Yorkville Enquirer from York, South Carolina on August 25, 1922 · 1
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' v ' % . f-'Sf: ' . .'I * k ' ? * 0^ " . _ ISSUED SEMIL.H. aMn sons, pukiuh. . % Jfainilji |jerspaper: A'or (he promotion of the political, Social, 3*t|rirulfui;al and (Tommcrcial Interests of the people. TER"^^e opi,ErivKNc*NmNCE ESTABLISHED 1855 " ~ ~ YORK, 8. C., FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 1922. ~ NO. G8_ "VIEWS AND INTERVIEWS Brief Local Paragraphs of More or Less Interest. PICKED DP BY EipiKEK REPORTERS Stories Concerning Folks and Things, Some of Which You Know and Some You Don't Know?Condensed for Quick Reading. "Weil," remarket! Joe W. Smith, well known farmer of the Cotton Belt section the other (lay, "even if the boll weevil does get my cotton I believe that I am going to make plenty of chicken feed. I set out 1,100 sunj flower plants this year and they have done fine. There is no better feed for chidkens than sunflower seed and my crop promises fine." Our Country Correspondent Says: "%ofiic Prpolf' lf>r a jure. ?J UUVO U1 l^uv>uo can opener slip, last week and cut her In the pantry. While Harold Green was escorting Miss Violet Wise from the church social last Saturday night a savage dog attacked them and bit Mr. Green on the public square. Ml*. Fang, while harnessing a broncho last Saturday, was kicked just south of his corn crib." Not Wasting Ammunition. The story goes that several men seeking some fun at the expense of one of the legislative candidates whom they encountered in a store the other day, proposed that he get Up on a counter and make them a political speech. "Nothing doing," the candidate is said to have replied, "I'm not wasting my gooci ammunmuii uu minnows." Good Pitching Record. "Speaking: of good amateur baseball * pitching: records," remarked a citizen of the Cotton Belt section the other day, "Leon Smith, pitcher for the Cotton Belt team has made an enviable record this season. The lad has pitch-, cd fifteen games and has won fourteen of them. Cbtton Belt has been up against some real good teams and I guess few big league pitchers have a better record for tiie season than has young Smith." The Fatal 29th. "Well," remarked a prattling politician this morning. "I reckon maybe about midnight of next Tuesday some I ^of these candidates will bo wending I their way homeward and when 1'icir J folks want to know who it is at the door they will be telling them 'noi much of nobody.' The story goes that | a few years ago a well known citizen | of York county was badly defeated in ^ a race for a York county office. Ilcwent home late after hearing the election result and knocked heavily on tindoor. 'Who is that ?' inquired the wife and his answer was, 'darn nigh, nobody.'" Marlboro Cotton and Politics. Hoji. John L. McLaurin of BennettsVi 11c, was in Yorkville last Monday on a soclul visit, lie had business in Charlotte to which place he had gone in his car, and ran over this way mainly because he* had the time and found it convenient. "No I am not taking a great deal of interest in politics," he sa'd, "except of course I woulil like to sec Mrs Drake elected state superintendent of education. She is a Bennettsville lady and everybody over our way thinks a lot of lier. We all know she is thoroughly competent and that if elected she will make good. And when the election is over I thihk you will see that Marlboro county has rfTiven her an almost' solid-vote. It will not be simply because she is from Marlboro; but because of the-estimate in which she is held by all of our people. "I cannot say that there is any poli^ tical enthusiasm over the Pee Dee | section?hardly any more than there is | here; but of course we are going to \ vote for Jennings Owens. In connection with the cotton situation in Marlboro, Mr. McLuurin appeared very blue. He said that the j people of the county had spent big ! * money fighting the weevil?one man j as much as $4,000 for machinery, poison and application and he could not see that it had done a great deal of good. hoc rmoninfy fnr tho . last three weeks," he said; "but it has been raining almost every day during that time and we could neither pick cotton, pick up squares or pick j bo!! weevils. It is a gloomy outlook. ! I am not farming myself. My planta- ! tion is rented for standing rent and 1 will get what is coming to me, but the other fellow is up against it." Reason of the Chain, "You've got a chain dragging there that you had better attend to," said a passer-by to Joe Thotnasson, driver of the Standard Oil truck. J< thanked the passer-by for his interest, and turning to Views and Inter* iows with a grin, said: "You would be surprised to know i how many people speak to ine about ; that ( hain. Sometimes they call my J attention to it while my truck is standing still and sometimes they stop ine to tell me abo it it. Oi course I always thank them for their interest; i but in a way that chain causes a lot 1 of trouble. "Folks generally don't know it. of course; but if I should take that chain off or fasten it up so it would not drag, I would be liable to lose my job." "What's the chain for?" asked Views and interviews. "Surely you dtf not carry it just to make people ask you questions." "No. not that," said Mr. Thomasson. "There is .a good scientific reason for it according to my understanding. Of course there are those who dispute the science; but I am not the man to settle that point. "According to my information the Standard company has lost a number) of reservoirs and tanks by mysterious explosions. Sometimes there would be j somebody left to explain the situation at the time of the explosion and sometimes' there would not be; but according to the facts figured out by experts, most of these explosions have occurred while the wagons were taking on or putting off gas, and the theory is that tires have their origin in static electricity which has been started in the iimiuriiij ui inu uiiik. "It is hold by experts that this chain attached to the metal of the tank and allowed to drag on the ground keeps the static electricity drawn out of the metal and lessens the danger of a possible spark. "Now why it all is I do not know. I have never had a fire of this kind and hope I will not have such n fire. Rut orders are orders and that chain will continue to drag." TOLBERT MAKES DENIAL No Truth In Dial's Charccs, Says Republican Chairman. National Executive Republican Committeeman J. W. Tolbert, of Ninety Six, was asked today about further charges made yesterday by Sen. Dial in the matter of postoffice appointments in this state and again made an emphatic denial that any official record would support the charge that he had "Invariably recommended the appointment of others than soldiers even when former service men made the highest marks in the civil service examination." He stated further "Sen. Dial is persistently making misleading statements or having them made as to the procedure of postofflce appointments." It is only in the "classified service," Mr. Tolbert states, tliat former service men have to be selected 11 they made it sufficient rating: to fret on the eligible list. In the "classified service" a soldier who makes a rating of 65, the minimum to get on the list, he has preference over a mau not a soldier who might make 95. Hut in the matter of first, second and third class postol'fice appointments, former Service men are only given five points in addition to what they make on examination because of their service in the World War. If this puts them first 'on the eligible list it is not incumbent on hint nor on any other state chairman or whoever makes the recommendation to take him. The man who makes the* recommendation, in this state it is Committeeman J. W. Tolbert, is allowed to select either one of the three names sent him. I tuui/l I .*>111 Mill 11 I'll UOl UlIll'IllH nilUW" ing that out of sixty-five appointments known as presidential post office appointments, made on his recommendation, forty-five had been rated as number one on the list of three eli.glides; sixteen had been rated second n the list of throe eligibles; and eight had been rated third on the list of three eligibles. His documents show that lie has recommended a frotal of eighteen soldiers, some of them ranking third on the list of eligibles. Asked about the Abbeville postoffiee case he showed the list of eligibles wliieh showed (i. A. Neuffer, .1. It. Tolhert and T. I'. Tolhert. The last named was J. W. Tolbert's nephew hilt he selected the middle man, J. K. Tolhert who was his, J. \\r. Tolbert's second cousin. Ho did not recommend his nephew as Sen. Dial states. At (.'linton, * the record shows that A. J. Milling ranked first on the -list j oi eilginios. .mi. inning UKi not marry a niece of liis, Tolbert say?. Airs. Milling is his llrst cousin and not his niece. Tolbert further claims that ho has no niece or nephew in the postal service and ho hns no living sister in the world, although it was said by one of the Washington newspaper correspondents that the wife of the Walhalla postmaster was his sister. She is not related to him by blood or marriage. }!< rays that in Oresnville ho had nothing to do with the selection of the postmaster. That was : "personal preference" on the part cf the then ! I'osimastcr < toneral Will H. Havs. In the Kor..haw and ATcCormick | cases lie was not given any ratings of the three names sent him Ijeeause he is not required to be governed by ratings in presidential postoffiee appointments. lie can take either of the three names sent him.?CJreenwood Index-Journal. X .Mu-.c than six million families own their own homes in the I'nited Si. tes. V. A movie of the capture of a sperm whale lias he?n taken. The whaling vessel not only put irons into a dozen, jail of which was filmed, hut incidentjelly divatchod a 1 DO-barrel whale. A replica of the (ilms is to he preserved in th archives of the Old Dartmouth Historical society of Massachusetts. j .v Of the :{5,t!!'l convictions for ! crimes committed in Now York state j during 1021. the state troopers brought [about 11,830. | A JAUNT INTO ITALY Dr. McConneil Makes Unexpected side Trip. ENJOYS THE BEAUTIES OF VENICE Italians Were Hard Hit by the War and Have Not Y#t Settled Down to Stable Conditions?Country of Fine Looking Men and Beautiful Women. Correspondence Tho Yorkvllle Enquirer Geneva, Switzerland, Aug 7. When I loft home I did not expect to visit Italy, but as the exchange was so favorable I had my passport revised at a cost of $10.00 and came into Italy, for tho first time, leaving Lucerne and traveling to Milan by the St. Gothard tunnel, then after a fcyv IIH^O IU VvlliVV. Swiss money is at par with ours anil Switzerland is the most expensive country to travel in we have found so far. It docs noi cost quite as much as the United States though at that. Gold circulates freely in $2.00 and $4.00 pieces, railroad service is perfect, the hotels arc not crowded and some of them almost empty. At one hotel at Montreaux we had four men serving at our table and there were not 20 guests in a hotel of 200 rooms. While the Swiss made a great deal of money during the war, they have had two lean years, for all their products are for export and no one crtn buy. Geneva is the watch making centre of the world?and most of the factories are idle and the workmen drawing ya stipend from the government. Butter is 55 cents a pound, thmiirh it is n dalrv section, while butter is 20 cents in Germany. T>abor got high prices during the wag and is on an 8-hour basis and will not accept lower,wages or longer hours. On a $10.00 watch the labor costs $8.50, the material $1.00. So we find in Switzerland" somewhat the condition we find at home?plenty of money and goods but no one to buy the products. Italy has been hard hit by ho war? the fighting along the Isonzo and I'iave laid wuste a lot of country and they had also a war on in Tripoli, northern Africa, and troops at Salonikl, Greece. You can tell a war ridden country as soon as you see it. The railways, highways, etc., show it. Milan has almost a million people?it is a great silk center and also makes nutos and machinery. Cor tourists the main sight Is the cathedral well known to every one l>y pictures, built of solid marble, towers nearly 300 feet high, adorned with 3,500 statues without and many line ones within. Napoleon was crowned kins of Italy in this cathedral in 1800. with the famous Iron Crown of Jx>mhardy, which is said to be made of one of the nails of the Cross. The stained windows in this cathedral are considered line, being the work of i'cllngrini, though some of them were shattered by the salute of the cannon when Napoleon was crowned. The treasury of this church contains many fine jewels and much gold and silver. Solid silver candlesticks of 10 tvr.nn.1o o-w.l. .....1 I.... oil...... .(nl.m. of 500 pounds each, gold and bejewelled sublets etc. The patron saint is Rarromea and though he died some too years ago?his body is shown to you behind a crystal glass screen, lying in the coffin, nothing but bones covered with wonderful gold embroidery and jewels worth thousands of dollars. I was interested in an emerald cross given by the great Queen Marie Theresa of Austria some hundred years ago. It would probably bring $50,000 at a jewelers and lies there glistening to mocking human frailty. You might be interested to know that two priests sleep in the vault near the dead bishop, for there are plenty of Italians who would get away with all those jewels. I ran understand now where the Rolsheviks got so many jewels when thoy robbed all the churches in Russia. They brought from Russia millions of dollars worth of jewels and sold them in the great centers of Europe. In fact that is about ail the Soviet govern mont has had to run on. To digress a moment, f saw a lottery conducted in Geneva to aid the starving Russians in Geneva, and when I asked why they were in Geneva, I was told that Geneva had been headquarters for the Nihilists and now since they had overthrown the czar they had nothing else to do. How is that for a j ridiculous condition? The Soviet gov- j eminent should not be recognized until it has established protection of private property. A person is a fool to contribute to Russia under its present government. If Italy had more coal and less j marble, or as much coal as it has marble, it would be a humdinger. I There are mountains of marble, ail kinds and colors and the Italians are I the most wonderful stone cutters in j the world. We do not get a fair esti mate of the Italian in America. We see only the South Italians. They are i small and swarthy, while the North I Italians have a Roman nose, are big ' fellows. I've seen plenty of them big as Harry Neil and Inure good looking women than any country I've been in. My wife agrees with me so the verdict is fair. One American dollar is equal I now to over l'our Italian dollars, so Italy is the place to buy pictures and silks and line glass ware. Venice makes the llnest glass ware in the world. On the whole Italy is a" farming country, though most of the Lombardy plains have to' l>e irrigated. They raise fine alfalfa and lots of small yellow corn and they plant both sorghum and popcorn for forage. They have a' row of pear or plum trees every fifty yards and on these run their grape vines. I found peaches, plums and pears cheap and of good quality. Wine is 20 cents a pint .for the cheap stuff, on up. Beer is 10 ccnt3 a bottle, best quality. A good meal on the dining car, DO cents. So much has been written about Venice that I'm not attempting any guide book stuff. In the days of the Crusades and at the time of Columbus it was the richest city in the world end the Venetians were the chief traders in the world. I went to the Kialto, mentioned hv Shylock in the Merchant of Venice. The first newspaper in the world was published in Venice and as it sold for a coin called a "gazetta," we derived the name "Gazette" for newspapers, c. g. Hugh Query's "Gastonia Gazette." It is fine to be in Venice with no noisy street cars nor autos, for the gondolas move so silently on the canals. Near Venice is one of the finest bathing beaches in the world, and it is lined with little one-room huts which people haul on carts to the beach and live In during the summer. The amount of bare flesh exposed would shock the city fathers of a Carolina town and it is a bit startling to see young Indies playing tennis clad in a simple one-piece bathing suit The Austrians and Germans bombed Venice from airplanes but did little damage, although 300 bombs fell in one night. Italy is the cheapest country we have been in, but the trains are not &o clean, and the flies and mosquitoes are bad and we had to sleep under nets. Cameras, silks, pictures' and glassware were the best bargains. I do a lot of "window shopping," that is I look in the windows and note the prices and talk them over with the merchants. Italy is doing a better hotel business than most of the other < countries. At the hotel with us were English, Americans, Chinese and a party from New Zealand. We seldom htur of New Zealand at home, but it ia one of the richest, Ilritish colonies and whenever I've met the people from there they seemed to be well bred and groat travellers. The country has I abundant coal and oil fields as well as | productive gold mines and is one of the greatest wool producing countries in the world. Getting out of Italy.was a bit exciting. A general strike on all lines of transportation, trains, nutos and street cnrs was called by the Socialist-Labor party which is i" power. Opposed to them are the Fascisti, the name being the Latin Tor "bundle" or holding together. This Fascisti party consists of young fellows and the professional and business men and they undertook to operate the cars and trains. When we were in Milan they were running the street cars free no one paid any faro and the cars were eaeh flying the Italian flag. The soldiers handled the mail and were on guard everywhere in squads, armed with rifle and pistol. There was ?a little shooting here and there mostly at night and a few Killed. It looked like war times to see the soldiers in steel helmets on guard at every station and others sleeping 011 straw on the station platform. We came out of Milan on the Constantinople-Paris express?operated by the young students and business men, in their best clothes, some were firemen, brakemen, flagmen, engineers and they brought it through some seven hours late. The student engineer would make a mile a minute on down grade and sometimes would run | "a couple of miles past a, station, but > he stuck to it and turned us over to | the Swiss at the entrance to the \ Simplon Tunnel much to our relief, for they had just taken a Communist with a bomb off the train. This tunnel is the longest in the world, a bit over 12 miles long. We entered Italy b.v the C.othard tunnel which is 9 miles long. These tunnels make it unnecessary to go over the famous St. Bernard pass where so man; travellers used to perish in the snow or were rescued by the St. Bernard monks and their wonderful dogs. The monks still remain at the I post and any traveller can remain all I night without .charge, though every- , one makes a contribntlo'n. I've seen j some fine dogs here too of the St. | Bernard breed. j We reached Geneva In time for the ; International Balloon Race, for the! j Gordon Bennett prize and pot out to 1 tlie field to see the 15 hi.? balloons in- j fluted and go up. It was a fine sight, 1 for the sun was bright and these ; balloons were either a yellow or a silver color and were very bright. I | would judge there wore 50,00(1 people ^ on the field. The American army ; entered two balloons and the navy one; and naturally we went to wish rapt. j Kcid itnd Lieut. Wcstover it winning 1 voyage. Belgium had two, Switzerland three, England two, Italy and! J Spain two or three each and as each : balloon rose their national air was I played. Belgium and Spain apparent' Iy made the prettiest get away, but I POLITICS AT BETHANY Evidences of Considerable "Log-Rolling" Were Not Hard io Find. LARGE CROWD ATTENDED PICNIC Slaughter Says He is Not Seeking Office for Salary Attached?Gwin Says ( He Helped Keep Women Off Juries? Report Was Current That Former i Governor Blease Was to be Proeent ?Legislative Canci. Jates Make Usual ( Appeals. (Bv a Staff Correspondent.) Bethany, Auk. 22.?About 500 people of whom approximately 100 were voters, attended the picnic here today in connection with the meeting of oanriiftatra frt< l.uh'ie offices. The can- 1 didates spoke from the large stage in the rear of Bethany school house, which stage is used during the sobool year and out for various plays and other entertainments and which is one < of the largest and best of its kind attached to any school house in the county. The audience occupied seats out 1 in the open, large rows of planks havin the open, long rows of planks liavThe arrangement was an ideal one. There were plenty of seats?in fact far i more than enough to accommodate those of the crowd who cared to listen i to the various speakers. Then too, be- < cause of the seating arrangement one i could get off and walk away to the refreshment stand or talk to a friend i without disturbing the meeting when i one got tired of political palaver and I it was more or less of a shifting audi ence inrougnoui me nay. Looked for Blease. Some how or other the report had ' become current that former Governor Blease would, be among the speakers of the day and a number of people including several from Cleveland county, ' N. C., came to Be*bapy in the belief that they were going to hear the former governor who was speaking today at the regular meeting of the state campaign party at Pickens. ? There was perhaps more political < "log rolling" on the part of the folks I at Bethany today than there has been ] at any county meeting so far. Several 1 of the candidates, wise in political ex- < perience privately commented on the fact and it was the observation of the < correspondent that such was the case. Throughout the day there were many 1 groups of threo or four or more "gathered together," talking things i over and discussing the merits and I demerits of this candidate and that. I More than one voter went home with knowledge of things political that he did not have whfen he camo, and num- ( hers of people were heard to rijmark that there was "right smart politics going on today." Beautiful Bethany. There is no more beautiful and ideal picnic ground in all of York county than the commodious grove in which Bethany church and school house is l located. Young folks and old had a great time of it walking around the grounds, meeting friends and acquaintances. The interior of the beautiful 1 brick church was inspected by num- 1 hers of people who had heard of it but who had never had the opportunity of visiting it before and there were many compliments passed upon its size and attractiveness. Shortly after noon dinner was spread on a long table on the church grounds for the crowd. The good ladies of the community in accordance with their custom had brought quantities of good tilings to eat to Bethany. Each lady put her dinner on the table and following the blessing asked by Rev. W. P. flrier, the big cro\yd was invited to go to it. They did right heartily and when they had eaten all that they eared to eat there was enough left for a good many more if they had been present. Pursley Presided. Representative Emmett W. Pursley, a candidate for re-election to the house was at home today and "he presided over the meeting of the candidates here and did not make his usual speech. The meeting was gotleh under u*Ry about 11 o'clock, being opened with prayer offered by Rev. W. P. Grler. Candidates for the legislature as usual were first up and each of them made about the same speech that he has made at the other meetings in the county. All of them talked of taxation and the necessity for retrenchment at this time when the agricultural outlook and the general business outlook was far from encouraging. There was the usual promise on the part of each one of them to do what they could toward reducing appropriations to a minimum in keeping J with good government in the event that j they were elected. Bolin Sounds Warning. Candidate \V. A. itolin reiterated his heard from dispatches tonight that i two English and two Swiss and one each of the l'rench, Helgiau and ! Spanish were down and all throe of ours were up and some 500 miles away. Each balloonist carried heavy I fur coats and oxygen tanks for the j high altitude and one Frenchman had i a radio set with him. It was a much grander spectacle that 1 had expected although I had planned some weeks ago to be present. We also saw some fine airplane work and parachute jumping at the balloon field. John \V. McConncll. former declaration that the burden of taxation was becoming unbearable and warned that the extravagance of the state government and of the Federal government was "preying on the vitals of progress." The people had done without many offices in the past that they now support and he thought they could well do without them at this time. He warned the people to be "wakeful nnd watchful" relative to educational expenditures. He complimented Candidate Kennedy on the word picture that the latter had been making of the meaning of home and declared that home meant more to the ! "noor man and peasant" than it does to I those "higher up" in life. W. J. Talley of Rock Hill re-iterated his statement that he is a union man and is proud of it and said that if elected he would be fair and square and try to make a legislator of whom the people of his county would be proud. Porter B, Kennedy outlined his platform and declared that, if he were elected he would strive to bring aljout lower taxes. W. It. Bradford of Fort Mill said that he had always worked for the best interests of York county in the legislature. He said that he had never tried to play one section of the county as against another and would never do so. James E. Beamguard talked of the report of the "Efficiency Commission" commonly called the "Smelling Commitfnp " nrwl rlpplnrprl thnt thoir rp port had showed that there was much useless extravagance in the conduct, of the state government. There were too many commissions and if elected he proposed to work to cut out some of the useless commissions and to keep down taxes in keeping with efficient government. Erwin Carothere of itock Hill, said that he was a candidate for re-election and that if elected he would endeavor to look after the interests of the tax payers in the future as he had in the past. Not Seeking Salary. W. T. Slaughter of Hickory Grove, a candidate for superintendent of education declared that ho was not seeking tho office because of the salary it [>aid but in order to put in effect certain ideas that he had relative to the common schools. Mr. Slaughter said that ho did not even know the salary of the office to which he aspired. John E. Carroll, candidate for re election to the office of superintendent of education told of his work for the schools of the county and reviewed the progress that had been made in education in. the county since he took charge. Kept Women Off Juries. Jeptha D. Gwin of Sharon, a candidate for probate judge of York county claimed at least a part of the credit for keeping the recently enfranchised women voters of South Carolina from serving on juries. He said that as a member of the county registration bourd he had gone to Senator John Hart and had told him to take out of the statute books any laws that 'might lend to make the women liable lor jury duty since they had been given the right to vote. Ralph H.. Cain of Sharon, J. L. Houston of Yorkville and f}. 1'. Smith of Rock Hill, candidates for probate judge made their usual speeches in behalf of their respective candidacies. Treasury Candidates Speak. Eight of the nine candidates for county treasurer were on the grounds here today and when their time arrived each made a short talk relative to their respective qualifications for the office of treasurer of the county. A letter was read from Mrs. Lucia Kwart Quinn expressing her regret at being unable to be present and announcing her candidacy for county treasurer. Appealed to Their Curosity.?Two ministers of the colored persuasion were out hunting in the Carolina hills one day. and while sitting on a log for a brief rest began a discussion of vteys and means of inducing a heedless and perverse generation to come to church. "One of do most effectivest ways dat I've found, so fah." said the first speaker, the Reverend Vanderbilt University Jaekson, "is to give out a 'nnnnpomdnt d:it sorter excite do cu'i osity of de congergation." "Sieh as which," demanded the Reverend George Washington Sims, who hailed originally from Missouri. "Well. I don't know, oat I could give you a bettah example of jes' what I means dan to repeat my 'nouncemcnt of last Sunday mawnin'. It sho' hrung out a. crowd dat taxed de capacity of de old Galilee edifice." The Reverend Mr. Siins made a mental note of the sounding phrase of his gifted brother, and craved the particulars of the potent announcement. "It was nothin' rno'ner less dan dis: 'Come out ter-night, one an' all, an' yo* frien's. You will find yo' time well spent ca'se it's my aim and intention t< r explain do uncxplainablc, define de undefiniable, an' unscrew the unscrutable!"' Jttf'The hurdy-gurdy grinders of New York elj.v rent their pianos by the day. These pianos are stored in a warehouse and the people who rent them are up at dawn, for the first to arrive are the first to be permitted to get the best instruments, and the latest tunes. They rarely make more than $3 a day and must pay $2 a day rental for the instrument. . 4 McLENDONJOR BLEA8E "Cyclone Mack" Explains tils Allegiance. LOVES MAN BECAUSE OF HIS HEART Once Thought the Former Governor an Unmitigated Scoundrel; But When Circumstances Brought Him Into Closer Contact, Found Him to Be a O . VII Vrtl IT! ?il| Jdricolnton, (N. C.) Times, August 22. The following letter written by Cyclone Mack and addressed to the editor of The I'ec Dee Advocate, the newspaper in Mack's home town of Bennettsville, S. C., will give the people of Alls section some insight into the political situation in the state of South Carolina and the situations overcome by Blease during the time that he was governor of the state. The letter follows: Mr. Editor: In your issue of July 20th, I wrote defending the pardoning record of Governor Blease. I suppose if there is any one man in South Carolina who has suffered for steadfustly defending and supporting Cole L. Blease I am the man. When Blease and Keatherstone were running for governor I worked overtime for I-'eathcrstonc and was very bitter and prejudiced against Blease. Why? Because up to that time I looked iinnn the "Columbia State" as the source of wisdom and veracity. I thought it was almost infallible and could say no wrong. I was like thousands of people in South Carolina tdday who know not why they hate Blease and are so bitter against him. Hut now I know that this corporation sheet with its hireling editor listening to his master's voice like the little dog In the Vlctrola has crystallzed hate in their hearts as it did in mine. I didn't know that the "Columbia State" was raised up to fight Ben Tillman and the Reform party that was trying to redeem the state from Ring Rule. Thousands of people in. South Carolina today don't know why it is that this paper has continually hounded and traduced, maligned and vilified, defamed, slandered and poured out concentrated damnations on him all these years. They believe what the "State" has taught thein that Governor Blease is a vile, hard-heurted, disreputable reprobate, a drunkard, sponsor of harlotry, a gambler, and an inventor of evil things, who has changed the truth of God into a lie, and for this cause God lias given him to vile affections. No, thut is not so, but I will give it to you in a nutshell. It is not befcause the "State" loves South Carolina, and the interests of the people, but it la because Cole L. Blease defended and worked for Jim Tlllmgn for killing Gonzales for doing the very same thing #--* !>! ? lh/? #>." h ? (i honn /Inlno IV IJIJII lllU OllilV IIHO MVVU UUIIIh ?v? Hi ease ever since?misrepresenting, defaming, contorting and trying to assassinate his character. I was pastor of a little church in the suburbs of Columbia. Very orten the chaplain of the penitentiary wonld get me to go over and preach for him. I never saw such misery, squalftr and suffering in any place in my life. It was a shame to a civilized country. The hospitul was full of i>oor unfortunate people dying with tuberculosis / which they had contracted in that dirty, illthy, unsanitary knitting mill? South Carolina's tubercular Incubator. I'oor unfortunate men and women for whom the Lord Jesus Christ had died, hired out to contractors to grind out dividends for Northern capitalists, and if they didn't make their tasks they were taken down to the leather house and unmercifully beaten. The people of South Carolina will never know how 1'iose convicts were overworked, beaten and mistreated until they stand at the judgment bar of God and see it flashed on the canvass of the universe, I was preaching there one day and a poor woman, with a broken heart, began to sob in a quiet suppressed way. Almost immediately a great big white livered, cowardly, soulless brute in the form of a guard jumped up and ran over to her saying, "Hush, hush, or 111 break your damned head." I was told , by different parties that a woman one day was oeaten ana men KicKea every step of the way from the leather house to the mill. She illed that nftcrnoon. Of course the Pharisees will say it wasn't the whipping- and kicking that killed her, but the toothache. I have bent down over the pogr emaciated fellows with their eyes sunk in their sockets of their heads and their breasts caved in. and tried to talk with them, but they were so nearly gone they could only look up with their poor pitiful faces and grunt. One beautiful Sunday morning after I had preacjied, I was about to leave when an old negro, his head ripening for the cemetery and on the crutches of decrepitude, came to me'and in a voice trembling with weakness and age. lie said. "Preacher m.-in 1 Invo been hero thirty years in this awful place. I ain old and very near eternity. f was never in a court house in my life until I got into the trouble that brought me here. My wife, three children and several grandchildren are still living, and I don't want to die here, but with my family. I wrote sir, to the old boss (referring to Clovern<>r Ansel) and asked him to have mercy on me, but he wouldn't hear my -y (Continued on Page Three). * ' \

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