Aiken Tribune, November 25, 1871

Aiken Tribune

November 25, 1871

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Aiken Tribune (Newspaper) - November 25, 1871, Aiken, South Carolina THE AIKEN BUNE AIKEiV SOUTH SOMBER TERMS HE AIKEN TRIBUNE will published Weekly at the following 1 One 12 G U g Sirigle STRICTLY IN OF One each Transient advertisements must be aciboin panied by the Marriage notices willbe published gratu itously if either or both of the contracting parties are residents of the Counties of Barnwell or and the Tribune will also be sent if requested to happy pair for twelve if they are both under tweulyone years Directory of BARNWELL Clerk of WALK E Probate County County vl School ABRAM County BY HKNRV We have met once cruel lies That chilled our loves have been answered well I think Ihave seen ia your penitent oycs The curse of their whilom Lot peace hereafter between us Both have been wronged in the byegone You V the shafts that wore aimed at And I by your silent tea Neither was wilfully false to the troth We plighted ere jealousy clouded your And yet it is probably best for us Those pledges are meaningless Never a doubt of your fealty had I When the limitleas wealth of my love hud been lain At your to be trampled wither and Without seeming to cause you a Little dreamed I that the slanderers art Gould wean your allegiance so easily Jesu how oft hath a trusting heart Been crushed by the stroke of a pen J That have since tvas the reason as you Your note was obeyed so implicitly Do I wrong you by thinking that when I had You hoped never to see me again But Fate willed and thus we aro I burthened with and you laden with Having nothing in excepting re And that scarce deserving the Then naught will it profit us cither to any Whether tho sinning was yours or mine This will be beat understood on the dar We are judged by the Master So leave mo once more to my silent despair Seek your forgirenesa in Heaven no absolution is possible At Ihe grate of our crucified Unloved and I wait to the end thco back to the uVm you betrayed me to wed ua each go the way ourdestinies And leave tho dead Past to bury its the present was even Its the poor was the common whenever anything had to be said in deprecation of the ftuel Since the wai there have beenpersons in the South not to be entirely clawed as ignoramuses Kfcho have looked from day to day for the extinction of the for the stngea of his disappearance from sublu nary affairs in this It not unusual in Southern companies to hear such snatches of conversation as The nigjgersare dying Asinine tells Us that in the circuit of his practice ther are dying like rotten sheep Maybe thejfhave diseases which are not incident tojfthe and they are thus doomed What do you think of what our newspapers us of the toe disease of Domingo1 whether the who thus news from Yinton that the disease was or that itiwasthe afflicted toe that was is a mistery you is their common I am told that in the and sloughs back oi it is common to see little dead niggers lying like drowned Did you hear what a Louisiana gentle man told at the Virginia Springs last summer He wanted a and a ne gro woman applied to him for the f with strong But she had and on this account alone he told her she Wouldnt and rejected The next morn ing he was surprised to find her returned with a very cheerful and animated when she Iae all right sah got no cumbrances no Ise put dem out de way de picaninnies done Those whohave been looking for the providential riddance of and have been constructing mortality tables to suit must have been rather waking up some morning not Jong to read in the newspapers an outgiving from the United States our ne plus ultni of statistical informa We are thorc given to know that the negroos of the despite the exponents of the have increased nearly tonper or more exactly and that in the United Statesrtfcf today there are not than uifjjions of black peo ple can no longer shut our eyes to what wo may be unwilling to The for a latesimilar to that of its red man is The welcome or must be accepted that this in numbers already a considerable of characteristics different from the white is being mixed into the society and political system of America and is working out there an experiment attended by the circumstances of a pe culiar A comparatively suaal number of brought across seas from their native grown up into a people of trained in the harsh school of but a school whose ben efits are that the negro is brought to his present capacity for an experiment more hopeful than has ever yet been made for his true are to be displayed to the world not only as a hew test of the social and political system of but as a last supreme effort to take off a reproach that lain for ages on the and to tho prejudice against him in a new and under auspices that have never been offered be It is the apparition of a new fig ure and actor in the civilized world a great historical and ethnological problem to be solved anew a condition of things sprung out of the dramatic circumstan ces ofkgn ation the surprise of fiction a new project dawned what had been before supposed the most hopeless and melancholy outlook of re generation of the African an intense The Romance of the There has been a Lost Theory ts well as a Lost Causo for the South in the lute Before that grunt modern event and its tho poiuha and almost universally received thoury in tho South was that the negro if ever freed was bound to and after having proved a misery to himself and u nuisance to he would by providential interposition be extinguish doomed to altogether disappear us maker of hath to roam wasting the seedfields of tho and bo hunted home to Chaos hy tho due watchdngH and due with such of forsaken wretched ness as novcr wure soeu before This CMHTully accepted in tho it not only involved study commenced of this hither to as of suddenly become interesting tho so to of the negro as a poetical char issued out of circumstances the most yet displaying capacities and virtues that have captured the observation and interest of the In this romance the writer desires a as in a great event of history that has hapily occurred in his times and a crisis and a scene with which Providence has allowed him to be and of which ho is scarcely Content to It is astonishing how little the slave holders of the despite their sup posed knowledge of the really knew of what was in him what little idea or anticipation they had of capaci ties lie ia now The difficulty was that slavery was a perpetual barrier to nn intimate acquaintance with the negro it regarded him as a aad was never to know what was in sodden and concealed mind of a creature that represented only so much of productive and was body and in dollars and If even of Southern the best sought of the and made to converse with hcf ran the danger of being suspected an1 abolitionist ia dis or at least of being condemned as a low despite the dif ficulties of tiro this writer had in the period yf slavery commenced the study of thenogro i wan he was ilioidy persuaded that there might bo liimill in him virtu 3 very and even greater than what Northern authors who had written novels and romances in his had ascribed to him and hi discoveries he had entitled Black Dia The negro had suddenly be come as a new book to one who had been many years a and as sue profoundly ignorant of the barbarian wh did hfltjleasurev The tenderness of the negro was a beautiful virtue of character there wa not a more nature in thi His humor he has no wit wai a study of itself a rich and genial hu nior in which there remarkably never a tface of and couplec with which was the apparently oppositf tendency to a and poetical melan His religious hymns offered unique literary collection that has no yet been Here was a creature his ignorance guard ed in slavery it being a misdemeanor in many of the Southern States to teacl him to read or after all delib efforts to crush out of him the character of and make him a mere laboring exhibiting traits of char acter to reward the and virtues to assign him a high place on the roll oi not even de prive him of the virtue of courage hav ing somehow not proved in his case what it has so often been in the history of the an to the degree that slave has stood as the syuonyme for cow Of as a thing of the there is a view which has not been devel oped by controversial and which is chiefly valuable as affording an admirable ground of reconciliation be tween parties which have so long and bitterly discussed the peculiar There is nothing more remarkable of the present disposition of the negro than the kindness i of his referenceto his former condition of and the utteY ab sence of any disposition to retaliate upon his former taskmasters and to exact re venge for the The negro isaeldoin lieard referring with any bitterness to us antecedent experiences as a slave on the the colored speaker has requently a pleasant rothiniscenee to tell of this former part of An explanation of this temper ia possibly to e found in some imperfect con sciousness of the lot without benefits to tho vnd may have done a part u making him what he experiment oT The Northern politician who insists that tho icgro is already capable of discharging he full offices of citizenship and sufffage ogically implies a tribute to the benefi cence of slavery even greater than many f its most Zealous Southern advocates ever claimed for The negro himself seems to have a sense of this logical ne cessity in his and is not near so busy in reproaches of his former tion slave as some of his wouldbe Northern friends are for Tho pro position that underlies those and that will explain is this t Sla very may have done a providential now but dimly perceived and imperfectly in educating the negro to that point he was likely to ad Vance rather than retrograde and fall back into comparative barbarism as was tho case in the experiment of West In dian which may have been a failure on account of the short or im perfect apprenticeship of the negro there as a having in the South thus educated the African to a safe to the full condition of ripeness for free it may be that the slavery of the its mission was re moved by act of Godwin the same ner of providence in which we see in history many institutions overthrown which were at first aids in the cause of human and afterwards came to be stumblingblocks and that progress overgrew its early neces sities and demanded new and larger op Here is a most happy ground of accommodation for the two parties that have long been engaged in discus sing the deserts of negro slavery in the AVe may acknowledge an indebt edness to it in the and at the same time allow that its abolition waa timely and that of a harsh school that had done its work and could have existed nolonger but as a superfluity arid Let the Northern man on his side confess that slavery did improve the negro in the and has made him presently capableof civilization let the with equal candor and generosity on admit that the negro since released from slavery haa continued to and has shown that he deserved his freedom and is able to use it with discretion and to terposesi they freely admit it and wonder at The negro He is show ing the greatest for knowledge and education attested the for examination is that in free schools of South where he has equal adimlssiynyfthere are more black children than wfce ones in pro portion to the popukjon of each race in the given So far from becoming tho idle that the pes simist theorizers wouufhave him after he iBykilarU indus trious attested by thr the negro represents of the and afl of persons in poverty and of neceesitj are far more poor whites who are idle in the acfc that today 1 all the labor ittittg this condition of of there than negroes Of the vices that were to assail and destroy the negro in hits new estate of freedom there are proofs quite the The terrible vice of has been the usual scourge of and the almost unfailing iocidet of a precocious is comparatively Unknown among the Southern So far from being the wonder is how the negro gets so many eood clothes and out of very scanty As a ho has shown a discretion trad independence that have nonplussed theAvfeost of our poli There white wiseacres some time Mifcposed that the negros vote Blightfro procured by the merest a mere wink from his employer and a ooumon joke in the South on the Fifteenii Amendment was that the disfranchises white man might buy some old for Never w The spectacrl common in Sou paid a deference to ly less he had slfywn in the days of who possibly yet said who did his work VA uli humility and with all going openly to the polls and castingMs vote there against to do his voting disappoint jiot been un f negro who itd man scarce Such an in iiioral courage those against lia thc party of his staiice of Selfrespect s to be admired yhom ifc A jolitician recently had not known n the State of money days of slavery there was not a negro who had ever the advantage of listening to educated white persons but might command on occasion not a few words of was struck by the eloquence dis in this as well as by the te r niy Vote The negro himself joins in4iis own per son today arift to past indebtedness toyslavery and his worthiness of freedom the two facts and the slavery question is accommodatedat oricef swept as this Writer fer vently prays and from the Srcna of No candid person in the South will deny that the general experience of the negro since emancipation has been pro gress that in nearly every respect of his ife ho exhibits Home impraveuiimfc from that Southern men ft1 e not very ready to advertise this to the world they would probably confess it with reluctance aNorthern commissionof inquiry nit in conversations anioirg them no pride of in ng with the greatest whatll you give ttA a halfdollar Ot of whisky generally concluded the In the urybox the virtue of the egro aro to that has already been that1 the vorst negro criminals prefer to be tried y white juries rather by peers of heir own In most of the onduct uf the utgrojw to be perceived he evidence of hie sense of being n a iii which much vill be exacted of hiiii by either the hoe ility or the incredulity of nd in which he can justify himself only y the most undoubted proofs of his vorthiness and indeed it is this visible mpression upon as of one that affordsijtSe best assurance f his continued improvement and pro Of the many interesting points of the it is proposed Kef e to sejccfc one especially for examinai and to make it the particular text o It is a subject that wi I repay investiga It is the of the Here is a kind of gen 5s that lias often been found in uncultivated and the peculiarity of whiclh is that it is not an affair of a creature of though thehighest and dear est form of yet in which the ar tist is least indebted to education or to professional Ie is of the phe nomenon of such a ge has already aroused universally admitted his extraordinai ius that the negro His rifts imagina faculty of lan his delight afford reason to beliqethat may yet be in reserve a de character to astonish confer upon him an in together The command of la the uneducated negro almost marvellous wht lopniefit of negro the and to srest new and al giiage which eten hows is singular we consider unable to he ihas only had the means of acquiring jpords by the and that in a limited the white man such as vias allowed him in A languaa obtained without the assistance of picked up by the sense of in pldJiuarily a villain ous compound witnea the pigeon En glish of the vocabulary required is email andthere is a char acteristic absence a Habit ual use of thefirst jrords occur to the is remark able of the negrojs acquisition to the extent of the pains takes tojselept words the fewuesTtrf his strong aver to andjdn the the purity with which lioj speaks a fongue that ho has by the and in a very limited The abomin able lingo ascribed o jioai by novelwri ters and newspapers is often an absurd a mode of jpecch that is hoardneither in Virginia nor in jfa faculty of selec tion in the use of Words is his most rc rliablo gift lie liaa nu ambition for polysyllables and avcu th learned In the pulpit the negro is in his best Here he is a born and without those embarrassing necessities which want of education imposes upon him in other Wherever tle ad dress is to the where it is not incumbercd by reasoning or the negro speaks with most and effect illustrating the cardinal rule of that the orator himself must feel to make and no matter how imperfect if spoken out of the ifchas a power which no rules can which no art can and for which nothing will account but that sympathy of souls Which is the Unsolvable mystery of our common Bishop Doggetfc of the Methodist Episcopal who lately pre sided over a colored Conference in Ten played fact that mor a than half of them had since the war taught themselves to and able to refer to the Bible andi to the discipline book with all the readi1 ness of their white The good BJBhop tells of the occasion a pleasant in There were several remarka able he among the members of One Was nam ed Willist He was a as rotund as a hogsheadj and somewhat re sembling He wasviSilvaneed in of deep without of decided and perfectly He arose oil my and may I speak Knowing the prevalent penchant for I depends upon the nature of the He It is in I He commenced by say M want to open a was equally amazed and was a most indefinite and enigmatical ex As ludicrous as it it was really well His meaning was that he wished to present an affect ing picture the contemplation of the That picture was the relation in which the Thomas Taylor had stood to them Jbr He with force melting rrhip4tenderness as great pearly tears rolling down concluded to Brother tively ing a resolution that requested not to with this colored Gonfer and forgave what I thott forgot th ignorant blunder of his first He did open a daguerreotype Almost effectuaUyy and maintained his t Thenegro hns a singular fondness for public and amiable Bishop Doggett refers to the difficulty he haa in presiding over a Conference more than half of Whose several hundred members were ready raid desirous to speak on all In political discussions the aa been is not so happy or forcible as in the religious meet partly from the want of know ledge furnish him with Yet in legislative assemblies and on po litical despite his necessary Ig norance in such the black man is Sometimes found astonishing his auditors and putting to confusion the There is a cheap school of humor become fashionable in some Southern which corisiste of fictitious reports of ne ro speeches made after some grotesque inventions in grammar and The caricature has been overdone it wounds the is a perpetual thorn in his a source of bad blood1 and it dis gusts those educated readers Who can see nothing but a wanton pleasantry of self conceit in this stupid persecution of the negro by reporters and wouldbe wits of rural and bub little real hu mor in easy accumulations of bad spell ing and the invention of a senseless jar Such charcoal sketches have had heir can no longer be upon the credulity of The jlackman lias liad an opportunity to ipeak in to command audiences large and notorious admit the fa cility of It was tes ified by the late reconstruction couimit of Congress Che best speech idently made up his mind toJfbHow lfft Sum nera advice to Secretary Stantott itt the matter of and to Bland at last had recourse to demracfc It was a spectacle not to one indeed that epitomifed a great social and Was of historical A with pointing the finger of scorn and of command at a white who a few ago might have bought him M cattle in the andieloV a over his body of his former masters or and presuming to rebuke him in the name of a great political party 1 He spoke for twenty or thirty some times in really choice and With a fluency in which there was not a sin gle No report of the exact can be attempted front memory bufc the substance of the speech was well defined and He said that office seeking had been alleged as a reproach of his race it was an honorable tign to serve the public attd here he quoted a sentiment from JDanJel sters funeral oration on and here he is reported literally it neek ed not Holy Writ to enforce the leasofl that the last should be and that he was fit to govern who Was able to lie concluded eloquently bufc the negros characteristic fondness fof big words stuck in at the He would fasten upon the refractory White candi date the worst name that the great publican party had for its worst those who were enemies in disguise a name that Would follow htm to hia polit ical name disorgafaizer The weight of the last with the emphasis atid deliberation bestowed upon was The hett teat of elos quence is its effect and the conclusion was that the white aspirant got and said in a very mendicant that he leave to say after the that he begged Ivftf e to withdraw his name as that of a candidate for It ia worth while to attempt to deter mine what are the characteristics of the negros and to investigate its There is a common popular tion that the black orator is disposed to that he has great physical energy of and that hisdiscourse ialoud and colicky This a The forte of the negro is Is jifi nisThelancJiolic east of speech he has the habit of sometimes chanting inging his his race Ifticftlly knows its inoan s occasionally the ching wierd Another negros ora find of tra Imagination common Rfla imputation dtl is that he is excessively hence a suspicion of taw although the the negro leads him into ee made before them in behalf of the ad mission of Virginia was that of a young negra named Blandj who until thedate of emancipation and it is remarkable that on this occasion Bland spoke in behalf of what war then called thewhite mans party in Vir i stood in company with some of the most distinguished old politicians of that whose oratorical efforts he sur He was only ttrentyflvc years and the promise of his genius was cut short by untimely death in fchc Capitol disaster fit The Writer had the to1 hear tins sable orator frtft a little while before his deathv He was a browncolored ne slightly dressed with scru pulous and had an ease aftd modesty of behavior that made grace ful and at omce conciliated his The occasion was a ical convention at in which it was sEUfced thnfc certain white man had obtained a quasi independent rtom i nation for afrtdl thfettCemerd to1 the Kndical Vote withtfay regfflar BJamt to1 the wliiic oauJidatc bf3 ev figurative it is remarkable that his almost exclusive figure is the simplest one in the rhetoricians reper and so fond is he of this figure that often his whole speech on a given occasion is nothing more than pnd extended Speaking in para as he calls is his favorite rhe torical There b a great fond ness for Biblical instances of abstract ideas occur in negros Hia strong tion leads him to pereonify every object of his aid a vividness and reality that are hii pe culiar virtues as an i regarding eloquence aa ttifjr profound problem of the stead of an art to be objectively unlearned negro may claim an eminence past The intense realifatton of What he 10 the peculiarity of the negros rather than any nmnbef or mode of figures of speech and iri this respect it muBt be insisted that eloquence is of the pttreet and severest His faculty of illusion is what strikes one most in observing the negro He able to transport self into the scefte he or into the emotion he has summoned and this faculty beyond all accomplish ments of language and structures of is simply and surpassingly the thing call ed The starting bokiflg over and beyond his audience iho heeded perspiration of the brow the clumsy Cfdmbling with emo and raining down from the air which they are raised aft impalpable attest that the negro speaker is what when fee is itr thtf full tide of he sees hfe favorite religious olcf ship of far away on the stormy or of fl longing tue hjrnfl of Swing Char one of his characteristic visions of the Art might take ito lessons from many of the rtfde but seerww that rife to be found in a negra hoase and to study the Man man as an orafcof is an employment that retflains to reward the adventure of the scholar in a new and aabeatett path of The subjectis one to be infesfl and Worth StireJy fiot the least of the romances attaching the ne gro in his recent iutrodtfctioH to the infcer est aftd cariosity of the world is fchat in what has heretofore beert cotuskfered thef unsightly aild unpromising soft of Africa may yet be found the fcytyeof a beiflgfoftg losfc in aesthetic Wno but tfiat the forest born Demosthenes may yet prove to be black EDWALID ;