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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - January 8, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina €()£ (Conricr-Juuriirtl. VOLUME 2—NUMBER 62 A.IKElsr, s. C., J ANNUARY 8. 1876 LOCAL APFAIES MAIL ARRANGEMENTS. Aiken, S. C., September I, 1874. On and after thie date tke Poetofflee hours will be as follows : During the week from 8:30 a. rn. to I 80 o’elock p. m., and from 3 to6o’olockp. rn. MAILS. Northern.. western... Charleston Columbia.. OPENS. 10:30 a. rn. 10:30a. rn v4:30 p. rn. 4:80 p. rn. CLOSES. 9:30 a.rn. & 3 p.m 8 p. rn. rn rn Dunbarton, Leesville, Hammond, Greenland, Merritt’s Bridge and Mi. Ebal mails close on Sundays at I o’clock p. rn,, aud open on Tuesdays at 6 o’clock p. rn. E. CONDY, P. M. J    VORE RADICAL FRAUDS UN- MASKED. ^jJURY BOXES ROBBED AND PACKED WITH BOGU8 NAMES. In every part of the South where scalawag and carpet-bag legislation has prevailed, the people have suffered. But no where has misrule and the iron heel of. oppression been more deeply felt and ground down into the souls of the people than in this ones proud but now humbled and down-trodden State of South Carolina. Most truly may it be called “The Prostrate State.'' From every section—the up-country and the low-country, from the mountain to the ^ seaboard—where tho negro element predominates, we hear and read of nothing but the most foully perpetrated crimes, political oppression and misrule, from the highest State officer to the lowest_ ail have had their hands, shoulder deep, in the public crib. Our neighbors on the East and on the West, on the North and on the South, have been robbed and plundered by both foreign and native political cormorants, who have foisted themselves into office by deceiving the negro under the guise that they were his friends, and that their former masters must naturally be their enemies and intended to enslave them again as sooths opportunity presented. And no Wiere has this cry been more loudly sounded and the party lash laid on than in this uewly-formed and otherwise highly favored county of Aiken. But the taxpaying community bore the indig-nity of seeing ignorant negroes, unprincipal doallawagB and carpet-baggers filling all the county offices—grateful tor this one taut: that Providence or the power who rules over the affairs of nations, had. in their political darkness, . granted them one favor in the person of a high minded, honest Judge to preside #rer the rulings of the courts. But when the late ignorant Legislature, led by designing and unprincipled rascals, 'coin mitcd the highhanded outrace of ignoring merit and electing a set of unprincipled thieves and scoundrels to (he office of Judges of the Circuit, and the ermine wnich had been honorably wpm by the respected Maher, was thenceforth tube flaunted upon the buck of a Wiggins; a feeling of great disappointment, humiliath ti and disgust took Posession of the people. The very air teemed thick and murky ; every mail *■ lotted into his neighbors face with a frown, unable to find words of sufficient jiibrce and magnitude to express his sen btiments ; and at length, when speech ■returned and words were found, they [laid, ‘‘Can such things be and men still [live*?’ OLD SERIES, YOL.6.—N0.262 wTlintL°f1thC,JaT yJterm °f C"urt’' bi*-    before    the    Governor    the hen the plundered and violated jury boxes were opened and the villainy of several of our high Radical county officials exposed to public gale in open court. Mr. D. S. Henderson arose in presence of the Judge, both juries and a crowded house, and stated that reports were rife that irregularities had been practiced by the Jury Commissioner, and moved the Court, in behalf of justice, to have the matter investigated then and there. R. B. Elliott here suggested to the Court that it would be best to take up a special case, so that the question could be carried up to the Supreme Court. No doubt a delay was desired, but his Honor forthwith decided that the box must be brought before him, and ordered the Jury. Commissioned summoned into coart, also ex-Jury Commissioner P. B. William*. a. P. Stoney, the Jury Commissioner on examination, stated that he did not have the key; that it w.s in the custody of a deputy sheriff. Williams stated that when he listed the jury in Januaiy last and placed in the box 260 names, and also the list corresponding thereto. Therjupon the Court ordered the box opened and the list was found and ideo. titled. His honor then appointed a committee of the bar, consisting of Messrs. D. S. Henderson, G. W. Croft and R. B. Elliott, to couat the ballots in the box and those already drawn, and compare the names thereon with those on the list. After an investigation of several hours, under the supervision of the Court,' a tale of horror to relate was brooght to the attention of the Court by the report of the committee, as follows: I. The committee find that there are 96 names left in the jury box still undrawn. . They find that on the present petit 1°r    8 term t,*lere appear ll names that do not appear on the list of the Jury Commissioner in the box. •    ^n(f that on the present grand jury there are 6 names that do not appear on the list of the Jury Commissiouer in the jury box. 4. They find that in the jury box to be drawn from there are IO names which do not appear on tne said list of the Jury Commissioner, making in all 27 names which do not appear upon the list of the Jury Commissioner. 5. They find that there ara 6 names on the present jury whose names also are on the ballots still in the box to be drawn from. 6. They find one name in the box containing the names already drawn, which is also in the box containing the ballots that is to be drawn (rom. 7. They find that there are 81 names on the Jury Commissioner’s list that have never served as jurors, yet these names do not appear oi< the ballots in the jury box that still remain to lie drawn, the place where they should be. (Signed)    D. S. Henderson, (Signed)    Robt. B. Elliott, (Signed)    G. W. Croft. fact* of the matter. Hi* Excellency forthwith removed that imp pf fraud Stoney, and also Wise, who, though he may mean well, has been caught it bad company. On Wednesday a despatch was received from Columbia stating that Mr. B. P. Ch at fie Id had been appointed Jury Commissioner, and Dr. P. G. Rockwell ( canty Auditor. These gentlemen have been appointed to execute an important trust, and the people expect and aah of them that they see that none but moral and worthy men be placed on the juitf list. If they do this* all good mao uHIl sustain them. CARD OF JOSEPH QUASH. In the last issue of the Aiken IWhm appeared a card, over the signature of Joseph Quash, obviously though, from the polished pen of the Probate Judge of Aiken county—against whom an indictment was about to be presented for the misappropriation of funds confided to his charge. This card contained a most indignant denial that there was tho least particle of proof that the jury box had been tampered with, in the slightest degree, and pronouncing the author of that card” a malicious slanderer. But ; now appears, from * examination of the Jury box and jury list, and of witnesses in open court, that the jury box had been violated and most fraudulently tampered with, to accomplish a certain purpose. This is apparent from the report of a committee of the bar. composed of three, the Hon. R. B. Elliott being one of the cammittee. It now remains to be seen whether or not the eloquence of the Probate Judge will be exerted in exposing and denouncing these flagrant frauds as it was in covering it up. We are afraid he will not applaud the action of the Governor in displacing the Jury Board. If that Probate was not to have been indicted at this court, would that jury box have been stuffed? Well therefore may Stoney and Wise, and the riddled conscience of Cars ten and Quash exclaim, in the words of the Spanish proverb— “Save me from my friends I'' No property was sold by the Sheriff on last salesday. street and Daniel II. Chamberlain will be taken care of when the Legislature meets again.” ator^nl0!    Se"‘    I 1*>N’T for?et tb« meeting at ’P«L»£ T ‘he TweHtheT°"» Hall at 12 o’clock on Tues-Possum Rangers, the women and child- day next. ren and the ancient naautnas. He start-    ___ with an exordium upon himself Tmh* wm considerable excitement netn lhT IT ,n 8T"L “The 00 Monday night I**, looking after a egro who has been run down as in- lost boy. After searching through the apa Ie and illiterate has proved him- snbnrbs and surrounding pine woods he Mir a. equal of any and every raee oa was found on thither fide ofZnltT the face of the globe. The great trouble | Ville. * has been that the negro up to this time has been too God-like to elect negro)    Mr. J. Mitchell of    ta udges. Chamberlain had been de. wants to know if it is the air theater’ nounced by the Democrats as a thief, or the excellence of Alt.-,’ Tcnoc ’ and now he ,s a great reformer. Now, beef that has added 15 poundsT hU why in the name of God," says the Red- avoirdupois in the four week/thlt I hot Jones, ‘cannot Mows and Whipper ha. been in our town    * reform, too ?” And all the eroud shouted, “AmenI Dat’s so—dey kin ’form I” I n„ I... rn a •If there is to be a general selling out, Mmed Turner^.-!    *t DeSro ma* we propose to be parties to tho sale • • *s n ^ bought before trial MuuchiM, Y«,k„ ,0 „1| „ «.t, Mill in iii » we’ll e'eot Hon. A. G. Magrath as Gov I II ' m    L    WM    00mmitted <|nor, And Hon. George A. TrenfclS | J. de&ultT^l    Slr°Ult If Whi as Lieutenant-Governor. has been guilty of fraud why doV’t I «.    7    . .. ♦hey prove it. We don't prbpose to be    looking    ----- influenced by what they have done in    «•!»**    of    the    Board    of    County Mississippi or Georgia. VV. I S3loneH for th« year. I was muoh over tho A MOSES- WHIPPER MEETING. rack; Good [Che very souls of men seemed on (he ?he sinners swore—the pious cried, lack !” fhis weight will surely break the camel's back t*f And so we think it did ; but if any Hug was needed to break down the pant annual, who has struggled and ndered along for so great a lenin h of Kite under the terrible load and the poignant blows of fate, it was found p fie Important disclosures which were on last Monday morning at the As soon as this report was made. Judge Maher asked if there was any member of the bar who could say anything in favor of that box. Echo answered, Aofhtng! Lee, Clyde, Sparnick, Drayton and Elliott, aft were there. The leaders of the party, whose henchmen had polluted the ballot box, all had their chance to show no fraud; but the truth was plain and their mouths were closed. Among the 81 names thrown out were such good and lawful men as John Bell, E. R. Bardeen, F. B. Henderson, G. B. Mills, E. S. Hammond, J. G. Guiguard^ D. S.Sims, J. M.Clarke, and many other persons of equal note and standing in the county. His Honer the Judge in most feeling terms rebuked the awful crime; said it was worse than murder, for it was the murder of J ustice. Then, after dismissing the juries, both grand and petit. as irregularly and fradulently drawn, ordered bench warrants to be issued for Auditor W. H. Wise. County Commissioner W. F. Carsten and Jury Commissioner K. Pi Stoney, who were bound over in the sum of 6500 each to appear before the extra term of Court Which is ordered to be held on the third Monday in March 1876. On Monday nighty armed with the proceedings of the court, Messrs. Henderson and Croft proceeded to Colum- 8 AMBLES OF ASH ANTEE ORATORY. The Radical supporters of Moses and Whooper had a “grand mass meeting” in Charleston, on Saturday last, approving the action of the Legislature in electing those worthies to office. The meeting ac one time numbered about 150 persons, composed of a few Custom House officials, women and children, with a sprinkling of ancient maumau, who were gathered together after a great effort ot drumming and scouring the highways and byways cf the South Carolina metropolis. The military who attended the gathering amounted to a company of about twenty “ 'Possum Rangers,” rejoicing in the euphonious name of the “Scott’s United Blues.” The gathering was addressed by Senator Jones, of Georgetown, and Represeuta tives Thompson, Nesbitt and Pinckney, ! the “rurial member, better known as the ‘‘Santee Orator,” who first stepped forward and began, as he said, his little hirangue. He said the time for action had come ; the Legislature had, in great wisdom, seen fit to eleet eight Circuit Judges and one Associate Justice ; and after a long rambling speech, in which he denounced Daniel H. Chamberlain as a traitor to the Republican party and a worthy candidate for the the penitentiary, ho said, “We have got to watch him close. I am gcing to make every 7ote in Hellhole Stfauip tell against these Democrats in the next election. VV e will wipe every Democrat from the State. It Broad street wants die here. It was the duty S every *nrp.r,sed *° “ote the extravagant man-tionest eitiien to support Whipper, be-    *    |«h barges -ere made and al- cause the line of color has been drawn (    county. Take, for ~t bas come do., simply ..    M.T ien of Whipper on account of hi color f    a    /    8erTlce »PP«r to What are we to do ? The Legislature * saiTd    •'^ *16 “ ^ must be sustained, and Whipper must tw V    ‘Stance to over *70. take his seat. Now, how are we to do    ,    / J tWelT* b,lls allnwed> It?" PiriAtnow l    t    I    conclude    they    hold twelve sessions that’s the way well”’do"” ^But'Via    D0ti0e’ “,S°‘the e,uPloyment of three was not relished by the eld, III ^ ed out in earnest, -‘No I no! Don't'kt. I* rf 90    T°T    °f°De fightl" The old maun,as shook their g vLi 0f aao L^rVT- ^ heads knowingly, and sagely remarked hT i"! -    W    peop,° to each other, “I tell you, my sister dese It* " i “ °1°!. °f colDPlexion ’ is tmnLL»aot.»A *:_____»    ’    I    perchance    the    differance may have grown out of the different lengths of the is troublesome times,” Primus Green here overhauled Nesbitt, who had, up to this time, generally run with the respectable members of his party, for voting against Whipper.— Nesbitt at first evaded the question and started off on a*new tack ; but finally, after some hesitation, on being pushed by Primus, said he did it because he thought Whipper was a partisan. This answer delighted the crowd on the stand, who considered it a quietus, but Green didn't; and made another thrust by asking him how much he was paid for turning renegade ? W. II. Thompson was the la-t speak-er. By this time it was nearly dark. Thompson proposed to offer resolutions countermanding tne resolutions offered by the Broad street Clique, at Hibernian Hall, which sustained Chamberlain. He proposed to sustain the action \>f the Legislature and repudiate Chamberlain. The secretary, A. T. Slovens, then read the following resolution, which was adopted : Resolved, That wesolemly pledge ourselves, without regard to consequences, to support and maintain the laws of the State and the United States ; to uphold and »upport the action of the Legislature and the courts, and to this end we pledge our very existence. By this time it was dark, and the little band of Malcontents “folded their tents like Arabs, and as silently stole away,”—to look after that low-roo?ting turkey. Physicians recommend Dr* Bull's Cough Syrtip when all other medicines fail, as a certain cure for Bronchitic, Sore Throat, and Coughs of Colds of long standing, For sale by all druggist. A full stock of Landreth's fresh seeds and onion sets; also, Early Rose and Peach Blow seed potatoes, just received at Powell’s hardware store. Horse and buggy for sale. Apply to sessions; if so, then we ask, is not 68.40 a day pretty tall pay for clerk hire in these times, when so many persons, equally qualified, would be glad to render the same service for one half the amount allowed by the Board ? Take one other instance : Suppose the Clerk of Court, for services rendered at three court terms during the year, equal in time to about one month’s service, shall receive for such service the sum of 6423, how much would it be per day for clerk hire ? And ought not such wages to secure the cervices of a competent clerk. Oui time will not allow of the examination of other bills at present, but we would suggest that the Commissioners’ report will be found a prolific field of investigation for the taxpayers of the county. feeing the notice from which we make these figures, besides several other legal advertisements in the Aikeu IVt-6«ae, calls to mind the fact that some time ago we noticed in the columns of The Courier Journal a proposition, where you stated, for the benefit of the taxpayers, that you had notified the Sheriff, Auditor and County Commissioners, that you would do the Official county p vin ting coming through their offices for 25 cents per square of ten lines to the inch. We should like to know if either of those officers have ever taken advantage of your offer ? If not, it seems to me, they have committed a very great wrong, and should be proceeded against for abusing the public trust.    Querist. [Note.—Our offers Were not accepted, and the Ring organ monopoly is still U-pt np; but we print the Sheriff’s sales, Ae., free. and shall continue to do so. whether we get pay or not.] war Uncle Sam will fight for us. Broad ( K. Wimberley or J. C, Brown, Aiken. Os Coss|(«Ment —50 barrels of potu.ocs for sale at H. Hchn’s, at low prices.    * ;