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John Cary Evans' Platform H[ad Itough
Sledding but Came Through With
its MiIn Features. , Gov. Cooper
Against the Ilontus Plnk.
(Ily A. Al. Carpenter in Spartanburg
Columbia, S. C., May 1S.-The state
democratic convention adjourned sine
die at 3:40.o'clock this morning, after
more than seven hours of wrangling,
most of which was over non-essentials
and some of which reached the stage
of real bitterness, it was a nwild nigh,
Some of the women delegates left
about midnight, but more of them
stuck it out until the close. An all.
night session of a political convention
Is trying on the best of nerves, but it
must be said that most of the women
who stuck it out appeared to .be in
better shape than some of the men,
although an experience *of the kind is
not the best thing in the world for
some modern conblplexions.
The Trouble Starts
The trouble started at the begin
ning of the night session, .which was
called to order at 8 o'clock, when the
committee on rules recommended to
>the convention several changes in
the rides for conducting the ifrimaries
and in organizing the precipet clubs.
The amendments appeared to be un
Iimportant on their face and would
'have gone through without trouble if
Delegate Eugene Blease, of Newberry,
had not made the .point that -the rules
governing the primaries had 'been en
acted into .the statute law of the state,
and that a state democratic convention
could not amend or repeal an act of
the legislature. The point was made
that if the convention should change
the rules, and the people should go by
the amended ' rules, they would be
guilty of violating a law of the state
and .would 'be liable to fine ana in
prisonment. The Iproposed amend
ments were all voted down and the
/convention adopted a resolution ask
Ing the legisfature to give the conven
tion more latitude in changing the
party rules, but this iwas not aone
until after about four hours of de
Charleston Wanted It
The amendments were all proposed
by the Charleston delegation, headed
by Mayor John P. Grace. One of the
amendments 'provided that a county
democratic executive. committee in
counties 'having cities of more than
40,000 population could establish ad
ditional clubs in precincts of large
voting strength. Each club would
have a member of the county execu
tive committee, of course. The effect
would have been that the Charleston
executive committee, which is con
trolled at present by the Grace faction,
could establish additional clubs in
wards which give Grace a majority,
while refraining from establishing
new clubs in the anti-Grace wards,
and in this way - the Grace faction
could have strengthened and peOrpetu
ated its hold upon the 'election ma
chinery in Charleston county. JMayor
Grace contended that tile convention
Jihad the -powver to amend tile rules ein
spite of the legislative acts, and he
demanded a roll call on one amend
~ment, but he was voted down over
whelmingly; :Nothing came of the
long wrangle, but the incident was
interesting as throwing a sidelight
on the politicai game as it is played
in Chlarleston county.
Several of the delegates said ' they
were in favor of the prop~osed
changes, 'but could not vote for them
'in view: of the law on 'the subject.
'Eugene 'Bleane said the legislature
had tied the thands of the democratic
party in the slate, and called atten
tion to the fact that ho and other
miembers of the legislature had bli
terly opposed 'the act at the time of
Its passage d&nd had predicted that
t1buble of this kind would come up.
The Platfy yn
It was after mid i4t ~len the ibe
iport of /the6 com t*4 -~ platform.
and resolutions was4 .for. Thlie
-committee 'had 'been'f session for
several hours and rumorst as to its a'c
tion 'had ben in circulatioh among
the delegetes and there Was keein in
'terest in the report. In order to un..
derstand thle 0ituatiohl %ully several
-statements ought to 'be made 'just'here.
.Iat 'was understood that the platform
commnittpe had framed a report em-'
bracing -the , resolutions. adopted by
$'0 partanbtmrg 94im1r convention
tseveral pailor 'chsdges, and that
e' 1ase resolutons had besan written, by
former Governor John Gary Evans.
Mr. Evans had 'been much talked of as
a candidate for governor this year, and
'while he had not formally announced
as a candidate, he had not said taht he
would not run. There were other
candidates for governor, all of whom
had friends and supporters in the con
vention. They ,were not disposed to'
allow Er. 1vans to get any undue
glory from writing a platform. Thdn,
the Platform as .presented by the com
inittee, was not very hiuppy in its com
position. It did not contain a single
kind Iword about anybody or anything
except 'Woodrow Wilson and his poll
pies during the world war. It cover
ed a good deal of territory and criti
cised a good many things. It criti
cised the legislature and the state ant
county governments. It did not point
with pride to anything, but viewed ev
erything with alarm.
Tie Ylght. Beglis4
The opening paragraph, reaffirming
the allegiance of the democracy of
South Carolina to the policies of Wood
rowv Wilson and extending sympathy
to the stricken leader in his Illness,
was adopted without comment or op
i:Gosition. There iwere some in the con
vention who would have been glad to
strike out this section, but they did not
say anything. The fight started when
Congressman Dominick opposed the
section commending the course of the
agricultural bloc in the United States
senate. -Mr. -Dominick said a majority
of the senators composing the bloc
were republicans and wanted a high
tariff and that he could not endorse
any sort of a tariff system and wanted
the reference to the agricultural bloc
stricken out.
This brought a rise out of J. Skot
towe Wannamaker, president of the
American Cotton Association, and a
delegate from Calhoun county. Mr.
Wannamasker said he was familiar
with the agricultural bloc and its pro,
gram, and that he strongly approved
of it. Great good is bound to result
from this alliance of twestern and
southern senators, he said, who are
working together for legislation that
will benefit the farmers. The mem
bers of the bloc differ on the tariff,.
and there is no agreement among them
on this matter, but they are united on
agricultural legislation, and he urged
that the convention give them its en
dorsemei t. Talks along the same line
were m o by Governor Cooper and
Congressman Fulmer, and the agricul
tural bloc was endorsed over Congress
man -Dominick's protest.
Legislators Sore
One plank of the platform crili.
cised the general assembly for failure
to pass all the tax reform bills at the
last session. This .plank "had been
warmly discussed in the committee,
and had been toned down before being
presented to the convention in the
hope of 'avoiding friction with mem
bers of the legislature wvho Iwore dole
gafes, 'but some of them 'were still
gather sore when the plank wva's read.
Senator Johnstone, of Newberry; Sen
ator 'Laney, of Chesterfild; Senator
Williams, of Aiken, and others made
rather spirited talks, In .which they re
sented -the criticism of the general as
dembly and declared that some of the
statements contained therein were not
in accord with the facts. The plank,
iway. finally modified by simply demand
ing rurther tax reform.
s' The State Government
e4 re was another .acrimonious dis
cuo over the plank alleging care-:
le pesa and bad managomnent 'in the.
sa government, 'partiottiarly with
reference to the various 'boarde and
cpissions. The plank was discuss
edi length and after theconventionl
adJarned nobody sneemedI to know
whgtlher It had 'been acepted, aniend
ed'or rejected entirely. Eyerybody be
gan to get restless aind to losein
est. The notes of the secretaries't
the convention did. lgt show 'J4
what had happened :t4dhis planlk, jni1'
the general impressioti 'was tihat th~
convention got -tired of discussing t'
and drd'pped it without taking any
Another row started when the
plank referring to the soldier bonus
6ill was reached, The' iplafl referred
to the- bonus 'bill now pending before
~ongress, wrhich was sendorsed, and
wetit ori to say that the pehding tariff
bill was so .framed ,that southbern ex
sirvice men ewou) d pay many -times-the
Alhintnt of' the -bnisd they waoulA re-.
ceive in the way of excessive tariff du
Governor Cooper said he could
nlot vote for any (platform that en
dorsed the bonus bill, and this start
ed the -fireworks. There were several
young world .war veterans in tho con
vention and they seemed to think the
governor had reflected on their patri
'Frank Ellerbe, of Ma rion county,
made an impassioned speech, resent
ig what lie' claimed was an unjust
reflection upon the ex-service men by
This is the tii
of all the yea
girl's needs a
rivals to mak
Beautiful Summei
of Dimity and
Beautiful in tailorinE
gant in material
blouses. Priced at
$2.95, $3.50 and
Imported Sport
For sport dresses, in
winkle, green, and
white, all in small che
75c a Yai
Dress Bati
In Colors
A beautiful light w
mer fabric for dresse
ors; 40 inches wide.
50c a Yai
Shirt Madi
Silk Striped Shirt Ma
lutely tub proof; 32 in
50c a Yai
All Colors
$3.45, $3.95
and $4.95
governor. Other ex-service men
interrupted with reinarks of approval
and the situation bega'n to grow tense.
In the midst of Mr. 1Ellerbe's
s 1eech an elderly, sweet-faced woman
from i*orenco county interrupted with
lils: "I ain the mother of sevural sons
who saw service in France. I should
feel very much ashamed if one of them
should speak so disrespectfully of the
governor of his native state."
T1his brought iMr. Ellerbe to his
senses, and lie made a handsome apol
ogy. Ile declared he meant no disre
ne of the coming of tl
r. And we have m
t this store. Visit this
c the summer girl's w
le of Beech
h; some plain
some trim
with cre
e. Price
.95, $2.25
Lnd $2.95
and ele
are these
rose, peri- r
black and :
ks. Price Fa
ed Fia
dyeing uset
ste handsome fa
them absoli
color. Th
eight sum.. laundered y~i
s; al col-like-boiled
! o-in the sun.
them always
An ^attract
in this store.
all tils sei
diras; abso- shades; ya,
ches wide. p cs 45o
White and Tan Sport 0
~,White and Black Sport 4
White Reignskin in w
Spanish Louis heels $
Wells Cl
.Peet to Govelnor Cooper personally
>r to his high ofilee, and said that if
n1 the hea t, or debate he had used liln
weemly language he wanted 'to Ie
ract it.
Governor Cooper explaiiied his po
dition. Ilie Said lie yielded to no man
n1 his respect for the ex-service men.
le said he believed that the people
Ind tihe goverrmzienta owed th le soldici 3
I deht that couIld liever be paid, and
IV felt that if they should accept the
w0ntis It would be saying in effect that
le debt had beeni cancelled-that it
1e summer girl---the
ade preparations for
store today, and see
ardrobe complete.
Of tissue ai
ham; beautif
and quality.
now wearin
$5.95, $6.9!
and $8
Some Taff;
Crepe; all
on sale at
fast In all the n,
hold their
ing; 45 inc
on these Ling
>rics makes For
itely fast
ey can be In plain co]
y way you shades; 32
and hung25 ai
You'll find 2 ea
ye showing N<
New lot V4
.uf11g I New lot C
so' LetaCes
'd wide. New lot
the yard. LaCes
Wide Clun
alking heels and
3.45, $4.45 and $4.95
ardy Co.:
, S.C.
woulId be putting pat riotisi on a col -
imercial basis. "Ihe ci iountry calillot
do too much for its young IIIn who
served inl tielip of pieril," he said, "and
I feel very deeply that the young mnii
canillot afford to acc(et aniyhiling inl
the way of a honus or additional comn
pens:ttion that bears the dollar imark."
'I'he governor kept. his temper in ani
dmirable aninner and was roundy
applauded, although tle Coiventioni
voted by a substatial majority to
(Continued on il a e 2, this Section)
laddest time
the summer
the new ar
id ging.
ul styles
for right
r. Price
ases $7.95
sta and some Sport
snall sizes. Now
rent Organdies
.w shades, and they
color after launder
1es wide.
oc a Yard
erie Crepes
Underwear -
lors and figured; all
inches wide.
Ld 35c a Yard
sw Laces
~il Lace . 10c yd.
otton Torschon
. . . .5cyd.
Linen Torschon
. . . . 5c yd.
ey Laces 25c yd.
All Colors
$3.50' and $5.00

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