State was in a fever. The farmers' movement was a kind of political "New Deal", but it was not permanently beneficial to those it proposed to help. It was also like unto the Federal Freedman's Bureau after the Confederate War, promising ex- slaves "forty acres and a mule", etc. It succeeded only in sweeping good men out of office, much to the detriment of the state. W. W. Ball, Editor of the News and Courier, wrote an interesting book called "The State That Forgot". Even Wade Hampton, who had a little more than a decade prior redeemed the state, was swept out of the U. S. Senate, and ruthlessly repudiated as an aristocrat. Tillman proved to be an able Senator when "he came to himself", and remained in office politically invincible, until his death. I repeat that Maj. Howell, but for his family characteristic of refusing to espouse a cause he did not believe in, might have joined the Tillman faction and "gone places" politically. However, he maintained his conscience and integrity, and regained his popularity and political prestige with the people, being a mighty power long after Tilimanism was forgotten. He died in January, 1907, possessed of the love of all Colletonians. Most of the Howells I have known were peculiarly prescient; my father possessed this characteristic to a marked degree. He could uncannily foresee the reactions of men to given stimuli, and foretell public sentiment. His ability to read the innermost thoughts and aspirations of men, and the gift to express them better than they could themselves, constituted the secret of his success as politician and jury lawyer. He told me once that his ability to see further into the future and to prophesy events gave him a great advantage over most men, who possessed hind sights only, without prescience.
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