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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - July 29, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina Volume 2 — numbed 91 AIKEN, S..O.; JULY 29.1876 OLD SERIES VOL. 6.—2*0.281 •    *    X MAIL ARRjANCEMCNTS. Aiken, S. C., July I, 1874. On and after this date the Postoffice hours wiQ be as follows : During the week from 8:30 a. rn. to I 80 •’clock p. al, and from 3 to 7 o’clock p. OU j^IAlLS. Northern, Western.. Charleston Columbia..1 OPENS. IO a.m. 10a. in. 4:30 p. rn. CLOSES. 3:80 p. rn. 3:30 p. m. ■9 a. rn. 4:30 p. rn. |9 a.m. & 3.30 pm Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on Thursdays at 6 p. rn., and open on Saiurdaps at 3 p. m. Leesville, Merritt’s Bridge and Mt. ESbal mails close on Sundays at I o’clock rn., and open on Tuesdays at 5 o’clock nu __ E. CONDY, P. M. JilKENFQR A STRAIGHT-OUT TICKET The campaign has opened in Aiken County. Our people are more united In action and dought than at any time during the WHY SHOULD COLORED HEN VOTE TUE DEMOCRATIC TIQKETT We propound this question at the suggestion of a number of colored men, who are substantial and thinking citi-sens, and hope, in this manner, to reach and hold the attention of the respectable colored men in this county, at whose request we have written something about the Freedmenf8 Bank Swindle. . All that we ask is a candid and impartial hearing, and that every colored man should weigh the question for himself, and not allow such men aB Spar nick, Lee, Carsten and others- of that deiced able stripe to form th** answer to the question for them* With that class of RETTER LATE THAN NEVER. The following extract from a News <md Courter correspondent shows that Gov. Chamberlain has considerably modified his views on the Hamburg aff*: “In the eouree of the same brid? interview I asked the Governor if h4£ too, considered the Hamburg riot in tbf light of a political affair, and the mew who participated in it as representing the intentions of the Democrats of the tftnte. To this he replied, nnhestating-ly, that he did not consider it to bi anything more significant than a mer# local affair, the result of bad feeling in that particular section, and that he believed it to be generally condemned by the better class, and, indeed, by a large majority of all the white citizens.” I It is most gratifying to find the Governor doing justice to the white people me* we have nothing to do; there ie no rcridiogin the neighborhood where this it years. From every par* of th$ county glad tidings are brought $ each and every good citizen is nit work*-|ard, earnest, substantial work «**-aad titty catty Into chat work no misgivings, vin) apprehensions, no fears. Aiken county must and shall be redeemed S The necessities of the occasion demand it. Radical misrule, •official corruption, aud theft have nearly ruined us, and if we would live aud prosper, cur first and paramount duty Is to to put down this misrule, their corruption and thieving. What people have /^Buffered as we have done ? And it is &j&kmgtoo much of flesh and blood if ;;4he Radicals expect us to Suffer in silence 'f forever* None WHI dare say that the people of this county are‘Untrue to the Union— that thity seek or desire any unlawful end not warrented and encouraged by the Constitution, laws and genius of the United States, In return for this we are ground down by exhorbitant taxation; . , Vfe are ignored aud treated with con-/fccmpt; ignorant and-Unscrupulous negroes teether with .ooirapt and evil OTinded *b^ancB vve uur officers; our , courts    ; our juries are an insult to civiiizatioh ; our widows and orphans arc despoiled of their feast pittance by the Radical Probate Judge; 'iqur roods and bridges are a crying . shame, and everywhere is seen the deadly aSd disgusting effects of their mongrel crew who insult the name of Re ublicauism. The Democratic party, under Democratic leaders and the aegis of our time liquored banner, must work out its own salvation, and they will’do it, too, We want no coalition—no Carpenter, no Green, no Ohamberlair; we want a Democrat, whose honesty and integrity arc above suspicion, whose learning and ability are beyond question, aud whose >    independence and'patriotism are known unto all. In our ranks are many who can and will be our leaders. We have ^    our Hamptons, Kershaw^, Conners, Por- ters, Mannings, Perrys, Hagoods, Bon-™    hams, and a host of others who are familiar with our Democratic principles. In the long, darV years of Radicalism which has past, they have not been for gotten, and they now command our love and admiration. Such are the men whose services we need. This campaign is fraught with our ^nearest and holiest interests; oq its issue depends*the future peace and happiness of our people. Men of Aiken county, keep ihis in mind; lay it next your * hearts and keep it there* In this coti- • \est you cannot, must not fail. Aiken - can aud must be redeemed. Put your best men forward for office, and then -forget all differences—know no man for scii-sake, know* him as the exponential* the great and momentous issue at staxe. Let each man act as a committee of one, under the sanction of the Democratic party, labor as men who realize they are striving for—work iffl along the line, work in the front, rear, flank, centre—every where,'aud we are boifnd o succeed. common ground between us and them, and to that colored man who admires and approves their course we have this to say, that so long as you follow them, you can have nothing to do with us. Colored men should vote the Democratic ticket because Aiken county is their home, and It is the duty of every honest citizen to vote for that class of men whose character and ability will insure good government. That our State and county governments are bad, every honest colored man admits. We have yet to meet the first colored man who does not in unmeasured terms condemn the stuffing of the jury box ; who does not say that the appropriating of the Mar-ley estate money by the Probate Judge was a crying shame, that taxes are too heavy, and that very few things are as they ought to be. It would be an in unfortunate affair occurred; and we ven tare to say that if relative positions of the two sections were changed, there would be two Hamburg riots North where there is one now in the South. LOOK OUT FOR GRASSHOPPERS. They are Raiding over in Georgia Threatening Devastation of Everything in Their Way. PUT FORWARD YOUR REST \ them pounding awayat the Adams Ex- MEN As the time for nominating candidates for county and State offices is near at hand, a word or two of advice in the matter maj^not be out of place. Let us hunt out the men instead of waiting for the men to hunt after the offices and canvass for our votes; and let us allow no motive of personal friendship to influence us to support a weak man — Whether we select a farmer, a merchant or a professional man, let him be the best representative of his class—second will not answer our purpose. A WOMAN'S EXPERIENCE. There is reason to fear that this terrible plague, which creates such ravages iu Kansas and other portions of the Western territory, is about to make its appearance in the South. The Augusta Constitutionalist says : 44 We have been allowed to publish suit to common sense and decency if any I the letter below, which was received by one should ask the colored man who is a gentleman in this city yesterday. The aware of all these facts, and who de- letter is written by a planter who oulti-plores their occurrence equally with Lhe vates largely, a man well known, and white man, to trust these perfidious officials longer. Whatever tbs office seeker may say and promise to the col ored voter during a campaign, and just before an election, he wants him to pay heavy taxes to the tax collector. Then whose statements cannot be questioned. We have seen the stalks of cotton mentioned, and they are as bare of* leaf or greenness as a dead tree in winter.— The grasshoppers did their work effectively, and if they should spread he boasts of doing even handed justice, throughout the country (and we hear There is no destinction made: the white they are in many counties) the crops man’s plantation is sold because he does J would be entirely destroyed. The letter says : Covington, Ga., July 24th, 1873. *    *    I    send    you    a    trundle    of not pay a tax of fifty dollars, and next is offered for sale the colored man’s little one-roomed house; because he can’t raise five dollars for “Mr. Treasurer.” Even handed justice to the nowaday legislator aud tax collector means this* that in the imposition of taxes they want to secure as much for themselves cotton stalks that have been stripped by the grasshoppers on my farm. -It is the most thorough destruction of the plant I have ever seen. They commenced only h»st night or yesterday, and have as they can, no matter whether it comes destroyed in all about on acre. I have (rem the pocket of a colored man or a J tried burning and drowning, there bewhite man. They say,^ “Look at our I ing in a ditch water three or four feet laws, read them and you will see how I deep, which was dammed. We drove the taxes go. We all know tint the hundreds of thousands into it, but the pay of a member of the legislature or a attempt to drown them Was a failure, as County Commissioner won’t support they navigated with an awkward degree them in the manner in which they live, of success which is exnspearting ; flatland we never see them at work, except! ing in this, I had spread some straw now arid then one is found pretending' about ten feet wide and one hundred Ridfcalous and Amusing Scenes st a Receut Train Robbery in Missouri. Concerning the late Missouri Pacific express robbery, Miss Peabody, an ex-Jeffersonian City iudy, and now teaching school at Denver City, who was on the captured train, gave the following interesting statement to the Jefferson City Tribune reporter : “After leaving Otterville,” said I^ise Peabody, “I was dozing in a reeling chair, probably falling asleep. Suddenly the train was brought to a halt, and a moment later a man rushed bur-ridly through the car. I believe* he was the express messenger. Some one asked him what was the patter. ‘The train is being robbed, that’s whats the matter,’ he hurrodly replied, and kept on. Then all was commotion and confusion. Including myself, there were three ladies iu the car. I confess that I was terribly frightened, and thought I should faint; but,”—and Miss Peabody laughed at the rememberance—“I saw that there was no one handy to catch of caie for a person in ti faint, and concluded to omit this part of the • programme Meanwhile shots were fired on the outside, and we could‘hear numbers men cursing and swearing. I suppose the shots were fired for: the purpose of intimidation. I believe our car was next to the smoking car. Directly the car door was thrown open, arid in stalked two of the robbers. The leader put his hand on the shoulder of a brakeman and said, ‘Here, I want you/ and hustled him out. We thought they wer going to shoot him. hut I suppose now they wanted him to identify the express messenger. It was rare fun—I mean it is amusing to look back at it now, nothing funny in it then—to see the passengers concealing their valuables. Here you would see a man with his boots off, cramming *. his greenbacks in his socks; several—Mr. Marshal, of Fulton among the rest—tossed their cash, watches, Ac , into a coal b‘*x ; others were up on the backs of seats hunting holes for their pocket books. Wherever anything could be concealed something press safe, and their coarse oaths at being delayed. Occasionally shots were fired. The leader of the robbers, a tall fine-look ing man, accompanied by one'of his comrades, passed through the car. ‘You need not be hiding your money, said the leader, ‘we do not intend to dts-turbe you/ He worefa red handkerchief over his face, with holes cut for his eyes and mouth. Below the handkerchief appeared his beard, very long, but probably false. His companion was smaller 'and a rougher looking man. His mask was simply a white handkerchief tied over the lower portion of his face.. The upper part was plainly visible. He re** marked that we must consider them an awful set of reprobates. The inquiry * for arms showed three patois in our car. One of these was owned by a lady._ Throughout the whole affair she remained perfectly cool aud collected, end refused to accommodate a gentleman with the loan of her pistol. When some one said this was the work of the James bors <    /    ...    V she laughingly remarked that her name. was James, but she hoped none of her relatives were engaged iii such disreputable business. The newsboy bad a pistol and made his way to the front platform. Looking up the bluff,:he descried the figure of a man and fired. In an instant the shot was returned- The ball passed between the plucky newsboy and a gentleman who was also on the platform, and both of them sought shelter without ceremony.. Thinking that the robbers might fire through the windows, I got off the chair and took a position on the floor. The sanctimonious New Yorker, who was going away to. die no more, thinking, doubtless, that I was engaged in prayer, softly approached and asked if I was prepared to die ? I was not in a humor to enlighten him upon theYub-ject. We were detained about an hour, when tile ribbers, having accomplished* their purpose, gave us permission to proceed. It was one of the episodes of my life I shal’ nevei; forget.” It Should be Attended to. to work.    Then    how    do    they    live    ?    yards    long,    as    many    as could    be    driven    I    was' sure to fi d its way. The conductor, They    are    fled    from    the    common    crib,    nut] on    this    were    burned    ;    having    set fire    to    j    excited and nervous, hurridly passed through I he car and told all who had valuables to take care of them. The most ludicrous incident I can now recall was when a san ti mon urns individual I    evidently scared out of his wits. broke Near Aiken, July Y6v 1876. To the Editor of The Courier-Journal: I very seldom visit your towfrr-hav-ing as much as I can attend to on my farm. jut was compelled to go there today on business. I was glad to meet some of my old and tried friends of the town and also a goodly number fVom the country, but was exceedingly sorry to see our once neat town in so sloppy a condition. I endeavored to hitch my hoise to the rack which the former in-$ tendant had built, but really I could not get near* enough to it without wading in mud and water. I asked some of the merchants why this was riot attended to and one of them answered that the ne-gro marshals would not obey the Intend-ent when ordered to do their duty concerning it. There is another thing J cannot un- of the fund called “taxes.” Let me go back to a County Commissioner awhile. He will tell you that he has no tax money in his hands, therefore he can’t take any We have heard that, id certain places, whoever gets a job out of the County Commissioners, must pay them so much for their “influence” in procuring the job for them. Very often the Clerk of the County Commissioners is let into the ring, he is the individual you must present your claim to, and he has a talk with the applicant the result of which is, he agrees to use his “influence” with the board, but, for a consid-I elation is i* hard to surmise how and i where that consideration goes? Who are the men that get these contracts? are they good, honest, hardworking men, or are they bad, corrupt men. whose chief qualifications arc that of a -cross-roads politician? We ask the colored men to the straw in several places at the same moment, many thousands were killed in this manner, yet so great was the number that those burned would not average one in a hundred of tho^e in the field. I then put all the hands to work ; forth with the old familiar son",‘I’m to drive them out of the field into the woods ; we succeeded better in this, but j ing, doleful voice echoed through may find them back in the field to-moi-row* It is a new element, . and one which I regard as serious. The fact these grasshoppers are of the most voracious and destructive .kind—-that1 they have eaten corn, and are eating cotton, and that they are in many localities— goes to show that they are a dangerous enemy to tile crop. They may totally j ior ever    s;    many years , destroy it. I have a lot of the grass- j true and    consistent    member    of    the hoppers strung, and will send them to ; church;    that he had    never    wronged    a you in the m iming. They have enor-* fellow being, but that if he was doomed going home to die no more.’ His quiver- thc car with lugubrious effect. Some of the male passengers were ungalant enough to interrupt him with the remark thathe had better be getting his money out of the way instead of starting a.eampmeet-ing. Having finished the hymn he arose and gave iii his experience. He stated j thathe had been a follower of the Lord i for ever s; manv years , that he was ii mous mouths, most of* them red heads, aud are Very damaging. The excrement think over these matters, and to think they drop is very greet, considering derstand : The former Intel.dant placed troughs at all the wells, which certainly was a great convenience and accommodation to all the country people, but I see that they have all been removed. Now, Mr. Editor, as I am not living in the corporate limits of yoni town, I have little voice in the matter; however, Twill make one'suggestion : Why don’uhe present Intendant consult with-the former one—who commenced the improvements of the town —and get some ideas about keeping    them    • in repair? I do    not say that the    In- tendcnt purposely neglects these matters ; it is only carelessness and the want of propped experience. Duping liie term * of the formed Inteodenfc Aiken had the reputation of being one of th e neatest mwns iii tile State, and if at present "the interest of the place was Us remains ! ^ !',oie> a,,d petty politics lcfi- Out, it v    v L-    regain its    old name.    Mvery    ex- i cw oi i ertjlin sKouliI be    put    the town for themselves. Hereafter we will con tinuc the subject. their 6ize, and the short time they remain on the cotton plant, to be wanted I forwarded to his. family iii to write them that he had^lied true to the faith and in the hope of a glorious j inhibit ion of the. eitii 'os W well resurrection. We could distinctly hear I visiteifs. i authorities for tho pleasure otid sccom- 1 ^ r* *’    jBK&ssI IL ;