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Published \S .I o. -m I ?\ and Saturday. ??nr? ?STEER PUBLittMNG CtMPANY 8UMTER, 8. C. Terms: $1.10 per annum?In advance. Advertisement*: One Square flrat Insertion.$1.00 ?very subsequent Insertion.60 Contracts for three months, or longer will be made at reduced rates. All communications which sub? serve private Interests will be ohargad for aa advertisements. Obituaries and tributes of respect will be charged for. SON ACCUSES FATHER. RRIHEHY < HAROES IN W ST VIR? GINIA PREVENT ELECTION. Chllton la Elected, However, Demo? crat* Not Waiting for Return of Republican Senators. Charleston. W. Va., Jan. 24.?Con? trary to general expectation, before the Republican senators who returned this morning from Cincinnati could settle their differences with the Dem? ocratic members of the upper cham? ber, the West Virginia legislature to? day proceeded to the election of the two United States senators. On the first ballot. W. E. Chllton. Democratic nominee, received ?2 votes. three more than enough to elect, and Clar? ence Watson was two short, vith .7 votes. None of the Republican members of the legislature voted. The 15 sen? ators of that party were absent from the upper chamber, and the Republi? cans In the lower house were recorded aa "not voting." Excitement was created In the house when Kelson C. Hubbard (Democrat), son of Congressman Hubbard. and ten followers, baited the meeting. Mr. Hubbard declared the Watson nomination had been se? cured through bribery in the caucus. thUM?fc?itl J. W. Davis, congresa seconded by Mr. Robinson j of Harrbnn county, who mads a! spjssch aloiv the same lines as Mr.. llubixt.i Wi.er put to a vote Wat eon received II, Davis 10, Kdmonson .d. In the ssnattv wtth the ?epuMl- j cans absent, the 19 votes were scat? tered among eight candidates. Mr, vWatson receiving alx. This gives him 67 on Joint ballot, with 69 necessary t?> a choice. v C. W. Campbell of Huntington waa nominated In the house by Mr. Uub aard for the other vacancy, and live baited wtth him. Mr. Campbell de- I eliaed on the ground that he was out ( of the running since he had been ' I turned down by the caucus and asked the members to vote for Mr. Chllton. | 'fcdJaV, Chllton accordingly received the , Itsoassary number to elect. In the senate the vote was scattered, but Mr. fhllton led. After she votes were counted Dem? okratie atembers announced that an Investigation f.f the bribery charges would ha made. I TAFT FOR MERC HANT M \RINE. TAfT F< I??infcsVaa flays Country Is Ready for Kim-on raglnc I ye* fetation ?- Ho pee v* tar Quick \ction. Washington. Jan. 14.?President Taft;1 addressing the; delegates to the National Merchant Marine congress tod^jp th.< Whit* House, declared that awt only was the country ready / for the creation of a merchant marine. J**Ait congress had discussed the meas? ure long; enough to act on it prompt * Ig. The president said he hoped the presence of the delegates In Washing Ft fan eo?M have Its effect on the SI ambers of congress In the linme ?HaSs passage of some kind of mar? sannt marine legislation. % ,?. RJETlfKA CORK COMMISSION. FR. FlexSri! Over Two Op|s>n<Mits Willi \ I tu Majority. * ^l^ahisalrta, Jan. tl.?For code c nitsslonvr. the ttrm t?elng 10 ye.tr-? and the pay f*aa per annum Ihs assembly elected this af. ?moon An drew J. Hethea. now oak! stars' Ifl t b. ??ngrosamg dep.irtm -i L The note was as follows: Hethsa. It7. W. H. Townsend 1?, J. i McLui> II Batste UP a native of Dtll jii . und * sraduate ,,f I m man an'varsity aap' was pYl\ ? ? sec? retary to f**?v\ A nsgl throughout his four yearn adiriliilxtnithin. Plnknsy netha/a linden! t Claf ltn Hnl.erslty. < ?rangebur*, achlantly killed himself Sunday while haadling a pistol. Kprll IHM. U? Josl a 881. 3 BLEASt jjjjjS PROBE. GOVERNOR WANTS WIND-UP COMMISSION IN VESTIG ATED. Ho Spcciltes Numerous Mutter* Tliut Need Explanation and By Direct Implication Charges Commission With Serious Wrong Doing. Special to The Daily Item. Columbia, Jan. 24.?Governor HUase sent to the legislature this af? ternoon an electrifying message, de? manding a searching investigation of the whole official course of the dis? pensary windlng-up commission and mentlening numbers of specific trans? actions which he says will bear look? ing into. He refers to a mettlng just after his nomination at which the commission is alleged to have discussed him thoroughly. Among the matters he wants investigated are: What became of the large amount of alcohol on hand when the com? mission took charge? What salary or fees has each mem? ber of the commission received? Has any member, especially the chairman (Dr. W. J. Murray) drawn pay for services on Sunday or ser? vices not actually rendered or ex? penses not actually incurred? How much cash has been turned over ? How much has been paid out? What is left as profit for the peo? ple? What criminal cases have been compromised and what was the basis of the compromises9 Has the attorney general received any money? Why did the commission keep the Clark whiskey, which the old board was dimlsaed for buying, Did Clark rebate the present com? mission If so, where Is that mon? ey? How much more than $5,000 did Farnum pay? Where is it? What were the conditions of the Goodman and Fleisc h ma n compro? mises? ^riisogea^en^naa aatpcu?^ between the commission and Hub Evans and John Gary Evans for in? formation furnished? Why were4 not other members of various boards of control Indicted? What became of the report by de? tectives on certain members of the house and senate ? What Were Felder's fees, and why was he not prosecuted for represent? ing liquor houses, being favored with dispensary orders and paying rebates thereon ? What criminal prosecutions have been brought, who has been convict? ed and what has It cost the State? Blease says he believes a thorough investigation ?<f the whole mat.er will give great satisfaction to the public and show that the commission has coat the State a great deal more than the State lost through the dls I penaary system. ? BLEASE DROPS FOUR DIRECTORS Ponhana Can toy, Lyon and Jones Left Off Confederate JnAunary Board. Columbia, Jan. 23.?Governor Blease did not reappoint four mem? bers of the commission charged with the administration of the affairs of the Confederate Infirmary. He has announced the following members of the' commission: Robert j aW. Thompson, Walhalla; D. A. Dick? ert, Newberry; T. B. Crews, Luurens; H. W. Richardson, Barnwell, and" F. S. Earle, Columbia. Col. Robert Thompson la the only member of the old board to be retained. The members of the old commis? sion who were not reappointed are Gen. M L. Bon ham, E. B, Cantey, Judge Fuller Lyon and WUie Jones. ADOPT OFFICIAL GRADES. t otton Holt Takes Kindly to Covorn inciit's Uniform Qystcni. Washington, JAn. 23.?A uniform SJ item of grading cotton pTSCtlcally hna been ad ?pted throuKhout the eotton belt a ?tmteraent Issved today b\ trn department of agriculture, 'hows that twenty States already have arglled themselves 01 IhS ?>lh cial .grade* of cotton. Issu? d by the department, and Ihey arc doing used in every cotton prodUOlag and COth?I manufacturing section of the coun? try. Aa a basU of their operation, the cotton exchange* Of New Orh aus. Memphi". St. Louis. Nateln*, Little Rock and Charleston formally have %4lOpted the odlciul COtton grades. that ? universal system ol oottoii giving win we adopts! thfoughoai Hal outitry Is regarded now SI cer? tain. in a n ?MTIR, 8. 0., 8ATURD, LUKE LEA ELEGIED SENATOR. _i PROHIBITION EDITOR CHOSEN CNITED STATES SENATOR. I Ills Sudden Entrance Into the Field at Psychological Moment Sweeps All Refore It. Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 23.?Striking j at the psychological moment today won for Luke Lea, editor of The ' Tsnnoaaaan, the United States sena torship in the fight before the legls latuie over the seat soon to he va? cated by James B. Frazier. At 1 o'clock this morning Mr. Lea said he I would not allow his name to be used ! today?at 11 a. m. today the fusion tstl had decided to vote solidly for j one candidate, but for whom they did not know. At 11:30 they had de? cided to drop B. A. Enloe, whom they j had been supporting, and go to Mr, Lea who had just given his consent to being put in the race. He was nominated at 12.30. When the last name had. been call? ed on the roll call of the Joint ses? sion, he lacked one vote but a mem? ber who had refused to vote went in to the I^ea column and later two j were ehamred, giving him two more than the necessary 66 to elect. Mr. Lea is 32 years old and will have the [ honor of being the "babyY; senator and of holding his first public office. His election came on the 11th bal? lot. McMillln polled 4 8 votes. When the final vote was taken the hall of representatives was Jammed with people as were the corridors leading to it. When It was announced Lea had won an animated scene fol? lowed. The many women in the crowd ; vied with the men in the noise mak ' ing and filling the air with almost anything they could throw. The victory of Lea is one for pro? hibition and a distinct defeat to the Patterson wing of the party. Though Inever holding an office, Lea has been a hard fighter for prohibition and has taken part In local Pf?hts on the sde I i i of what was usually termed the re ' formers.' L? . 'i*mf""m '? v r'?r?" ?? STING OF THE HORNET REMOV? ED. Violation of Neutrality Laws Reason For Vessel's Detention by U. S. S. Tacoma. Cebla, Honduras, Jan. 21.?Great excitement was caused here today, when ?t became known that the Unl- j ted States cruiser Tacoma had "ar- ? rested" the revolutionary boat Hor- ' net at Truxlno. The Hornet Is being "detained" on instructions from Washington because i of alleged violation of the neutrality ? laws. it is not known what effect the seiz? ure of the Hornet will have on Bonil la's operations. Reports have reached here that for more than a week he has been mobollzing troops at Neuva Armenia, 28 miles east of here, pre? paratory to an attack on this place. Cetba appears to have more generals, captains and other minor military of case than ordinary soldiers and the government has experienced consider? able trouble In securing loyal privates. Durable trenches have been built on the outskirts of Celba and the gov? ernment officials express their ability to defend the town. BEATTIE DECIjINHS TO RESIGN. Put* It Up to Wlckcraham to Remove Htm if It is so Decided.?No Action Taken. ? Washington, Jan. 24.?Charlton U. Beattle, United States district atto - ney at New Orleans, has refused to accede to Attorney General Wicker sham's request that he resign, and ha* so notified the department of Justl tg. No action had been taken latr to? day, but it was said the usua. cus? tom followed In such cases was to send the nomination of a successor to th< senate. Mr. Beattie's removal would be accomplished by the con? tinuation Of his successor. Mr. BeaUtO'l n-signatlon was ask* d following criticism of the attorney general'-; decision In the New Urbans I? trim, bouse case. < I FT. GRIFFISS Bl 11,1 < n i>. \ OuStec for Winthrop and One fot i i< maon to i i bated. Columbia, Jan, Without Sn po Itlon, Capt. Davis Jefferson Grif? fith, of Lexington, was toda) rgflsct ? d by thf Joint assembly us Superln b nd< at Ina state penitentiary, w li This evening the Joint assembly will alee! a trustee for Winthrop <? .1 lsg< vies \. M, Lss, deceased; and a j trustee for Clsmson college, vice Jesse I Hai din, deeessad, ftlt? u't at ha tMj 0*aaa?r's, Ikj Bart'? m A.Y, JANUARY 28, 191] LEVER MAY HEAD COMMITTEE. SAID TO BE SLATED FOR CHAIR? MANSHIP OF AGRICULTURE. Understood, However, That South Carolinian Is in Line for the Posi? tion. Washington. Jan. 23.?While the new ways and means committee of the next house of representatives, which is also to act as committee on committees, has not given an intima? tion as to when it will announce the personnel of the other committees or who the chairman of other commit? tees will be, It is said to have been definitely settled that Congressman A. F. Lever of South Carolina is to be the chairman of the committee on agriculture. Mr. Lever has been a member of the house committee on agriculture for several years and has become familiar with the work of the com? mittee, so that he is considered a competent and practical man for the place. The committee on agriculture is one of the important ommittees of house, and while there are other ap? plicants for it, the opinion prevails that Mr. Lever will obtain the place. BACK AT BLEASE. ANDERSON DENOUNCES SLURS CAST ON FELDER. Partner of Felder Says Charges Are False?Declares Insinuations in Governor's Message Which Refer to Folder Arc Absolutely Untrue. Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 25.?Clifford L. Anderson, law partner of Thomas R. Felder, in the latter's absence from Atlanta, today made a statement in reference to the dispatch from Colum? bia, in which Governor Blease is quoted as inquiring why Felder "was not prosecuted when it was found that he was the attorney for a liquor house and was favored with liquor purchases and rebates were paitj for ^Qr^^nll^i;. m ? ?iv>?a>4??ew The statement Is as follows: ? "Since the Goodman and Flelsch maTm compromises referred to were alsOj made under the advice and through the instrumentality of Mr. Felder, 1 assume that the governor's reference to these matters and de? mand that they be inquired into, is likewise an attempt to reflect upon Mr. Felder. "Throughout the entire course of the investigation of the S ? Caro? lina State dispensary and t?. dispo? sition of the matters connected there? with by the winding-up commission I have been closely associated with Mr. Felder, and am familiar with all the facts eonnected therewith. "Mr. Felder Is out of the city, and in his behalf I desire to say that the charges and insinuations contained in the governor's message, which refer to Mr. Felder, are absolutely untrue and without foundation in fact. "If Gov. Blease has been informed by any person that there are exist? ing facts giving foundation to these charges he has been wilfully misled by desiglnlng persons, who probably have felt the weight of the law, grow? ing out of their own nefarious trans? actions with the State dispensary, and seek this method of revenge." BANK PRESIDENTS ARRESTED. General Wille Jones and Mr. W. A. Clark Served With Papers Sworn out by L. L. Clybura of Kcrshaw. Columbia, Jan. 26.?General Wille Jones, president of the Palmetto Nat? ional bank, and Mr. Washington A. Claik, president of the Carolina Nat? ional bank, were this afternoon serv? ed w'th papers by Sheriff Coleman of Richland county who acted on the authority of a warrant Issued by Mag? istrate J. H. Jordan of Kershaw coun? ty. The warrant alleges that Messrs. Jones ? nd Clark, together with John Y. Gai'ington, as officers in the Semi pole Bet urltles company, obtained from L. L. Clyburn a note for fifteen hundred dollars for stock In the Serninoi" company. Clyburn alleges misrepresentation on the part ol ,i mei ami Clark, Bond was furnish* ed in the sum of $ 1,0.-ach. ??- ? t Phillip t >. Paroalee now holds ths Amejpcsn record for endurance flight he having remained In the air for 8 hour--. minut? s and I"- and ]_,-, Seconds in one night. Mow llleaae has commuted tha seilten? e fit Bud Humes, who was undOa sentence to be banged at Qaff ney, t<> nf?' Imprisonment Thou. B. Wise, a prominent young fanner Of Horrv eennty, was slm from ambush Saturday night, but escaped with slight injury. SHORT AND UGLY. GRACE AND MORD EC AI CREATE DISORDERLY SCENE. Lawyer* Meet Again In Adjoining Of? fice When Suggestions of Using "Hot Lead" Are Made. Charleston, Jan. 23.?A lively wrangle between the lawyers, Messrs. Grace and Mordecai, with the ex? change of epithets marked the hear? ing today of the will case of the late Michael C. O'Neill in the probate court, necessitated the adjournmen* of the court, on account of the c fusion, but not until Sheriff V had been sent for to restore Capt. Edmund Kemble was o the witness stand on crosfl-examlnatton. A question of an original paper in the case precipitated a discussion be? tween the attorneys which then be? came personal between Messrs. Grace and Mordecai. The case will be called for hearing tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Attorney Smith representing Mr. Mordecai asked for the production one of the original papers in the case in the possession of Messrs. Logan and Grace, attorneys for the Misses O'Neill, bringing the remark lrom i Mr. Grace that he feared to let it leave his custody. Mr. Smith inquired to know if Mr. Grace meant to infer that he would steal it, which Mr. Grace denied as to Mr. Smith, and when Mr. Mordecai who was at the side- of his counsel asked if the attorney referred to him. Mr. Grace said that he did. Mr. Mor ecai then called Mr. Grace a liar. Mr. Grace attempted to reach him and ihe disturbance occurred which brought about the suspension of the court for the day, with the probate judge sending for the sheriff to re? store order. In an adjoining office and in the corridor of the building the lawyers came together but no blow was pass? ed. According to Mr. Grace he de? manded an apology which was re ^fmjea^m^e^^h^^^ the gested "a meeting outside of the State" while Mr. Grace wanted to have a fisticuff settlement Mr. Mor? decai said that he was not physically able to meet Mr. Grace when Mr. Grace expressed a willingness to use "hot lead." Serious trouble was howL.vu averted. The lawyers in the case rufused to make a statement, save Mr. Grace who said that the charge grew out of the recent disappearance of the Mordecai will and' declaration of trust from the office of the clerk of the supreme court until the probate judge ruled recently that the papers should be again proved, when the papers were suddenly found and for? warded to Charleston. JOHN LAUREN'S PORTRAIT. Joint Committee Will Invite Wood row Wilson to Deliver an Oration. ; The committee to arrange for the presentation of the portrait of John Laurens consists of W.**C. Irby, Jr.. of Laurens, F. B. Gary of Abbeville, and T. B. Fraser of Sumter. The senate members ar*e J. H. Wharton of Laurens and W. L. Mauldin of Greenville. The committee Is In correspond? ence by wire with Woodrow Wilson, governor of New Jersey, asking him to be present and deliver an oration on the occasion of the presentation. LIFE SENTENCE FOR KILLING KETCHELL. Goldle Smith and Walter Dipley Con? victed of Mltfder for Slaying Noted Prize Fighter. MarshAeld, Mo., Jan. 14.??Guilty of murder in the drat degree was the verdict returned today by the jury in the case of Walter A. Dipley and Gol dle Smith, charged with the murder of Stanley Ketchel, pugilist, senten? ces of life Imprisonment lr*rs recom? mended for each defendant. The Jury was out seven hour. BOARD OF DIRECTORS REFLECT? ED. K?me IVnltentlarj Hoard as Fomiorlj Were Elected Tmlay, Columbia, Jan. -?">. -The former in? cumbents were ?let ted today for the three vacancies on the board ol di? rectors of the State penitentiary. The Incumbents were \. K, Banders of Sumter,' Jasper Smith, of ColletOO and John G. Mobley of Falrlleld, with for? mer representative <b D, A. Wilson, of Bam well. Those elected ?vre Mobhy, Sanders and Smith. rem. F. aOtrmitON. Esuiblli,hed turnt, MM Vol. XXXI. No. 46. NEGRO LYNCHED AND BORNEO. DISPATCH FROM VERA, GA., TELLS OF CRIME. William Johnson Said to Have Been Slain at Mob's Hands for Killing; Hrakeman. Augusta, Jan. 23.?What ap? pears to ' Q mite information that WUllan sftJton, a negro, charged with ?Kurier of Rrakeman Hum pr* .^Vhlte at Vera, Ga., was ^ v d early Sunday morning, his ?r y riddled with bullets and later P" arned. was contained in a special dispatch from that town to The Chronicle tonight. According to the statement receiv? ed here, after shooting Humphreys when he left the train to go to his home, Johnson made an effort to escape. So hotly was he pursued that he gave himself up to the authorities of the town and was placed in jail. Hardly had an hour passed when a mob numbering about 50 men ap peired at the jail, overpowered the guard and forcibly took the negro several miles out of town, stringing him up to a tree. The body was then ! riddled with bullets. A fire of brush was then kindled and when the flames had reached sufficient intensity it is said, the ne? gro's body was hurled into them and almost totally consumed. BLEASE KEEPS HIS COUNSEL. Matter of Liquor Constables Still in The Air. Columbia, Jan. 23.?It was stated : at the Governor's office today that there was no announcement to make as to the appointment of constables and detectives to enforce the dispen? sary laws of the State. The procla? mation revoking the commissions of I every State and county constable and I detective in South Carolina went in to effect today. It is thought that possibly Governor Blease will leave the enforcement of the law to the isjitsjnisi l aim inai w - ?*? It was stated at the Secretary of State's office that hundreds of appli? cations had been received from those desiring to be notaries public under the new system. There is a measure pending in the General Assembly to meet the requirements for th'. office I as outlined by the GoVer.ior. No aj> ' pointments will be mad 3 until sortie sort of legislation as to requirements I and length of the term of the office has been passed. This was stated in the proclamation. I There are many callers at the office 1 of Chief Executive, as is the usual custom, following the inauguration of a new Governor. Many of the visi ' tors come to extend congratulations and others to talk official business. There were several callers today, who have had previous service as officers of the law and some who have done some detective work. lt. E. CAPERS ELECTED JUDGE, Orangeburg Man Chosen to Succeed Judge Dantzlcr on First Ballot. - Columbia, Jan. 25.?A joint as? sembly, entering into elections at noon, chose Probate Judge R. E. i Capers, of Orangeburg, for Judge of the first judicial circuit to succeed Charles Glover Dantaler, deceased. Other candidates were Solicitor P. T. Hildebrand, Attorney T. Otjtey Reed, of St. George and Attorney Octavfus Cohen, of Charleston. The total vote cast was _J*63t necessary to o> choice ?2. For Copea 85, for Htlde brand 52, for Reed 2t, for Cohen 8. U. IL BlioOKS. JR., STEPS DOWN. Blease Appoints New berry Man Elec? trician at Salary of $1,073 Pit Year. Columbia. Jan. 23.?T. C Booser. a young man from Nevvherry, has been appointed state electrician at a salary of $1,073 a regr, by Governor Blease. This announcement follows 1 lettst of dismissal to v. it. BasokSj Jr.. sf this eltg, who is one of the most capable eleetriclaas ?n tho v*'? 1 '? an<i who has hold the position br several >vars. When Qoveffcer Blease was elected Mr. Brooks addressed u letter to him. Stating ?hat h?> would retire with the administration of Governor Anscd. The duties of the State electrician are to iee that the state Rouse is proper? ly lighted. .John O. Williams, a Pell known farmer of Greenville county, commit? ted suicide Sunday morning. /Ted Finch S/as killed in Abbevil e county Sunday night by Coleman Ib-dgers, both colored.