Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - August 17, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina
VOLUME 2 —NUMBER 91AIKEN, S. CU .AUGUST 17. 1876
OLD SERIES. VOL. 6:-NO.-.'94MAIL ARRANGEMENTS.
Aiken, S. C., July I, 1874.
On and after this date the Postoffice hours will be as follows :
During the week from 8:30 a. in. to I 30 o’clock p. in., and from 8 to 7 o’clock p. rn.
3:30 p. m.
8:30 p. rn.
4:30 p. rn.
9 a. rn.
1 4:30 p. rn.
9 a.m. & 3.30 pm
Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on Thursdays at 6 p. rn., and open oA Saturdays at 5 p. rn.
Leesville, Merritt’s Bridge and Mt. Ebal mails close on Sundays at I o’clock p. rn., and open on Tuesdays at 6 o’clock p.m.
v * E. CONDY, P. M.
SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH.
The Spirit and Policy of the South is Peace Conservatism and Good Order—Anarchy and Crime only Rampant in States Cursed with Radical Missrule-VTue Colored Man Fully Protected Under Democratic Government.
The spirit of the South was well set forth at the great ratification meeting in New York. Hon. Charles E. Hooker, SttiemW of' Congress From Mississippi, said : ‘‘It had been falsely stated that
there was an antagonism between the colored people and the old white citizens of the South, lie could declare the assertion false, for he lived among them and knew what had beea going on. They had given the South 800,000 negro voters, and the people of the South had) after years, taught them what the duties of a citizen were. And now. because the negroes had found out that the Democratic party were the best fneuds of the negro, as well as of all other citizens, the proposition had come from the Republican party to disfranchise the colored voters. As a member of Congress, he had stood up and protested! against this unfair and illegal conduct. [Cheers ] There never could have been or would have been an antagonism between the colored people and the old white men of the South without the intermeddling of the carpet baggers since the war. When the South was most threatened with ruin and annihilation, when the rafters of their houses were crackling over their heads and their property was being destroyed by incendiaries, the negroes had been faithful to their masters, and they had never yet given up their respect and regard for the white people—their former mastesr.'*
Hon.G, C. Walker, former Governor of Virginia, said : “Of (he eleven South* era States, ten, in my judgment, will give their votes for Tilden and Hendricks* The eleventh, poor, down trodden South Carolina, the carpet bagger’s heaven and the ii eg roe’s Paradis!— [great laughter]—South Carolina, tho land of Radical robbery, thievery aud crime—South Carolina, which stauds today the purest and completest illustration of Radical reconstruction and Radical inis-rule—she may cast her vote for Hayes. But with this one single, lamentable exception, Mr. Hayes, in inv judgment, will. not receive an electoral vote from the entire South. The white people—and when I say the white people I mean the people who pay the taxes and support the Government—the white people of the South are almost unanimous for this ticket, and even our colored brethren are falling into line. [Cries of ‘-Good,” ‘‘Good/’ and applause,] Al ready in my chy of Richmond there are two flourishing Tilden and Hendricks Clubs con posed entirely of colored men; aud the colored people throughout the entire South, the intelligent and better portion of them, are gradually discovering that their true interests lie not in antagonizing the white people but
in coalescing and acting with them._
Yes,gentlemen, the more intelligent they become the more-they realize the duties
and responsibilities of the citizenship that was thrust upon them, the more sure are they to unite with the really
interested parties of the Government.— In every section of the South, the more intelligent they become the more apt are they to unite with th^ white people. Just as fast as thdJKles of ignorance falls from the eyesW the colored people, just so fast as they get their eyes open to the situation of the country, the wrongs and outrages perpetrated upon them and the entire people by the Badi-party, just so surely do they become Democratic colored men. Why* the Democratic colored men of the South would never have been arrayed against the white people but* for these demagogues and carpet-baggers and malicious scoundrels who went down there directly after the war and sought to antagonize them against the white people. And why did they do this ? They sought to Radicalize the Softth by first enfranchise ing the negro and then disfranchising the white men, in order to give the negro control, and they, controlling the negro, would control the entire South, But, fellow-citizens, wherever (and this is a matter I desire to call your particular attention to)—wherever in the South Democratic or Conservative rule has obtained. there you will find the colored man fully protected in all his rights in every respect equal to the white man.— [Applause.] Did you ever hear of any bloody rows in the State of Virginia since she was reconstructed I Have you ever heard of the murder of negroes within the limits of the Old Dominion since she has been restored to the' Union ? Oh, no; and the reason is because her taxpayers are white citizens who have gone down there and indenti-fied their fortunes with those people ; not carrying a carpet-bag to run away as soon as they got it full. They obtained control of the government, and administered its affairs honestly and: truly for the best interests of all concerned, be their color what it might be.”T5ie Black Men and Tilden.
Tho Baltimore Gazette publishes the following significant communication.
“Please give us a hearing through your paper to the effect that Rev. Dr. Dunjy of Richmond, Va., (colored) has united with the Rev. Garland H. White, of North Carolina, for the purpose of stump ing the Southern States in behalf of Tilden and reform. If the colored men want reform, they must unite with white men iii electing such men as will reform and not to vote for Republican men who have by their plunder, thievery, briberv and fraud, made reform in the adminis tration ct the government necessary.— A corrupt party cannot reform itself any more than a sinner can convert himself. If done at all it must take place from the effect produced by a better and purer agency. Politically speaking, we are free to say that Samuel J. Tilden is the man whose election .will politically regenerate the country, restore the moral status of the people, give employment to the laboring men of every section, and forever settle the differences of every section of the country on a lasting basis of peace and fraternal feelings between the races. Tilden and Hendricks clubs are now being formed among tho colored people of the South, with a belief that our Northwestern brethren will do the same.
Rev. Garland H. White, Chairman Tilden and Hendricks Club,
Halifax, N, C., July 28th, 1876.
TUE CAMPAIGN 'OPENED IN EDGEFIELD.
A Queer Political Meeting—Both Parties Represented—Generals
Butler and Gary Meet Govern or Chamberlain on the Stump— What Judge Mackey Said—A Republican Rally* That Was Not a Success.
Complete stook of Landreth’s fresh turnip and Ruta Baga Seed, just receive ed at Powell’s Hardware Store, Price, 60 cents per pound.
Aiken, S. C., Sunder Evening, August 13.—In accorcW^te with instructions, I went over to ^Edgefield C. H. yesterday to report thq Republican meeting at that place, (jfoyernor Chamberlain, Congressman jSnjalls and Judge Mackey came over frdm Columbia, and arrived at Edgefield*lh the morning.— Elliott didn’t come. The meeting was held in front of the Academy, outside of the village, and about fifteen hundred pal sons, white and black, were present. As soon as the Republicans had taken the stand, about six hundred mounted whites rode up with a large crowd on foot and demanded half of the time for Democratic speakers. The Governor assented, and agreed to half an hoar for each speaker. Tile stand was then crowded with Democrats and Republicans. The Governor spoke first, but said very little, and was evidently under great restraint. He spoke of his desire to reform the State, and compared himself, in this respect, to Governor Tilden. He held that, if elected, he could do more towards reform than any one else. Meantime the Democrats tfept crowding closer to the stand, showing a determination to do everything lawful to break the meeting up. About this time the stand came down with a crash, bul was re> placed, and Gen. Butler replied to the Governor. He mai^e a vcry» bitter speech,. speaking ^agftj^oldly his opinion of the Governor. He said that Smalls and che Governor had denounced him at a leader of Ku-Klux and regulators. If they had made this statement, believing it to be true, he was there, face to face, and d< fled them to prove it. If they did not rise and prove it, they stood confessed liars. No proof was offered. Judge Mackey next spoke, endorsing Governor Chamberlain, and holding that he could do more for tho Democrats than one of their own party. Ile said he knew they could elect their county ticket, but he thought it unwise in them to oppose the Governor. Gen. Gary followed in a very hot speech against the Governor, in which he abused him roundly, accusing him of fraud and corruption and of willingly keeping Treasurer Mc-Devitt in power after his rascality had been made known to him. Judge Mackey then rose again, but was so frequently interrupted by the Democrats that he could say nothing. At this point, the stand fell flat, prostrating every one upon it except Gen. Butler who remained perched upon ^thc only point left standing. rfhis mishap was received with cheer after cheer,as significant that Radicals would go down and the Democrats stay up. The negroes by this time were completely hacked. Gov. Chamberlain and Smalls left the stand, and with the negroes moved off* towards the village, followed by the Democrats, cheering aud jeering, and threatened to break them up wherever they went to speak. The Democrats then assembled in courthouse square, and had a meeting of their own, at which Messrs. Joseph Collison, W. S. Allen, John R. Abney, Gen. Gary ana others spoke, declaring that they would carry the county peaceably if they could, but carry it they would. Judge Mackey, who had followed the Democrats, made an out-and-out Democratic speech, still, however, endorsing Chamberlain as being able to do more for the Democrats than one of their own party. The Judge’s speech was loudly cheered by the Democrats. The meeting then adjourned, the Democratic
horsemen keeping up cheer after cheer.
It was rumored, later in the evening, that the negroes had threatened to fire the town, and the Democrat^ called their forces together and camped a little way out of town, in case of emergency. There was no disturbance of any kind. The negroes were terribly frightened and did not dare to show fight. The Republican speakers were very moderate in their language and shooed by their uneasy manner that they felt ill-satisfied with the look of things. The Governor, Smalls and Mackey, left for Columbia in the afternoon.. No negroes spoke.
The Democrats are very jubilant over their victory, and gave the Republicans to understand that they inteadod to carry the county, and would treat any meeting they attempted to have in the same way that "they had done this one. The negroes dispersed quietly, and did not attempt to raise another meeting.—J. K. Blackmani in News and Courier.Beach Island Club,
[Correspondence of The Courier-Journal.] Beach Island, S. C., Aug. 14th.
To the Editor^/ The Courier-Journal:
The Beach Island Democratic Club held a special meeting on the 12th instant, to make its practical workings mole complete throughout the township. Heretofore its meetings have been monthly, at the Farmers’ Club House. They will now be held on the second and fourth Saturdays in each month, and will probably be once a week orv oftener as the election approaches. These will ne at different! points in the township, each meeting to appoint the place for the uext, and so arrange that each community shall have one in its midst. This is especially desirable in so large a township, the extreme points being some twelve or thirteen miles a part. Ceca-sionally a central meeting will be held, when some notable speaker, or other special occasion, may suggest a rally of the entire township. As many as can, however, of the entire township, will attend each of the meetings in the several communities. The township is sub-divi ded into fifteen sections, with an active canvasser in each section, whose duty it is to prepare a perfect roster of voters, aud of such non-voters as may be disposed to attempt illegal voting, and also to observe and report any matter ot interest in his section. We trust in a short time to have a general and complete organization of the township, with everyman posted'as to his duty, aud eager in the cause. Could such organizations be effected in every township,, the success of our ticket would be placed beyond a doubt- As to frequency of meetings, it is is the surest plan of keeping up an earnest interest and throwing dismay int ) the ranks of our adversaries. In Mississippi their regular club meetings. for some time preceding the election. wcie weekly—on Monday mornings—the first business of each week, and earnest men made every other matter secondary fbi* the time to the redemption of their State, which they accomplished.
The accounts from the Court House
and some exhibitions occasionally near el* to us. would be amusing if they did not threaten possibly some serious results. It is of the eager corps of hungry aspirants for office that has sprung up broad cast everywhere, under the better prospect of success to our tickec than heretofore. The man of true public spirit will, at this crisis, be forbearing whether for himself or his friend, however desirous or competent for the office. It is but human nature to hanker for | positions and emoluments, or to have I likings and preferences as to who shall j enjoy them ; but each club should jeal— j ously see to it, fin the common weal, as ! far as it can, that no avowed place hunt-I er, or one pledged to unduly urfee any 1 other who may be an aspirant, shall be
sent as a delegate to the nominating convention. Next to requisite qualifications—and such pei'sons are numerous in our county for all the offices—availability, the men of noted energy and Redress to stir up the greatest following throughout the entire county, should receive considerations, and the personal preferences of any delegate or comaiu* nity be placed in the back-gronnd.
We are solicitous about the petit j ary for the next court, when the man who h said lo have been the ring master of a circus—the veritable clown, perhaps, before diverse assemblages—wears the ermin. Whon Mr!. Chatfield and Dr. Rockwell were placed uport the jury commission, great expectation was held of an improved drawing—their in tel Ii-gence and posessions being cited in their behalf. The criticisms/upon their performance so far, it sterns, has in pert reached them. It is/hoped good fruit will come of it, for bf all the disgrace-* fnl juries since . th£ county has been formed the la^', hjr universal consent, was pronounced surpassing any we have yet had.' We wait to see if integrity and intelligence areito be disqualifications from the responsible positions , of juryman under the present regime.
To the Editor of The Courier Journal:
On the lith instant the following telegram appeared in the Augusta Con-‘ stittuionalist :
[Special to the Constitutionalist.]
Aiken, S. C.. Auggust 10th, 1876.
Bail at one thousand dollars each has been accepted from the Hamburg murderers. Attorney-General Stone wished for ten thousand each, but could not get his hearts desire on his enemies. A.
And on the,following day the same journal repeated, to- wit :
[Special to the Constitutionalist.]
Bail at one thousand dollars each has
been accepted from Vhe^fkrhbuTrg prisoners. Attorney- General Stone wished for ten thousand each, but could not get his hearts
desire on his enemies. A.
You will observe that the chief motive in republishing the telegram was, doubtless, the substituting of prisoners for murderers. If this be so, the special correspondent of the Constitutionalist, whoever he mal be, has been placed at disadvantage Be he Republican, Democrat or “Bothsides,” hots fairly entitled to rejoice in the oiigir.al dispatch.
— Westward the course of empire takes its way. That wide-awake, spicy, Democratic Anderson newspaper the Sun, which has always been it pleasant visitor to our sanctum, will hereafter be published at Hartwell, Georgia, We shall continue it ou our exchange list, and *wish it every success in its new sphere.
To reach the highest standard of health, nature demands the utmost regularity of the bowels ; a slight deviation brings mauv inconveniences and paves the way to more serious danger. WTe can recommend Dr. Bull s Vegetable Pills as the best medicine for the needs of the digestive apparatus.
Recently we republished from a leading Democratic paper of New York a justly deserved notice of the Piedmont an d Arlin gton Life Insurance Company. It is evident that this company is rapid-y taking position among the leading companies of the country, and has already attained the highest position among all rivals doing business in the South. When a Southern corporation can present so many claims for patronage, it is not s irpris-ug that our people give it ready encouragement. By a management unsurpassed, and a promptness ! in n.rioting every just demand upon it • the I ted mon t and Arlington, cfay by day ; increases its wealth and in$uence, and ! bec'noes more deserving of the patronage
of our people.