Saturday, July 8, 1876

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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - July 8, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina •IL is VOLUME 2— NUMBER 83 ai KEN, S. C., -JULY. 8 1876 OLD SERIES. VOL. 6.—N0.288 MAIL ARRANGEMgMTS. Aiken, S. C., July 1,1874. On 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. m., and from 3 to 7 o’clock p. rn. & MAILS. Northern.. Western... Charleston Columbia.. OPENS. IO a.m. 10a. rn. 4:30 p. rn. CLOSES. 3:30 p. rn. 3:30 p. rn. 9 a. rn. 4:30 p. rn. 19 a.m. & 3.30 pm % Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on Thursdays at 0 p. m., and open on Saturdays at 5 p. m. Leesville, Merritt’s Bridge and Mt. Ebal mails close on Sundays at I o’clock p. rn., and open on Tuesdays at 5 o’clock p. im E. CONDY, P. M. THE RA Die AL RA TIFICA TWN MEETING. If the Hayes and Wheeler ratification ; meeting on Tuesday last was a sample of other ratification meetings throughout |the country, Hayes and Wheeler have not much to boast of in the way of popular enthusiasm ; for enthusiasm there was none—neither in the speakers nor the people. How could it be otherwise, when probably not one in ten thousand of the South Carolina Radical masses ever heard of those worthies in their lives, and would have died in blissful ignorance of either of them had not the jjfiitical wire pullers at Cincinnati brought them into notice? And there V s no dodging the fact the ticket is a bit-f ter pill for the more pronounced Radical leaders to swallow. A red shirt hero like Blaine or Morton would have suit cd them far better, and that is why the South. Carolina delegation at Cincinnati was equally divided—Gov. Chamberlain leading the Hayes and Wheeler moiety, while-th e    hipper    wing main- laineil%i««ii0g0^a front for the candi-dates who have done their best to stir up animosity between the Two peoples, wbotfrom natural causes ought to live together in harmony. The speakers were Jefferson. Lee, Palmer, Elliott, Holland and Beaird_ '■not exactly a baker's half dozen, but an ■approach to it. Of the first, who is generally known as “sorrel-top Jefferson,” most of our readers know something. It is enough to say that he is a South Carolin* honorable, who, like .very many of his Legislative brethren, first start d out to*make a noise in the world as a preacher of the gospel, but failing in that calling, turned his attention to politics, in which he is said to have succeeded pretty will in the con' ♦versionary line. His speech was*a long, rambling, Hayes-Wheeler affair, with Iii tie point arid no meaning for the hungry crowd, who were so intent upon satisfying their appetites at the various #■ provision stands, that the French horn and base drum . were frequently called into requisition ta bring the careless audience within hearing distance. Alter ratifying fo; about an hour and a half, this speaker subsided, and was succeeded by % was to bring the funds, and he did not come, the enthusiasm fell below freezing point, and the crowd lost all interest in him, when he fell back and DOCTOR PALMER, of whom we will say something further on, next harangued the crowd with great force and volume on his peculiar political doctrine*, and was followed by R. B. ELLIOTT, who made one of his erudite, stereotyped speeche s, which it is perhaps a compliment to say was listened to with little or no interest, as it was pitched in so high a key of rhetoric that nearly all he said went over the heads of the audience and dropped down into the mud and mire which surrounded the locality where the town council had seen fit to erect the speakers stand. This speaker was followed by EX-REVEREND COUNTY TREASURER, SIMEON W, BEAIRD, who, on this occasion, did not forget his ancient calling, but told the brethren cue, Massa? De lemonade an de ice cream am fus rate/’ and so no doubt it was. Thus the day passed off in jollification, and notone in a hundred in wending their way homeward in the evening could repeat three words of what the ratification orators had uttered, or will ever know whether Hayes spells his name with an “S” ora “Z” or if Wheeler begins with a “we” or or a “W.” THE FORT MOULTRIE CENTENNIAL. We regret that we could not in our last issue present to our readers an ae - count of the very magnificent pageant which took place on the 28th of June in Charleston ; but we will endeavor now, as faithful chroniclers of events, even though a week has rolled by, to sketch a celebration which, perhaps, makes one of the most important epochs in the reconstructed history of our State, It was no local affair, but one in which that they must stick to principle and J the nation was invited to participate, vote for Hayes and Wheeler, even if they starved for it. But the brethren failed to seethe point, and immediately fell back and pitched into the savory cue with renewed vigor—leaving the ex-revercnd to ratify Hayes, Wheeler, Grant, Tilden or—any other fellow, so long as they did not have to support him and his coleagues in fat offices, it was no concern of theirs. As a ratification meeting, the affair on on Tuesday, cempared with similar gatherings in days gone by. was a failure. It was not entered into with that elan spirit and gusto with which the sable orator was went to hold forth to the new^ ly enfranchised in olden times. The stale old story of the imminent peril of being captured and carried back into slavery, has ceased to t^ke, and was almost entirely eliminated from* the programme of Tuesday save in the oratorical flourish of the notorious Gloster, otherwise known as “Mink” Holland, whose illiterate harangue on ku kluxism and negro assassinations only served to thin out tho fast separating, cue-devoted, fun-loving ciowd, who preferred the tricks and gambols of a real live monkey in Tilton’s store yard, to the galvanized antics of Gloster, whose murderous assassination of the King’s English shocked the most illiterate frequenter of Trial Justice alley. To sum up this Hayes and Wheeler gathering, it must be admitted thai it was more remarkable for what it was and not only did our sister States of Georgia and North Carolina ask to join in the celebration, but Massachusetts and New Fork, true to the pledges of unity which they have' several times given to the south of late years, sent their most distinguished and favorite companies down, charged with sentiments of good will and peace, to represent them, and speak forth their voices to Carolinians on Carolina’s Centennial Day. The , , * most elaborate preparations were made for weeks before the Day, and when it arrived the city and Sullivan’s Island presented in the decoration everywhere visible a gala appearance. Two large triumphal arches were placed in the city. .-One at the north corner of *%road and Meeting strate, and Se other spanning South Batfceryfat the Bid of Church street, and just oppo^B to the monument lately erected by the Palmetto Guard to the Defender of Fort Sullivan. The one in Meeting Street was more tastefully decorated than the other, and was surmounted by a palmetto and a pine, which had been brought on for the occasion from the North. All along the line marked out for the march there was a lavish display of flags of every nation and bunting of every description, together with mottoes and expressions of welcome and kindly feeling to the many visitors who thronged the city. By daylight on W ednesday morning the streets I * ex-speaker lee. Who started off by saying that he didn’t take much stock in the declaration of independence. Wg were somewhat sur-^ prised at this, as without that the “ex” would now be following the plow-tail ; but when we considered bow many other concerns the ex Speaker had invested in railroads, banks, pay certificates, Ae., Ac. we dido t wonder, and said, “He < :l is right; the Declaration of Independence and the Glorious Fourth are of* not much use to him. The only time lie “brought down the house” aud made the crowd open wide ‘their eyes, was I when he told them that Tilden had scut ■four million dollars to South Carolina to buy up negro votes. Then every eager 5j*iai listened, every eye opened wide and ,.eve|y hand went deep down into a pocket, 4d the crowd howled, “Hoorai • fer Tibia !” But when the speaker said he bad been down to the depot with a pet John Moriissy, who remarks, and was received appropriately by the company. About 8 o’clock the line was formed and the command was turned over to General Hampton, and the companys moved off with the U. S. Artillery at it head. The line was perfectly kept until it leached the Battery, where a marchin salute was given to the Jasper monument. By this time the soldiery had begun to feel the intense heat and so many suc-cumed to it that the line was broken and but a small part,of the brigade wore able to continue the march to the Island Boat. Many of the different commands were taken in a fainting condition into the houses of the Batter}* residents, and and cared for until they could recover and White Point Garden was filled up with platoons of wearied men who lay panting on the grass under the trees, as many as succeeded in taking the first steamer, were marched up to the Fort and stationed under a mammoth tent. The stage was crowded with the orators of the day, detachments of the Clinch Rifles and W. L. I., bearing the Eutaw Flag, and distinguished persons. At 12 M. the Rev. W. T. Capers opened the ceremonies with . prayer, and Maj. W J. Gayer, the Intendant of the Island, then extended a welcome, and was followed by Gov. Chamberlain, who also welcomed the visitors on behalf of the State. The orator of the day, Gen. J B. Kershaw, was then introduced, and delivered an eloquent and patriotic oration, which was received with repeated rounds of applause. The ceremonies were then closed by a prayer from the Rev. WL H. Campbell, and the several companies then marched off to the houses of the different Islanders, who tendered their hospitalities, and it was not until nightfall that they wended their way back to the city. Of course every one of the Charleston companies had spread that night for their friends, but the chief entertainment was that given by the Palmetto Guards (the special celebrants of th** day) at Hibernian Hall, when after a most handsome and magnificent feast, stirring speeches were delivered to appropriate toasts by G<»v. Chamberlain, Gen. F. N. Capers, Judge Aldrich, ex-Governor Bonham, Gen. Hampton, and the most distinguished of the visitors. At night the city presented quite a bright appearance, many of the houses, especially those near the Battery, being all ablaze with the lights of Chinese lanterns. On Friday the Clinch Rifles reached tile city, and at 12 o’clock, after the formal presentation by the Old Guard to the W. L. I. and Boston L. I. of commemorative medals, the Centennial Legion embarked amidst the greatest dem- t were alive with the military, moving to not than for what it was ; and yet there j their different rendezvous; but owing to was one feature about it that was pleas' I the large body, of troops a change which ant and highly commendable: There j was made in the programme ut a late was no Whiteman on the speaker’s stand j hour the night before, the column did if we except tho spirit-rapping, wo- ! not move until the sun began to pour its j onstration.for Philadelphia, to take part mans right, collard patch orator, Dr. A. j rays down with a fierceness that told | in the grand pageant which occurred a mer, who held forth for the mat- | upon the soldiery before the end of the J there on the 4th. They were about the march. The whole parade was under j last to leave and old Charleston soon command of General Wade Hampton, j after settled down into lier accustomed the Carolina Division being controlled I quietude, with the pleasantest mein-by Gen. James Conner, of Charleston, ; ories, however, of her brilliant and eaii- w j the Georgia Division by Col. C. Ii . I neatly successful centennial celebration, around from Ply moth Rock to the Pa- j Olmsted, of Savannah, and the Cen cific Ocean, Intimated if they would j to an ta I Brigade, (consisting of the Old tor of an hour or so un the merits and demerits of the homestead law the re<»-- istry law. the inequality of taxation_ the pole tax, the land tax, and the woman tax and finally, after peroration The Graniteville Pit*-Nic, The site selected for the pic-nic was a picturesque grove, just across the creek and to the rear of the factory. The site was well shaded by largo oaks, and there seemed to be no end of little springs. I first directed my attention to the dane. ing platform, where some twenty couples were engaged in the old but still fascinating quai drille, keeping time -to the delightful music of the Aiken String Band. Here all were merry and happy, and pleasure seemed to be literally 'unconfined. Old and young, from Major Sims down to the bashful little Miss of ten summers, participated. A little farther on we stopped to watch the little folks jumping rope, and we noticed that many fond mamas and happy papas watching their little ones en-gaged in the play, and then more than ever the prayer of Tiny-Tini found place in my heart, “G*>d bless us every one!” Still a little farther on we passed, and come upon groups of ladies and gentlemen, engaged in conversation and observing the various amusements, or listening to the delightful music of the Graniteville Brass Band. This band is composed of citizens, and was one of the features of the day. Next came the tables—lemonade, ice cream and refrehment stands. Everywhere could be seen huge baskets of tempting eatables, and near at hand the work of barbecuing went on The flavor of this meat made all of us look forward to the dinner with pleasure. About twelve o’clock Maj. Sims announced to the company that, by the request of the committee, James Aldrich, Esq., would address the assemblage. At the conclusion cf Mr. Aldrich’s remarks, 0. C. Jordan, Esq., was called upon, and responded io a short address. £oth ttyse gentlemen alluded to the history of our country, its trial* * and its achievements, and, While recognizing TW. lamentable condition of af-fasts, spoke hopefully of the future* I would like to speak of the splendid factory situated there, which is the life of Graniteville, and a monument of what Southern energy and skill can accomplished ; also of its perfect management, and its kind, hospitable and courteous officers, but space is wanting. The day passed .off most pleasantly, nothing occurring to mar its festivities ; and I most earnestly desire that Graniteville will grow in wealth and prosperity, have more pic-nics, and that I may have the good lortune to be present. Occasional. only make him a Governer or a ruler in the land, he would set matters straight by making every mother son of them, including the female portion of humanity, both fruitful, independent and happy. But J ll the Doctor’s florid rhetoric and fine promises seemed to drop, like those historical pearls we read of, upon dull unbelieving ears in that leaion-ade drinking, ice Guard, of New York, the Boston Light I [Correspondence of The Courier-Journal.] Infantry, the Washington Light Infantry. the GormMi Fusiliers and the Sa. va ti nab Blues,) by Gen. Johnson Ha-good, In addition to these a battalion of artillary, under Copt. Brewerton, IT. S. A., and a battalion of cavalry—Georand South Carolina—under Capt. J. F Aiken, S. C., July 5 1876. To the Editor of The Courier Journal: L will trespass upon your good nature and endeavor to give your numerous readers a short account of the Graniteville Fourth of July pie nic, which, in every respect, was a brilliant success.— Your correspondent had the good fortune Waring, tool: places in the line. The col- 6, ive cream, cue eating, | umn was formed in Meeting street, with j to receive a special invitation from A- crowd. One ancient mauma Slid :    “I    the rignt resting on Calhoun, and be- j E. May, N. K Jones and J. S. Heber- fore the order to move was given, the I son, the committee of arrangements, and Palmetto Guards were made tile recipi- I Mr. Editor, it needed no further in- ents, in front of the Freucdschaftsbund j duceuient for tho invitation to be accept- j Hall, of a handsome flag, made by Mrs. j cd. The Aiken Republican ratification Juliet G. Elliott, in imitation of the one j mass meeting, as placards termed it, presented to Col. Moultrie’s Regiment J bat better known as the “Radical pow- b} her grandmother, Mrs. Barnard El- ! wow,” was a matte** of no interest to me • ____ bott, just after the battle of Fort Sulli_ : —not even a matter of curiosity, for I van. The flag was formally presented j know the old hacks too well to be mind' (by Hon. A. G. Magrath with suitable' 1 ful of their clatter. The Augusta Factory.—The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Augusta Factory was held on the 30th of June. Three thousand and fifteen shares were represented. President Jackson road bis report, showing that the balance of profit and loss account of last year and the gross earnings amounted to 8328,760 ; expenses, tuxes, Ac., 865,656; dividend $48,000 ; leaving a credit balance of 8215,104. Since the war dividends amounting to 198 per cent, have been paid, which $460,000 have been expended in improvements. The president recoined ds the temporary suspension of payment of dividends. During the year 13.391,503 yards of cloth have been manufactured. After further business the following officers were elected ; W. E. Jackson, president; P. J Jenkins, J. B. Cumming, T. G. Barrett, P. Phinizy, directors.-•■-Tbe meeting then adjourned. ain’t gwine tor put my b’lief in dem lyin Bobiish’ners no mo. Nether g< it dat Freedoms Buro wat day promis me, an’ nebber specks to. An’ de old man put he muny iu de Freedoms Satin Bank and git promis of mule and forty acre. Nebber got no mule,nebbergot no mimuy an nebber got no forty acre, an nebber will, ii udder. Ise put lo mo b’lief in dem e«pit-bag trash Hah sun^ ob de Charles Francis Adams Is said filthy Springfield Republica* to have announced his preference for Tilden, and the same authority also informs us that a majority of the Adams boys, if not all, w ll probably follow suit. The Such(hus of' Tammany have had a talk, and now give their support to Lucie Samuel.