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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - May 13, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina % r }    /    *    |    ^She Courier-Jtonrniti VOLUME 2 —NUMBER 80 MAIL ARRANGEMENTS, Aiken, S. C., September I, 1874. On and after this date the Postoffice hours will be as follows : During the week from 8:80 a. rn. to I 80 o’clock p. in., and from 3 to 6 o’clock p. rn. MAILS. ' OPENS. CLOSES. Northern.. 10:30 a.m. 9:30 & 3 p.m Western... 10:30 a. m 3 p. mi Charleston 4:30 p. rn. rn Columbia..1 4V80p. rn. rn Dunbarton, Leesville, Hammond, Greenland, Merritt’s Bridge and Mt. Etal mails close on Sundays at I o’clock p. rn., and open en Tuesdays at 6 o’clock p. rn. E. CONDY, P. M. THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION The Democratic Convention met at Oehftnbia on Thursday, May 4th, and Wa* called together shortly after 7 o’efoek in the evening. As a body it waa highly imposing in Character, and conspicuous for the preponderance lo k cf the planting and mercantile interests cf the coactry. One hundred and sixty delegates were present. Among the most conspicuous we notice ex-Gov-ernors Manning and Bonham,. Generals Hagood, Kershaw, Conner, Butler, Gary and Harllee. The Convenlion was called to order by Gen. Boder, Chairman of the State Executive Committee, who nominated Cob D. Wyatt Aiken, Master of the State Grange of Patrons of Husbandry, as temporary chairman. The proceed. togs Were opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr- E. J. Maynard ie, after which the State executive^ committee and •county ch a inn en were invited to seats •on the floor and to take part in the proceedings pf the convect ion. On the roll being called Marlboro and Lancaster wpre found to he the coly coenties unrepresented. After some debate as to the manner •of voting by delegates from counties or •by theWttiitsmsn of the delegation, per-fficipateil in by Gen. Bonham, Gen. Jostler, Gen. Gary, of Edgefield, Mr. •Connor cf Charleston, Mr. Wilco*, of Georgetown, and others. The motion of Mr. Richardson that a majority of the votes cast be neoessaay to a choice was carried. TRie Convention then proceeded to the nomination of permanent officers. Gen. Butler, of Edgefield, nominated Gen. Kershaw for permanent president. There were no other nominations, and General Kershaw was unanimously elected. The following vice-presidents were then un a*i monsly elected 5 1st, M. L Bonham, of Edgefield ; 2d. Thos. T. Simmons, of Charleston 5 3d. James A. Hoyt, of Anderson ; 4th. J.‘McQueen, •of Chesterfield ; 5tk B. F. Perry, of Greenville; <>th. Johnson Hagood-, of Barnwell. Messrs. Fox and Gaston were <ch<isefi permanent secretaries. Gen. Kershaw was then conducted to the chair amidst hearty and long continued applause. On ta k is it the chair he said he was surprise urd gratified at tile honor conferred upon him., for it was the most distinguished tion that any man in South Carolina could occupy, bo be the president -of the i£*ggt racked citiseiis whose voice should alway* be potent in shaping the destinies of the State. He would not attempt to foreshadow tile action -of tie body. This was not the occasion on which he should feel called on to announce the principles and measures whereby we should move on to the triumph that awaits us. When the battle was so far in the future he would not announce iu advance the plan of campaign, nor until the enemy had revealed the nature of his movements and the organization of his forces. £Loud cheers.J South Carolina, having met in convention, after being without organization for many years, will address itself exclusively to the work of the reorganization of the party, and of selecting delegates to the National Democratic Convention. ResolvedThat the following shall be the order df business : 1st. The electeen of delegates to the National Democratic Convention, to be beld et St. Louis on the 27th day of Juoe ; that there shall be fourteen delegates, two from each Congressional District, and four from the State at large, with an equal number of alternatives. 2d. The next business shall be the election by ballot of the State Executive Committee, to consist of thirteen members 3d. The Convention shall then go into caucus. Mr. Liscomb, of Newberry, inquired whether uotSfrig more in the way of organisation was to be had; whether this convention win to be in power for two years j whether there was to be any platform. Gem. Hagood said that a minute organisation wee not necessary for the whit people of South Carolina. It was wnly necessary to aouad the bugle and beat the drum, and they would come out, tike duty now waste select the delegates and State executive committee, to which committee the rest could be safely left. Gen. Gary said he thought that the questions asked by Mr. Lipscomb could be best answered in caucus. Mr. Til mao, of Edgefield, made a long speed), arguing that a State Convention should pot have been called to elect delegates to the National Convention, and that delegates should have been elected by the Congressional districts, as in Georgia. Bt hoped that a State Coo-vend<m<W(ndd never ag»!wassenible, except to am ke nominations of officers and erect a platform for the party. Among other resolutions and amendments, Mr. Shepard, of Edgefield sub nutted a lesolutien adopted in Edgefield, declaring that their support; of the candidates te be nominated by the party was with the understanding that none but Democrats he nominated or elected to amy office by the people cr otherwise. Gel. McOrady,df Charleston, submit ted a series of resolutions defining the character and duties of the Central Executive Committee, who shall reside m Columbia daring the campaign, and specify the plan for raising funds to meet the expenses of the canvass. All these resolutions were referred to the committee tm resolutions. Mr. Kennedy, of Kershaw, at the request of the president, moved that the resolutions ot yesterday making the chairman of the convention the chair man ex-offieio of the State Executive Committee be rescinded. Agreed to unanimously.    * Mr. Lipscomb, of Newberry, submitted resolutions adopted by the Newberry County Convention looking to a straight oui ticket. A reso ut ion was offried that it was inexpedient to take any definite action prior to the meeting of the National Democratic Convention, and that the present Convention shall meet at the call of the president, or of five members of the executive committee. Referred. The Convention then proceeded to elect four delegates and four alternates, as delegates at large to the National Convention. The fellowing nominations were made: M C Butler, B F Perry, John Bratton, J D Kennedy, J B Campbell, William Evins, M L Bonham, D W Aiken, E W Moise, J A Hoyt, J L Manning. Wm Wallace, W D Porter, besides a number of others who defined or were subsequently withdrawn. Mr. Campbell announced that if any AIKEN, S. 0.f MAY 18.1876 to OLD SERIES VOL. 6.—N0.233 D Porter would go toff*' Louis if elected, he (Campbell) would withdraw his name and support Poifer. The vote was theniaken by ballot with the following result: THE REGULAR DELK Gen. Breton 130, D W AiWn, 116, J THE ALTI M C Butler, 112* A Hoyt, 105, ex-Gov Those nominated a J B Campbell, 68. Moise, 30. Wm Wa scattering. The wh cast was 142. The convention th until 3 pm, and the* rn. E8 AT LARGE. J) Porter, 122, Kennedy, 104. rn jPhriy, 108, J ham, 104. elected are : [fans, 43, E W 44, the rest, umber of votes ut into caucus [ourned to 6 p at 6 end alternates were repor* ichavdron and cMcIver and J Gen. Hagood offered the following preamble and resolutions : The Democratic Party of the State of j one could give assurances that Hon. W EVENING 8! The convention o'clock. The following de to the National Conv ted and confirmed: FYrsf District—J S J D McLuoas; with E D McLaurin as alternat Second Distrrict—M 3 O’Connor and J P Picket*; with J F Mar and ex-Gov Manning as alternates, v Third District—S MAowan and W B Stanley; with B W Hp nod Sampson Pope as alternates. M ,‘_ Fourth District—J HpEvins and B F Perry: with Wm H Wall and Gabriel Cannon as alternates, % Fifth District—J O Sheppard and William Elliott; with jjjf Fox and P F Hammond is alternates.! Governor Perry thereupon resigned ♦he post of alternate delegate from the State at large, and Col. {William Wallace wa-i elected in his iKtoe. Ex-Gov-Manning also resigned rn alternate, he ii* wwbfe lo    |yV    next    bud. ness was the election of a 'STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, who were nominated bv districts, and •confirmed re follows : - First District—W W Harllee, J A Law and T B Fraser. Second District—T Y Simons, J F friar and James Connor. Third District—A C Haskell, J P Lipscomb and B W Ball. Fourth District—W L DePass, T Stobo Farrow and B H Massey. Fifth District—A C Icard, G D Till man and T J Counts. The convention then adjourned, and went into caucus. When the convection reassembled the committee on business submitted th# following report; The committee ef one from each cobb tj, to whom was referred the resolutions of the gentleman from Charleston, Mr* O’Connor; the gentle men from Newberry, Messrs. Lipscomb and Keitt; the gentleman from Edgefield, Mr. Sheppard; the gentleman from Barnwell, Mr. Lartigue, and the gentleman from Charleston, Mr. McCmdy, beg leave to make the following report. That the committee deem it inexpedient to take any action upon the resolu tions submitted to them for consideration, but recommend that this convention urge on the respective counties the utmost vigor and seal in perfecting the organisation of the Democratic party with the view of consolidating every possible strength until the time arrives for the nomination of a State ticket. We therefore recommend that the State executive committee take such ac- a tion at once as will promote the purpose indicated in the foregoing; all of whieh is respectfully submitted. By order of the committee. J. D. Kennedy. Previous to, and after the submission of the report, most eloquent picas were made by Gen. Butler and Gen. Gary, of Edgefield, Col. B. W, Ball, < f Laurens, in . M. Lipscomb, of Newberry, and others, favor of immediate adoption of a straight out platform ; but after an all night session the moderate counsel of Kerehaw-Kennedy-Manning— Connor— Hagood-Tillman and Cothran prevailed. In speaking of the power of the Convention to forma platform, Gen. Connor said he did not regard it as very material whut platform the delegates take to St. Louis. 1 His thoughts did not wander so hr. The one thought with him was to save the Slate. No question of principle is involved in Gar}’eresolution, but one ef policy.^ Those resolutions allow the counties to do what seems best, and principle is not one-sided, nor shall it be compromised. (Cheers.) Unity and harmony we must have, or it useless to go into the oontest. For that reason he deprecated the resolution. These, however true’, do devidc tin Convention. Adopt them, aud, when the Blate Convention meets, later In the year, it will haviog nothing to do but nominate candidates, no matter how much circumstances may have changed. It cannot change the platform, for, if once adopted, it will be a finality. We under-8tan I each other better now than before. We eau go on without organisation, and get reedy, and when we know the whole situation the plan of battle can be formed. Whet) the next Convention meets, we may We ready to take resolutions and •adopt them without division; and why three them now, when there is a division T The honor of the State is not in the keeping of any one oouuty, and we should be careful not to introduce into the discussion sn element of feeling that can only de harm. Gen. Gary said the people wanted to know whether the Democracy was to he crooked or straight, and hence the need of the resolutions. During his speech he suggested that a bargain had made by the Charleston delegation with Gov. Chamberlain. Gen. Connor flatly denied there was any truth in such a statement, and Gary, disclaiming any intention to make such charge, made the amende honorable. Gen. Connor’s remarks were loudly cheered.    * Gen. Kennedy called the previous question on the report of the committee, which was adopted; yeas 70, nays 42. A large' number of the low country delegates, who would have voted Aye* had left to go by the evening train. TVE GLOSX OF THE CONVENTION—THE ADJOURNMENT SINE DIX. At an early hour on Saturday morning the Convention, after some debate, adopted the following resolution offered by Col. Hoyt, of Anderson : Resolved, That the State Executive •V Committee is hereby authorised and empowered, whenever in their judgment it may be deemed proper, to call a convention of the Democratic party to nominate State officers and announce a platform of principles, to be composed of delegates from the counties in proportion to the number of members to whieh each county may he entitled in both houses of the General Assembly unde J the new apportionment of the various counties. The invitation from green Ville to hold the next convention in that thriving city was referred to the State executive committee. A vote of thanks to Gen. Kershaw was adopted, and that gentleman briefly returned thanks. He complimented the convention upon its action, and expressed his belief that every thing that was desirable and proper had been done, and his confliction that good would come out of it. The convention then adjourned. mr. o'connor’s RESOLUTIONS. The resolutions introduced by tho Hon. M. P. O'Connor and referred are wa fellows : Resolved, That the maintenance and preservations of free institutions among • any people is oompatdriefenly with the prevalence of public virtue, personal ntegrity in official station, and purity in the administration of the powers of government. 2. Resolved, For the corruption whieh bas crept into nearly every department of the National and State Governments, the erimea that have ‘ been committed and exposed in high places, the diseases that have contaminated and spread over the body politic, priming the ctmi*-phere of American society, we ehargv and hold the Republican party responsible; whieh, rftcr ten years of profit* gaey, of wide spread waste and reckless plunder, of tyranical aud unconstitutional usurpations of power, bas plunged the whole country into ast abyss of degradation and of shame, of financial disaster and popular despondency. 3. Resolved, That for the salvation of our Republic, the weft being and security of Hie States, and the welfare aud happiness of the people, it is indispensible that this party should be hurled from power. No effective aud lotting reform can proceed from an etganisa-tioo which is corrupt to tho core, and has betrayed the trusts! committed to them by the people. 4. Resolved, That the overthrow of the present notional administration is to the country st large tim paramount and overshadowing ianae the hour, aud to accomplish this end the Democracy of South Carolina pisces itself rn Un*? with the National Domednay. reaffirms Ste party allegiatceft, and accept* its political creed with the dogmas enunciated by its national eoancH st jfeftimore in 1872.    / 5. Resolved. That pledged as the' Democratic party is by tbs nnwt solemn sanction* never to interfere'with or di*- litten! rights, with free att* suffrage, we ean with assurance appeal te all classes in the community to unite upon this basis in fenutog an invincible alliance for the defeat rf corruption and the retaro ef honest men to power. Letter Aum Florida, Near Lake Canopy, Fra,, ) April 20th. 1876. J Mr. John Ifcffip, Editor Cornier Journals Aiken, 8. C : Dear Sir.—As an old resident of Aiken, I .write to you for two reasons : one of which is to warn tho good people of Bn rowel), my native comity from being seduced into teviog their pleasant homes in Carolina aud migrating to this State, and the other to inform my friends of my whereabouts. I lived upon Shaws Creek for flirty years, had a pleasant home and plenty to supply all reasonable Wants. I wan Induced to sell out. and with my fondly come to Florida, where I wee ascared in a few years I could accumulate a fortune.— The result is, my with and children, excepting one daughter, are in their graves, and f a helpless old man in po* -arty and despair. The land is poor, orange tref** require ten y**m to come to bearing, aud mine a1) t*»k the discase known as the '‘die bank1' In th* fourth year, and I arn left without att orange grove, money or friends* Sickness is the rule, not the fgpttp-tioo ; end mosquitoes, Airn and other insects arc a roatee of continua) uq^> -once. lf any of my old or young friend* enntemp'ite removal to this section Florida, I beg them ’n firm vbii th# State and v'C for thcmarivee, aud aet vcntne upjn the word of fend speculators aud tea) estate agents. “Better b ir rite tilt you have than seek (boce you know not of.” Very respectfully your friend, Hurt Potvt ;