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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - April 22, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina Courier - Sou rn a I j    .    >•: // A VOLUME 2—NUMBEB 77AIKEN, s. C., APRIL 22. 18715MASI. ARRANGEMENTS. t    •- Aiken, S. C., September I, 1S74. 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., anc! from 3 to 6 o’clock p. DI. OLD SERIES VOL. 0. -N > 277 MAILS. Northern.. Western... Charleston Columbia.. OPENS. 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a. m 4:30 p. rn. 4:30 p. rn. CLOSES. 9:30 a.m. & 3 p.m 3 p. m. rn m Dunbarton, Leesville, Hammond, Greenland, 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.* PLANTING THE CENTENNIAL TREE. On Saturday last the citizens and sn- * journing visitors in our town witnessed a most novel and interesting ceremony, the planting of a Centennial tree. in the grounds cf the Highland Park Hotel.— We had previously heralded the coming event through the columns of The Cqu^Ljer-Journal, and intimated that it would be a grand affair, and well wor- . thy a long pilgrimage to this mecca of health *to witness. But we must acknowledge that' ^notwithstanding we were aware of the tact and talents of our Shakespearean friend, Captain Coles, for writing plays and poems, and the genius and capacity of citizen Chat field for originating and carrying out grand plans in the way of building good hotels and keeping them in first-class style, this last f at,- the planting of the Centennial tree, turned out a much more novel and interesting event than was promised in the programme. The happy idea of planting the Centennial tree originated with Gov. John J. Bagley, of Michigan, who, iii a proclamation to the people of his State, re -commended the planting of Centennial trees all over the .Uniou, in memory of the Tich bequest find 'glorious deeds of those noble, Godlike men of the Revolutionary limes of 1776. The plan was readily taken up ; but no where has it beeu entered into with more zeal and vigor than in this our sanitary city.of Aiken, We regret that owing to a crowd of events taking place this week in Aiken, and want of space, we are unable to do jentice to thisutruly patriotic affair, by chronicling the many fine things said and beautify songs sung on this occasion, but will do as veil as we can. The Committee of Arrangements were the Hon G F Bagley, Michigan; J B Brown, Maine; D H Bayiey, Massachusetts; S B Goddard, California, C G Boardman, Massachusetts; C Comstock. New York; B P Chatfield, South Carolina, and P Dow, New Hampshire. Some of these gentlemen occupied the grand stand, and with them sat the Rev E 0 Fdgorton, Rector of St Thaddeus Church. Aiken; Rev Mr Patterson, Philadelphia; Rev Mr Horton, (the poet of the day.) Goo W Croft. Esq, o*' Aiken: Dr P G Rockwell, Intending of the town, and others. The lad;ts Committee consisted of -\Mrs J B Brown, Maine; Mrs G F Ba"-ley, Michigan; Mrs S B Goddard, California; Mrs J S Lyle, New Jersey; Mrs P Dow, New Hampshire ; Mrs W L Blimey, New Jersey; Mrs F B Afcder-r son, Ohio; Mrs A L Barney, Nfiw York; JSJrs J Q Billings, Massachusetts, and Mrs F A Horton, Massachusetts. The children who carried the Centennial tree, were Benjamin C Fincke, Jersey city; Ralph F Goddard, Highland Park; Zuzre L Barney. Irvington, N Y; Jesse A Daw, Claremont, N H; Daisy Durand, Chicago, 111, Frankie J BiL lings, bt Louis, Mo; Frank R Daw, Claremont, N H; Harry L Bardel!, Jr, New York city; Mattie B Fisk, Chicago’ 111; Willie ll Chatfield, Waterbury Conn; Henry A Easton, Decorah, Iowa; Wiliie Laurence Pau, France; Robt P Dow, New York city. Gatloupe Morton, Boston, Mass; Lulu E Johnson, Water I [ bury, Conn; Johnnie L Chatfield. Wat erbury, Conn; Prentiss Daw. Jr. New York city; Walter Goodyear, New Rochelle, N i) Mamie E Judd, Waterbury. Conn; Fannie Lawrence, L I, N I", and Lucy Collins, Westfield. Mass. The proclamation of His Excellency Gov. J. J. Bagley to the people of Michigan, a most eloquent patriotic affair, was read to a large and deeply in terested audience by the President of the day, Capt. Oscar Coles, followed by a telegram dated Detroit, Michigan, April 14, 1876. Captain Oscar Coles : May your Centennial trfcs see an hundred years hence a nation more prosperous and powerful than- the ' wildest enthusiast ever prophesied. Telegrams were read from Mrs. Wil-stach, of Indiana; Mr. Crook, of New York; Mr. Lyon, of Pennsylvania, and Mr. Comstock,,of New York, congratulatory in their notate, and wishing that bright skies might gladden and gentle zephyrs fan the participants in the ceremonial. A ter this the blessing of Almighty God was invoked upon the patriotic act about to be consummated in an impressive and devout prayer by the Rev. E. C. Edgerton:    When    the    solemn amen had been pronounced and responded to by all within hearing of the Reverend speaker’s vojee, the national anthem of red, white sud blue was sung by the ladies’ committee and joined ir. by the audience, who seemed to catch the inspiration of the scene. Then came the event of the day, the planting of the tree at the base of a little amphitheatre of hills. This was the most beautiful and interesting scene cf all, and one which we could not help fancying bore a striking resemblance to those open air ceremonial rites of the ancient Gxeeknr Those iktle-ehildreu bearing the infant Gigantic, Sequoia— worthy scion of a grand old millennial race ; whose ancestors lived in the days of Noah and were old trees and looked up to the stars, breasting the winds of heaven in the very same places where they now stand on the shores of the far Pacific when the Redeemer was on the earth. And as e.-ch guileless little one threw a spadeful! of the virgin South Carolina soil around it to the merry soul-stirring strains of Yankee doodle, we felt like saying may the litte tree live and flourish many thousand years, in front of Highland Park, and may there always be a good hotel there and a worthy Chatfield that knows how to keep it,    ‘ At this stage of the proceeding there was a pause for the purpose of gi ving Professoi Palmer, our excellent photographer an opportunity of immortalizing the scene by the pectoral art, and right well he accomplished his task. Some of the pictures will no doubt be handed down to future generations. aud prized by children’s children for their correctness and to show how handsome grandma looked in her washington cap one hundred years ago. Then Captain Oscar Coles introduced Rev. Mr. Horton, who read a beautiful poem composed by himself expressly for the occasion. We wish we could give this fine composition entire, "but our space only permits us to give the closing stanzas : What though across our country’s path A cloud or two appears : Her hands are full of trophies wrung From out tilt fleeting years, Tho unmuzzled eye of youth is hers. Aud every instinct grand— The stir of busy millions sounds Throughout the rock-ribbed land. ’Tis men we need. Statesmen, indeed, Men of pnre hearts and wide-expanding soul ; Men who were born To Look with scorn On bribes and frauds,— Without false Gods,-* Men true to right, as needle to the pole. Remember, to-day That we should pray hor light along our nation’s way The anthems of the future roll And wake d*ep echoes in the soul. 0 people of this ripening land! 0 ships that sail from every strand! 0 flags that wave on every seal 0 streams that oceanward do fife I Bear, bear this song    K Torn paths along! To-day the harp of History * Its richest music gives ; America is lull of joy To him who nobly lives, Yet towards the past we fondly Wn As marching on we go, For dear to us are those who lived One hundred years a^o. °    I And from the mountains to the#hore We hear the refrain evermore. “America is full of joy    crc To him who nobly lives.” We plant this tree, That those may see,    i Who live in golden days to come1, The spirit that their fathers had May heaven its boughs with leaves make glad! May earth its roots sweet moisture give ! In girth increasing, may it liye, * When those who speak to day. ate dumb! 11 is enough to say th^ noble poem was rapturously applauded. Eloquent speeches were made by worthy representatives of tho* different States of the U nion—Dr. JiocJkwelispoke for Aiken! Mr. J. B. Broom spoke most ably for the Old, Pine ^ree State, aud cloned with some very cdp&plimcn -tary remarks for Aiken, saying he wished a few in ire go ahead me<| like our friend Chatfield would come here and build a dozen hotels larger than Highland Park, and that they    he    filled faster t"han they could be built. And that Aiken would soon rival Saratoga, Newport and Long Branch, because it surpassed them iii winter climate, and ought at least to have a population of ten thousand inhabitants. G. W. Croft, Esq., on being called upon by the President of the day, addressed the assembly on behalf of South Carolina—touching in eloquent terms upon the glorious record aud patriotism of her sons—the Moultries, the Marions, the Sumtcrs. alluding wiih just prid^ t > Calhoun, Macduffie, Hayne and Preston, whose names will be honored as ong as the history of the Republic holds a place in the annals of the world. The memory of the bitter past was not recalled, and in speaking of the unfortunate condition of his naiive State? the speaker said it was the strongest lope of the sons of once proud Carolina to redeem this glorious old commonwealth from the grasp of the unhallowed lands who now pollute her, that she mav ie once more an equal ol her fair sister, and stand shoulder to shoulder with the illustrious Massachusetts^ each imitating the other in their devotion to the great Republic, whose blessings shall yet be realized by unborn generations in the great future before us. For thus it is they taught, us who for freedom lived and died, The eternal law cl justice must and shall be justified. “That God has joined together by a fiat all divine, “The destinies of dwellers ’neath the Palmetto and the Pine.” The Captains address was received with rapturous applause. Other speakers followed wit Ii eloquent addresses. Mr. Dow, representative of the Old Granite State, Mr. C. Comstock, of New \Tork Geo. H. Bagley, of Michigan, and Mr’ B. P. Chatfield, of Connecticut; but our time is out, our space all used up, and with extreme regret we are obliged to say fins, without inviting our readers to accompany us to a splendid collation or wine parry, which the committee «■{ arrangements had provided fi r the t ce planters inside the hall, where there was a feast of reason and a flow of soul.THE SCH1JETZENFEST. --a    ___ Second Annual Festiv. I—Two Gala Days in Aiken—Reception of Visitors—Addresses at the Park—List of Prizes— Shooting—Award of Prizes—Promenade Concert—Grand Illumination— Ball in the Evening, The second annual festival of the Aiken Schuetzer. Gesellschaft commenced on Wednesday last. At nine o’clock the Aiken Palmetto Rifle Club and the Aiken Schuetzen Club, with the band of the I8th U. S. regiment) assembled at tho Lyceum Hall, where they formed in line and marched to the South Carolina Railroad Depot, to receive the visiting clubs from Augusta and Graniteville. On the arrival 'of the IO o’clock train from Augusta, the guests were received by President Hahn. # T|ey were marched lo Park avenue, in front of the depot, where the procession was formed in the following order:    Columbia Post Band, Aiken Palmetto Rifle Club, Graniteville Rifle Club, carriage containing King of Aiken and Augusta Schuetzens, Augusta Schuetzen, Aiken Schuetzen, carriages containing members of the press, U. S. army officers, and honorary members of the Augusta Schuetzen club, with numerous other equipages, containing visiting guests. Alter the line of march formed, the procession marched through the princi pal stools of the town to the Schuetzen park. Upon arriving at the Park, the companies formed in line in front of the hall. President Hahn then formally opened the Fest it the following brief speech : * “In behalf of the Aiken Schuetzen Gesellschaft. I now declare this Fest opened, and in the place of^Mr. 'Henderson, who cannot address us on this occasion, I ask leave to intl educe O. C. Jordan, Esq., who will welcome the audience.” Mr. Jordan then said :Gentlemen of the Visiting Companies : YYmr presence this day affords us the highest gratification ; arid the pleasant duty has been assigned me, as a member of the Aiken Schuetzen Gesellschaft,. to express to you that satisfaction in their behalf, and in their name I therefore tender you a cordial welcome to this their annual fest. Two years ago the Club of which you are the honored guests was organized, enrolling at that time twenty names— resembling t hen one of those Clubs of the mountains of Germany, which is the origin of so many noble Schuetzen all over our land—having then lor their platz the open wol ds, with the trees of the forest fur their targets. But to-day, gentlemen, the Aiken Schuetzen Gesellschaft have upon their roll seventy* names, and these beautiful grounds to which you are welcomed. Iii speaking of the prosperity of the Aiken Schuetzen, I propose to award them only that which they have justly merited. But it is only necessary for me to poi ut to yonder violet-bordered bed, and the many beautiful garlands which decorate this hall, arid you will know thai none other but the delicate hand of woman could have performed the work. It is then to her whose influences raises us to our noblest manhood to her whose virtues is the object of oui dearest wishes ; to lier whose love is the crown of our earthly happiness, that we attribute this beautiful work. Upon this day, gentlemen, one hundred and one years ago, as the sun from the eastern horizon came mantling the plains of Lexington, there stood tho yeomanry of America, but not as you i-tand to-day, to partake of the hospital Sties of their countrymen, but to strike for American liberty ; and upon that I day, as the bugle sounded the first clari on, the first gun of the g re ait American Revolution was fire I. So, "cmHemen, while we celebrate this the anniversary cl our corps, \vc commemorate one of the threat events of American liberty. To you, gentlemen of the Augusta *. chuetzen, it scarcely seems necessary for me to say unto you that we bid you welcome, for it is as the parent visiting the child ; for vt was through you, and by you tint we came into* existence as an organization ; and ir is with no small pleasure that we reme nber rh at our corps springs from yours, as you represent a great and glorious old State-great in its resources, great in time of p»*ace aud in war, but greatest of all in those noble impulses of the human heart which teaches charity and good will towards your fellow-men. And you, gentlemen of our own beloved State : what great pleasure it gives us to bring you to this joyous cele-biation. When our fair State is groaning under the wrongs that have been heaped upon her, and all seems gloom beneath the dark cloud that now canopies our dear old land, these happy reunions to her sons are liken unto the green Oasis that greets the way-worn traveler amidst the sands of the desert; for here at least, we find a sweet relief from the sordid oppressions that visit us in the walks of civil life, and here, too, we have beauty in all ics grace and sweetness ; and that naught should be wanting to make merry this happy day, Nature, responsive to every wish, has clothed the scene in all the bounty of her freshness, and your honored presence will ever make this a hallowed day in our memories. But I cannot longer dwell upon this qnehanted scene. You have co unclad inf all the paraphernalia of mimic war, and tho contest awaits you. Thcrf will be no shoutsvof victory to greet tho conqueror from the field cf -carnage, but far sweeper than those ex-ulting shouts will be the laurel crown that- success will place upon the victor’s brow. 8o enter now, feliow-coinrades, the list, and well deserved will be the hard earned prize ; for in the hot contest that approaches, Germany’s noblest sons will contest side by side. At the clo^e of Mr. Jordan’s remarks an Elegant china tea set was presented to the Aiken Schuetzen, on behalf of the Augusta Schuetzen, by Geo. Warren, Esq., in an eloquent address, which was loudly applauded.    $ Upon receiving this handsome present. President Hahn said : Gentlemen of the Augusta Schuetzen : To-day is the day of our glory ; and that you, our loster parents, have brought a gift to your offspring, makes our glory and our joy full threefold? From your gift we infer you wish us r<, iro to housekeeping. Well, we will ; and we ask you to remember that the doors of that house, as well as our 'hearts, will ever b*' ready to welcome you. May our good feelings ever exist, and that bond of German love which binds us*together grow stronger and stroi ger. After the addresses, the clubs were invited to a substantial collation, set forth on a long dining table, in the rear of the dancing Had, which hav ing been discussed to the satisfaction of all, the shooting began and was kept up with vigor until 6 o’clock. During the day the dancing hall was well filled by the lovers of terpsichore, who tripped the light fantastic toe to the excellent music furnished by the Columbia Post Bard. The dunciii" hall was most profusely and beautifully decorated with flowers, evergreens and flans, and presented a very attractive appearance. Tho amusements, under tHo direction of Capt. Tilton, were most varied a d ample. They* consisted of the % g.eased pole. with its usual attractive j ornaments, sliding barrel, bag racing, ' etc., etc.,^a!l of which were well patron- [ Continued on Fourth Page ;