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   Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - September 28, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina                                 VOLUME 2—NUMBER IO)  AXKEIST, S. CU SEPTEMBER 28. 1876  OLD SERIES VOL. 6.—NO. 300  MAIL ARRANGEMENTS,  Aiken, S. C., July I, 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. rn., and from 3 to 7 o’clock p. rn.     MAILS. !    OPENS.    CLOSES.          Northern..    IO a.m.    3:30 p.    rn.      Western...    10a. rn.    3:30 p.    rn.      Charleston    4:30 p. rn.    9 a.    rn.      Columbia..     1  4:30 p. rn.    9 a.m. & 3.30 pm     Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on Thursdays at 6 p. rn., and open 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.  MORE TROOPS.  Gov. Chamberlain and “Honest” John Patterson were in Washington last week endeavoring to have more troops sent to South Carolina. It is not as yet known whether they succeeded or not, but it is more than likely that the request will be granted, as the Washington authorities will do all in their power to carry South Carolina for the Republicans. Let the troops come ; we like to see them. They are paid off monthly and spend a large amount of money among our people, thereby advancing the material interest of the State. They do not influence the election either one way or the other, as they are not allowed the privelege of voting, and annot influence votes. The people of South Carolina have started out with the determination to win the fight at any and all cost. Too long have they been sleeping* and they intend in this glorious Centennial year to show to the world that the sons of Old South Carolina have net lost all their vigor, and that they yet have the manhocd to vin-nicate their rights and assert their supremacy over ignorance and vice.  For eight long years have the people of this State been trodden upon by corrupt carpet-baggers and scalawags, wh«>?e sole aim has been to fill their pockets with the earnings of the honest, hardworking taxpayers. These men have  v  kept themselves in power by intimidating the poor ignorant negroes, telling them that they were their best friends and that their former masters were their bitterest enemies. But the colored people have seen their mistake, and are fast deserting the sinking ship, and are coming over to the rock of safety upon whose solid foundation all those who desire honest government can find room to stand.  Ii Governor Chamberlain and his followers think they can secure the election of the Republican ticket by the aid of United States troops, they arc greatly deceived. And we should ad-  * vise them to pack up their baggage ; for on the 7th day of November next, they will be compelled to step down and out and give way to honesty and good government.  A TALK WITH HAMPTON.  His Remarks as Reported by a Northern Republican.  TUR REPUBLICAN TICKET.  The Republican ticket seems to give great dissatisfaction throughout the State. The more respectable portion of the party have become disgusted at last and are doing all in their power to secure the election of Hampton, Elliott seems to be the main objection to the ticket, although the rest are bad enough, and many believe that bis name alone will insure defeat to the entire ticket. The Beaufort Tribune, in alluding to the nomination of Elliot, says :  “Reform within the party—R. B. Elliot, for Attorney-General ! The reform would have been advanced by the renomination of Parker for Treasurer and M« ses lor Governor. They must have forgotten it.”  No, they didn’t forget it; they had enough rascals left to make up a ticket without calling upon these two worthies.  II. V. Redfield in the Cincinnati Commercial  Spartanburg, S. C., September 8. —It is lamentable but true that the lines are drawn closely between the races, and the blacks are even more presumptive against any ol* their color who join the whites than are the whites against one of their number who joins the blacks The whites, however, being largely in the majority in this county, and centi oiling local affairs, there is riot the bitterness between the races that we find in Orangeburg and Edgefield, and those counties whe.e the blacks {ire in the majority. I see the comparatively good feeling between the two races here and rejoice, but I fear that it cannot last through the campaign. The fight will be hot; there will be a great deal of bitterness, and the lines will be drawn bo tight that there will certainly be more or less riots, rows and disturbances before the thing ends. And every outbreak but adds to the bitterness which grovs daily. I wish the election was to-morrow, and the thing was over with.  Greenville may fairly be said to have been upside down last night. It is the universal testimony that the Mountain City has not been so shaken up since the war. When the whole white population enter the campaign as one man—as they have in this, and all on one side—it is to be presumed that they will make active displays. The uproar kept up last night until past midnight. Although the population had had seven set speeches during the day, they were not filled and four or five more were required to satisfy them. There was a torchlight procession of mounted men nearly a mile long, and music and fire-works, and cannon-firing, and generally a high old time. But it all passed off peaceably. There was do disturbance. Among the transparencies was a representation of a female figure bursting asunder her chains, and called “The Prostrate State Aroused.”  Well, she is aroused ; there is no question about that. Nor do I believe there will be peace in the State until the whites come to power over the black majority, be that majority never so large. The column will not longer stand upon its apex.  The ladies vie with the men in which is called here “patriotism.” They make flags, hang out banners, attend the meetings, smile upon the orators and delude them with bouquets. Hampton received not less than a cart load of flowers yesterday. He does not know what to do with them. He says that in the army he had a baggage wagon, but as he is not toting one around with him in (bis campaign, he is at a loss for stor* age room. And such notes as come with the flowers ! The men upon the ticket* from Hampton down, arc referred to as human gods, who are to break the chains of our bondage and restore our dear old State to the hands of her own people, and much of the same sort. The blessings of Heaven are invoked upon tile effort, and, as one of the orators saip “if we do not succeed it will not be for lack of woman’s smiles and prayers.”  There is a good deal of sentiment in the campaign. Gen. Hampton, in his speeches, refers to Siuth Carolina as our dear old mother who, is trampled in the dust, and pleads with lier sons to come to her rescue or she perish. Ile actually had a number of men cry iii «■ in the audience yesterday by his dismal portrayal of the condition of “our poor old mother. 2 *  ’The candidates are all pleased with the work at Greenville ye&terduv. They are assured that at least one hundred black men vvi l vote the white ticket, and that every white man—the lame, the halt, the hl;nd, the bed ridden—will be  brought out, which will give them a large majority there. All these upper counties contain white majorities, and with what negroes they can bring over, they will roll up a large majority for the straight ticket.  “Tilden and Reform” does not enter so much into the contest as “Hampton and Redemption.” That is the watchword. “Reform” does not express the full meaning. The Democracy of South Carolina insist on releif and redemption.  As we were coming along on the cars this morning—a freight train At 12 miles an hour—I asked Gen. Hampton if he thought he would be elected.  “I think the chances are in my favor,” he replied, “but of course we have no certainty of it.”  “Upon what do you base your hopes?”  I asked.  “Just this ; The whites are aroused as they never have been. The largest white vote ever polled will come out, and I calculate upon not less than ten thousand colored votes.”  “Will (hat elect you ?”  “Yes, that will do it by a small majority, pb I calculate it. The blacks are feeding this excessive taxation, and the enormous cost of carpet-bagger rule is coming home to them. I ani positive that more colored men will vote with us than ever before.”  “Who do you think the Republicans will nominate against you V*'  “They are split up and divided, and therein we hope for success. If they do not come together, we are certain to win* If they are not able to harmonize on Chamberlain, they may take Elliott.” “Whom do you think is the strogest man they can nominate ?”  “Chamberlain, hp all means. But the opposition to him among ihe low-country blacks, on account of the Whipper matter, is such that they may defeat him and nominate Elliott or some other colored man.  “That would lead to a color line fight in all that the term implies,” I said.  “Yes j that would not be good for the State. However, nominate whom they may, and do what they can, I think our chances of success are very fine; or. rather, I think the chances are in our favor.”  “If the State goes Democratic,” I said, “then there will be a solid South for Tilden, sure enough.”  “That is true ; but so far as South Carolina is concerned, it is not for Tilden we are working for so much as relief from the rule of the robbers bere at home. My God, sir, we cannot stand it! Our subsistence is consumed, aud the very name of oui Slate is a by-word and a reproach. We are in the gulf of despair. If the Northern people—yes, even the Northern Republicans —knew our condition, knew it just as it is, knew what we have suffered and how we have been robbed, their sympathies would be extended to us in this struggle. We do not want to deprive the colored people of any of their rights ; wo agree to and support the constitutional amendments and turn our back upon the past, but what we do want is relief from the rule of the robbers. To do what I can for our poor old State I accepted the nomination, though I did not want it. I do not want to take part in politics. I never asked for an office. But, when my peo* pie call me, I rn ust. do what I can for | their relief, be it much or little.”  I I told Gen. Hampton that I thought | that the Northern people did sympathise i with the whites of South Carolina, and | would be glad to see enough negroes join ^ with them to elect a decent Legislature,' one composed of mon who could at least sign their own names—-but that'thcy did not like the. idea of every Southern State going for Tilden. At least some of them did not. If there could be some plan devised to take the Cotton Suites government out of the hands of the negroes,  and at the same time prevent the South I from being solidly Democratic at Na tional elections, I thought they would agree to it.  General Hampton said that ho fully appreciated the difficulties ol the situation. He thought it would not be many years until there would be a demand in the North that the negroes be disfranchised, or at least the more ignorant of them. “Mark my words,” said he, “this demand will come from the North before it does from the South. They will see what a large representation the enfranchisement of the blacks give us in the government, and there will be a demand for a change of policy. But in the South we do not now adverse to negro suffrage, whatever may have been our opinions at the outset. It gives us a larger voice in the government than our section has ever before had. Individually, I advocated negro suffrage immediately after the war, and was the first man on the soil of South Carolina to make a speech iii favor of if. What we want now is to get enough blacks to act with us, secure the success of our ticket, electa good Legislature and drive the plunderers that have so long despoiled us from power. That is all. We are working for South Carolina now. I might say for existence."  Yellow Fever,  To the Editor of The Com Her- Journal: In these exciting times of yellow fever, a few lines from one who has been repeatedly in the midst of that dreaful discase, may not be amis.  Some years since, Clapt, J no. Stuart, of t ie 7th U. S. Infantry, related the following facts:    At Nacogdoches (or  Na!chee.) he was a member of a company of U. S. soldiers, stationed there in a building, used as barracks, four stories high. A strange fact of dogs, cats and pigs dying in the early summer, induced a young physician to predict a sickly fall. for which he got ridiculed by his Esculapian friends, and lost his practice. Finally the yellow fever broke out, arid swept the place like tho besom of destruction. All the soldiers in the lower story of the barracks died ; about one-half of those on the second story died ; many of those on the third story had the fever but recovered; and not one man on the fourth story had the disease, though the often there were confined, as it was used as a guard room and prison.  Again, the writer and his family from Fort Wood, La., visited New Orleans soon alter that city ha I been nearly decimated by that scourge, and recognized at the old St. Charles hotel a few of the attend.! tits known before, and learned from them that all the wailers which slept up on top of the house, at the rotunda, though exposed to tim j night air, not considered healthy in that j latitude, escaped the fever, and all be-! low had it, many or all of whom died.  treatment.  At Smithville, N. C.. during the war, there was an army hospital, mainly of yellow fever patients. Champagne wine was found to be the most efficacious medicine. A man, (there was but one who coffined the dead and buried them with impunity,) was one who kept him. self full of whisky, though not drunk, however. An old friend relates: “I was in the last stage of that disease, and the doctors in consultation, before the steward of the ship, alarmed him so  1  that he came crying to me, a favorite,  1  saying, “the doctors say you ti ust die to-morrow morning, but wiM von put yourself under my care?’ it was promised, and he broughta hair pint tumbler half full of raw brandy, which w s , drank, wit Ii no intoxicating effect ami in about ‘ alf an hour an .thor tumbler with the same quantity I soon in a placid sleep, and aw >ke next morning on the uio id.” Surgeon Ii? atli, (J. S.  A , at Smithville hospital, after expos' ing himself in various ways in vain, even swallowing sorno of the black vomit, with a philanthropic view to learn the prognostics and method of treatment in his own person, finally inoculated himself, and took the fever.— Delirium supervened, and he soon fell a martyr co his laudable intentions, As the Creole population believe the disease is propogated by a amal! yellow fly, often found covering boxes of the dead awaiting burial, in New Orleans, may not the mosquito be an active means of disseminating the fever ?    R.  A Card.  To the Editor of Idle (Joinder-Journal:  Please allow me a small portion of your paper to make the statement that I neither ask nor desire a nomination by the Republicans of this county, for any one of the county offices, nor wish to be held responsible, in any way, for anv act of the same. For I am fully convinced, after eight years sorrowful experience, that there is no white man, however exemplary his private character may have been, or’however faithfully he may perform his official duty, but while connected with this party, would be an object of censure, and be held responsible for the misdoings of others. Allow me further to ask that if anyone will point to one single instance in my private or public life, either secular or religious, where I have ever failed to perform my ality as a citizen, that they will come to me and show me the rime when it occurred.— No act of my life, either public or private, gives me one single moments sorrow ; but notwithstanding this, I am held to be responsible for the evil doings of others, without my participation in them.    *    •  No one in Aiken County more fully deprecates or laments the existing state of affairs .han I do, but am powerless to correct them. No one can say that my voice was ever heard other than in the interest of law and order, peace and good government. I have diligently tried, by advice and admonition, lo correct the evils existing at this time in the Republican party, and to show, by my own example, that to bo happy is to live virtuously.  My official service expires with the current year, after which I shall have no more to do with politics.  Francis L. Walker.  The following communication appeared in the Charta ton Journal of Coni-meres alew days ago, and should receive the attention of the pastors of the different churches throughout the State :  “To tho Editors of the Journal of Commerce : lr is respectfully suggested to the Gospel Ministers aud teachers of Divine truth, throughout this persecuted and prostrate State: That on Sabbath Day,October 1st, next,be specially devoted and so announced through the press, and from pulpits in advance of time, that the people in their respective places of worship be invited to assemble earlier than the usual time of church meetings, and in all humility, beseech by prayer and supplication, the interposition of Almighty Cod .ii our behalf AS a peonle oppressed; to aid. protect and deliver us from misrule, corruption and robbery, by unprincipled adventurers who iufest the btate.’  Medical Students. -Medical students arc, like almost all of the young men of our country at this time, Reciting money aud requiring assistance. Every dollar saved is.to them a great advantage, aud gives them an opportunity Of investing these sums iii Looks and ill— .struments. We understand that the trustees and 'acuity of the Louisville Me I c s: College (Kentucky) hare create I a number of Beneficiary Scholar-sn | s in bt ha 11’ of those needing such aid; bu; all of tire facts in regard to the matter can be obi.bired by addressing a letter i i i lie Louisville Medical College* Louisville, My.    .   

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