Aiken Courier Journal, December 21, 1876

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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - December 21, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina VOLUME 3— NUM BHB 112 A. IJK EN, S. C., DECEMBi'R 21. 187G MAIL ARRANGEMENTS. Aiken, S. C.. Drc. ll, 1874. On and after this date the Postoffice fcours will be as follows : During the week from 8:30 a. rn. to 5:30 p. rn. As there is lei mail received on 8un 4ay the office Will not be opened on that day. tau) series roil 7 — no- -rn bapntncss of the State tor generations, | with a patience never equalled : with den.and a firm, unwavering and persistent determination never, under any eir- J hat tile natural patriotic indignation MAILS. Northern Western,. Charleston: OPENS. IO a.m. CLOSES. courage* never excelled, aud with a sub limn sense of duty which fin Is scarce a I of our n,>.,nl, Hi I * a . 1    •    • vuDistances, to recognize the pretented parallel in the history of the World.— I viok    *    1    <    predion    1 'I hey subordinated every personal led- I urea mg to the public weal, and consecrated j i.ence and framed lh*. Constitution.— ' cif race, and honest enough to throw off the .shackles of party, in their dcicrmi- authoi iry of a degraded and disgraced man who-e slander and vitui oration of it* I nation to sive the State. If those who? j violence is creditable in the highest d<* j muled by their fear-. their ignorance,or to them, aud this was due in a large by «*vil counselling, turned a deaf ear to « ur people will always be r membered as J themselves o the sacred work of redeem- I ti,-ti ; mc sn re to the statesmanlike and digni- ' he euiim tions of a vindictive aud haf-10 a. rn. j    S    p.    rn.    j    politician and adventurer, thwarted V liar lest on:    ’:30    p.    m.j    9    a.    rn.    i    iii an unfitly ambition Th.- issue mu>t Columbin.. 10am& 4:30pm 9 a.tn. & 8.80 pr» ' m -    ,    .    *    D,Ust ——--------——   P j he mane,and t» yield is to se 1 Chariest^ mail closes I p. rn. on Sun- j Laical fate of a brae people. day Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on Fridays at 6 af rn., and •pen on Saturdays at 6 p. rn. Leesville, Merritt’s Bridge and Mi. Ii ba I mails close ca Thursdays at 4 ©’citck p. rn., and open on Saturdays at 4 o’clock p. m. Eh CONDY, P. M. ANO TH ER WEEK AT COLUMBIA. ADDRESS OF THE ST A TE DEM-OCR AT IC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. Columbia, December 15 —The following address was issued to-day by the State committee: Rooms State Executive Committee’ To the Democratic Fat ty of South Carolina : The inauguration of Governor Hampton arid Lieuten*?nt-Governor Simpson concluded tire labors which the recent campaign devolved upon the State Executive Committee of the Democratic party, and we take occasion to express our gratitude to the Democracy of South Carolina for its unwavering support of •very measure proposed, and our admiration of that spir.t of forbearance, subordination aud fortitude which has secured universal praise. Amid the excit* ing aud aggravating incidents of a most ^ momentous struggle, enthusiasm has inn their prostrate State. ing confidence and with unshaken fault. (,ur appeals, we should be not vindictive, conduct of those members of th- but magnanimous. Let us shqw to all T    ,    I    (*eI,era* Assembly, who had been made ; of them that the „rue interests of both In .he accomplishment of this task j lh- victims of .his .rosa outrage on .heir they dedicated themselves with unfaltur-1 persons, and ihia da,ing conspiracy against them. Debarred the free exer trusting ah.ncto,he justice of theircuuse , cise of their right* by the presence of and commending that curse reverently ; an armed force, a legal quorum of the to the protection of the Almighty. — | Lower House, after pine acing on record a nm the In cone lush rn, we urcc every one to iequine fhe ordinary routine of basin-ss-ani si ck to Widen the avenue.** of mate— rial proapeiiiy. confiding their cause to the wisdom and conservatism of our Moved Chief Magistrate, whose course j making lls government a pnhlic scandal, i one form ot law nor one requirement of has won the aniliid, nee and excited the J saw that the demand for ref.nil found a I the Constitution was wanting to tire When the corrupt party which, for eight I n bio ,no,est, quietly withdrew Cr jeers has held s tay in this Sca-e. bring, j capitol, aud pVo, ended to organic that mg irs dvihiatioti into disgrace, and j branch of the General Assembly. Not IVl O IrinrV It A aa.,.  __ *    ll*    .    .    .    -    * admiration of the civilized world. Under his guidance and pr auction, the Lsue responsive echo in the popular h<*?irt. j force a d legality to this and that the verdict, of the people would organization w.ll eventuate ii the complete freedom j be pronounced against those who have of-m hopes and aspirations, unless C stitui ion ti Liberty has perished America. A. ( . Haskell. Jolii D. Keni!«»lv, ou- in Ji amus aud that its authority has not been fully • -cognized, is due solely to the same armed usurpation which has subordinated tho civil to the military power throughout this whole contest. Of the disgraceful, dangerous and revolutionary proceedings resorted to by been tempered with prudence, zj\1 with cain n judgment, and we are confident tion of the lower house, it is needless for me to speak. A ou have been the witnesses and tho victims of these, and the rent to every patriotic heart and fetal to \ civilized world have looked on with amazement, disgust aud horror. You Ii ive seen a minority of that house usurp the powers of the whole body ; you have se. n the majority expelled * from their hall by threats of force J ycu have seen persons having no shadow of a claim as surmounted bv three wreaths of flowers, bunn t ich side of the stage hung numerous ^m iller fl gs. The floor of the sin; o was covered with a handsome ear- tbit the sui,lime pa,ic ce so sorely tried 11*'’ 8"d * ‘"T aru' ch#ir was Piaced in r    J    ^    f    HD    cPnfro    fe...      nu    i b) the events of the last eight years will a.id be exercised until the end. The fruits of our victory are sought t.» be : vvletted from our grasp, and an usurping body whose only prop is Federal bayonets seeks to c mtrol the State We feel assured that . ur government, which represents the will i i* the people and is tne centro for Hampton. The large ‘►pen space in front of the stand was ^ filled with an immense crowd, and the I house tops and windows for squares j around were crowded with men and we-| men. The Columbia Brass band dis | coursed martial airs, and everybody rev j learned in breathless anticipation of tile j appearance of the conquering hero. based upon the consent of tile governed. will speedily become the recognized i government in the State, as we firmly 1 believe that the indignant protest of the    n    „ Entire p tq.ie of these United Stites who    * i*""-    0tT and *re no, si?** to party prejudices,' will I    a"d 1,,l!uWid «*Jf tho members sustain our action aud vindicate our ■cause. upon a basis la d down by our honorable chieftain at the outset, and through peaceful and lawful agencies we w<«d the victory, acknowledging the legal and political rights ct ail classes, and pledging ourselves t>> maintain them inviolate. V\ e know that every pledge of the party degraded the State, they appealed to Federal intervention, and by a libel on our whole people, as false as it was base called in the soldiery of the United A. Hoyt, T. B. Fraser, John j States army to aet as supervisors of our Bratton, E. O.Yeil*. Jr„ J. Ad„er election in a time of pr, found peace, j the defeated party, after the or-anixa myth, >tare Democratic Executive ; *hen no legal officer had been resisted moline-.    ^ ft) the proper discharge cf his functions INAUGUR VITON CF GOVERNOR    ^ e have witnessed a spectacle abhor. HAMPTON Columbia. Pee brid j Republican institutions wh*n Federal The town clerk toiler 3, and he im m- I t'amps were us d to promote the succors hers of the House and Senate ma l - i«< ii- j ot 5* poiiticiil party. Undismayed thi.«L:h way to the open space in f< ut I the    c*it ^ ^ this gross violation of the hall to witness the inaugural :o \ Co stitutioo of the country, our people I.iigo aud handsomely decorated sta.i,* with a dot rinination that no foree couid had been erected near the ludl. At rue , S!l^ *Ui5’ ,l')    cml    I defeat, k - pr. back of the stage was hung an immense i stea,My peacefully in the path of canvas, with I fe size portraits of Hamp- ! ^ut-v* resolved to assert their rights as ton and Simpson, beneath which were AuiericH«1 freemen at the ballot-box. ti at d-apcd two A lerican and a State flair, £reat Court of final resort, before which must be tried the grave question of the supremacy of the Constitution and the Stability of our institutions. What the verdict of the people of South Carolina has been you need not he told. It has reverberated tim ugliout the State and its echo comes back to us from every laud where iberry is venerated, declaring in tones that cannot bo mistaken that, standing (.ii the Constitution of our country, we propose to obey its laws, to preserve, as lur is iii u> lies, the peace aud honor, and to carryout in good faith every pi. dge made by us lur reform and    j    of novei mnent. j Airer the lapse of some minutes, which J honest government. We intend to prove    I    which concern not    us    alone, hut see int ti ages. Governor Hampti ii and J to Wt,r^ t,1‘* sincerity of our deeh-    I    people OI the United State.-, fir if    acts Lieutenant Governor Simpson appeared, j laGm, that tho s.-le motive which in-    j    so unauthorized and    so    unconstitutional spired the gianu contest we have so sue- are allowed to p..ss without rebuke, pop cess fully waged w.:s not the paltry ambition for party supremacy, but the sacred hope of i t deeming our Slate. It was this hope that h-d our people to a victory w hich was grand r in its pro. portions, greater in its success, no.der iii its achievement, and brighter in its promise of prosperity, than any .'flier ever waged on this continent. Bur it was sought to wrest tile fruits of this magnificent victory from the hands tint won it by a gigantic fraud and a ba.-e races can best bo recured bv cultivating peace and promoting prosperity among all classes of our fellow-citizens. I rely confidently on the support of the members of the General Assembly iti my efforts to attain their laudable ends, arid I trust that ail branches of tile government will unite cordially in this patriotic work. If so united, and working with resolute will and earnest determination, we may hope soon to set tile dawn of a brighter day for our State* God in his infinite mercy grant that it may come speedily, and may he shower the richest blessings of peace and happiness on our whole people. THE CONSTITUTIONAL HOU3E. Columbia, December 18 th.—To. Governor Hampton having completed his siege • ?;*e*ati ins. sounded th# preliminary rn te for the enemy to 8Uf* render in the following pithy letter: bTATE OF South Carolina, Executive Chamber, Columbia, S. C , December 18,1876 Sir:    Governor    of South Ciirolina, chosen by the people thereof, I bara qualified in accordance with the Constitution, and I iiereLy ca'! upon you, as u*y piedecessor in the office, to deliver I members admitted to seats as Iiepresen- ! “P to roc tho great s. a1 .if State, together fauves by the votes of men who them- j "'itll tile possession of ihe Statehouse selves were acting in direct violation of J {he public records and all other matters the Constitution, and y rn have seen the aud tilings appertaining to said office, last crowning act of infamy by whi-h a I candidate for tho office o* Governor, de* I feared by the popular vote. had himself I declared elected by bis co—conspirators. I I make no comment on the.-e flagrant I outrages and xvrmi-js It pertains to the Respect fully, your obedient servant: W ade llAMProN, Governor. To 1) U. Chamberlain, Esq. Chamberlain's reply was as follows: State of South Carolina, Executive Chamber. I j of the Senate and tho    House of Repro • j se 11 ta fives. These latter formed in front n    ,    I    uf    the stand, which    was occuni*>d bv Our campaign has been conducted i H impt. rn, Simpson, Speaker Wallace an.! the officers of the House, Judge Mackey. Trial Justice Quitman Marshall, the rn. tubers of the exccui ive committee. lion. Mr. Errington, M. p., Senator T. J. Robertson, and others. TheG and Lieutenant Governor Tovernor were hailed nae every pledge of the party with deafening cheers from th . „ a 111 bo req ,eo, od. With kind feeling ; n.,K„ • ,•    the    crowd, r the ...asses of     i.u    .     7.    1    ",r    ,or    8<ln<,ro*    ilr,,0''d    "as    white fur the masses of the opposition, we immt ! wjt|, w. (lorn ral Assembly lo take such action | Ooi.umbia. S. 0.. December 18,1876 in regal ti to them as that I oiiorabie I *^IR : ^,:ive rect*i\*e:l the communica* boily may deem proper But it is due j t*°U '**    y,)U ca^ up <n me to da te my position as rile Oh lei* Magistrate ! ^vcr UP t:’ Vou l,u- great Seal of State, of this Commonwealth, to place on record j clc' efc- ^    ,,0{ r song wiz • in you any my solemn chi*! idigiiant protest, agaii st !    l0,,u,he the foregoing demand, and. act? which J consider a* subversive of i ^ *lcret>Y refuse compliance therewith, civil liberty, and destructive of our form j    ‘I*    Chamberlain, These are questions j    Governor    .’south Carolina. tho !    Wade Il.impton. E.-q. 'J lie indications now are th it die battle us I ai ny opened i.*, earnest. Governor liar;:*-ton is pursuing his old plan of ular govemmciit. us estuhlirhed by the i    ^ J *‘n attark all along the line. Constitution, will give place to military I * ht' l"^ow*,1e? circular letter has been despotism,    ;    sent "ut    aodrcs cd to prominent Our duty, die duty of every patriot, j ('*i,l2e,'s ©very county of the S.ate. is to demand a strict consideration of the :    •    . I will thank ycui to give tho at Constitution, and a right adherence to >UUl bliest opportunity the full names its p-.,vi>i ms. We can on Iv thus pre- j th<'> Pe,riM,MS 1,1 >,,,lr c-u«ty nowfiliing serve our liberties and our gouwnmcnt i t!:c l0lioWinbr offices : County Treasurer* A -re.it. task is before the Conservative j ^"wnt>' Auditor, County Clerk of Court, party of this State, they entered on this i Goutily Siicrift, County Pmbato Judge, School CommisM mer. Jury Commis— : sioner; Election C'»iiiuiiss!oncr, County I O'tiudoners and Trial Justices.— his voice to be heard i ,hem’ :,ruiod ^hlicis rf' die FederalG exerci-e uiaguai.iutity toward* theut _|K    I'"‘f B'eCs, flunir to the .... Gcnrr.«it« Ail    •    •    breeze by fair hands. Gov Haumton cal,ll"‘ to take.lh? sears t.» which the I the Constitution file of lh, opp,.ire p.and we carn I T Th-''T estly rocuuitneod that steps bo taken at I    '*U5,U"1    Address.    :,s    «*l- once to guuiainee protection to labor- | Gentlemen ok the Senate and Hot se of Representatives. contest with a platform so broad so stroiur, So liberal, that every honeiw cit-conspiracy. W hen the members eel of j i'/cti could stand upon it. They tecog- the General Assembly repaired to the j nized aud accepted the amendments of ^h 'ui,i a,G oi thc -bove offices be fi.led in good faith; they had assigned : pledged themselves to w o k refor.it, and to establish good government; they rn»t»»- ov- I i em men t confronted them, and their mr- i used to keep an efficient system of public tifica'cs of election were examined and | education, and tiny declared m lemnly era in every crffinty of the 8tate.~ Governor Hampton heartily concurs in this recommendation, and we have his It is with feelings of the profoundest authority to make it known to the pub- I solicitude thcfc I assume the ardour: and lie. j grave responsibilities of the hmh posi- Car ey .ii incoiiipetciit purs in, or by any one ref us p.g; to    acknowledge the lawful government. ^ou are requested to sug. gust the in.j:e of the citizen best fitted to flu flic office. As these appointments passed upon by a corporal of* the guard ! that all citizens of 'Ninth (’ar tem,    el j    are ul v:tai    Awe to the welfare of A spectacle so humiliating to a free pen- j both races an J both paries, should    fo. I State, t    uige    ul"‘“ vim to submit pie and so fatal to republican institu | regarded as equals in the eye of the law. tho    oi'    »**»•«    but    th»'>e    possessing lions, has never b. en presented in Avti ,.r j all to be fully piotected in the enjoyment j u,Kl,*»btcd ability and integrity, pre-iea. It could not have been witnessed I of every politic;! rigi»t mw possessed bv ^al"e'* to    support,    and    energetic even here, where civil liberty has for J them.    I    villiy carry out ail    the much needed re— years been but a mockery, hi,a not the To the faithful observance of these I    'Un"' U’ "    are    a,.lo.,oily pledged. oft Coiistituiioii ; for the tread of the armed j party, hold myself ImunJ- by every die- I Pe0!’lo; »'"> 1 »-"fident'v appeal to tliei g'Mid lair Ii. t«» use Under the severe trials of the present j tion to which the pcopl s of South .Ut- party, and we uree\very clreMuia^ ' unpteeedlued"'iV'^h' p ^ T"’" ' ra,MeSS hl""1 uf “'Uttai-y power rtvtn k pledges we'stand eommitted!’ Ind Tai |    1,1    thc    ,.f    this    task,    suc- without regard to pas, fKilit teal affiliate us,' | lake the chair as ChuT^m""1 of1 d0W“ t!'K ^^ "«- i «Le representative of .he Conservative ! CeM <leIK,lds “I*    '»*«    the strictly to refuse aliegianee to the, mon- this State after years of misrule cornu * ii-    i    i    u*    j    i    i    * atrous usurpation claiming to exercise I tic and anarchy brought up!,n us bv ! lh h ii’ f T I r "U"ds tllr"u-h tate of honor and o .he functions of the .State government, j venal and unprincipled po itieaTadven    t f Ti I 7’ T" ,7" row,',Mn„ ....    *    ..    F^micai aa veil. j prostrate form of Liberty herself yr w . nip, next r t.» contribute one tyrers. The honest people of the Stav j,    *,,.    , r •.    v    ”    otftw**    It    wasaund    the>eariiied millions thnso dollar of taxation for Us sustenance, and without regard to party or race will steadily maintaining the verdict of the i voice demanded refom, and ’with orm ■ ,• tx. hi    na ueonlp Mi 'fin K-.linf Vt f    ^    General Assembly "ere caned on to a-* people at. .lie ballot b.-x. Every interest.! Durnose devoted thcuM*!***    .....1 •f the present aud every hope of a-es re- i ce. and without regard to patty or race, with one I appalling scenes that the men, bets ofthe ne,,Die a, .he ballot h, T P 7 the I V,MCe d"u'anded refOT“. »»d with oue ; General Assetnblv were called o, rfthe tireccnt * a I 7°^    I    PurPosedevot<“dtheu'**lves earnestly and J SUme their duties as the Represontathes i future aoe ' th- DC T'*    **    .°‘    ,h“    I    *°lemn'y 'he attai,imcut thh, end, I of a free Stale, and that State ore ,f -h ■ I e •    -    p.ace, prosperity and 1 w, th a Miry patriotism never surpassed; I original thirteen, who won our ind-o-u- 1 over me 1 ev«:ry effort te have tiles.; p ! deemed fully and Ii >u.»-tlv. Is i> due I not univ to ourselves hut to the e iffircd 1    *'    pm    ucu. t    w j people of the State that wise, ju-t and I; j liberal measure*’ she ilu prev iii in our* ! Legislature. We owe much of our late success to th ’se colored voters who were brave enough to rise above the prejudice par10.tis.u tf.» lot O'> r> rsonal fueling eau.vu tiieni ta swerve fr«uu the line of public truly which they i’ave hitherto so respectfully, Wade Hampton, Governor. From the above it will seen tbirt [Continued on 4lh psgo. j ;

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