Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - August 5, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina
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VOLUME 2 —NUMBED $2
AIKEN, S. CM AUGUST 5. 1876
OLD SERIES VOL. 6.—N0.292
MAIL ASHRAM CE RIENTS.
Aiidir, 8. C., July I, 1874,
On and alter this dale the Postoffice hours will be as follows :
During the week from 8:30 a. in. to I 30 belock p. m., and from 3 to 7 o’clock p. in.
Northern.. Western... Charleston Columbia*.1
3:30 p. m. IO a. rn. j 3:30 p. n^. 4:30p. in.j <9 a.m. 4:30 p. rn. JO a.m. & 3.30 pm
Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on Thursdays at 6 p. rn., and open on Saturdays at 6 p. m.
Leesville, Merritt’s Bridge and Mt. Ebal mails close on Sundays at I ©’cleck p. rn., and open on Tuesdays at 5 o’clock p. rn.
E. CONDY, P. M.
On this day the Aikert County Convention will convene. In this convention the Democratic organization of each township will^be represented by delegates elected for that purpose. We are acquainted with most of the delegates and £.5 know them to be representative men who V'../*p«fi£es8 lh the highest degree the confidence of the Democratic party of-Aiken county,j^nd are known to be true, earnest Hnd tried in their allegiance :4x> the great cause we advocate. The principal business to be brought before the coneen tion, will be the election of delegates to represent Aiken county in the Democratic State Convention, which will meet in tb^city of Columbia, on the fifteenth instant!
that the cen yen tion will ''elect the best men of our county to represent us in Columbia. The questions which wiH be considered by it are of suprememoment— in its hand will be the destiny of the people and#by its determination we will be tymnd, and we must ,figSt through the next campaign on dfceh grounds as it will select. Our lib-jjpty and:
™ wisdom. W« are not watching the course of political events for the gratification of curiosity or .s entiment. The issue rises abave that. it is self-preserva-lion—to preserve our liberty, our pros-fperity, our happiness, and property.
T?o drive from among us the cohorts of
'corruption, insolence, robbery aud fraud. Iu the convention which meets to-day rn™" be seen the representatives ot the v^XJpou its fioor every member hip reseal at ive for the entire Ip^r—•jfer ^ftch are their characters IQS,: All should work for the common j>jir*g fchut, and that alone in
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ifamous reasons too obvious HPP voice of the Dem-i»pen county must be
v Cambia Convention.
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Aiken torts* take a' prominent ft 5n tbe coming ^mpatKn. Here.
lit crimes been committed irty In power, and we are ex-to see that th*? perpetrators of
^ajhos^ crimes are drivdi^fr^m Awer and
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means of bringing about honesty and reform in the management of county affairs. The political sky is brightening. The long dark storm which has devastated the land, through the corrupt and fraudulent reign of Scott, Moses & Co., is nearly over, and ere long the fair sun of peace will shine upon all good and true men in the country, no matter what their race or coodition may be.
THE MILLBROOK BARBECUE.
On Saturday last the Democratic Club of Millbrook Township gave a berbcoue to the people of the county, and initiated the campaign by inviting the best speakers of this town to address the assembled guests on the political topics of the day. Early in the morning a large party left here in carriages, buggies and on horseback, forming quite a cavalcade as they travelled along in line. A pleasant ride of a couple of hours carried us over the nine miles between Aiken aud the scene of action, which was a cool, well -shaded grove on the edge of Cedar Creek, quite near to Hausmann’s mill, and on our arrival we found that the most elaborate preparations were being made for the entertainment of the guests who were flocking in. Stretched across tho roasting trench on |M|ir wooden spits were twenty animally®;. the air was already savory with the flagrance of 'cued sheep, kids, shoats, which had been slowly roasting since five o’clock, under the supervision of one who demonstrated hi mself to be a coon of skill and experience.
When the guests had all assembled— about 500 true and staunch voters—the Township club, through their President, Capt. T. H. Whatley, extended a hearty welcome to alt. He struck the key note of the meeting by urging the people to consider deeply the pending election and our'vital interest ii* it, and the necessity of selecting the best and most representative men to tho county and State Conventions. The Democratic flag is nailed to our mast, and we must either be victorious, or go down together with it.
The meeting was then organized, and on motion of Col. Davis, the township was divided into six beats, and a chairman canvasser appointed for each.
Mr. M. T. Holley then moved that an election be entered into, for five delegates to the County Convention, which J being adopted, resulted on ballot, in the
made amesfoble to the la ws of the conn try. We must see to it that the finances of the county are not squandered, that the Judiciary be preserved in all its integrity, and that tho peace of the State be guaranteed
How can these results be obtained ? t ^ We answer by the Democratic party. k lr eau, and it intends to accomplish these I very results. All that *is necessary to insure its success, is unity of action.— party must bpjfu^y and thoroughly b- organized, and whenever it meets for ; ^constatation, lot the' wjll of the majority ;Vrule. - Let our plans be formed and they will be carried out. We are not alone in ib0fight Every sett’ei here from the ;; North, or/West, who even pretends to | jdiicency is with us. And many of the Tuftiest colored q*en of the county give K HW vent to iheir expression of disgust v and indignation, at the corrupt condition / affairs, are earnest in their demands real -reform, and declare their in ten- j to vote the Democratic ticket, as a
W. W. Woolly, S. A. Holley, M. Heath, J. Y. George and W. W. Parrott.
Mr. Holley, who, by the way, is one of the best and most popular citizens of our county, and who is confidently looked upon es <roj next Sheriff then eame forward/in response to numerous calls, and ad4r«^^:oviowd in his usual earnest, sn&j^itforwttrd manner. He de-scribed the C^udPion of our government, shdf’ frequently fajr promises had beeb*%ade and broken,and that our only w»y to get reform And emancipation from the chains of cdfriq)-tion is to achieve it ourselves, and not
:oo»wyear alter year to our enemies for it. He uvged every one to come out and work nobly in the fail and do his duty. r" Our wives aud sweethearts are watching us, and if we fail the women are determined to redeem the State for themselves, and he said he didn’t think when our dresses were changed that the petticoats would suit his friends very well.
Mr James Aldrich followed him in a short and forcible speech, touching lightly Upon national politics, but dwelling with considerable warmth upon the condition of affairs in our State and county, and point ingout the lfiode of reform.— He said that at the North the Democrats and Republicans are fighting for a principle, but here we are fighting for life.— We stand, however, upon the same platform of economy and honesty as our friends at the North. He avowed himself opposed to compromises of any kind, and denounced Chamberlain as an enemy
to our people, seeking at ail times, under the pretence of being devoted to the best interests of the State, to work their injury. Fie counselled moderation and patience, but urged immediate and thorough organization, aaa prerequisite to success.
At the close of his remarks dinner was announced, and the large assemblagej took their places at the rustic tables! which were laden with tljf rich and wel-cooked meat, bread and'^Uier concomit tants, spread upon an improvised cloth o oak leaves, and an hour was pleasantly passed. Owing to the careful arrangements of the committee, the whole meal was marked by a degree of order which contributed greatly to the enjoyment of all. A heavy rain which came up about this time drove every cue to the shelter of their vehicles, but it dampened the ardor cf none, and as soon as the cloud had passed, the crowd emerged again, and called for other speakers.
Mr. D.S. Henderson spd|e in his usual eloquent style, devoting himself with great earnestness to the condition of the State, and the necessity of keeping ourselves aloof from the Radical party, and fighting the fight of reform by ourselves It was urged iu some partsof the State that alliance with Chamberlain might benefit the State, but he wa^opposed to it. We cannot trust bigv* When, as Attorney General, he waFplaced by the State in the watch-tower, he saw the rogues engaged in their stealing, and yet did not open his mouth to say nay to them. Ile said he believed Sparnick was sent to Hamburg to take the testimo-ny, purposely to obtain material ready-colored for party purposes.
Our fight should be, not so much against the poor, ignorant colored men of
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the party tut, against thosejwjio have duped them, ^ We mustvpfll out jibe
Gloster Hollands, the Dr. Palmers, the Sparnicks, Lees and Ellbtts, tell thorn they must leave, and see to it that they do. Hesaid this was the last fatal struggle for liberty in South Carolina, and urged the people to work earnestly together and they could not but succeed.
Mr. George W. Croft was then called, ana delivered an effective speech. Ile felt much encouraged as to the chances of Tilden’s election since his return from the North,and lie was sanguine too about our State and county. For the first time in m£oy jears we are to sail under our own colors, and this of itself infuses strength into every heart. ’J he majority against us in our county last year was only 69 votes, and we can easily overcome this. He told his auditors that by recent decisions of the New York Supreme Court, in tho Grant Parish cases, we could have a fair election,'conducted by ourselves without interference from the National Government. He showed the colored people how close their interests are allied with ears, and urged them, as $hey trusted their white lrieuds iu everything else, to have faith in our political pVomi-aes In con'ckteioB, he related ^ humoi-
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ous dream which he had had/-*** which many prominent politicians figured, and w hich foreshadowed t our success in November.
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Mr. R. Wade spoke for about an hour,
and made several points, which wore received with loud applause. *
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The barbecue is acknowledged by all to have been well managed j and 'a complete success. Exciting a degree of enthusiasm in that section which we aro confident will ^extend throughout the county, and have a telling effect at the polls in November. We hope these meetings will be kept up until the very bour of the elect ion for we consider them to be very effective.
To exchange for cash, two silver mounted show cases, and a variety of other store fixtures. Address S- (J. Sat-terthyait, Aiken, S. C.
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AN OMINOUS OUTBREAK.
Almost a Hamburg Appair of An-other Color
Five thousand negroes, who had come to Abbeville to witness the hanging of the negro murderer, Coleman, on Friday last, were so disappointed at his reprieve that they become riotous and very abusive towards the white citizens of the place. Thebanooms were ordered closed, but were broken open and liquor obtained to the extent of rendering vast numbers of the negro horde drunk. Guns and pistols were furnished to the negro prisoners confined at the jail, and officers of the negro militia took command of the armed
rioters. Fire avms were discharged in all
parts of the town, and it is owing to the great forbearance of the whites that the affair did not end in bloodshed. The I he reprieve of Coleman was the only pretext offered by the mob for their lawlessness. Many of them had traveled twenty miles to see the execution and were clamorous for it, and vented their final disappointment in the manner described.
GEORGIA UNANIMOUS FOR COLQUITT.
A Good Example for South Caro*
General A. H. Colquitt was unanimously nominated for Governor of Georgia by the Democratic Convention, which met at Atlanta on Wednesday last, August 2d. It is enough to say that the distinguished nominee which the Democracy of Georgia has chosen to be the standard bearer in the next campaign is a potriotic, Christian gentleman, and a true Democrat. In such hands the honor and welfare of the State will be ascared; “ Wotild TS God wb might say the same for our own unhappy, down trodden State of South Carolina I The reason that we cannot do so is not that we lack the true and tried men to bear the standard; for no State can boast prouder names and truer patriots than the Hamptons, the Kershaws, the Hammonds, the II a goods and others that we might name, but it is the following that we need : The unanimous uprising of the people ; organization, thorough organization, aud persevering, earnest work. It is by that mea in and that alone, despite Federal bayonetts and Federal lyra ny, that other sections of the South have succeeded in casting off the curse and thrall of Radical rascality and fraud. Let those bright examples and memories of the glorious past stimulate us to action, and resolve to know no fest until the great work of regeneration is accomplished.
What the Democratic flense has Done
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complish cd by the present Democratic Recently we repot)
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House in the few months ’since met: S;
I. It has not elected a Speaker like -y ^
Schuyler Colfax, who used Ilk ftigh It iaAevident that ibis WSM office to enrich himself. It has not ted a Speaker lifce Jumtes G. Blaine who used his position to iuflucnee^legis lation fa favor' of railroad subsidies, \' hd tided as the agent of fire-arms company. who sold rulings and legislation
bills, has reduced the running expenses of the government nearly forty millions of dollars per annum. Instead of making places for the creatures of the administration, it has abolished every office that was not absolutely necessary.
3. It has not legislated a freedmans bank into existence and not placed it in the power of a lot of men to steal the savings of the poor colored mon of the South, amounting to millions of dollars.
On the contrary, it has taken the robbers and swindlers who did that infamous work by the throat, exposed their rascality, and directed the officers of tie government to send their names before grand juries
4. It has gone into President Grant’s Cabinet and dragged out of it one of his trusty advisers who abused his nigh place, who robbed the dead vetrans of tile war, who aided in cheating the llv—' ing soldiers on the plains, who demand-, ed money ior every appointment he made, and brought him to trial for his many crimes. v
5. It has shown how the funds of the so-called Departmatifc^of Justice have been used for the pijMraie elections in t ie South aq how the President put’h public treasury and took**
J ail] in his own re-election posqd the villainy of Williams, rascality • y. of Davenport, and the general ^on'npuv t >/. tieu^of that entire branch of the pubHo servi ce.
6. It has stretched its hand across the / •waters to London and saved the' honor '
of the country by collaring the minister . . liana embassador extraordinaiy. who was using his influence as our representative to “bull’’ a worthless mining stock and rob the English people.
7. It has scattered the district of Go*
dieted Babcock for complicity, with safe * burglars, made Harrington a fugitive from justice, and exposed the rottenness and corruption of the present commissioners. t
8. It has inscituted a rigid scrutiny, into the management of the Navy Department, exposed the corrupt operations of Cartel Is and other plunderers.
9.#Itvhas laid bare the #traw system in the Postoffice Depanment aud proved that the country has heel. annually mb-* bed of hundreds of thousands of dolla
for carrying letters which were never J written over routs that never had .an ex-istance.
10. It has exposed the infamies of the Indian ring, shown how the Indians are driven on the war path that army quif— * tractors may be enriched aud the tretfe- " ury bled.
11. It has matured a tariff bill which, if the Senate would agree to it, would do more to start our idle mills, and furnaces, and factories, and restore prosperity to all classes, than any measure which could be devised. It has taken the control of our Indian affairs, out of the hands of the thieves who had charge oi them so longhand placing them where they belong, in the War Department.—
It has reorganized the army und closed; /
The Radical press and politicians in their efforts to discredit the Democratic party are ^constantly making iii natured and unjust flings at the Democratic House of Repr*.sent«itives. This is perhaps not un natural, for as the old adage has ,t, “drowning non will catch a thousaud avenne6ot fh.ud aud corrnp:
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2. Sime it rn*1! last December it K*»jf not been devising ways and means, day after day, to get money, out of the treasury. On the contrary, it has cut down the extravagant estimates of tho depart-menis, and if the Semue • will pass
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