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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - April 12, 1877, Aiken, South Carolina Volume 3—xumuur 12 A-IJKE^S, s. CX, APRIL 12, 18« OLD SERIES, VOL. 7.—NO'32 RI AIL ARRANGEMENTS. Ai ken, 8, 0., Doc. ll, 1874. On anil aft or this (Ante the Postoffice hours tvitl lie as follows : Durin? the week from 8:30 a. mn to 5.30 ^p. rn. As there is no mail received oft Sunday the office will not Ii? opened on t hat day Si ails. • 6 plxs ~T closes. i ti p. rn. S p.m. 9 a. rn. Northern.. Western... Charleston IO a.m.i 10a. rn. i -I:SO p. rn.! ^Columbia.. lOan.A 1:30pm 9 a.m. & 3.30 ‘pm Charleston mail closes at I p. rn. on Sunday Dunbarton, ITamniond and Greenland mails close on Fridays at G a. in., and sipcn on Saturdays at o p. rn. Leesville, Merritt’s Bridge and Mf. Ebal mails close on Thursdays at 4 o’clock p. rn., and open on Saturdays at 4 o’clock tp. rn. IL CONDY, P. M. REDEEMED AT LAST I SOUTH CAROLINA ONCE MOKE FREE! Chamberlain Tunis over Hie Staten House to Hampton ! State of South Carobtna, Executivk Chamber, C Columbia, April 19,1877. } Sir.—Having learned that you now purpose to turn over to me the Executive ■Chamber, with the records and papers belonging to tile Executive office now in your possession, I beer to infor% you that i will send a proper officer to receive the same at any hour you may indicate as most convenient to yourself. l am very respectfully, jour obedient servant, Wade Hampton* To Hon. D. II.'Chamberlain. State of South Carolina,") Executive Chamber, v Columbia, April IO, 1S77.) Sir—Replying to your note of this ‘date, I have to say that my Private Secretary will meet such officer as you may designate ac twelve meridian to morrow, at the Executive Chamber for the purpose as indicated in your note. Very respectfully, D. H. Chamberlain, Governor of South Carolina. lion. W ade Hampton. No excitement whatever—all seem to take the result as proper for the future welfare of the State. The surrender of •the government to Hampton is preceded •by an interesting and dignified statement of the situation by Chamberlain. Chamberlain’s address to the Republicans of South Carolina concludes :— "**Rut the edict has none forth. No argument or consideration which your friends could present have sufficed to avert the disaster. No effective means of resistance to the consummation of ■the wrong are left. The struggle can be prolonged; my strict legal rights arc of course wholy unaffected by the action of tile President* No Court of the State that I shall no longer actively assert my right to the office of Govern* or of.South Carolina. The motives and purposes of the President .of the United States in the policies which Cornwells me to my present course are unquestionably honorable and patriotic. I devoutly pray that events indicate the wisdom of lire action, and that peace, justice, freedom and profpcrity may henceforth be tire portion of every citizen of South Carolina* [Signal] D. H. Chamberlain, Governor of South Carolina. To lits Excellency D. II. Chamberlain. Governor orf {South Carolina : Dear Slit: Recurring to the views severally expressed by us during the personal conference, which we had the honor to hold with you.yesterday, in regard to the political complications which have grown out of the canvass’t’ft this State,we beg leave to apprise yon formally of the correl us i o*is We have reached, after mature deliberation and the gravest reflection which we have been able to bestow I*pun the subject . W blist we are no less inspired with admiration for the dignified and resolute manner in which yon have consistently maintained your claims to the Gubernatorial chair by virtue of the election held iii November last, than we arc solemnly impressed with the Validity of your tit Ic to the office, we are unanimous in the belief that to prolong the contest; in the absence of that moral aid to Which we feel ourselves and our party justly entitled at the hands of a national ad ministration, ins*ailed in a large , measure, through the same agencies which are now held to be insufficient for our banner of South Carolina, not carried lice to a political opponent lor me to say J want every man to constitute himself a through bloody fields, but through those I so, that Mr. Hayes, consulting his own * conservator of the peace, to see that there more glorious ones of peace, floats over ; dignity and respect for the laws of the ! will be no violence; to ~o around and a State, free. disenthralled, regenerated I band, and I hope for the people of South j tell your neighbors that, if there Carolina and for myself, asked me to and redeemed. And how has it been redeemed? My friends! not by blood, not by violence, but by the potential agency of the ballot. It has been redeemed because the honest men of South Carolina, of all races and a1* parties, determined to wipe away the scandal which had hung so long over hor history. It Was because we saw that we would have to fight for very ^x istence ’; that all We held dear in the past was sinking, or being swept away ; that the civilization of hundreds of years was being blotted out ! We saw that our government Was passing into the hands of aliens and of strangers ; nud-, placing oureause in the hands of God on high, we determined that we would make one more effort to redeem South Carolina, aud if we should go down it would be with our banners floating, and with no stain to disgrace that eau c. You fought a battle that has never been Equalled on the American Continent. I scarcely realized in those days cd peril and gloom, the grave issues which were hanging on this contest. I did not realise them until I went to Washington. I tell you that a musket shot in this town would have meant civil war on this continent; and what stopped it? [Cries of '‘You stopped it I” from the crowd*] No ! my countrymen, it was because the people of South Carolina were the most law-abiding people in the country, and because they had risen above consideration of party, is maintenance, will be to incur the respon- and determined to save their State. State has jurisdiction to pass up in the , Dunn, Comptroller General, F. L. Car— title to my office: no lawful Legislature ^°*c), Treasurer, II E. Hayne, Secretary can be convened except upon my call. ll the use ut these powers promised ultimate success to our cause I should not shrink from any sacrifices which -might confront me. It is a cause in which, by the light of reason and conscience, a man might well lay down his life Rut, to my mind, my present re-sponsibilitj involves the consideration <>t the effect of my action upon those whose representative I am. L have hitherto been willing to ask you Republicans of South Carolina to risk all dan i -..j u ii,. nihility of keeping alive partisan prejudices which are in the last degree detrimental to the best interests of the pco-pleof the State,and perhaps of precip-tating a physical conflict th it could have but one result to our defenseless constituency. We cannot afford to contribute, however indirectly, to such a catastrophe, even in the advocacy of what we know to be right. We are agreed, therefore, in counseling you to discontinue the struggle for I tell you that though you have won this fight, though the men, or rather, the women—for it was the women of of South Carolina who won the victory —there was not a woman in the State who would look upon a man who turned his bac!: upon our cause (the remainder of this remark was lost in prolonged cheers for the women.) You won the victory at the ballot box; but then came in the more insidious attacks upon us by fraud. From the 7th day of Novctn* the occupancy of the Gubernatorial ber until the present time the chair, convinced as we arc that, in the j verdict of the people of South Carolina view of the disastrous odds to which its j expressed at the ballot box ha*, been stifled. \Y e have appealed, as peaceful citizens should, not to violence ; for you know, there is not a man in Columbia who does not know, that when that crowd was standing out there, night after night, it required hut a word to have them sweep, as the storm drives maintainance has been subjected by the action of the national administration, your retirement will involve no surren-dei of principle, nor its motives be misapprehended by the great body of that political party to which, in common with ourselves, you ;ye attached, and win se success in the past in this State J the leaves before it, every vestige o has been ennobled by your intelligent j opposition away. But I felt I was safe and useful services. \\ 0 have the honor in trusting lo your forbearance, in r*dy- to be, very respectulIv yours, R. B. Elliott, Attorney General, T. C. of State, John R. Tolbert, Superintend I dent of Education, James Kennedy, j Adjument ann Inspector General. GOV. HAMPTON’S ADDRESS. The following address was delivered by Governor Hampton, at Columbia, upon his arrival from Washington, on Friday la^t : log upon you to respect the laws, and in telling you that victory would surely come, if you would be patient and for' bearing. The courts recognized our government, but still a usurpation stood in the way, and I knew that it would not do to resort to force to remove it. I knew that in the fullness of time our victory WMuld be completed. I told you so. I told you that, if you would wait patiently and trust to the justice of your cause and to the Almighty, you would be successful, and now I am come to ♦ell ?na£e no concession, no terms, and proposed no conditions ; and as long as he will follow out, in good faith, the policy indicated in his inaugural, if he will do eqdnl justice to all sections of the Country, and see that the laws are enforced in Massachusetts as in South Carolina, Louisiana as in Ohio, if he will carry out in good faith all the pledges he has made and be a constitutional President, and recognize no party race or section—so long will I support him. I have not fought this fight in South Carolina now to let any party affiliations keep me from anything that will promote the good of South Carlina. I wish to say to you, Forget, for tho next four years, every thing about politics. Forget that you are democrats or Republicans; and remember only that you are South Carolinians. Go to building up the tneterial interests of the State, invite immigrations, show the people of the North*tha*we have no proscription in our hearts; that we will wel come him who comes as a citizen, no matter what his politics may be; that we are striving for the redemption of our State, not for petty offices of government; and then you will sec the era of peace, and a new prosperity will dawn upon South Carolina, Labor will be employed, you will see whites and honest colored men improving, happy, prosperous and united, if you will only forgot polities for awhile nd devote yourselves to the great intrcsts of the State. Now, my friends we can gain all the fruits of our victory but in one way, in my judgment, and that is this: When in August last I was inaugurated as your standard bearer, you will remember that I pledged myself that I should be the Governor of tile whole people of South Carolina; that I would know no race, no party, no man, in the administration of the law. I pledged myself, on the plai form on which I stood, that every citizen of South Carolina, white or black, would be cquil before the law, and I solemnly appealed to Heaven and declared that, if elected, I wou’d justly administer the law and would know no race or persons. I promised that when I was nominated, and I reiterated those pledges, time and again, throughout rho length and breadth of this broad land of ours. I told the colored men I would fulfill those promises to the letter; that if the party which nominated me should, at any time, go back upon them, if they attempted to take away any of the rights now enjoyed by the colored people, they must find some other instrument to carry it out; for, before I would Go it, I would resign. J    O And I say so again, now ti at victory has come, now that the whole State rec ognizcs the government which has been elected, and now that all the power has been placed in my hands; here where I took the oath of offiice,solemny swearing that I would obey the Constitution cd the United States and of South Carolina, I say, once more, that I intend, so bloodshed or violence, we shall lose what we have gained; to appeal to them in the name of South Carolina to curry out this policy o f peace. I he only difficulty that seemed to stand in the way at Washington was the fear that, when the troops were taken ou*' of the way at the Statehouse, there would be violence. They asked me about it and I pledged my honor, mark me, my friends! I pledged my honor that not, one single man would go into that Statehouse unless he had some business-tiler**; tlfat I would place two unarmed, men the^e simply to inform che citizen* thafc I requested them not to go there, and I felt assured there would be no violence or excitement and that the Haw? would be obeyed. Have I promised too-much? [Criesof “No!”] You have never deceived me, I know you will carry out my promise. I beg, I beseech y ou ! You have trusted me I trust me a Mr. Chairman and my^Dk*pt,ywo- you that you have been successful. You I ^* el P ,,,c Cod • f° carry out every pledge rf South Caroli_ have now all the practical recognition I made, and to be Governor of the men and Countrymen arf na.—Travel-worn and weary, recognition government of the United States, never come. I cannot ask jeu to fellow 3u my judgement, I can no mc further. m .    ,    j, I have j t s at could be gUcn tin rtGr * l . n . U a ian HUps until relief j come back amongst you to make my I your choice in force ; ann just here let s iou    c    mc    rom    tile    Government of    ;    report to my constituents. Those con- : me say to you that I dl I not go to I    Un ie;.el wi'l    I    stituents arc the true people of South! Washington to ask recognition, I did Carolina : and*coming here, to my sui- not go there to offer, or to hear, terms j ness, po. -*e and prosperity to our people ? .    ,    prise, I find a welcome which lins stir- of compromise, or to lay my case before : We can d it but in one way, and that is longer serve    you    by    tut    er resistance So    red my heart to its inmost depths. It any tribunal. I told them i hat I beld -.•I —loti-    j    is not a welcome ti at a conquered poo- ‘ my title from the people cf Snub Car. whole people. Now, my friends, how can we bring about this consummation so devoutly to be wish d ? How can we bring liappi- the impending calamity. tilde to God for the measure of endurance 1 would brin- to a conqueror.    I    bring    ‘    Olina. I wanted no endorsement of I    bring    no    j    theirs, and so long as they toi l tv* that title was good, so long would I grasp them by the hand. I went on through motives of personal courtesy to the that we it up n -t—    .         :    i    >_/    a    V-Wll    w    ut. ■Sith winch he has liberia inspir, d me; | no blood-stained ensign, with gratitude to you for your boundly j trophies from battle-fields ; but I come confidence ii. me; with profound admire- j to say that the ca. se in which we fought tim. of your matchless fidelity to the j and the cause in which you made me cause rn winch we have struggled, I now j , onr standard bearer, the cause of truth, ,  ........... .................... announce to you aud to the pe-ptu ol th : has been viciorion.s and once more t! c ' am. aud I say to you. and it is hut jus- j a k them to tion. : ask my people v>' have in. or thana. President. I went on a DeinoeNit, as I j I love bet* u :st observe the law. I enjoin nu. I do not Esue a proelama-. u t give an order. But I lid., of South Carolina, th * ■ ni I have trusted and who ■ e, aud done inc ui«»rJ hon* »ri cr man, the people whom >r than anything in this life, I a: iv cut mv wishes. I little longer, ft is important for you. It is doubly important for Louisiana, and for the whole country, tlAt you do what I have asked you. [Cries, “We will doit!”] I requested of the President that the* troops should not be removed until I got here. When that order comes, let nobody go lo that State house. Just let it stand until I want it, and I will tell you when I want it. I carried a letter to the President from a Federal soldier who had been stationed in the State House. He said that the-place was so filthy, and so full of vermin that ne wanted to get away from there. I want the fire engines to play their streams through it fur a while, and to haie the Penitentiary convicts scour and fumigate it, and then we will have a nice Legislature and all will go on pence* fully I lie Governor then dwelt at grea^. length, upon the nature, extent and mean’ng of the popular detnonstritimi s along his route to and from Washington. He continued:    Your    destiny is now in your own hands. It is for you to shape it. for weal or for woe* You can, by imprudence or violence, undo the labor of months, and bring back to us all the scene*of anarchy, corruption and misrule which have prevailed; or if you are prudent and diacreet, as you have been, you can soon place yourselves upon a higher and better plane and will see peace, honor and prosperity opening on your S ate. You will see borh races and both parties willing fi r awhile to forget the bitterness of past strife, and ready to clasp hands, and move on, and lift up our State. You will see capital brought here. Immigration will flow in, and you will find your old State once more exercising CT* that controlling influence for good. in the national politics, which she has so long enjoyed and honorably cm,'loved I beg you to be true to that record in tile past, to try every means in your power tp cultivate good will between both races and parties. I beg yon white men to show to the colored men that what I have said for twelve years is true: that you are the best friends they have .in the world. I app sa i to the colored men to recognize tile Government which is now firmly established, to trust us for a while, and as they are still in the majority, if tile government I have established does not carr) out the pledges I have made, then throw out. all the men In office at the next election, and put iu anybody \ou please. With a general appeal to all South Garolinans, lo unite in one grand effort to bring about the happy state of aff dis he had so glow ngly pointe*.’; and with grateful acknowledgement of the high honor conferred on him by the presence and attention ofso large a concourse of hi3 fellow-citizens, the Governor closed.