Tallahassee, May 22.
Hpn. -N. B. Broward,
Bethel wires that yolu will see me Thursday or Friday.
This w would be too late as the status of this matter is becoming
serious and acute, other parties having taken it up to your det-
riment. Please explain yourself clearly and fully to mg by
confidential letter by the first mail.
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Senator Taliaferro and Mr. Clark have charged in Jacksonville,
Tampa and other places that I am a stockholder in a company owning
land purchased from the State while I was Governor, thereby seeking
to leave the impression that I received a consideration for selling
State lands to such company.
In answer to this charge, I will state the following facts, which
can be easily verified. In 1907 the Trustees deeded to the L. & N.
Railroad Company, who had previously conveyed to the Southern States
Land & Timber Company, about 108,000 acres of Everglades lands pre-
viously certificated. In July, 1908, Governor Jennings and myself
procured authority from the Southern States Land & Timber Company,
through Mr. Arthur T. Williams, to sell this land for one dollar
per acre. We sold it to Mr. R. J. Bolles of Colorado for Two Dollars
per acre, taking our commissions in land represented by stock in the
Florida State Drainage Land Company, a Florida corporation organized
for the purpose of ho lding the title to this land. This company
has never owned any land purchased from the State. I own no stock
in any company owning land purchased from the State while I was
Governor or since..
Had Henator Taliaferro and "'is mouthpiece) Mr. Clark desired
to tell the truth about this transaction, which they claim is dis-
honest, they could without trouble have ascertained every fact in
connection with it. All the transactions of the company are recorded
in itA office in the Dyal-Upchurch Building in Jacksonvilla only a
few tepi from the place the charges were first made. The officers
of thei company are well known to these gentlemen and would gladly have
given them all the information. But no inquiry was made, and the con-
clusion is forced upon us that the purposes of Senator Taliaferro
and Mr. Clark would be better subserved by pretending ignorance of
\ the truth and by inuendo and falsehood wilfully tS deceive the people.
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SWORi TO ATD SUBSCRIBED before me this day of May, A. D.
Notary Public State of Florida at
uOV. BROW.ARD'S LAND TRANSACTIONS EXPOSED BY CONGRESSMAN LAMAR.
The Statement of Congressman W. B. Lamar.
I think the Florida voters will be interested in certain admissions
made here last evening by Mr. Broward, in his speech. At the conclusion
of his address, last night, I asked Mr. Broward the following quest.one:
First-What in land or in money did you receive, while you were Gov-
ernor,-as a commission on the alleged private sale of land?
Hip answer was, that he was given $24,500 while Governor in the
of a land company. (He expressed it, that he and an associate,
ed from Mr. Bolles $49,000 in the stock of land company.)
Inquiry- I then askel Mr. Broward how much stock Mr. Bolles
is land company?
swered that Mr. Bolles owned 514 of the stock.
said I, Mr. Bolles is really the company?
Broward answered, Yes.
Third Query- I asked Mr.. Br-ward, this further question.
Htuve you been in the service, or employment of Mr. Bolles, since *
ing the office of Governor, and, if so, at what salary?
Mr. Broward answered, yes, that he had performed service for Mr.
les since he was Governor, and his salary for one year, with Mr.
les had been at the rate of $400 per month.
the re are not Senator Taliaferro's statements about Mr. Broward.
They are not Mr. L'Engle's statements about Mr. Broward.
They are Mr. Broward's own admissions, against himself, maie here
last night, in a public speech, and in the. presence of a fair sized ana
What will the people of Florida say to these performances of Mr.
Broward, while in office?
Some fifteen years ago, when the tariff on sugar was pending in thi
United States Senate, some of the Senators bought sugar stocks. The
public will remember what indignation there was on the part of the
American people, at these acts of their public servants.
Only four years ago there was no law against congressmen using rail-
road free passes, express, telegraph and pullman free passes or franks.
Now it is made by law, a crime for congressmen to accept these gifts
from public service corporations. These passes and gifts were sent to me
in number-. I de6bined to use them. -
John Wanamaker, while Postnmaster Genera] under President Harrison,
gave the President a $15,000. house at Atlantic City, New Jersey. This
was their and is now a fashionable summer watering place.
This.fact became public, and aroused so much adverse criticism that
President Harrison deeded the house back to Mr. Wanamaker this was thE
published statement at the time.
What does all this show?
That public officers must take their salary, and the honor of the
office, and be satisfied.
Whoever read or heard of John C. Calhoun getting land gifts, or
money, or stock gifts from persons dealing with him, or about to deal
with him in public matters, while he was United States Senator?
He would just as leave have walked off with one of his neighbor's
ep on his shoulders.
Whoever heard of Jefferson Davis, L.Q.C. Lamar, Benjamin H. Hill, or
ider H. Stephens going, into office and playing the gift taker,
men who were about to deal with them on public matters?
Surely we are in a rotten age, in public conscience, if its people
cticn and condone such practir'es, and elevate to the highest offices
n who are guilty of such doings.
A w,,'r"3 !,as been coined to express things gotten immorally, that
does not fix a penalty for Graft! Grafters!
public conscience irn Florida should condemn graft and grafter's
ense above defined.
young men of the State, upon whose shoulders will soon rest
ic affairs, should unite to keep our politics clean.
They have, as yet unblunted, a high sense of right and of honor.
The ambitious youth of this State, with high ideals of life, who de-
sires to follow in the illustrious foot-steps of Jefferson Davis, Alexan-
der H. Stephens, L. Q. C. Lamar, Benjamin H. Hill, and a host of high-
minded Southern statesmen of the past, should unite to vote down Mr.
Broward and his Bolles stock, and money gifts and employment.
Very truly yours,
WILLIAM B. LAMAR.
Monticel3o, May 26.
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