Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - August 31, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina
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AIKEN, S. C., AUGUST 81.1876MAH. ARRANGEMENTS.
Aiken, S. July I, 1874.
On and after this date the Postoffice hours will be as follows :
During the week from 8:80 a. rn. to I 30 O’clock p. rn., and from 3 to 7 o’clock p. in.
IO a.m. IO a. rn. 4:30 p. rn. 4:30 p. rn.
3:30 p. rn.
3:30 p. rn.
9 a. rn.
9 a.na. & 3.30 pin
Dunbarton) Hammond and Greenland mails close on Thursdays at 6 p. rn., and open on 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 5 o’clock p. rn.
E. CONDY, P. M.GRAND TORCHLIGHTRATIFL CA TJON MEETING IN CHARLESTON.
Tremendous Outpouring and Enthusiasm of the People—Patriotic Speeches—South Carolina Shall be Wrested from the Thieves.
The Hampton and Tilden Ratification Meeting on Friday evening, the 25th instant, was the largest and most enthusiastic meeting of the kind ever held to Charleston. The number of participant* in the demonstration, it is said, numbered about fifteen thousand persons. The banners and transparencies borne in the procession were very numerous and of a character so unique,strange, queer,quaint, funny, patriotic and appro priate as to be indescribable. The carpetbag scallawag element seems to have been a most fruitful theme for the artist to exercise bis pencil upon. One of the most conspicuous arid significant was copied after Nast. From the rim of a 'candlestick rose a woolly • head, which had only to be seen to be recognized as that of Whipper. Immediately above it was an extinguisher. This was dubbed “Chamberlain, an Extinguisher of Whipper, Two cross guns, with bay-ouetts, cartridges and bowie knives attached, were dubbed “Agricultural Iw-pHixicDis.” Another had painted upon
a plethoric carpet-bag, on which was jthb name of -‘Honest John,” and the Inscription of “No more like this.”
The platform from which the orators addressed the vast assemblage was erected in front of the main entrance to the Citadel Green, and was the handsomest and most substantial erected in Charleston since antebellum days.
The meeting was addressed by Col. Edward McCrady, Hon. M. P O’Connor, Maj. Barker, John P . Ficken, Gem Conner, Col. T. G. Browning, H. F. Touhcy, R. S. Thane and Gen. S. VV. Ferguson, whose impromptu remarks are so terse and appropriate to the occasion and times in which we live, that WG think we cannot do better than cive them entire. •
SPEECH OF GEN.FERGUSON.
Gen. Ferguson said :
“I take it. felloe-citizens, a? a happy omen that on a briet visit to my native city I am permitted to participate in a grand celebration like the present. I take it, not as a personal compliment to me, but rather to the State which I am now a resident, the State of Mississippi, and in the name of INIIssissipp! I give you words of greeting and words of cheer. That State one year ago "was like South Carolina is to-day, under the heels of thieves and scoundrels. The people looked around them and saw that they were ground down by a few hundred carpet-bag politicians. That people rose in their might and said this thing shall not longer continue. They didn’t count the odds, but declared that they would be free, and to-day they are I Vee. And I can tell you, gentlemen, they intend to remain ,<-0. [Cries of that’s business.] You canuot stop to count the odds ; once win the victory aud you will hold the field. [Cries of
you bet we will.] The battle must be fought earnestly and determinedly; but *ihere need be no bloodshed, no intimidation.
The speaker then recounted how the people of Mississippi had freed themselves from the yoke of carpet-bag rule. In his county, he said, the blacks were five to one white, and where they were cut off from all help from adjoining counties, they being in the same condition, the people determined, to win.— They demanded a hearing at every Re* publican meeting, and, face to face, denounced the corrupt leaders of the ignorant blacks aB liars and thieves.— When they made false statements they clinched them then and there, and they spoke to tbs blacks as residents of the same country with the same interests at stake. They told them how they had been cheated and duped by their leaders; they promised to protect them if they wished to vote the Democratic ticket * and by this means, when the voles were counted, Washington county bad elected a clean Democratic ticket by over 500 majority. Not one drop of blood was shed, and not even a fist fight occurred. That was the “Mississippi plan” howled over by Northern Republicans. It was true that in some sections there had unfortunately been some trouble, but it bad been brought on by the Republican leaders, who, as soon as it fairly began, ran off and left the poor ignorent masses to suffer.
The same aray was open to South Ca r-olina. Her people should demand a hearing at every Republican meeting, and be there in numbers strong enough to enforce, if necessary, their demand. They should meet the Radicles face to face, and when they lied tell them aq. They should endeavor to teach the ignorant masses how they had been duped and swindled. They should instill into them the truth that their interest and the interest of the white man were the same, They should promise to protect them, and carry out their promise, and if this was done there was nothing under God’s heaven that could prevent* South Carolina, like her sister, Mississippi, from wresting the power from the grasp of the robbers and adventurers, who now hold despotic sway, and placing it in the hands of her own true and honored sons. Gen. Furgoson, after giving in glowing and cheering Words his expression of hope in South Carolina’s future, closed his remarks with an interesting anecdote concerning Genera^ Wade Hampton, which will show to the people generally, and to the colored people especially, his high |ense of justice and his brave nobility of soul in executing that justice.
In ante-bellum days, when General Hampton was owner of large tracts of land in Mississippi and the master of a thousand slaves, one of his overseers was brutally murdered by a negro on the place. The guilt was clear, and the guilty parties were arrested by the infuriated populace and cai l ied out for immediate execution. General Hampton heard of what was being done, and by his own personal daring, physical strength, and influence among the people succeeded in wresting the unfortunate man from the mob and safely lodging him in jail to await the due course of law.
If, said Gen. Fcrgusuo, you sons of Carolina will resolve to work from this day to the day of election, and make up your minds that you will win this fight, you will do it. [Cries of: “We will I we will I”] There will be no need to resort to violence or intimidation. Be prepared for violence and no violence will come, [Immense applause,]
After several others had spoken, the chairman of the meeting introduced General Jas. Conner, who spoke as follows :
SPEECH OF GEN. CONNER.Fellow-Citizens :
I hardly know how to address you to.
night. Far more impressive than anything that can fall from this stand tonight is the eloquence of this demonstration. It marks the upheaval of a whole people, and it admonishes that the time has come when they, too, intend to be emancipated. We who represented you in your State Contention at Columbia bring back to you tidings of good cheer. In full convention assembled, the great voice of the State has spoken. South Carolina has flung her banner to the breeze, and she asks now that every true son of the State will rally to her support. She appeals to you from the depths of eight years of suffering to put a limit to her agony, and she calls to you to unite as one man from the mountains to the seabord and
work, work, work for her redemption._
It would have done your hearts .good could you have been present in that convention. Let it not be said that madness ruled the hour. Not so ! Not so ! Calmly, dispassionately, earnestly did that convention weigh and consider all the policies that could be suggested, and it reached its conclusion wisely and well. And the best fruit of it is that the spirit of unity of that convention went out to the whole Slate. And today, from every quarter of her territory the whole Democracy stand united as one man. All differencies of opinion, all questions of policy are buried. They recognize that there is .ope duty higher than any policy—the duty of devotion to the Slate, 3£nd what the State has resolved she calls upon her sons to carry out. She has inaugurated a platform the leading features of which is Retrenchment, Reform and Home Rule.— And upon that platform, going as she shall, [nto a contest in which is all that is dear to you and to her, she places as chief in that fight her dearest, best and noblest sons. [Immense applause.]— To-day countless thou^nds of brave men in Alabama, Georgia, ■'Tennessee and Mississippi, who know the devotion of Wade Hampton to South Carolina, are watching to*see how true Carolinians can be to Wade Hampton. The whole people of the State have in him a leader who, when he has plighted faith with friend or foe, was never yet known to break it. And he proclaimed himself, in bis letter of acceptance, to be the Governor of the whole people, rich and poor, high and hunble, white and black. And we would say to the colored man, trust the man whom you know rather than the man who has come to you from abroad and brings no record with him and leaves none behind him save infamy and contempt. Place Hampton in the gubernatorial chair and you will have a Governor that knows how to be just. and is strong enough to protect. [Loud cheering.] It is the surest guarantee that every colored men can have for his rights that they will be in the hands of one who knows how to be just and has the courage to be so. I can speak bur little. The issue is before yon. the battle is pitched, and the forces are march-on cither side. On the one hand are the corrupt carpet-baggers and scaila-Wags who for eight years have done not one single thing that redounds to the honor of South Carolina. They have soiled her fame, they have dragged her down into the dust and dishonored her as far as in their power. They have never in the past done aught save plunder, and their battle cry in the future is “Five years more good stealing in South Carolina.” [Prolonged applause.] Arrayed against these are the first sons of the State, to whom her^honor is as dear as their own lives. Let us with stromr hands and loving hearts lift her from the ashes of her degradation and place her opposite her sister States—the diadem upon her brow and the eeptre in ber hand, [Immense applause, and cries of .“We will ! We will I”] Where is your place, fellow-citizms, in this fight ?
as one man. Work ! work ! work I be trne, and when the day of deliverance comes and she stands once more as our love would ha7e her stand, it will be the proudest recollection of your lives to remember that you too did your part in that fight. [Prolonged and deafening applause.]SOUTH CAROLINA NO RADN CAL STATE.
The logic employed by Republicans, both North and South, in the attempt to convince themselves and the country that South Carolina is now and must for an indefinite period continuo to be a Radical State is refreshing in its simplicity. Ic consists merely in a reference to so much of the census returns as shows a considerable majority of colored voters in the State, coupled with the assertion that colored majorities always represent Republican majorities in the territory.
This sort of argument or rather statement ought not to be supported by reason or fact and really is by neither. It is not at all creditable to the intelligence or capacity oKhe colored voter to charge that he always casts a ballot for certain candidates because they are labeled Republican, Without the slightest regard to any other consideration. Yet this sums up the Republican argument.— Admitted, say they, that Radicalism in South Carolina is a stench in the nostrils of decency and a standing reproach lo the Republican party; we do not deny that our leaders are rogues and thieves and ought, to be convicts ; granted, that we have no measures or men upon which to go into this contest for support or even approval and nothing to talk about except our disgrace as a party; yet as an offset to all this, there is a colored majority in the State and every colored man will vote for us now and continue to vote for us so long os he simply because he is a colored man and we call ourselves Republicans.
If this be true, then the colored voters have only exchanged a form of slavery for which they were not responsible for another yoke, disgraceful indeed to themselves, because they, wear it willingly and without attempting to throw it off. ’I bis Radical assertion, however, is not true, but a libel upon every intelligent colored voter and as false as the known principles and practices of the Radical party in this State. Many a black county in Georgia. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, regularly gees Democratic, by larged maj critics than there are white voters therein, and the uumber of such counties increases at every election in every section.
in 1868. every reconstructed Stare went Republican, while now S*>uth Car Olina alone remains. The latest election, (in Alabama this month,) was as quiet and orderly as any ever held in that or any other State, arid sd far as we know or Radical ingenuity has been able to discover, not an angry word was spoken from the Tennessee river to the Gulf. The only State in which disturbances can by any possibility arise is unfortunate Louisiana, the victim of unauthorized Federal interference, to which all outrages have been directly chargeable, and from which this year she will be finally freed.
The colored voter in this State has been the main stay of Radical thieving for the last eight years. He has gained nothing by it, but on the contra.y, has j lost much to the respect aud confidence j of his white fellow-citizens, whom ho has, I
in most cases innocently, helped fropluu- ! der. His eyes are- at last open. He j knows what has happened in every other i Southern State and he looks forward to j similar results in his own. He apple 5 enates the fact that for the first limo since . reconstruction, the white people of South ! Carolina are thoroughly aroused and
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and measures, appealing alike to every good Democrat and all honest Republicans. He sees the inevitable and pre pares for its coming. A tolerably keen observer of events, he gravitates towards power. Witness the colored Tilden and Hampton clubs all over the State, the entering wedges iii the colored phalanx soon to rend it assundcr.
All these things show conclusively that honest and upright Democrats are this year contesting successful!-/ with dishonest and rascally Republicans for the respectable colored vote. They point unerringly to a colored stampede in November and a brilliant triumph for Tilden and Hampton, and that reform we so much need.
The Radical idea that cole?ed majorities *nean Republican majorities, has been forever exploded, and wHK it has departed the last hope of a Radical victory in this State.
[A voice, ‘Ta front, in front.”] Stand I welded together iii the support of men
Letter from the Country.
[Correspondence of The Courier-Journal.] Hoosier Township, Aug, 24th.To the Editor of The Courier-Journal ;
It is quite interesting to us away up here in this benign region to read the various articles published in your paper in regard to the coming county election, and more especially as regards the candidates for the different offices in the gift of the county. One set of men come out openly and above board and nominate such of their friends as they think would behest fitted for a certain office. This, in our opinion, is manly, as it should be, and reminds us of the good old times when Rings were not so common as nowadays; it looks lively, and snows that our people are working up and are taking an interest in the affairs of government; and we say let us have as many good names before the Nom!* nating Convention as possible to choose from, as the county is a new one ai people have not yet become act with each other’s merits, and its mCD will be brought out by this course, and we shall soon know each other.
We do npt agree with your recent qoriespondent “Epsilon,” who says that our people are “too eager and hungry after office.” Who knows that this pub lie virtue preached by “Epsilon” is not a garb under which there lurks a deeper purpose ? The tiger and the cat, win n about to seize their prey, approach with soft and noisless step ; an.8 we. in this dark corner, have been so often deceived that we have become very suspicious of too much seeming virtue,.and are a to think we “smell treason in »the tainted breeze.” Who knows that “Epsilon” has not some favorite whose name he wishes to put forward for some office that others have already been named for? Perhaps he wants an office himself and don’t want too much competition, aud that is the reason why he wants only a certain class of men sent to the Nominating Convention. W e say let as many names of good men ba* put before the public as their friends choose to put there, and let each take his chances and have* nu ring management about it. The people can and will run . this county machinery without the aid of wire pullers or Ring masters. Roost ER.
Edgefield, S. C., Aug. 28th,To the Editor of The Courier'-Journal :
Pardon me for suggesting to your approaching County Convention, the name of Capt. Angus P. Brown, as a candidate for Clerk of Court lur Aiken county.
I trust that you will nut regard this as an undue interference in your county affairs, for you must remember s'-o :s made up iii p u t from a “very large rib” of Edgefield, and therefore we hate a, feeli; g of “consanguinity” for her.
Captain Brown is in every particular qual. tied. and the Democracy could not con Lr office upon a more worthy citizen and "ne more deserving. He is poor and luniest, intelligent and true* and ardent Democrat. EDGJBFIELD.