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Replied Categorically to Charges of
Got. iMen so at the Bishop v Hie Meet
Jng. Promised Attack on SteTenson
by Blease did not Materlallie.
(By S. E. Bonoy in News ft Courier.)
Chesterfield. Juno 21?For telling
the county chairman to shut up his
mouth, Governor Cole I* Blease was
promptly and forthwith called down
by tho aforesaid county chairman. Mr.
M. J. Hough, who, the great crowd at
the State campaign meeting here to
day, by tho applause and cheers, vot
ed "some" chairman. Oovornor BloaBe
had lnterruptod his opponent, Judge
Jones, with a "taint so; tell the truth,
pardnor," whereupon he was admon
ished by Chairman Hough to be quiet
and not Interrupt the speaker.
"You shut up your mouth," flashed
back the Govornor, who was perched
in a window of the school house, a
few feet to the right of the speakers'
platform that abuttod tho building,
('hull-man on the Job.
Raising his arm alot*t, with flashing
eye and determined tones, Mr. Hough
declared he expected to enforce the
rules adopted by the candidates them
selves, and that he did not propose
letting anybody, no mnttor who In
terrupted the speakers. Then it was
that the crowd, who scrambled to
their feet, raised a mighty shout for
M. J. Hough, It was very apparent
that this disrespect toward the pre
siding olilcer of the day was not at
all favorable to Governor Please.
This little tilt was the only excite
ing feature of the day. Of particular
interest, however, is the statement
made by Oovornor Please, which ap
pears In full below, that hereafter
he will entirely Ignore Judge Jones
"as beneath his notice," and that he
will not engage in a personal encount
Xo Attack on Stevenson.
Some people expected tho Governor
to attack the Hon. W, P. Stevenson,
of Chornw, today. A report of recont
(late gave an interview with the Gov
ernor to (he effect that when he got to
Chesterfield, he would pay his respects
to that distinguished gentleman.
Mr. Stevenson was in t'.ie nudlenco
today. Govornor Blease lid not re
fer to him directly or indirectly, nor
did he refer to the dispensary Investi
Judge Jones today made a fuller an '
more complete reply to the charges
brought against htm by Governor
Please at BIshopville, the full text o?
which appears below.
The Intelligent Crowd.
But this by no means applies to the
majority of the crowd. They wore
quiet, attentive and eager to hear all
that war, said; they applauded when
some noble sentiment was expressed
or when some fine period In oratory
was scored. They were Intelligent.
They outnumbered the loud-mouthed
variety, who yelled as If a negro were
being lynched or some other of their
favorite sport were going on.
Kx-(io>ernor Hawley Present.
Former Governor Hawley, of Indiana
who lectured In Cheraw this after
noon, was on the stand most of the
day. He seemed to be much enter
tained, especially while Cansler. of
Tir/ah, was speaking. Mr. Cansler
admitted that the presence of so distin
guished a gentleman caused him to
(lQVtate from his usual speech.
Meeting in Grove.
' Gathering Mist In tho Court House,
?ho mooting later adjourned to the
??raded school yard, because a few poo
could not be accommodated. More
lime was wasted and it was 11.20 be
fore County Chairman M. ,T. Hough
vouan introducing the speakers. There
were about 900 voters present when
ihe candidates for Attorney General
began, the tlr.U of whom was Senator
J. R. Karle, of Oconee.
While he was telling of his work in
the State Senate in reference to a law
carried through by him regulating
Standard Oil prices, some one in tho
audience Interrupted:
"Oil is selling here now at ?0 cents"
need a bettor enforcement of law here,
and If you elect me Attorney General
I will soo to it."
When Mr. Earle concluded some one
yelled. "Hurrah for Blease."
B. B. F.Tans not Present.
Mr. Barnard B. Evans, candidate for
Attorney General, was not present.
Attorney General Lyon made some
sport of the speech delivered by Mr.
Earle, who he said appeared to be
running for tho wrong office. His ad
vocacy of the Torrens system, a sur
veyor's law and such like, said Mr.
Lyon, was a platform for a candidate
for Sonator or Representative and not
for Attorney General. Mr. Lyon spoke
of his endoavors on the sinking fund
commission, especially In reference to
the approaching refund of bonds, the
successful accomplishment of which
will mean money In the pockets of the
The Attorney General mentioned the
successful suits he had brought for
tho recovery of funds defaulted by
county treasurers: $20,000 In Hump
ton county; l^i.000 in Georgetown,
aud $6,000 In Berkeley.
Strong Applause for Lyon.
Mr. Lyon was gonerously applauded,
especially when he put It up to tho
people whether or not they wore going
to ploase the thieves and grafters by
assisting In his defeat, even by sup
porting either one of his two honor
able opponents.
Mr. Thomas H. Peoples thinks that
the $1,900 salary of the Attorney Gen
eral would not allure him If he were
a groat lawyer with a strong cllen
telle, but that to hlra, a young man,
the salary looked mighty good. Mr.
Peoples won admiring applause. He
told of his early struggles as a boy
seeking an education, and now he
wanted a chance to make a record in
the service of the people of his state.
Mr. Sam T. Carter, candidate for
State Treasurer, declared that his op
ponent, Mr. D. W. McLnurln, did him
an Injustice yesterday. "He told the
people," said Mr. Carter, "that I would
twist and mystify matters to deceive
you. I would not have the office If I
had to deceive you in the smallest par
ticular." Mr. Garter spoke of the in
tricate work of the Treasurer's office,
particularly in reference to handling
the complicated funds deposited in the
ninety-odd hanks of the State, which
hanks themselves do not always keep
the accounts straight. He argued that
experience was a requisite in the
Treasurer's office Mr. Carter was loud
ly applauded.
State Treasurer's Office.
Mr. D. W. McLaurln argues that It
does not require such a colossal Intel
ligence to run the State Treasurer's of
fice, even though Mr. Carter had mys
tified it. Laws were fixed governing
the disposal of funds, and that he
would be under a $90.000 bond to mnke
good any mistake. He says the book
keeper at Winthrop College kept more
books than all the clerks in the State
Treasurer's office.
Major John G. Richards was most
cordially received. He is near bis home
county and has many friends here. It
Is recalled that two years ago Major
Richards, when a candidate lor Gov
ernor, carried Chesterfield county in
the first primary. The speaker was
Strong today and won much applause
; In the presentation of his candidacy
for railroad commissioner.
Major Richards Applauded.
Major Richards called forth loud ap
plause when he told of his effort to get
a better schedule on the Chesterfield
and Lancaster Railroad, but In which
he failed because the other two com
missioners had voted against him. He
promised to keep up this fight for the
next five months, even If he Is not re
Col. Wharton Happy.
Col. John H. Wharton. replying to
Major Richards' challenge as to the
amount of service rondo red South Car
oline, said: "When It comes to ser
vice, he Is a mere schoolboy besldo
me. When he says ho has accom
plished more In one year than my old
commission did In six, that's hot air."
He told of the great reduction In
freight rateR on cotton, lumber and
hundreds of other articles effected by
his commission. He had voted for the
bill requiring the railroads to take
up mileage on the trains; he believes
in a flat two-cent rate. Col. Wharton
charges the failure of the present com- I
mission to put Into effect that two-J
cent rate to the fact that they cannot ]
agree. "Will they agree and give you
relief In the next two years? asked,
the speaker. Col. Wharton told a joke
that completely captured the crowd.
In fact, it appeared that the audience
had gnthered to hear jokeB. Rearing
this out, the first words of James
Canslor caused wildest enthusiasm.
Candidates for Governor began
speaking.at 1.05. Jonh T. Duncan be
ing the first.
Kinging Applause for Jones.
Judge Ira n. Jones was greeted with
ringing applause. Re it said that the
CheBterfleld audience was demonstra
tive, whatever else It may noi ^ave
been. And many times when the
Hpoakor scored some good hit there
was an outburst not of uproarious
yelling, but healthy applause.
Addressing himself first to tho farm
era. Judge Jones spoke very effective
ly of what might be accomplished in
agricultural South Carolina by tho
spread of knowledge and by the adop
tion of legislation that would assist the
farmers In carrying on scientific agri
culture. He commanded particular at
tention by his oxplanatln of the Tr
rons system of land registration and
the basis of credit for the farmers to
be effected by Its adoption.
Judge Jones had prepared a reply to
the charges ngalnst his record made
by Governor Blease in his Rlshopvllle
spoech. In it are again denied tho In
terpretation? put upon somo of his
votes and acts Sn the logl?iui.ure.
Replies to Blease.
Concerning the entlro list of charges,
Judge Jones snld:
"Oovornor Dlease has assailed uiy
record In tho following particulars:
"(1) That I nominated Col. Irby for
the United States Senato against Gen.
Wade Hampton.
"I was a Reformer and Col. Irby was
the Reform candidate for that office,
and I supported hltn from start *to
finish In the race. Governor Blease
voted for Gen. Hampton in the House
In a preliminary vote and then In Joint
session he voted for Col. !rby until ho
waa elected. I stood by my party, Mr.
Blease was elected as a Reformer, and
he deserted his party, to vote, first, for
Gen. Hampton, and then deserted Gen.
Hampton to vote for Col. Irby.
The Liquor Question.
"(2.) That I voted for county prohibi
tion In 1891.
"Separate boxea were put at the polls
in Lancaster county and the candi
dates for the General Assembly were
to abide by the result of that election.
The vote of Lancaster county was for
prohibition and, of course, I supported
prohibition accordingly in the House.
I carried out the instructions of my
county in that respect. I voted for
State-wide prohibition in 1892 because
the people of the State, by a good ma
jority, expressed themselves for it at
tho polls. I believe In the rule of the
people. The most satisfactory and en
during plan of dealing with the liquor
question is by county locnl option.
Divorce Law.
"(3) That 1 voted for a divorce law
for adultery in 1892.
'This view struck me as being ju<t,
and 1 voted accordingly. Governor
Dlease was a member of the House at
that time, but did not vote on this
bill. Quite a number of honorable
representatives entertained the same
view that I did on this question. See
House Journal, 1S92, p 234-235. A pro
vision Is incorporated in our Constitu
tion now which forbids divorces, and
the law is acceptable to me. 1 was a
member of the Constitutional Conven
Rates of Interest.
"(4) That I voted against the reduc
tion of interest in 1S9I.
"At that time money was very
scarce In this state and it would not
have surprised me at all if I found
that 1 voted against a reduction in the
rate of interest. It was much better
for the borrowers to pay the rate of
interest then in force rather than pur
chase on credit; but as a matter of
fact 1 did vote against indefinitely
postponing the bill to which tho Gov
ernor refers. (.House Journal, 1S94,
page 200.) The vote ho refers to was
a motion to reconsider after the bill
had been killed, and little legislation
could ever he accomplished if you
fought tho same thing over nnd over.
The Governor's charge is misleading.
Laborers and Hours.
"(5) That I voted to nullify a bill lim
iting J.he number of hours per day of
employees in cotton and woolen man
ufacturing establishments in this stato
by voting for the following proviso to
the bill: 'Provided, that nothing here
in contained shall bo construed to
prevent any of the employees in the
aforesaid manufacturing establish
ments from engaging to work or work
ing such time in addition, not to ex
ceed 110 hours per annum, as may
bo necessary to make up for lost
time, caused by accident or other un
avoidable circumstances.'
"I voted for the bill to limit the
hours of labor for each day and each
week and Mr. Blease knows that he
and I voted the same way on that
bill. Governor Bleased moved to strike
out the proviso aforesaid, but I was
convinced that the laboring people
preferred to have tho proviso and I
voted for it accordingly. His refer
ence to this voto garbles nnd misrep
resents the facts, as anyone can see
by refen&ee to his statement and
pages 357-368.
"My fnther was a carpenter and a
laboring man. and there is every rea
son why I should favor the laboring
classes, and my vote nnd my efforts 1
have always been in their interest, ac
cording to my best Judgment.
As to Free Passes.
? "(6) That I voted against the anti
free pass bill In 1891.
"I did not believe that having a free
pass would Influence members of the
General Assembly or public officers in
the discharge of their duty. However,
the bill became a law and in 1892 a
bill was offered to repeal that law. I
W?? satisfied with the law and the re
sults therefrom and voted against a
repeal, and therefore, voted against
the acceptance of free passe? by mem
bers of the General Assembly and
State and Federal officers; but Gov
ernor Blease voted to repeal the law,
that la. voted for free passes. See
House Journal for 1892. page 258. He
condemns me for voting against the
anti-free pass bill I? 1891, and yet in
1892 I voted against the acceptance
of free passes and he voted for the
acceptance of free passes.
The Jim Crow BBI.
"(7) That I voted against the Jim
Crow or separate coach bill.
"At the time these bills were up for,
consideration, when I was In the
Houbc, there were first and second
class passenger tickets sold, and tho
people buying theso tickets usually
went Into separate coaches. The rail
roads of this State at that time were
hard up and struggling for existence
and I was anxious to bring capital Into
the State and to promoto and develop
Its resources, and it was omphaslzed
before the House that the law would
place a great burden on somo of the
railroads In the State, especially the
weak, short linos. Besides, first and
socond-class faros gave tho white peo
ple an opportunity to be separate from
the nogroes; one color occupied one
end of the coach and the other the
other end of tho coach, and as the
Acts were lnperfect and appeared to
me to bo unconstitutional, I did not
vote for them. Tho contention that both
colors used the same toilets Is abso
lutely untrue, and an appeal to pre
judice. I am In favor of the law as
It now stands and would opposo any
effort to repeal it.
"The purity of the white race Is one
of tho greatest bulwarks of the safety
of the Anglo-Saxon race, and I am
willing to compare records with tho
Governor or anybody else as to my
private or public conduct In that line.
Tho effort to make It appear that I
have ever favored social equality be
tween the races la a malicious mis
representation of the facts.
Race Prejudice.
"(S) That the last State Convention
did not pass a resolution favoring the
repeal of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth
amendments to the Constitution of the
rnited States.
"Again an appeal is made to excite
( prejudice against me with some peo
j pie by the effort to make it appear
that 1 favored negro suffrage. Why
I such an argument Is bosh. The State
Convention had no power to repeal
any section of the Constitution of the
United States, and any resolution in
that direction would be demagogy.
However, 1 am on record on the ques
tion of white supremacy. I was In the
Constitutional Convention in 1S!?."> and
helped to pass the suffrage law which
has disqualified the negroes of this
State from exerting any influence in
tho politics of this State. 1 am for
white supremacy. I am absolutely
against the participation in our elec
tions by the negroc- of the State,, but,
of course, on this question we cannot
run counter to the Constitution and
laws of the United Sta;es, and any in
sane resolution or action on this mat
ter is childish and Ineffective.
"Governor Rlea.se was i member of
, the last Slate Convention and never
I opened his mouth in favor of the resQ
j lutlon recommending the repeal of the
Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments.
Decisions Criticised.
"^9) Then of the thousands of deci
sions that I have written and con
curred In, as Justice and Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court, fault Is found
with only several. Is It possible that
I have made only a few errors In all
of the decisions I have written and
concurred in? Why. the attack on me
alongthls line is an astonishment to
me for Its weakness, and It gives me
more satisfaction with my work than
I have ever had before. In the dis
charge of my duties as Chief Justlco
I regarded the trust with the same
sentiment that a woman regards her
virtue. I knew neither friend nor foe,
and, so help me God. no man or In
fluence can warp me from such a
course, whether It comes from friend
or foe. Consider the charges preferred
against me by the Governor not en
tirely in the light of the situation of
this day. but confro*ued as I was t
the time, and answer whether any one
of them unfits me for the duties of
the governor's office or reflects upon
my character or should be weighed
against me from whatever standpoint
you view them. It has been my policy
in life to be frank and open; never to
deceive or obtain a vote or anything
else under fnlse pretences. My pur
pose has always been for the de
velopment of the highest manhood
and womanhood by my individual con
duct as well as precept.
"Governor Rlease. until very recent
ly seemed to have a very high opinion
of me. for In 1908 he voted for me
for United States Senator. See Sen
ate Journal, 1908, page 9">0. And he
voted also for me as Speaker of the
House after he knew of my record
which he now criticizes.'
"Shut Your .Mouth.*'
It was during the reading of the
fourth section that Governor Rlease
Interrupted the speaker to say: "That
ain't so; tell the truth, old man."
"Governor Blease, don't Interrupt
the speaker." admonished County
Chairman M. J. Hough.
"You shut your mouth.' replied Gov
ernor Blease.
"I am presiding over this meeting,
fellow citizens, and I Intend to see that
every man gets a fair bearing, no mat
ter who ho Is, and the speaker shall
not be Interrupted," said Mr. Hough,
who had fired up In genuine Irish style
and pointed his finger at the governor,
e*pecl*?My empb9?lzlnjr to him that
part, "no matter who he Is." There
was a kind of cheering for Hough, and
tho people were Impressed with the
fact that he is some county chairman.
Governor Blease diu not again inter
rupt the speaker, although it was stat
ed by someone that he remained in
his seat In the window and did make
remarks during .Judge Jones's
When assured by Judge Jones that
his interruption was premature and
that half a sentence more would have
made the entire situation plain. Gov-I
ernor Blease replied: "1 ain't mad.
Blease Voted for Jones.
Commenting on his written speech.
Judge Jones said: "A man must be!
hard driven to attempt to atlr up your
prejudices against me by bringing such
false ami foul charges that I favor so
cial equaiily. If Governor Blease
thought that in the nineties I favored
social equality why did he vote for
me as Speaker of the House of Repre
sentatives, and in 1898 give me a com
plimentary vote for tho United States
Senate? By his voto he stamped his
approval of my life and acts. This is
raeroly trumped up a campaign clap
trap to stir up prejudice."
Judge Jones appeared to have scored
heavily in that line of argument which
had not been used before.
Personal nnd Private Life.
"There is no one," said Judge Jones,
who Is more Jealous of race purity and
white supremacy than I, and I am per
fectly willing to compare my life, both
public and private, with that of Gover
nor Blease." The speaker said he
helped In the Constitution Convention
j to pass tho law disfranchising the ne
In reference to the charge that he Is
a corporation-owned candidate, Judge
Jones said he was a lawyer, but that
he had never, in a single case, rep
resented a railroad or cotton mill, and
that today no corporation, with even
a basket full of money, could buy him.
"Fellow citizens, said he. "1 am in
this light to redeem and upbuild South
Carolina." And there followed long ap
\V. II. Andrews Again.
"Can Governor Blease say the same
thing about his relations to corpora
tions? lie is very close to W. H. An
drews, who is not the nominal head of
the great Atlantic Coast Lumber Cor
poration, of eGorgetown, but is really
the head?the general manager of the
concern. And. by the way. the Su
preme Court, of which I was a 1110111
j her, decided a case ngnlnst his com
pany, involving the cutting of timber
from a vast area of land in that sec
tion of the country."
Judge Jones then fold of the suit
, which had been brought against the
j.Lumber Company to force it to remove
; timber, which It wished to hold In
definitely .on lands belonging to farm
ers, thus preventing the use of the
I lands by the farm-owners.
The speaker again mentioned thai
Col. B. L. Abney. corporation counsel
for the Southern Railway, was a cous
in of tho Governor, and lived at the
Mansion; was "one of the family."
"Doesn't that look like Blease If
somewhat close to the corporations?'
asked the speaker.
Absolutely Unexpected.
"No." declared Judge Jones, "If I g(
into the Governor's office, I go with
out a pledge or a promise of any kind
my hands unbound by a single shackle
and no man's collar about my neck. 1
have promised no man to make hin
magistrate, constable or colonel.
Referring to the pardon record ol
the Governor. Judge Jones said: "Oh
fellow citizens, let's get up Into a lit
tie higher atmosphere than the con
slderation of our personal feelings ii
this matter; let's s?e the effect of Ii
all on society and what it means te
our state.' The speaker argued well
and effectively the detrimental effeci
of loosing criminals and destroy!n(
tho work and Anally, the- entire effec
tiveness of the courts.
The Tender-hearted Blease.
"Hut your Governor." said he, "It
so tender-hearted that he weeps tears
every time you talk about a criminal
to him. (Applause.) He is surprise!
that a Cherokee Jury would convict the
son of a Confederate veteran who kill
ed two Yankees, and yet In anothoi
county he pardons a Yankee for shoot
Ing two sons of a Confederate veter
Blease will Ignore Jones.
Governor Blease stated what his fu
ture attitude toward Judge Jonet
would be. reading bis statement. H<
declared that he would hereafter Ig
j nore him. "as benoath his notice," ane
would not engage In a personal en
j counter. Governor Blease's statemeni
J was as follows:
"I have conducted this campaign or
a high and honorable plane; have made
no personal attacks whatever upon
either of the candidates for governor;
but have criticised severely the record
of Ex-Judge Jones, which I consldoi
the most vulnerable and the dirtiest
that could possibly have been made bj
any white man and a South Carolin
ian. I have said not one word excepl
what f have furnished the record tc
prove beyond a shadow of a doubt;
and at Bishopvllle his record elimlnat'
ed him from this race. It has not been
what I havo said; It was the record ai
made by him. He admits he made it
;md In part apologises and acknowl- 8
edged his mistakes. That does not re
lievo him from having made it, which
I regret, for I dislike to see any South
Carolinian vote for social equality,
"Beneath M} Notice."
"On yesterday ho placed himself on
a plane beneath my notice, and below,
my standard of gentlemanly conduct ?
and for tho balace of this race 1
shall absolutely Ignore him or auy
charges that ho may make; unless he
attacks me personally, In which event,
and 1 put him on notice that the threat
that some of his henchmon have made
thatl would bo assassinated, will be
given tho opportunity to be put Into
effect. 1 do not propose to bandy
words as a coward, a blatherskite or
a blackguard, and 1 hope from tbls
day on that he will thoroughly under
stand that I consider him beneath mi
notice and shall pay absolutely no at-*
tentlon to him or his chargeB. 1 do
this in the Interest of peace and order,
because I am tho Chief Magistrate ot
this State.
As to Personal Insult
"However, It ho Insults mo personal
ly I shall hold him strictly to an ac
count off of the platform, when no oth
ers will bo In danger but he who brings
it on and the gentleman who resents it
as a gentleman should.
"I request the newspapers to publish
this In full In order that the people
of South Carolina may know my posi
tion. Some may say that I am a cow
ard, but l think my position Is the
correct one, and whatever l may be
railed, it Is the one which 1 shall ad
here to."
The Newspapers' Attitude.
In reference to the attitude ot the
nowspapors toward him tho Governor
said a caucus had been held in Spar
tnilburg recently at tho Press Assorts
tlon to decide what course must bo pur
sued. Some wanted to "give Rlease
h?11 from the start," but. according to
the Governor it was decided that th?
papors must remain quiet this time.
Ho declared the Columbia Stat;
couldn't stand the restraint any longer
and this morning had come out with
an attack upon him.
The source of c. npalgn funds wa!
nentionod, tho governor reading n let
ter signed by J. W. Thurmond. Judg?
Jones's campaign manager, to Bome
ODO, tho name being withheld, tolling
hint to "take the matter up with 1-eroy
Spri. s, of Heath Springs.''
i unions and "Free NIggors."
Loudest applause was won by tin
Governor on his statement that h?j
would most assuredly grant pardons!
as long as the people signed petitions
for them. This appears to call forth
j the most up-rourious applflUKQ cver|?
where, except Iho Governor's lynching
talk and the expression of his views
on "baboons and tree niggers."
The governor corrected Judge lottos
as to the negro's share In the fertilizer
tax, denying that he even said the no
gro should have his part of it. "I did
>ay that I did not bollcvo in white
people's money going to educate ba
boons and free niggers," said the
Pardon of John Black.
The Governor declared he ha^fe
apologies to mako for pardoning iBf
Black. "That court was presided over
by a special judge (Ernest Mooret. sent
there for a purpose, and he earned it
out. John Black was taken to 1 hos
tile county and charged with a con
spiracy. Well, don't you know one man
can't make a conspiracy? If that Judg
had had as much sense as my bulldog |
Hige he wpuld have set the verdict
Wouldn't Change Votes.
Regarding some of his votes In the
legislature which havo been nssalled by
Judge Jones, the Governor sold that he
was In the legislature representing
Newbcrry county and the affairs ot
Chostorflold were none of hla business
and did not concern him. He registered
his votes, was not sorry for them and
did not now admit error and had no
changes to make.
His Support of Jones.
"I was a moreboy in 1890," said Gov
ernor Blease, "when I wont to the log?
islature from Newberry county. I went
to Judge Jones nnd helped elect him
Speak ? of tho House. I seconded
Jone .lomlnntlon. I voted for Jones
as a trustee of the State University
and I voted for Jones as against ("? ir)
for Assoclato *Ju- Ico. I voted for him
becauso wo woru born In tho saf</
county, and I say now If ho had done
as much for mo as I have done foa
him I would not be Ingrate enough J
run against him for Governor."
Assails Circuit Courts.
Governor Blease today made a charge
against tho Circuit courts of the State
some of the Judges who.1 preside over
thorn and of Influences brought to bW
upon them, that discrimination^
practiced in tho sentencing otwMf
unfortunates and those backed upo>
money. He spoke significantly of lit
tle confabs or conferences being hol4
over "a bottle of mineral water" and
otherwise, with the result that "John,
tho son of the poor devil, got a five
or sovon years and tho othor John
six months or two years."
Loud. bolBtorous and repeated
cheers marked tho close of the Gover
nor's speech.

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