Saturday, March 11, 1876

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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - March 11, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina Volume 2-*numbb.r ti .AIKEN, S. C., MARCH 11. 187G OLD SERIES VOL. r;.—V >,171 MAIL ARRANGEMENTS^ Aiken, S. '0., September I, 1874. On arid after this dale thri Postoffice hovrs will be as follows : During the wteek Dom 8:30 a. rn. to I 30 belock p. rn., ail'd Ddm 3 to 6 o’Mock p. hi. MAILS. ! OPENS\ CLOSED Northern.. 10:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. & 8 p.rn Western..-. 10:30 a. rn 8 p. ta. Charleston 4:30 p. rn. rn ^Columbia.. 4:30 p. ta. ta l/llUMtbl VV u J UV/VO » IllVj land-, Merritt’s bridge land Mt. $b*l maila biose on Sundays at I ©’cleek Jp. rn., and bpen on Tuesdays at 5 O’clock p. ta. E. CONDY, P. rf. THE PEOBX TE S LA ST LEADED.    * * *    4 Satan &KBukiNO SIN. THE SIT CA TWN. TDE Greed of Gain. Gipt Taking and Bribery the Cause of all our Trouble—TGE way to get out of the Difficulty Indi-gated. Daily and hourly the telegraph flashes the news em* the land that new and more startling developments have been made revealing the fraud, corruption and !*ms> cality which underlies the entire substratum of administrative circles at the NatioW&l Capital. And it has now pome to this : that every true American citizen, he he Republican or Democrat, irrespective of party, stands amazed, shoe (ted and humiliated at what h«js transpired, and with a dazed look asks, “What next ?” The reasoning The following editorial extract dpft* beared in the last issue of that semi _ . . ,.     r    . *    .    and    thinking    portion    of    the    community, occasion ally-^ppearmg newspaper, the*,.       ' Aik en Tribiu'/c, and is Do doubt Dom the able ;od facile pen of the Probate •Judge. It is entitled “Fallen/* and is ^copied here more to show what it docks than what it Contains : ♦^Following closely upon the heels of the pleasant information that the Presidents secretary, General Babcock, had •mteoes8fuUy vindicated boutell* upon his trial topcotn'plicity id the wtij^y frauds, tenable exposure, the details bf which will be found in another col-Ullin. To t|ie charges pre toited apiin* General Belknap, there sterns to have flMen no rqply* other than such as might have beton expected of one who Was eon : ‘Bciously guilty. The yvelation is a shocking-one^bijt will carry with it lim fruits of Astare good for the country, It will demolittrate Brot.* no map, be his position ever po high, or his antecedent! Who look for effect to follow cause, naturally ask themselves what bas caused this Volcanic eruption of peculation An defraud to break out in a quarter that Vis heretofore been comparatively Dee from it F There most be a cause, Let us fry mid find out what that cause is. Did tho great internecine struggle so disaroftgo the machinery of government mod poi** the springs of honor and justice th dt there is no more of either left inOw lK>41 Or is it the outgrowth of gain and the love o f money —-whichthe root of all evil—that has brought this unhappy state of af fairs ftbdfct ? It most be this last: everything proves it. From the highest to the lowest—from the private to the •captain, from the captain to the general, from the peasant to the President—we aceite evil influence and vile workings, in every department of government, lion t *    f    J    «n    c»ucpaivwcnii v* p'rwnuicuu, ■ever so praiseworthy, .ray safely oomuot ^     h|g)|#(|t    <)ffi(er    of    gtate    to    th(1 crime in a government which, stands hound frt the protection of "the cf the people. General Belknap had won his distinguished position by his ability, his patriotism and hie services to the country. He has lost all by one false step, and that one prompted, in all probability, alone by the necessities of sible, was on hand, in all his glory, ex-daining the situation and officiating as of yore. The juries were called by the Clerk and notdigmissetlbui told to go— Spartanburg Herald. [Note.—We notice that the situation of affairs in Spartanburg is very 7 similar in several respects to that of Aiken county at the last term of court —with this exception : we had an honorable, high-minded Judge, who, utter fenetiag out the iniquity of the jury box frauds, discharged the bogus jury, and gave notice that there would be no court until the third Monday in March coming, when, we believe, there is to be a new petit jury, but the same old grand jury of last year will have to hold over and serve again, as there was not time according to law to draw a new one. On some acoounts this is unfortunate, but there is one crumb ut satisfaction in the matter; the thieving rascal, Johnson, of Edgefield county fraud notoriety, will not now be oue of tho number—having broken jail and vamped to parts unknown.] short of a supply of ankle chains and I CHLOE Glover, a poor old paralytic hand bracelets suitable fora lady of j colored woman staying with Mrs Rogers, Serenda’s pretentions, and not consider- j on Richland avcnuDU into the fire ing it safe totdetain her in tho Hotel I on Monday last and was kui nod to death, against her wishes, sentenced her to thirty day’s banishment from town, aud gave her just twenty minutes to put The New York Herald says it is not true that Belknap has killed himself: has killed. herself outside the corporate limits.— I ^ only the Republican pjrty that he The last seen of Serenda she was tripping the light fantastic toe as she went over the railroad bridge repeating these lines : THE CITY HOTEL. under the management social life which grow out of the glitter and glare of the capital:    The lesson is a fearful one but noue tile less valuable to those who may be tempted as he h-us been.*’ Yes, the lesson is “valuable, and the subject is a good and fruitful one to <write about at this particular time ; aud we take no exception to the Probate’s article only ie this, that it » to© fragmentary. and stops about where it ought to have begun. In the reading of it most people will r-egret that one who <could moralize and speak se feelingly about Babcock and the crooked whisky •question, and dilate up n the moral turpitude of a bribe taking Belknap, did mot carry matters along down to State and county affairs in poor old downtrodden South Carolina. Have we not Parkers and Whippers and Moseses. who steal public funds, take bribes, and break all the tables of the law and the Ten Commandments In the bargain I— And what ie the use of making such a hurluberlu over them. when we have scores of thievlag rascals right Kore in our midst, who have had the vilauous hardihood to murder Justice by robbing tin* jury box, and stealing the last pittance that dead friends have left for the widows and orphans 'I No. what is the use of writing hypocritical editorials ? It is the same old story over again, of Satan rebuking sin. but pecula- _ ^    for ryu A Dr I De or girt, no matter what you call it, secures a place in the President’s cabinet. A bribe obtains a first class mission as minister. to a foreign country—no matter about antecedents, pothouse politician., pedlar or poker player, so long as you are able to come down with a princely gift, every place isopen—even without the asking. Is it any wonder, then, that we have mine swindling, poker playing Minister Schenks, bribe-taking Belknaps and crooked whisky Babcocks, when the President himself sets the example ? Before any of these recent exposures came-out, was the office held by Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Jackson ever so disgraced and scandalized as it now is in the person of the present Chief Magistrate of the nation, who is known the world over as the bribe taker or the man who never refused a gift ? Prom the snow clad peaks aud sieras of tloe west to the cloud ©apt. hills of the north, comes the echoing answer, u No !” Freemen, .awake ! Let all sectional differeneies be forgotten. The time for regeneration and a new order of things bas come I Let not this Centennial year, commemorative of that glorious victory won by our forefathers, pass away until fraud and corruption is hurled from power and the honor of the country vindicated. [ (kxmmnn ic ated.'] Can’t it be Stopped?—Tile wanton and unwarrantable shooting of birds, returning to make their homes in Aiken. No music is sweeter to the ear of our citizens and visitors than the songs and warisings of these little songsters. We sn-, est thattlK) wanton and wicked killing ■ { thorn, by thoughtless boys, be abated by the town authorities as a shame and nusiance intolerable. Visitor. NO COURT. This week was the time for the open*' ing of the March term of our Circuit Court, but owing to the “eternal fitness of things.” we have no Court. No Judge ! No Solicitor ! No Court ! The Judge impeached, the Solicitor convicted. and both suspended for ihe time be— ing, to abide final results. The exact status of things, though not easily explained. seenu d to be perfectly understood by most peot* Ie, as very few came to town to see about it. Old ‘•Gov/’ Our City Hotel, able and eoaibined of Sheriff Jordan aud Mayor Rockwell, is doing* pretty fair business, in the Way ef talcing care of the town and county wards and malefactors; and the only wish of the citizens is that the institution was more extensively patronized. Amongst this week's arrivals is that of Major General Sam Wines, colored, formerly high chantable and tip-stave at tile Court of General Sessions. Sam’s present hectors, which are so heavy and weighty as to confine him to his room, were conferred on him for getting into a three-cornered wrangle ? Bd mother >: law, in which, ae is not unusually Cue ease in such affairs, Sam was getting the worst of it, until a bright idea struck him to break up housekeeping, whieh he proceeded to accomplish by demolishing the furniture, breaking up bedsteads, tables, chairs, Ae., in right heroic style, making use of the dismembered table legs to clear the establish men’ . Whet! the dust. deal cd away Sam found himself a victor, so far as the mother-ia-law was concerned, but a prisoner in the hands of tile town marshal, who, with all due ceremony, conducted him to the Central Station Court, where he was introduced in due form, by our Aiken town Bijah, to bis Honor, who fined Sam $20 for cruelty to animals and his too sum (nary manner of bi caking up housekeeping, and $10 extra for making use of indecorous language ; or, as our informant says, “temptin’ de court ” Guest No. 2.—Serenda Siaemore com pl a int, found drunk iii the streets and disturbing the usual quiet of the town. Serenda was obstreperous dido s want to go to tho Hotel, and wouldn’t stay quiet after she got there ; preferred the Clarendon, or the Highland Park, '.vhere they ba l a good bil of fare and three square meals a day. But bv the aid of two policemen, she was finally domiciled in the female department. On searching the capacious pockets of accused, which were nearly as deep and w ide as a three story Saratoga trunk, an extensive supply of groceries and small stores were found, such as tea, coffee, sugar. &c , supposed to have been obtained without money and without orice. at the various stores around ▲ town, which she had visited before imbibing the treacherous tanglefoot. Being anxious but unable to examine the outside arohitcctnre of the establishment, Serenda conceived the fugacious idea of firing the institution and running away by the light of it. Fortunately these benevolent aims were frustra te ood-bye, good-bye, sweet Aiken, I’ll tread thy streets no more, And never ge. a bully drink ’Till thirty days are o’er. Good-bye, old Doctor Rockwell, Good-bye, my hooey dear ; I won’t get home 'till morning— ’Till daylight doth appear !” Malefactor No. 3—Bill Cheatham. Th is patron and friend of the establish* ment, is stopping there for the benefit of his health, having partaken too freely of his neighbor’s pork. Bill’s stay in our town is probably limited. Soon after the sitting of court he expects to continue his travels as far as Columbia, where he will await Executive clemency and—an appointment to attend the Cincinnati Convention. No. 4—Gar Taylor, also a guest and of the Sheriff, is occupying pleasant rooms in the southeast corner of the Hotel, overlooking Nurenbergcr’s Retreat and the classic purliues of Curve street alley. The complaint against Gar is for the careless use and exhibition of irearms that belonged to some body else. The names, titles and cause of complaint again-1 other occupants of the Rogue’s Retreat having been noticed in previous issues of The Courier-Journal, further netiee is unnecessary. The petit jury for the coming term of court stands 19 colored to 17 whites.— The same old grand jury hold over. In some respects the picture is not inviting. Is a dead pig such an object of wor-ship that it need be left on the sidewalk over ai. entire Sunday for want of interment by the town authorities f The trees in Main street need whitewashing, and the mule racks and hitching posts in the same locality are beseeching tile Town Fathers to give them a coat of paint. J. D. Sheldon, a former visitor to our town, and who had made all arrang-ment? to come to Aiken to spend the season, died very suddenly in New York. about ten days ago, of pneumonia. LOCAL AFFAIRS A gentleman from the northwest, who is accustomed to contend with the frozen mud and snow drifts of that Borean region, says he wishes it would only storm oner, so he could see what kind of an affair we called bad weather in Aiken, CortoN Stealing.—Some parties, unknown, went to the premises of Robt. Barton, residing ndar Montmorenci, and took but a fine bale of cottjii, and after ripping off the bagging and ties, carried away about four hundred pounds of cot* tom For Wa ut of •cations are left over for A fof are issue* The farmers around Aiken have commenced planting corn. Furnished and unfurnished apartments to rent; apply at this office. When are eyes not eyes ? the wind makes them water. When The Board of Equalization will meet at the Gregg Mansion on the third Monday in March. The proverb says, “Laugh and grow fat.” What a saving of corn it would be if pigs could laugh. recently poisoned to death by soon leteriou* substance contained, in a pint of whisky which he had bod gilt.— Aiken Tribune” Query.—Have they jury box robbers up that way, and was Hendrix Clerk of Court ? Do not Fail to attend the St. Thaddeus Church fair, at the Lyceum Hall, on Thu:“sday evening next. The first words of a Graniteville cit! Zen when be meets another in the morning is, “Who was robbed last night ?” Ca£t. 080AR Coles will deliver a lecture at the Presbyterian Church, or Saturday, the 18th instant, at 4 o’clock P. M., on tho “Literary Works of Charles Dickens.” The lecturer is well known here, and needs no eulogy from us to secure him a full house ss hereto— foie. The lecture is in aid of the Presbyterian Church. Tickets can be procured at. the Highland Park Hotel, the Clarendon Hotel, and at the law offioe of Messrs. Finley & Henderson. For Sale.—Fifty bushels of sweet potato slips. Prioe, $1 per bushel.— Apply to D. Yates, Aiken, S. C. FlFTT newspapers have been started in the United States since Feb. 1st. So says George P. Rowell A Co.’s Newspaper Reporter. No wonder the people have confidence, when the best physicians are prescribing Dr. Buil’s Cough Syrup in all cases of Coughs, colds, etc. We are requested to announce that the Rev. John Williams will rvoach in the Montmorenci Baptist Church, on the third Sabbath in this month. Moore, the semi-centennial crier, cid not come up to cry about it. But Henry Abbot, alias “Honey Bee/’ the irrepres- ted by the prompt extinguishment of dersLmd. intends to occupy Considerable real ef tate has changed hands lately. The IN oolsey resi— has I cen purchased by Mr, Ayers, a gentleman from New \ ork, who, we un the same The following is a list of the grand and petit jury to serve fbi the extra term of court, to be held en the third Monday in tbu month. Those marked thus * are colored : Grand Jury.—W. G. Meed, Midiron Franklin. Augustus llobirson*, Win. Stevens, General Brotvu*, Homy Johnson, Win. Kerby*; Geo. Washington*, Moses Johnson*. J. C Kennedy, Toby Coleman*. Henry Bunching. D. Thompson Simms. James Bogier, Jim. Briggs*, J. L. Courteney, James Johnson*, Win. Coleman*. Petit July.—Job Cato*, Stephen. Green, A. Nurenberger,Richard lienal*, Major Jones*, Hampton Key*. Whjl Scott*, John Stevens, J. C. Holley, Gee* Barefield*, Henry Lyhrand, J. G. Thorpe. Anderson WinWord** J. H Burnett, Isaac Saties!Uw»H, Mathew Clarke, Barney Crepp*, Calvin Guntei*, Alfred Brodie*, Jesse Glover. John Williams.* J. M* Jordan*, Win. Tabb t John (V Ford*, J. B. Falser, George ' n:.Vis*, Mansell Brogdan, M. Gunter, .\ IVu Bin lock*. John Phillips*. Luke Powell*. Columbus Roundtree*, Jacob the flames, and Serenda was immediately brought before bis Honor, wb©v being and make extensive improvements in the I Wise, Joseph Abams*, Brantley Bernj dwellings and grounds.