n A buer hatving hi
dle a million and a half (d01-r
:n' I say'.s he( is t he smnartes' of
a in 11w State. Wasil't it (I
rl of himi to go and live with r
gov-ernor? No wonderl
as; tells you the railroads ~
c A bney a raise.
le had to select a private
retary and a clerk. Did heh
a farer's boy or a poor
n's son? No, he went to theB
road oftices andl got two ..
road (lerks, Rowland, dis
sing auditor for the C., N. & P
I ailmoad, and1 Blackburn, a t
k fronm the Southern Rail-t
v. So the rnilroads have
nuds hot h at the governor's
c'e and at the governor's man
1. D)oes he ever get away a
mn the infllaence of the rail- e
dst D o these clerks and.
i Abner ever whisper in
aISU's ear when the railroads
Has Pardoned Crooks and
Criminals. b
0) aove'rnor has ever pardon- 01
so many' crooks and crimi- Ie
s. Hie has pardoned and
(-l(d nearlyv fonr hun~dred. ti
pardo~ned Rudolph Rabens, ti
vieted of receiving stolen f<
is. as; the friend and ally of a
ynian and safe cracker. el
le pardoned Wash Hunter. t<
0m he hadI defended and g
0 had killed a crippled man. S
paroledl Stobo Young,- 'onl- F
red of being a grafter in the=
inol Securities Company
ie prole is until October. S
to will Young work for f or u
le pardoned Glenn, who kill- e:
Rhioden in Batesburg. Glenn ti
she piid M1r. Rem bert 8500. F
ub' rt says 8:O0. Remnbert is
a-'s U or leader ina the
1se )id that 8500) pay Remn
!. t; o explain how Glenn wxas (
agn'ft, (ir 'id it pay for Mr.0
Sb.-i'itinen'e onl Gov- '
1(to liberate a crliinal? I
?ased the Davis broth
:nli Sunier, thrce negroes I
b tand robbed a witel t
a nil left him tied1 to a tree.
i- pardoned a negro in Lex
tin counlfty who burn: dh Dr.r
s-oon's barn. Dr. Crosson
i pniosed the governor.
i pardoned Miller. who
itonlv shot into the house of
h n Head in Lexington counn
in 1910 and wonunded Mrvs.
"God Help the People.
If the people who howl for
3lease in Carolina, and howl
lown his opponents are a fair
ample of the people of that
state, God hel the people.
Today's Advice.
hirk. vilie .Advertiser.
When you hold conferences
ehind closed doors, don't neg
ct to pnt the lid on the dicta
From Bad to Worse
We'll take Teddy any day
>mpared with Cole Blease.
7reensboro Herald.
One Good Turn.
All the promhient criminals
the last decade in South Car
ina have furnished Cole L.
lease with affidavits vouching
>r his good character. Blease
betrayed by the company he
seps.-Macon News.
"Shrouded in Mystery.". (
We know of but two other C
en who think as much of each r
her as do Blease- and Felder. v
e will not call names, but one a
the only living president of a
e United State and the other o
ie only living ex-president.- u
ivannah Press. o
A Tennesse View
1eti ibut ion appears to be fast c
pon !he heels of that batant c
il unbearable misfit, Gov. 0
1v L. Blease of South Caroli- i
i. Since his inaugural this d
arse and vulgar individual has b
en a disgrace to his State. He f
is roared sectionalism, cham. r
oned violence and has hesita- c
d at no utterance nor act that!
thonght would appeal to the
rand stand.' As t-> the nier- e
a of the charge that he accept
I money for pardons, we know D
>thing, but many of the dis- n
isted observers of Blease gu
rnatorial career will adjudge ~
mn anilty forthwith. If the i
velal ions result in the relieving 1
South Cr relina from this man
e St ate will have reason to r
joice. -Chattanooga News.
vil Days for South Carolina. ~
Men high in the public service
ive been impeached and con
eted for lesser crimes than
iose charged to Gov. Cole L.
lase of South Carolina, and
the Palmetto State would
irge herself of the stigma
hich this blatant chief execu
ve has brought upon her she
ill have to investigate Blease
r~y thoroughly. Ignorant and t
cious, one wonders how such
character could be elected gov
'no of any state. t
These be evil days for South I
arc lina,. They hive stopped t
ecting their best men to office
nvnI there. Once, and not so
ng ago, the high type of the
bate's public men was the
>ast of her citizens. But the
d stock is still there and doubt
ss will reassert itself.(
Blease is a thorn in the side of
ie State of South Carolina. He
ireatens to become a candidate
>r the United States senate.
ad declares that he will be
ected should the State refuse
give him another term as
>vernior. We sympathize with
uth Carolina. -- Ncw Y or k
He paroled Beckwith and
chultz two Yankee pickpockets
ho had tried to bribe a deputy
wit with $200 to let them
cape. The governor turned
1em out on the eve of the State
He pardoned another Yankee
amed Flemiming w~ho had shot
own without excuse the sons
f two Confederate veterans in
ie town of Springfield, and yet
e excused his pardon of Hasty
ecause he said he had shot two
ankees, which the jIury by
beir verdict said were protect
>two defenseless- girls ina
otel at Gaffney.h
RememberI~--a11of these crimi
als he h as pard onedI and pa
rl. :md huindreds of others.
'.-Vtie South Caroiiila jnrors .
ud :0n hwonorablI judge have
ither were guilty andshouldI
,e punishtd. ()ne oif these par
oned( criminals may shoot Ii
o-n you or your brother or
your son in the hope that evenI,
if he is convicted hif friend*,
Governor Blease will pardon
him. Did the soft-hearted
ernor stop to think of the 'wid
ows and the fatherless children
3f the men who had been meii
dered. when he released these
men? Did he stop to think of
law and order and the good,
name of his State? Has he -.not
brought the good name of his
State into disrepute* Re insuit
ed the governor of Georgia and
said he did not have sense
enough to raise watermelons.
Ele has stigmatized Woodrow
Wilson, the Democratic nominee
.or president, as the tool of cor
>orations. He has made -,
,itizens of his State-_har>
when they go abroad in ie
and, and now he is asking youA
)y your votes to indorse his ada
ninistration. Can you do it
Lnd be fair to yourselvest
[hink it over.
Governor Blease's Atta&.
A violent attack has been
aade by Governor Blease on
av politicial record. After a
ervice as legislator and Speaker
f te.. House, Associate and
,hief Jugtkjof the Supreme
ourt, all toge covering -a
eriod of twenty-one
ite the closest scrutiny of every
ct of mine during that period.
nd I feel positive that no fair
r just man will impugn my
iotives relative to the distharge
f any official duties that have -
evolved upon me. ' have
ever represented a railroad
ampany or cotton mill, and-no
)rporation has ever exerted
r attempted to exert on me any
ifluence in the discharge of my
uties. Mr. B-e
e has been toward me, has
tiled to find anything in my
cord that he can attack suc
?ssfully before a thinking and
idependant man.
He asserts that I favor social
juality between the races.
'his is too absurd a falsehood to
otice. Why, of course he does
ot believe that himself, for
f ter knowing my record fudly
e voted for me for Speaker of
Lie House (see House Journal, cj
390, page 474), for Associate -
ustice (see House Journal, 1893
age 87), and iii 1908 for United
tates Senator (see Senate
ournal. 1908, page-950). If he
elieved about me what he says,
dien he is unworthy to fill sthe
>weSt office in the gift of the
eople; for no man with a scin
illa of decency or manhood in'
is make up would vote fora
nan who he believed favored --
ocial equality between the
Does any man doubt that I
vould be governor of the whole
eople? Does anymn ob
hatlIwould be just,
whether my friends or my ene
ries? Does any man believe
hat it would be necessary to
say a lawyer big fees in order
o get pardons from me if I am
lected governor? No doubt 2
irovernor Blease and someof'
tis friends would be unwillin
or you to have the facts and Ian
ormation which I have give
rou, and if you went to the
:ampaign meeting in your
ounty you are aware how dif
icult it was for me to get any
acts before you so you could
udge for yourself -as to the
iualifications or disqoalifica
ions of Governor Blease or mr
elf. Have you any doubt that
rovernor Blease is supported by
he lawiess element? Mind you.
ie has gcod people supporting
1im who are not in possession
>f all the facts, but if you have
mny doubt that the -lawless el
nent is supporting him, go t
;he nearest blind tiger and
1abitual violators of the law
md see who they are supporting
Jones or Blease?
Before you vote remember
this. You and your people,
your lbrothers and sisters-your
~vife and children, are to live in
:his State If you are the right
ind of man you want good
~overnjment, law and order,
aonesty and fair dealing so that
you and your children will live
he right kind of lives and be
he right kind of people. You
vant a governor who is honest,
'earless and uprght and wvhom
ou can respect. Don't vote
'or a man because you think he --
s one of the boys, or because he
nakes a good stump speech, for
>ecause he says he will take
:are of his friends, but vote for
he best man and the man who
gill make the best goyernor. *

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