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   Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - June 24, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina                                 liner -  Volume 2 — number sc  -AIKEN, S. O., JUNE. 24 1876  OLD SERIES. VOL. 6.—N0.286  MAIL ARRANGEMENTS*  Aiken, S. C., September I, 1S74.  Oil and after this date the Postoffice hours will be as follows :  During the week from 8:30 a. rn. to I 30 o’clock p. rn., and from 3 to 6 o’clock p. hi.  MAILS. I OPENS.  Northern.-.  \Vestern.u  Charleston!  Columbia..  T*  10:30 a.In. 10:30 a. rn 4:30 p. rn. 4:30 p. rn.  [ CLOSES. 0:30 a.m. & 3 p*tn  3 p. hi. hi m  Dunbarton) Leesville, Hammond, Greenland, Merritt’s Bridge and Mi. Ebal mails close on Sundays at I ©’cleck p. rn., and open on Tuesdays at 5 o’clock p. rn.  E. CONDY, P. M.  erne im 7  a ti.  Hays and Wheeled Nominated,  Brig.-General Rutherford B, Hayes, the present Governor of Ohio, is the nominee of the Republican party for the neit Presidential term, commencing March 4th, 1877. There were seven Wllotinge After the seventh ballot the Votes were counted and stood thus •:  Hayes.....................................384  Blaine....................................351  Bristow.....................................31  Hays being declared the victor his election was made 'unanimous.  Governor Hayes has been twice elected to ^Congress and three times Govern-cr »>F bilio, ii is native State. He is now fifty-four years old, having Keen born at Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 4th, 1822. He graduated at Kenyon College, Gambier, O-s -and obtained his professional education at the Cambridge Law School. He •commenced his political career in the official position as City Solicitor of Cincinnati. Near the opening of tire war he enlisted in tire 23d Ohio Volunteers, and served with his regiment until he received the command of a brigade, in 1864. Without being brilliant, his military ca* eer was honorable. With regard to his civil or political record not wery much can be said about it, save this : that after beating old Bill Allen in the Gubernatorial contest, he has pursued the even  6  tenor of his way, without making much noise in the world nod has proved a very respectable Governor It is evident that- he has been •chosen more for what he was not than what he really is. In other wolds he ?s a negative candidate.  The choice of second place on tile ticket has been conferred unpn a still more obscure and negative personage— Wm. A. A 7 heeler, about a third or fourth rate congressman fyom the southwestern rural district of New York. The only thing Wheeler has thus far been -distinguished for is what uncalled the “Wheel, er Compromise.” When the Democratic members of the Louisiana Legislature were -pitchforked out of tile House at the point, of the bayonet by Sheridan's IL S. troops Wheeler proposed to compromise matters by letting them in again if they would agree not to vote in favor of turning Kellogg out oi office.  With candidates who possess no more brilliant records than Hayes and Wheeler, dildon and Hendricks ought not to nave a very hard time in treating over tile course and coming out ahead.  TUE FORT MOULTRIE ('ENTE KXI AL.  Next Wednesday will mbrk an epoch in the history of South Carolina, for true to her ancieut honor she will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of un event v4iich. while it proclaimed to tho world the invincible character of the men who constituted the State iii those Gaily days, at. the same time was the herald of a new nation's birth As the boom of tin* victorious cannon echoed through the halls where the country's representatives were diseasing the Chai tor of Freedom, it gave earnestness to to the hands that signed it, and strengthened them f or  the grasp of the sword in the long struggle that followed. The patriots of those days had but the  future to look to ; they had no past to cheer and encourage them forward. We of to-day have behind us a century of checquered happiness and misfortune, glory and (aye, though we grieve to say it.) dishonor. Our State has a proud Accord, and bore its part nobly in’ every emergency of war and peace; but the last decade has been fraught with events that have well nigh dried up the springs of national patriotism. We have too much ahead of us, however, to yield to the promptings of despair^ the Future is in our own hands, in a measure, and Hope, standing above the mire of the present, and pointing with one hand to the achievements ot the days of yore, with the other beckons us forward, vsith the assurance that if we keep that past in View and act up to its lessons, we can reproduce it in an equally glorious fun ture.  This is the spirit that has animated the people of our State, and especially those of Charleston, iii their efforts to make the occasion in every respect worthy of Carolina's prestige. It has proved to our Northern brethren that the feelings that were engendered by the issues and resnlts of the war have been entirely dissipatei and are replaced by the trite and .genuine spirit of national pride, which always distinguished! this State. The military display will be the grandest, perhaps, ever witnessed in Charleston. Our sister £tntc, Georgia, true to her constant attachment, contributes a large body of her choicest soldiery, while, from the far North, Boston and New York send their representatives in the two fine companies which in June last showered their lavish hospitalities upon one of the oldest and most distinguished of Carolina's corps—the Washington Light Infantry. They come now to receive ours in return and to show us that the sentiments of friendship and fraternity, which have on mote than one occasion been demonstrated, have only increased with the lapse of time.  The reunion of the two sections at this time will do much to strengthen the bonds which hold them together, and dissipate the prejudices against th** South which still exist in many parts of the North. Brothers will meet brothers in the spirit of true nationalism, igAring all of the past but what brings pleasant memories to all, and standing, as they will, upon the platlorm of mutual inspect and honor, the meeting cannot but be productive of pleasure •and benefit. Vs e look for good results from the celebration, and believe that something more substantial* than mere display of sentimental patriotism or empty boastings of past glories will be accomplished on the 28th in “Our City by the •Sou.”  about the candidates, and ask who Hayes and Wheeler are ? The Democrats are better pleased, and think the nomination will not be hard to beat with a good nomination at. St. Louis. ,  An intelligent Massachusetts liberal Republican, who is passing the summer in Aiken, is very much dissatisfied with the Hays ticket, and thinks if the Democrats make a good nomination like Tilden, with any other unobjectionable candidate for a second, they will sweep New.England—intimating that he would vote the ticket himself with the expectation and hope of seeing it succeed.  A POLITICAL^ RAID OF TUE RIVERS BRIGADE AND POLEO A T RANGERS.  We understand that the Prince Rivers Brigade is about ready to march over into Edgefield, for the purpose of arresting thq lynchers of the Harmon murderers. Fearing, perhaps, that the Rivers Army might not be quite strong enough alone and would be the better for a reserve corps, Kaney Armstrong, the renound chief of the Corn Shuck and Polecat Rangers, was telegraphed to ge^ his troops ready and join the Rivers Brigade as soon as possible—holding out inducements that rich rewards were lh store, and that there would be an equal division of spoils. Yesterday the little Polecat chief was in town drumming up recruits for the raid. From all we can learn he did not succeed very well ; some of the more knowing ones told Kaney and the rest of them that very likely they would bring back more dead niggers than lynchers, And this the leaders very well know, but it exactly suits their purposes I a doxen cr two of dead niggers would furnish valuable capital for the grand Republican campaign, and would be cheap at any price. Is this hod a wonderful oge.jbf progress f One can hardly imagine the usefulness of the colored race. During the war the Republicans used them as breastworks, and since then they have voted them solid by giving them fair promises —anything and everything. What are a few millions ot greenbacks or the slaughtering of a few hundred or even thousand negroes to the carrying some of the doubtful States next fall ?  LETTER TROM WILLISTON*  PUBLIC OPINION.  Business is very quiet in Aiken just at present. Looking after the crops and keeping down the grass*mono polices the attention of the entire farming com mu nity of this region, almost to the exclusion of politics or any other subject. The people seem satisfied to await the action of the conventions, both State and national. If one may judge from the slight expressions manifested, the people are in favor of a straight out State ticket, next November, but in national .affairs and the Presidental contest they are more out-spoken, and we have failed to meet the man who did not express a decided preference for Tilden and Hendricks—in fact no one else is talked about, or thought of for the St. Louis nomination. In this we think public opinion is right, and when the convention meets the sooner the matter is settled the better for the unanimity and peace of the Democratic party.  THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION at Cincinnati is not very popular amongst, leading Republicans, and very few of the rank and file know anything  [Correspondence of The Courier-Jcurnal.] Williston, S. IL, June 19, 1876.  To the Edi'or of The Court cr-Journalz  I was in your town a few days ago. and was very much disappointed in not being able to see the light of your reconciling countenance ; for I wanted to have a chat with you about the affairs of the nation, the possibility of our getting lethe Centennial, and nmre panic ulaviy to be posted as to who, in your opinion, of all the game cocks now pi ring, will be pittied by the two great bodies politic to decide the battle in November next. The times, yon know. are mighty hard, and I don’t think it would bo anything amiss, if' a fellow was well posted, te win a pair of shoes, « straw hat, or even a quart of “wortnit juice’' to revive our drooping spirits, on the icsult of the coming conventions.  As to the Centennial, we are fearful that we will not be able to raise stamps enough to reach it in good style, and will have to be contented with going to the next be>t thing to it, which will be —Providence permitting—a meeting of the Old Gang, about the “first cornin’ of next ’tater diggin’ time.  We also wanted to give you a few dots about our nice little town. Willis-* ton is not in your county, but is a verv near neighbor ; so we will give you lr. short some of her merits. Williston is on tho South Carolina Railroad, twenty one miles below your town, and takes its name from tho old and worthy family of Willis. The location is high and dry—tm stagnant caterer pond near us.  Mosquitoes are unknown, and in point of health will compare favorably with your town, whose reputation is unsurpassed and widespread. We get as good water as ever you popped your lips to. by digging from twenty to thirty feet, And, in our humble opinion, there is no section of the State better adapted to the general productions of our country than ti is vicinity. The soil being naturally good, with a heavy sub-strata of clay, all that is necessary to make farming renumcrative is to rise early, feed well, plough deep, trust in Providence and tho thing is mighty apt to happen. We have in this vicinity many model farmers, too numerous to name; and we are glad to nay that most of them have an eye to the grain crop.  The wheat and oat crop is now harvested and is a fair one ; and all that the farmer has to do to got flour that will raise the oven lid in a few minutes, and almost make a boy knock his pappy, is to carry his wheat a few miles to the Edisto Mills, where he will always find our friend Matt Clark ready to weigh and go to grinding.  We have a good school, and two churches well supplied with preachers —the Methodist by Dr. Jones and the Baptist by tho eloquent Mr. Cuthbert of your town. We can show two good lawyers, three prime physicians and some very successful merchants. At this time, like all other places, trade is mighty dull, but most of the farmers are lucky in having a safe reserve in the shape of a nice farm, and some of them go it on a big scale. Mr v  A. J. VV., for instance, is panting for one hundred bales, and our friend John Dexter Erown for fifty $ and it*%oes ftok like they might come it, for they stick to their business like sick kittens to a hot brick; and as For John ^Dexter, be takes the front row day in and day out, and his footsteps seem really as destructive to crab grass as St. Patrick's was to the frogs and snakes of I reland; for in a fio’.d of one hundred acres, you can't get enough grass to feed a goose.  We.have a soda fount kept by friend Jesse, who is very polite, and always ready to deal out something cool and re** freshing to the inner man.  Friend wash keeps a good har^ and in spite of the hard times drives a right lively trade every Saturday evening—in fact at times it gets decidedly spirited about his shop.  I he craps with us are looking remarkably well and clean. Shouts are in the wheat fields, and by the 4th of July we will begin to have barbecues aud pic-nics.  We have good fishing near us: as arr instances three of our neighbors bud a big day recently among the jock awd rock, and among four rocks captured Was one weighing twenty-five pounds. Now, you are no doubt aware that hunter and fishermen ale alowed considerable latitude in their . stories, but? this Was a “bona fide” rock, weighed in the presence of four responsible and living witnesses. Bob Wade, whose nerves are rather weak, was so much excited in  capturing tho monster that it was necessary to set'up with him for two nights Your deponent, feeling it incumbent upon him as a brother sportsman, called up»n him the third day, and was most agreeably surprised, yes, delighted, to find him in his cornfield, swung to Kitty Clyde and a twenty-eight inch scraper, singing flint familiar old song. ‘‘Jinny Ring Your Dinner Horn Soon, Mv Deal."     J   So you will see. Mr. Editor, thatJWil b^ton and its surroundings is diecidly a pleasant place to be in, and if you feel) disposed to come down and look around j you might scan up a few subscribers. ■ and we will get up a fish for your special  (  benefit; but I must say lo you* iii order I to enjoy a fish in U>e Edisto a man rn ms* . bo an expert swimmer nidtiRi good pud-1 dler up stream. “Hoping these few Lues j may find you and yourn well/' aud that | 3ou will serin cut*? down, I ani as ever  Your friend, White.  LETTER FROM DEAN SWAMP.  [Correspondence of The Courier Journal.]  Dean Swamp, Aiken Co. I June 19, 1876. J lo the Editor of The Courier- Journal *  After an awkward, nevertheless unavoidable, silence on the part of your correspondent “Spes," the promise to tell you something of our institutions and facilities for industry, &c., will now receive attention.  Vs e have had a steady rain, lasting some three or four days, which is somel what unfavorable to small grain crops, which have just been harvested, though quite favorable to the growing crops of corn and cotton, which, by the way, are exceedingly fine in this section for the time of year. The wheat crop, I be. lieve is generally a very good yield, and with the m uch larger acreage planted than in previous years, will swell the yield far beyond the average crop.—— In connection with this it may not.be amiss to mention our facilities for manufacturing flour. We have two large mills, one owned byjmr estimable cid. zen, D. H. Salley, situated on Dean Swamp Creek, and the other by that genial gentleman, Matt Clark. This mill is situated just across tho Edisto, and is noted for its unrivaled facilities in turning out good flour.  We also have some four or five circular sawmills of as good cutting qualities as any section need to wish, to say nothing of gristmills, cotton gins, &c., all of which are run by water power, of which we have, perha ps, the most desirable of almost any section in South Carolina which has no railroad running to or through it.  We want capital to develop the latent resource of this section. Of course the whole State is groaning under that want; still we think our section offers in many raspects advantages equal, to -any, abd superior to most localities.  Our citizens as a digs are tightened, generous and civil, of a quiet but resolute disposition—affecting nothing.— Holding to the ancient landmarks of the Democracy of Washington and Jefferson with a tenacity that they do to life itself, it is not strange that every white man in tnis section is an uncompromising Democrat.  Dean Swamp boasts of one of the best of schools, presided over by an efficient teacher. The school is well patronized and supported, and has connected’ with it a debating club, composed of *.he students in attendance with the aspiiing Young Americans of the whole section, It is in'a flourishing condition, and promises much good in the future.  We have in our midst two skillful physicians. Drs. Sally and Lowman, each having a large and lucrative prae** tice in this aud the surrounding country.  Dean Shrimp Lodge No. 172 A \ F.*. M.\, is situated about the centre of Rocky Grove township. Whi*h embraces the scope of country known as Dean Swamp. The lodge is it la rec one, aud and is rn quite a fl in nailing condition at ibis time. If you, Mr, Editor, could make it convenient to mine down on dome communication of the Lodge (on the first Saturday in each moiijh), you would doithtle>s be highly plo 'seiTaTlhe gymnastic fcats of some poor fellow endeavoring to climb ta dnwod pdes, ride goats, Sit*. More anon.  ‘Spes.”  The Blackville News has change  o  bando, and iii future will be publish* by Messrs John D. Kennedy ck On.-The paper will be thoroughly Denmer* ic, and edited by J. D. Kennedy, to inerly *d the Anderson Intelligence Owing to a necessary, removal of ti office to a more suitable location ar .’firebase of new material, the public tion will noc take place until^Thursda July 6th. in which the News will a] pear enlarged, in,c,new. dxesa and moi readable, form*.   

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