Aiken Courier Journal, August 24, 1876

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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - August 24, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina VOLUME 2 —NUMBER 95 MAIL ARRAKC£M€NTfo; Aiken, S. CU July I, On and after this date the Postoile^U6 hours will be as follows :    '* During the week from 8:30 a. rn. to I $( o’clock p. rn. m., and from 3 to 7 o’clock ^ ? MAILS. Northern.. Western... Charleston Columbia..1 OPENS. CLOSES. IO a.m.|    3:30 p. m. IO a. rn. j    3:30 p. rn. 4:30 p. rn.)    9 a.m. 4:30 p. rn. |9 a.m. & 3.30 pm Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on 'Thursdays at 6 p. rn., and ojien on Saturdays at 5 p. rn. 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. rn. E. CONDY, P. M. ares. t THE CONVENTION. The great and important event which our people have anxiously lucked forward to and which may be considered as the entering wedge in commencing the great reform movement in South Carolina, has token place. Never since the war was there assembled at the capital of the State such a distinguished array of talent and representative men as met together on the 15th instant, for the purpose of establishing a line of policy to be followed in the coming struggle, which is to redeem the State from the clutches of the rapacious robber horde who, under the misnomer of representatives and rulers, sit in high places and squander the substance of the people. The straight-out, active policy which the Convention has decided to follow, is without doubt the true oue ; and it is a matter of no little satisfaction and pride that the people of our county have token an advanced position in the line, and have, when ever opportunity has occurred, expressed themselves in favor of the most prompt and vigorous meas- - ■    id    •    t{\    .i    ’    ■    " The Democracy has at length attained p^titioal consistency. The mistaken policy which some of our best journalists aijd statesmen, whose fealty to the cause Os good government cannot be doubted, have up to this time thought best to follow, has been abandoned and the party now presents an unbroken front, that oannot fail to Bring victory in the combing contest. In this respect the Democracy has an important advantage over the enemy, whose illiterate hetrogenous masses are lacking in all these qualities so requisite to insure success. General Wade Hampton, whom the Convention has unanimously chosen to fee our standard bearer in this great emergency, is a man of pronounced ability—possessing all the qualificati OHS necessary to lead the Democracy to victory, and when it is attained, co bring the once proud old State back into the wajsof peace and prosperity from which, Radical corruption and fraud, she bas oolong been estranged. We have always had an abiding faith in the wisdom of the Convention, and that it would be equal to the emergency and do just what it has done. Under the circumstances we do not see how it could have acted otherwise. General Hamp^ ton s election will be a guarantee to the country that the affairs of the State will be administered for the safety and happiness of all classes. In fine, the entire State ticket nominated is an excellent one, which cannot fail to inspirit the people to action and insure a victory in advance. SjWith Tilden and Hendricks bearing thcTbatmer of reform in the affairs of the Nation, and Hampton as leader of the forces of the State, there can be “no such word as fail I” We must win the fight ! The following is the platform adopted by the Convention:AIKEN; S. C., AUGUST 24. 1876 OLD SERIES. VOL. 6.—N0.295 THE PLATFORM. The Democratic party of South Carolina. in Convention assembled, announce .    ,    "•» *VU    ——— WW K|»WV«H»    Ut ill ic UU t e o owing as its p at orrn of priuci- summary justice any one who dare vio* lith of the Thirteen th, Fourteenth ana Ifleenth Amendments to the Federal Constitution ; acceptiug and stand-jjjfcg upon them, we turn from the settled and final past to the great living and momentous issues of the present and tho future, We adopt the platform of principles announced by the National Democratic party recently assembled at St. Louis, and pledge ourselves to a full and hearty co-operation iii securing the election of its distinguished nominees, Samuel J. Tilden, of New York, and Thomas A. Hendricks, of Indianna, and believe that under the wise and just administration of its distinguished reform leader, assisted by the eminently patriotic and able counsellors by whom he will he surrounded, peace and prosperity will again bless our country, and the dissensions, confusion and maladministration of the past eight years will give place to concord, good government, and a thorough restoration of the Union. In accordance with the declarations of that platform, and the utterance!* and acts of our distinguished leader, we demand a genuine and thorough reform in the Statq of South Carolina, and call upon all of. its citizens, irrespective of race, color or previous condition, to rally with us to its redemption, for it is evident that substantial and lasting reform is impossible within the ranks of the Republican par> ty of this State, We charge that party of arraying race against race, creating disturbances and fomenting difficulties; with prostituting the election franchise, tampering with the ballot-box, and holding unfair and fraudulent elections; with having accumulated an enormous debt, rn ism an-aged the finances, and injured the credit of the State; with levying exorbitant taxes, and wJtlSflying them" when collected, thus wringing from the toil and and livelihood of the honest poor man of the State, a large percentum of his hard earnings, without giving in return any compensation therefor 5 and has hopelessly involved in debt a majority of the counties of the State. Its management of our penal and charitable institutions is a shame and a disgrace. We charge its legislation as demoralising, partisan and disgraceful, and the venality and corruption which have characterised every branch of the government —executive, legislative and judicial— have no parallel in the history of nations, It has created a multiplicity of unnecessary and useless offices, complicated in their system aud unnecessarily expensive. It has attempted to elevate to the bench two most corrupt aud degraded men. It can never purify itself, give good and impartial government, or by its moral force and character, exercise in its full sovereignty the law of the land. We do not .charge this condition of things, which every patriot most deeply .deplores, upon the masses of the party, but upon their leaders, who have made such fatal use of their confidence aud trust; for it is our firm conviction that all the good people of the State, of both races, desire peace and prosperity. We, therefore, call upon all of our fcllow-citizens, irrespective of race or past party affiliations, to join with us in restoring the good name of their State* and to again elevate it to a place of dig-uity, and character bimong the commonwealths of this great country. We discountenance all disturbances of the peace of the State, and denounce all instigator* and promoters thereof, and earnestly call upon all of our fellow citisens, irrespective of party lines, to exercise forbearance and cultivate good will; and if the government of the State is committed to our control, we pledge ourselves to protect the persons, rights and property of all its people, and to speedily bring to pies : “We declare our acceptance in perfect late them. We desire a fair, peacable election, appealing to the reason and not to the passions of the people, and demand of the Republican party a fair showing in the appointment of commissioners of election. We demand a fair election and a fair count. We call upon all of the patriotic sons of Carolina to join us. We ask but a trial of Committing the State to our keeping, and if good government, security, protection and prosperity do not dawn in our over taxed, despoiled and disheartened people, then drive us from power with scorn and indignation. Our object is reform, retrenchment and relief, that by honesty and economy we may reduce taxes and lighten the burthens of the people ; giving at the same time absolute security and protection to the rights and property of all. Upon this paramount issue we cordially invite the co-operation of every Democrat and Republican who is earnest and willing t    O in this crisis of our State, to unite with us in this great work. CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS. J. A. Wagener and S. McGowan were elected as the nominees for electors for the State at large, by acclamation :    r The Convention took a recess of thirty minutes, in order to allow the Congressional Conventions to sit. The following were nominated for their respective Congressional Districts. First—For Congress, J. S. Richardson ; for elector, J. W. Harrington. Second—For Congress, T. B. Barker, for elector, T. G. Ingram, of Clarendon; Third—For Congress, D. W. Aiken ; for elector, William Wallace, of Columbia, Fourth—For Congress, John H. Evans ; for    v ^ifth*~lj& Congress, G. D. Tillman ; for elector, Robert ANfc& &!-,:i NOMINATI^HHP^iiM^ I pp y 7 , IL. The following were nominated for solicitors by the Judicial Convention : Firstr Circuit—W. St. J. Jervey. Second—T. G. Gant, of Barnwell. Third—J. J. Dargan. Fourth—W. W. Sellers. Fifth—J. R. Abney. Sixth—T. C. Gaston. Seventh—B. W. Ball. Eighth—J. S. Cothran. COMPLETING THE 8TATE TICKET. After the recesss, on motion of Col. Simonton, the Convention proceeded to elect a candidate for Lieutenant-Governor. Colonel Lipscomb nominated. W. D. Simpson, who was elected by acclimation. The names of J. B. Kershaw and W, H. Wallace, of Union, which had been suggested, being withdrawn. Thd following were then elected by acclamation : Gen. Johnson Hagtfod, for Cooiptrol-lei-General; Gen. James Conner, for Attorney-General; Col. R M. Sims, for Secretary of State; Mr. H. H DeLeon, for State Treasurer; Capt. Hugh S. Thompson, for Superintendent of Education. Mr. DeLeon declined to serve as State Treasurer, and Capt. S. L. Leapheart, of Columbia, was elected to take his place. Messrs. E. W. Moise and S. G. McKissick were both nominated for candidates for Adjutant and Inspector General. Upon a vote being taken, Mr. Moisc received 78 votes, and was declared elected. Mr. McKissick received 43 votes. The election of Mr, Moise was then made unanimous. Wheu General Conner was nominated for Attorney-General by Colonel Haskell, his name was greeted with cheers, and when his election was declared, the cheering was renewed with cries of “Conner I Conner !M gen. Connor’s hearty pledge. upon. and turned he was again called spoke as follows: Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention. loin hardly express how grateful to me is this mark of the confidence and regard of those who are so much endeared to me ; of those who are here as the representatives of the people of South Carolina, devoted to her, and hoping to bring back to her, by the effort of every true son of th e State, those days when to be a South Carolinian was a pride and distinction. I feel that in this compliment, you have paid a tribute to something higher than any individual, a tribute to freedom of thought, and freedom of discussion.-On the issues which divided this Convention, I was in the minority, and you have taken me as a candidate on your ticket, thus heralded abroad that the Democracy of South Carolina are united as one man. I have only to return you my heartfelt thanks for the honor you have done me, and to pledge you that every effort in my power, every thought and feeling of my nature, will be devoted to carrying to success the cause which you and I have so muon at heart. Mr. Henderson moved that a committee of five be appointed to prepare an address to the country in defence of the Democracy of the State, against the charges brought against them in connection with the Hamburg riot, and that they report at their leasure through the public print. Mr. Moore said that any vindication was now unnecessary; that the press of the country, and the gallant men o Edgefield had already vindicated the Democracy of the State; and that the address which the committee would prepare might possibly not be such as the th^, Convention would ap- resell General tive C9B11 Con yen th thought the wisest course the matter rest. The ithdrawn. aer said that the Execu appointed.at the May ring done this work, now considered themselves functus officio, and they now requested that their successors might be appointed. Gen. Butler moved that the President of the Convention, after consultation with the nominees on the State ticket, appoint an Executive Committee, to consist of seven members, and that they Serve till the next nomination for State officers, are till their successors are appointed. Adopted.    • General Conner said that when the Executive Committee, appointed in May, entered upon their duties, they found almost every kind of organization existing among the Democrats through* out the State. The Committee had prepared a uniform plan of organisation for the party which 'he snbmitted, and which, after some amendments, was adopted. Capt. R. O’Neil, of the Committee on Finance, reported that that committee had a surplus fund on hand and requested instructions as to Its distribution. On motion of Col. Haskell, they were requested to turn it over to the State Executive Committee. The Committee appointed to wait on General Hampton then came in, conducted him to the President’s desk, and reported to the Convention that he was now present. General Hampton was greeted with prolonged cheers, and as soon as they had subsided, spoke as fellows. ADDRESS OF GEN. HAMPTON. Mr. President and. Gentlemen of the Convention : In accepting the honorable position to which you have called me, that of your standard bearer in the great struggle for reform, which you have begun, I do so with the most grateful appreciation of your kindness, and the most profound Capt. DePass informed the Conven- I sense of the high duties and the grave don that Gen* Conner was not then on J responsibilities pertaining to the posi— oor of the Convention. When he re- tion. In the better days of our country, when the surest passport to official' station weft found in the ability, the honesty and the integrity of her public servants, the most distinguished sous of South Carolina looked upon the Chief Magistracy of the State as the goal of their highest ambition, and the best reward of their public services. If men of whom Carolina i's justly proud held in such deserved estimation the distinction of being thought worthy by their fc-llow citizens of the highest in the gift oh the fa tate in the days of her prosperity and peace, how much more highly should I esteem the honor you have done me by calling me unanimously to lead you in this hour of gloom and peril I You are struggling for the highest stake fur which a people ever contended, for you are striving to bring back to your prostrate State the inestiuiab’e blessings which can only follow orderly and regulated liberty, under free and good government. W e believe that these blessings can only be secured by a complete change ii the administration of our public affairs National and State ; and believing tha our sympathies and our interests leal us natur lly and inevitably into allianc with that great party, upon whose banners are inscribed the watchword 0 Democracy, reform, good government hard money and home rule, you hav< endorsed and ratified the pl tforrn of th< Democratic party, adopted at St. Louis and planting yourselves firmly on that you look forward hopefully and eonfi dently to victory, in which you will no! only share, but to whieh you will hav< contributed. The platform which you have adopted here is so catholic in it! spirit, so strong in its foundations, arni |o hroatHn its construction, that every man in South Carolina who honestly desires refer in can find room to stand upon it. With such a platform, where our citizens of all parties and all races can stand, assured of equal rights and full protection, you can surely bring back to our distracted State the great blessings of good government. As for myself, should I be elevated to the high position for which you have Dominated me, my sole effort shall be to restoie our Statt! government to decency, to honesty, ti economy and to integrity. I shall be the Governor of the whole people, knowing no party, making no vindictive discrimination, holding the scales of justice with firm and impartial hand, seeing as far as in me lies, that the laws are enforced in justice, tempered by mercy, protecting all classes alike, and devoting every effort to the restoration of prosperity aud the re-establishment of honest govern ment. Thanking you, gentlemen, for the honor you have conferred upon me, and invoking the blessing of God oa your praiseworthy effort to redeem our State, I here pledge thyself to work with you in that sacred ca^se, with all the zeal, all the energy, all the ability and all the consistency of "which I am capable. He was interrupted with frequent wursts of applause. At the conclusion of bis speech he retired to a sofa bp the right of the hall where he remained seated tijl the Convention adjourned.— Gen. Butler moved that Col Bion, a member of the National Executive Com* mittee, be requested to make such statement to the Convention as he thought groper The motion was adopted, and 3ol. Bion responded. On motion .of General Butler, Hon.. J. L. Manning took the chair for a few minutes, and idle Convention adopted a re$o|t|tion of thanks to General RarMI^ Cfbr the able, courteous and impartial manner in which he had presided; fttfi to Mes-rs. John R Abney sod Zingier-man Davis, for their mrvioes as secre taries. 4..——*. I Continued cm Fourth Pagei\ ;

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