Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - November 2, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina
VOLUME 3 —NUMBER 105
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GET RE ADY FOR TEE ELECTION.
Next .tuesday, the seventh instant, is Carolina day, arid Aiken County expects every man to do his doty. We speak to tho good and true men who live among us, those who have the honor and welfare of our mother country at heart._
We ask every Carolinian, both white and black, to go to the polls on election day and do his whole duty. Let every person entitled to a vote be present and cast that vote, and when that is done then see that no other voter is prevented from doing the same because he has no way of reaching the polls. Let every buggy and wagon be used in carrying the old and sick to the polls. When every man has voted, thou wait until the count is made and the result declared—wait if you have to stay at the polls all Tuesday night. If we will all work success tenure. Then let us make up our minds for work, hard work, and steady work.
TRH GIGANTIC RADICAL, SCHEME OF FLUNDER.
The radical carpet-baggers in the South, having*been deprived of the opportunity of making fortunes out of the public purse from a democratic control be ing established which implies a stoppage of all swindling schemes or by the exhaustion of tho communities they have plundered—as in the case of South Carolina—bwe turned their attention to the Federal treasury, and propose, in case of Republican success this Fall, to
extract large sums of money from the .. „ _______
Treasury of the United States' driving the thebes out of power, and
augurated at the begining of the 43d Congress and the Republican House of Representatives and Senate passed favorably nearly six millions of dollars of these claims, aM of which had been bought up by the carpet-bag ring. Tho Democratic House of the 43 Congress, perceiving the infamous nature of the plundering plan, rejected these claims with scarcely an exception, and only passed in all $72,553 of claims of war damages. The committees reported favorably only upon claims to the amount of $217,000. The committee of the Republican House, 43d Congress reported favorably upon claims amounting to over $8,000,000. It is therefore evident that this infamous conspiracy against the taxpayers of the country was checked only by the vigilance of* the Democratic House, and the inauguration of the policy of retrenchment and reform. Should the Republicans again obtain control of Congress, and retain the control of the Executive, the Treasury will be fairly swamped with those claims, most of which are fictitious, and nearly nil of which are now owned, by assignment, by carpet-baggers and their fellow.conspirators. Under the Republican control of the Government any scheme of plunder is feasible, because the nature of their party admits of legislative jobbery, and their only hope of success is founded upon it. With the Democrats in power such schemes cannot haveayy chance of success, because the party cl’ reform is necessarily bound by its principles and declarations as to its conduct in the future, and is pledged by its recoi d of last year to continue its career to retrenchment and economy.— Examination of the claims passed by the Republican Forty—third Congress will show that, in nearly every case they have been assigned to some radical settler in the South. The certificate of loyalty is easily supplied by them, because an oath is too trivial a thing to stand id the way of the gain of professional perjurers. It is a fact that very few of these claims remain unassigned it is also a fact that an understanding hasbeen reached with the carpet baggers of the South, that.if they succeed in maintaining control in certain Southern States, such as South Carolina, Mississippi a.,d North Carolina, and Hajes should be elected, they are to have their reward in the plunder of false or magnified claims, The people will rise up to defeat this gigantic conspiracy against the public Treasury, and they will do so
THE BUGBEAR OF THE "SOLID SOUTHr
If the South be now more united than the North, it is because the rascally plunderings commenced there earlier, and have been felt more than in the North. The North is also growing “solid” against radicalism, and no mere deluded phantom of impossible Southern supremacy can prevent the North and South standing shoulder to shoulder against official plunder.
The correction of the abuses that will follow the election of the reform ticket will prevent the South being massed in future elections, because wheg the common tie of resistance to oppression and plunder ceases to bind the States of that section together, they will separate according to their individual views and interest, having no longer any peculiar institution like slavery to compel them to be united.
Until the correction of abuses by general reform, the South will remain solid, because it has been and will continue to be the policy of the radicals to keep it solid, the sectional issue being their sole dependence for continuance in power and for immunity in their plunder.
or its partisans. The people of this country are patient. They are not easily aroused, but once alive to the necessity of change, no power can restrain the popular will.
New York State will give Tilden and Hendricks 70.000 majority. The registration in this city is larger by many thousands than ever before, showing a degree of popular interest such as has no* existed in any election for many years’ The full vote of New York City is never polled, but on the 7th of November next there will be polled a vote that will surprise those who may have supposed that any apathy existed among Democrats here. Local and county differences can have no effect upon the State or. National ticket. Indeed, any rivalry between local factions will only result in calling out a fuller vote.
Onr 3iew York better. »
*. Victory in the Air.
' Nev^York. October 23. 1876.
Silverton, Oct. 23d, 1876. lo the Editor of The Courier-Journal: I iearn that your peaceful little village came near being converted a few days ago into a scene of carnage—a very battle-field—throwing Ellenton, Rouse’s Bridge and Hamburg entirely into the shade, and I write now to your journal to ascertain the truth of what I have heard.
It is said that a short time ago two companies of United States Infantry, having been ordered to A iken, had arrived there, and were on the march to the camp where some three other companies of their brethren were already encamped. But, fearing an attack from those horrid Butler’s cavalrymen who utter such unearthly yells, and believing that some of those naughty rifle clubs against whom Chamberlain and-^Grant had proclamated so vigorously, were prowling about seeking whom t ley might devour, they advanced /cautiously and kept on tho alert. Apparently it was well for them they did sc, for the occupants of the camp already in town, bear-r* ., *, - 5n" the measured tramp of approaching
cover from the blow. All hope of car- soldiers, couldn't think what was to p“y
T— J I T _I “ J
As I wrote you last week, the Republicans are already beaten. Thqy had anticipated success’Yn the October elections ; were, indeed, so confident that they claimed Indiana by 10,000 majority. Zach. Chandler boasted that Ohio would give from twenty to twenty-five thousand majority; that he should consider anything less than in the light of a defeat, and the crushing defeat they sustained, not more by the loss of Indiana and West Virginia than in the immense Democratic gain in Ohm, stunned them, .and they have not and*cannot re-
mine of wealth of the whisky »mgs is nearly exhausted, and the people are so well informed of the iniquity of that combination that further efforts in that direction will be likely to prove unremunerative.
They have, therefore, brought up almost .every possible claim against the United States Government relative to damage done to property by troops during the war. They are magnifying the amount of these claims, and their intention is to put them through Congress to an enormous extext. As a part of this iniquitous scheme, they are using the argument against the election of the Reform candidates, that the Democrats would be likely to deplete the Treasury by payment of Rebel claims. This is the cry “Stop thief’ raised by the robber. They hope to make their accusation against tho Democracy the ceca
electing the party of Reunion, Retrench meat and Reform, whose majority in the House of Representatives secured scrutiny of all doubtful claims, reduction of taxation, and whose triumph now will secure that hearty union between different sections of the country^ which renders it impossible for any*set of men
from any State or section to turn the public treasury into a private fund.
HONOR TO HAMPTON.
-At a grand Tilden and Reform convention of the soldiers and sailors of the Union, held at the capital of New York, the following, by order of the convention, was telegraphed to Wade Hampton :
Alban r, V. Y., ©;t. 19, 1876.
To (reii. Wade Hampton,
Columbia, S. C.:
The officers and soldiers and sailors - f
against the Democrats, the sham denunciation of what is really their own vile plot.
od control of the present House, these rascals, who care nothing for the public Treasury, except sd far as it can be operated upon to line’their own pockets, would have already exacted millions of dollars of tho public fund, for their personal gain. TI e conspiracy was ip -
rying this State is gone Indeed, in private conversation many of the leaders concede New York to Tilden and Hendricks, and their only hope is in carrying enough of the Southern States to overcome the loss of this State. No argument is necessary to prove that they cannot possibly do this.
The same causes that have resulted. in the immense Democratic gains wherever elections have been held st* far will result in still greater gains in the elections yet to come. The bayonet policy in the South will be a failure as has been the bloody shirt policy in the North. All that the Democrats of the South ask is a fair election, and that those colored men who wislr to vote the Democratic ticket, shall be permitted to do so without molestation from colored Re publicans, whose tears and passions are played upon by carpet-baggers and political adventurers for their own ends.
Tile mere presence of United States troops is as likely to restrain the violence of ignorant Republican negroes as it is to intimidate those who have become tired of the high taxes and low wages resulting from carpet-bag rule
On the other hand, the belief that it is the intention of the Administration to use the military power of the United States in the interest of Hayes has already lost the Republican party more votes in the Nor ii than it can possibly gain in the South. The people know, that if they would have peace and finl
and were at once formed into column and marched out in the direction from which the unknown forcq was coming. Soon they discovered the strange force in ‘he distance, a loud bat tcmulous howl rung oui, “Halt! What rifle club is-that i Disband or we’ll charge,” but the order was not obeyed, not having been heard. On this the men from the camp were quickly deployed inti* line and oruered to charge. No sooner did the gallant boys in blue who had just arri' ca, sue a rebel force (as they thought it) coming rapidly on them, they too were formed into line and dashed forwaid to meet their old enemies once more and to cut their way to the camp. But ere the bayonets of the opposing forces clash cd—ere a shot had been fired, a third party appeared on the scene. Three companies of “red-legged’’ infantry who had also been ordered to Aiken had just arrived by a different route, and become suddenly spectators of the impending conflict. “Hold in the name of the Ubited State*,” exclaimed their officer—
pose you thought we were a rifle club too.” “It’s doosed funny, really,” exclaimed a pretty little sub from somewhere, that nobody can tell “who struck Billy Patterson.” “Let’s unfix bayonets, go back to camp and cake a drink, and so they did; they all fell in together ; the drum corps struck up “Yankee Doodle,” and a small army that could have whipped Sitcing Bull and Custer, both marched peacefully to their camp, to eat, drink, sleep and be merry, doubling the guards, however, against the rifle dubs and varying the monotony of their life by occasioaal excursions into the surrounding country to make prisoners of men who wont vote for Chamberlain or Grant either, and to keep thorn in jail till the voting is over, because the folks in Columbia haVn*t yet been able ts invent a crime oti which to make an indictment against them. Now, Mr. Editor, this is what we hear down in our part of the country and we yrant to know in your next if it’s true. X.
It is known to our readers and townspeople of A ikcn that within thdkst three or four days, some fifteen .-additional prisoners have been brought, at-the beck of a United States m&tshal— himself a candidate for office**—by National troops, to Aiken and lodged in the county jail. For what offence these pncn have been taken from their home# and families, to be incarcerated in a dungeon built for the reception of felons, neither they themselves nor we know. But that they are victims to the tyranny of the unscrupulous a itocrat Grant and the vile carpet-bagger Chamberlain, is very certain. Sorry we are to add that they have been, and are now. being additionally victimized at home. Yes I at bome>—even here in Aiken ! Living at distances varying from 2 to SO miles from this town, ih^yof course ^brought their horses with them, and it is a fact that some pf our popular livery'stabler keepers are now charging these unfortunate men—poor mpn all of them—one dollar and a half per diem for the keep of their horses.
There is a future of retribution coming as well as a present of speculation existing, and, as we say to the colored race, so say we to the whites—hereafter we will remember those who have been our Iviends in the day of our trouble.*— If patriotism and generosity shall have their due reward, assuredly extortion and a * ‘ * vMohall not be forgotten.
An Unporunate- V
Old John Robinson’s Great World Exposition, comprising a huge Menage rie, Aquarium and complete circus, Wi exhibit at Aiken on Saturday, No yen ber 25th, 1876. This mammoth show: the acknowledged monarch of tho amus* ment world, aud demonstrates what ca be accomplished by a life*-long exper enco. indomitable energy and vat
wealth. Uncle John Robinson is ti
and I be next moment, to bis men—‘tho best known showman in Amcricn.'and rebel rifle clubs are murdering the niggers. Charge I charge ! right between
and disband them,” and on they come slap-dash between the lines at the double quick ! The would-be combatants fell back aghast at this onset and the “red-legged” dashed into the cen ire. “Halt I” cried their leader. They halted. He looked right and left of him— all was blue, “IVhy I who in the h—I are you,”
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sion and cover for their own schemes of, the Union army in the late war as*c
plunder, and trust that the people will J bled here to day in Mass Convention, I
Le induce to accept, as an argument cognizing the right of thirty-eight ire a fcernal unity, and ii there,is to be a re-' said lie of the stripe, where’s that rifle
and independent States to complete1 taction of taxation md a lessening of. club? “By the eternal,” replied a Tr , n - if ocllin,lt'* UIJd"r a common Constituion, he expenditures of < ■.•■eminent, Tilden j bulky Captain with cross rifle* on’his
»,.^i !aTTn0f' °b^a'n* extend the light hand of fellowship to 1 :d Hendricks must elected. It is I cap. “it is about time for you t<» find that
the patriotic people of South Carolina
who are engaged with you in a glorious struggle for better local government, for j Tilden, Hendricks, Reform, Union of Hearts and better times.
E. D. Ronan, Ch’rnian
A. N. Merchant, Sec’y.
r rh is sole issue of im that this canva ! he people have d : -si I? shall be. TH- i
hen I, nd it w< oU chock th1* tide of sneo witnta the power of ti
reform and better ! our.” What in the h— I; allow me to I to be won.— ask. do you mean by charging United • >d what the States troop:, ?” “I do declare that’s devoice has been j cidedly cook” shouted a long. lank. impossible to j leather-looking Captain of regal n Iu-■ss bv any device ! fan try from the other side. "That’* inst
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.a ministration what you were going to do \v I sup- ( he 6th
great is bis pride in the well merited re utation which he has won, that he e: pends money with a lavish hand to ai new features to his concern every seaso He has a great many novelties this yei which cost over two hundred • tbousai dollars, and, added to his already nim berless wonders, makes bis the greate show on earth. We take peculiar pie* ure in recommending Mr. Robinson’sc: hibitions to our readers, upon ti strength of the pronounced indorseuie of the press and the public whenever i ha* been. ’J lie entire aggiegratk will exhibit at Aiken, on Saturday, ti 25th. and the day should be borne i mind, v
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